Introduction: Easy Amazing Onion Rings

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In this instructable, I will show you how to make onion rings. Onion rings are really yummy a great substitute for french fries, or you could do a half french fry half onion ring plate! This recipe is really easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

If you have any questions or comments, put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 1 large onion (I like to use sweet onions)
  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup or so of bread crumbs (panko works well, or the traditional kind)
  • Oil for frying (canola, vegetable, etc)


  • Tongs
  • Fork
  • Bowls
  • Pie Pan
  • Knife
  • Wire rack
  • Pot
  • Thermometer (I don't always use one, on my stove top medium heat usually heats my oil right around 350 degrees F.)

Step 2: Prep the Onion

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First let's prepare the onion. I am using a large Sweet Onion, but you can use whatever onion you like. Peel and then slice the onion. Keep it to about 1/4 inch wide. Then separate the pieces to make the rings.

Step 3: Mix Dry Ingredients

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Now we mix the flour, the baking powder, and the salt together with a fork or a whisk.

Step 4: Dip Onions Into Flour

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Now we dip all of our rings into the flour mixture. Then set them aside, I usually just pile them up in a bowl.

Step 5: Make Batter

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Now it is time to make our batter, add the milk and the egg to the flour mixture and stir it with a fork or a whisk, until it is well combined.

Step 6: Dip Onions

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Next we dip our onions into the batter, then place them on a wire rack to let the excess drip off.

Step 7: Dip in Breadcrumbs

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Now we dip those batter coated rings into our breadcrumbs. I like to use a pie pan because it provides a nice flat bottom. Use a fork to help scoop the crumbs over the battered ring.

Step 8: Fry Them Rings!

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Now it is time to fry up our onions! Pour your oil into your pot until it is about 1.5 inches deep. Then heat up the oil to about 350 to 360 degrees. I use canola oil, but vegetable or olive oil will work too. Use a candy thermometer if needed to get the right temp for the oil. I know that if I put my stove on medium and maybe just a bit past medium that it gets the temp where I want it. Now we use a fork and place a few rings in the oil. Turn them over periodically, continue to fry them for a minute to 3 minutes, until they are nice and golden brown. Then place on a wire rack to let excess oil drip off. You are done! Nice crunchy yummy onion rings, now enjoy them!

Step 9: Video Tutorial

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nunc (author)2016-07-12

Very nice I am sure BUT. What do you do with all the tainted oil.? If you throw it away then they are very expensive onion rings

brothertuck (author)nunc2016-07-16

First get a good cooking oil like peanut oil, never use olive oil to deep fry, peanut oil doesn't break down as fast. Strain as was said, I use a fine strainer then restrain thru a coffee filter.

Thanks for your input! :)

You can store and reuse the oil several times before it goes bad. :) I usually store mine in a large Mason Jar with a lid. With that said though you don't want to use the same oil with chicken, then store it and then use it for fries or onion rings.

Thanks for that. What do you consider to be a the number equating to "several" times?

That is a great question. I will throw mine out when it starts looking cloudy or foamy on top, or definitely if it smells rancid. The number of times will vary, if you strain the oil after it cools, that will help it store longer. It also depends on how much you use it each time. Somewhere between 5 to 7 times. Again it will very though. I hope that helps.

Thanks again. I'll give it a try sometime this week.

You are very welcome!!

Adrian N. (author)2016-07-01

Is there something that can be used instead of milk? We're trying to cut off dairy and meat products as much as we can.

brothertuck (author)Adrian N.2016-07-16

Beer, turns it into a beer batter or rice wine or sake for tempura type batter.

You can try almond milk or something like Sprite or 7up, or canned coconut milk. :)

KariL10 (author)Adrian N.2016-07-12

I'm going to try to make this a Paleo version which is dairy and grain free. Coconut milk in the can is a great alternative to milk in most recipes.

Awesome! Let me know how it turns out. :)

mmm you could try almond milk? I am haven't tried it yet, but It will probably work fine. :) or you could try using sprite or 7 up, as well.

barnnmk (author)2016-07-12

I haven't tried cleaning the oil yet but found this on the Serious Eats site.

Might be worth a try. Those RINGS look outstanding. Can't wait to try when we get our kitchen back.

Thank you!! Try them out and let me know how you like them. is an awesome website. I go their quite regularly!

Chris W.J (author)2016-07-12

Made these for lunch today. Man, they cook FAST. Really really good!

that's great! Thanks for sharing! Glad you liked them!

hilojohn (author)2016-07-12

This same batter technique works well with fish. Great instructable, you did everything precise with no wasted time or un needed info. I hope to see more from you.

thank you!! :) I really appreciate it. I have 63 instructables on here. Check them out when you get a chance. :)

Mukund parelkar (author)2016-07-12

use plain oil anddeep fry. That is indian style.

So in the the United States, we don't have something called Plain Oil, we have vegetable oil, coconut oil, canola, peanut, etc. They all have names from where the oil came from. I am deep frying them in this instructable. :)

Hema PreethaaS (author)2016-07-12

Looks Delicious. I will try.

mykee50 (author)2016-07-12

Looks good I'll have to try it. You ever try beer instead of milk? Thanks, Mike

Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! No I have never tried beer, but I hear it can work!

probetox (author)2016-07-11

This is a great recipe! The best onion rings i ever ate. Thank you som much.

Wow thank you!! :) You are welcome!

dennis44368 (author)2016-07-06

I just made them. The best, crunchiest onion rings I've ever had. A little messy to make, but well worth it.

Awesome!! Glad you liked them and that they turned out for you!!

djo4 (author)2016-07-06

is there a way without bread crumbs

Sure but they will taste a little different. You can use corn meal, or even more flour.

ladybug41 (author)2016-07-03

Thanks I will do this when I get some onions.

Great!! Let me know how it turns out!

gtharris1 (author)2016-07-02

These look amazing!!!

Thank you!

jmdushi (author)2016-07-02

Yummie onionrings. Will make them as soon as I'm back home,sounds great for calamares too.

Yep it would be great for Calamare!

TamS1 (author)2016-07-02

Mmmmmmn , onion rings are my 'jam' so to speak. Must try these tonight.Thanks for the dinner idea and the recipe. Ciao !

You are welcome! Let me know how they turn out!

lgarrison5 (author)2016-07-01

And with some honey mustard on the side!

oh yeah!!! I also like ketchup with mine. haha

Vinegar, like for English 'chips'.


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