Crispy Onion Rings Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 1 reviews

Crispy Onion Rings are golden, extra crunchy, and make for the perfect appetizer. Tastes restaurant-quality, but are so easy to rustle up from scratch!

Aside from this tasty appetizer, take care of your take-out cravings with my Wendy’s Chili Copycat Recipe, Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat Recipe, and Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls Copycat Recipe!

crispy onion rings

Firstly, they are coated in a perfect egg-flour batter, which creates that outer covering exterior. This coating is what makes them extra crispy on the exterior that has everyone come back for more.
Secondly, they are super delicious and irresistible. You can serve onion rings as a side dish, or you can also put them on hamburgers, hot dogs, or even tacos.
The secret to uber-crispiness is that I don’t just dip them in seasoned batter. Instead, I finish them off by rolling in panko. The result? A beautifully crunchy crust with the most tender onion ring inside. You can also bake this if you don’t want it deep-fried.

What kind of onions to use?

Use yellow or white kind for this recipe. Yellow ones are less pungent than white, so keep that in mind if you’re serving guests who don’t like too strong onion flavors.

I prefer using the sweeter varieties for mine, such as Walla Walla, Vidalia, and Maui. Also, pay attention to the shape as well. In general, the flatter ones are sweeter than round-shaped kinds.

How to cut the onion?

  1. Remove stem and root.
  2. Then, carefully cut a thin slice off one end. This will stabilize it while cutting.
  3. Next, slice crosswise with the flat side down.
  4. Cut into your desired thickness.

What is the batter made of?

For the batter, please prepare the following ingredients:

  • Flour: it helps the coating adhere to the rings.
  • Baking powder: this makes our batter lighter and crispier.
  • Eggs and milk: lightly whisk together before dipping.
  • Panko: our final coating for the ultimate crunchiness.
  • Paprika: adds a mild spice and fantastic color.
  • Garlic powder and onion powder: this seasoning duo makes the dish more delicious!
  • Salt: brightens up all the flavors and seasons of the dish.

steps how to make onion rings

How to make crispy fried onion rings?

  1. Heat your oil in a heavy-bottomed pan or deep-fryer. Use a thermometer to ensure that it’s at 365 degrees F. If the oil temperature is too low, then the batter will just absorb the oil instead of crisping up.
  2. Mix your flour, seasonings, and baking powder, then dredge your rings until coated. Remove slices and set aside.
  3. Next, whisk your milk and egg into the remaining flour to make the batter. Dip your rings. Drain on a wire rack until it stops dripping.
  4. Coat each slice completely with panko.
  5. Fry until golden.
  6. Remove excess oil with paper towels or on a wire rack.
  7. Lastly, finish with seasoning salt and serve hot.

How do you keep the batter from falling off onion rings?

Use cold batter. Also, it is important to avoid any excess flour on the slices. Don’t forget to use hot oil at the right temperature as well.

frying onion rings

Can I bake them instead?

Absolutely. You can bake the rings as well for a healthier alternative.

  1. Start by heating your oven to 425F.
  2. Spray your baking sheet with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
  3. Follow the steps for the batter and panko coating.
  4. Then, spray the rings with cooking spray for even browning and crispiness.
  5. Bake for around 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

Can I freeze battered onion rings?

Yes. Cool them completely, and drain off as much of the oil as possible. You can keep these up to 5 days in an airtight container or longer if frozen. Reheat in a 375F oven until hot. However, these are definitely best enjoyed fresh off the fryer!

onion rings on a plate

How to serve onion rings?

They can be served as an appetizer by dipping them into the desired dipping sauce, like ketchup, tartar sauce, tzatziki sauce, McDonald’s Big Mac sauce, Chipotle Sauce, or Honey Mustard Sauce. Sprinkle them with some chili powder or spicy seasoned salt for heat!

As a side dish, serve them with teriyaki salmon, grilled salmon skewers, KFC chicken, baked pork chops

These also make a crunchy topper on burgers, hot dogs, salads, or on tacos.

More crispy appetizers:

onion ring dipped in ketchup

 Recipe Tips:

  • Use a candy thermometer to achieve precise temperature.
  • Don’t overcrowd the deep-fryer so each one gets evenly crispy.
  • Instead of plain breadcrumbs, you can also use seasoned Italian-style breadcrumbs.
  • Use other seasonings like Cajun or Creole mixes.
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5 from 1 reviews
Crispy Onion Rings
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 40 mins



Calories: 425 Carbohydrates: 74 Protein: 15 Fat: 9 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 91 Sodium: 1116 Potassium: 617 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 635 Vitamin C: 6 Calcium: 308 Iron: 6
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Terri A Steffes

I adore onion rings! They must be wide, crunchy, hot and full of onion flavor! My favorite way to eat them is dipping them in ketchup.



I have always wanted to make my own onion rings before. I'll be saving this for later. They look amazing. I love how crispy they are too. Crispy ones are my favorite.



This is exactly the way I love my onion rings with fried chicken on the side and ketchup, tartar sauce, or McDonald’s Big Mac sauce. You got my tastebuds yearning for this dish


Jennifer Van Haitsma

This sounds so good! Every so often I get a huge taste for onion rings, despite not being the biggest onion fan in general. We will have to try this.


Amy Curry

Can these be air fried?





these onion rings are so delicious! Super crunchy and a great side.



Both the hubs and I enjoy crispy onion rings, but I have not tried preparing them here at home. Will try your recipe soon.



My kids love onion rings, I buy them all the time, i never knew you needed particular types of onions to make them. I am happy I found this recipe so I don't have to buy them anymore.


Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

I almost grabbed a bag of onion rings a few days ago at the grocery store. But then I remembered they never come out right when I bake them in the over. They would probably taste better deep fried or in an air fryer. OF course, making homemade onion rings would be even better. Ill have to try this recipe. Now if you can get a copy cat recipe of the onion ring sauce from Burger King.


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