Introduction: Goooulish Onion-O's (Onion Rings)

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Ok, so if we're doing a Halloween Instructable, here it is. The best onion rings you'll ever make at home. You're guaranteed to scare away many a trick-or-treater with your eye-watering breath.

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Step 1: Gooooulish Ingredients

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  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk, or as needed
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

Step 2: 'Slash' the Rings

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1. Heat the oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).

2. Separate the onion slices into rings, about 1/4 inch thick or as desired, and set aside.

Step 3: Prepare 'Ghostly' Coating

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In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Step 4: Make Your Rings 'ghost-white'

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Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside.

Step 5: Prepare the 'Ectoplasm'

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Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork.

Step 6: 'Slime' the Rings

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Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat.

Step 7: The Rack

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Place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping. The wire rack may be placed over a sheet of aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Don't let them drip too long, or the breadcrumbs won't stick. If you haven't removed the clear, thin skin from the layers of the rings this will be especially important. You know this is the case if the batter beads up on the rings, and they look 'waterproof'.

Step 8: No Cute Halloween Name for This Step

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Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat. Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well - if it doesn't then the rings dripped TOO dry. Repeat with remaining rings.

Step 9: Fried Alive!!!

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Test the hotness of the oil by sprinkling a mid-sized batter/breadcrumb goober into the oil and see if it begins to fry nicely. When ready, deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. You can do about 10 rings at a time, depending on the size of your 'cauldron'.

Step 10: Get Goooulish!

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Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve.


mthomas67 made it! (author)2015-12-13

made these today they are the best onion rings I've tasted thankyou.

advaym made it! (author)2014-08-20

made it but with a modification - i added beer to the batter! loved it!

_special_me_ (author)2013-10-13

For that un named step "the sandman of breadcrumbs attack"

Ankha (author)2011-10-13

Heres one more thanx from Latvia. I love this recipe thank you so much!

tkuzņecovs (author)2011-07-17

I cant wait next time when we make another, but from much more onions.. :D
Tnx from Latvia for delicious recipe. ;)

shadon (author)2010-05-21

this recipe is amazing i've tryed it just as soon as i could and we all loved it thx very much ^___^

FallenSub (author)2010-02-16

These are really good.
I made those from 5 big onions, for the 4 of us. They disappeared within minutes! I just cant believe 4 of us ate 5 big onions that fast! Wow!

Thanks for the recipe ;)

SirBrittanicvs (author)2009-07-02

Now I know what else to make for dinner tonight. :) (author)2009-03-15

Man I made these a while back and I loved them, thanks!! for the recipe.

spinach_dip (author)2006-10-27

step 8 No cute Halloween name for this step How about "bury alive" in breadcrumbs?

csmiler (author)spinach_dip2009-01-20 idea

explosivemaker (author)2008-02-16

I am definitely going to make to make these....what kind of oil is the best to use....sunflower, olive, canola, lots of them....

made them today...came out kinda dark but they were good...just made my own bread crumbs...probably should have shredded them a bit more....i will find some better flavor to add to them...

Mattrox (author)explosivemaker2008-11-23

Are they Explosive? Lol:0

ian (author)explosivemaker2008-02-18

Thanks for the picture! These are the best onion rings I've found -- but boy what a mess! I can only make them a few times a year because the grease and mess is almost too much.... Your oil might be a tad hot. I'm not sure, I just fry in a pot on my stove. I have no concept of frying temperature except: doesn't fry / fry / smokes (the middle setting being ideal).

explosivemaker (author)ian2008-02-18

yeah...I just did it on my stove too....I turned off the heat every so often if it was getting too hot....tried not to keep them in too long....but o well....still good onion ring recipe..... :)

ian (author)explosivemaker2008-02-18

I always use the local oil. Here, sunflower oil is dirt cheap. In the US, usually corn, canola, or 'vegetable' oil is cheapest. Just make sure it has a high smoke point (butter and (most) olive oil burn at a really low temperature).

explosivemaker (author)ian2008-02-18

thanks for the info....will try and find some cheap sunflower oil

comodore (author)2008-07-08

How do you make the little instructables icon before you tell what ingredient??? Nice instuctable by the way :) rate:*****

Sunny124613 (author)2008-07-08

Yeah my mom would kill for your onion rings

Mattrox (author)2008-07-01

yum looks great and probably a lot healthier the burger kings onion ring(cause yours actually have onion in them

Subvert (author)2007-09-02

The un-halloweeny breading step is a lot like burying something in a shallow grave...

stickylaffytaffy321 (author)2007-08-01

I made these for my family when we have a get together which is like every week now that i have started making these. But theres only so much a 12 year old kid can do! Very good Instructable love them dip in bbq sauce

uzerzero (author)2007-01-29

Thankfully, I manage a fast food restaurant (Chick Fil A) with five deep friers, two of which fry right at 350 degrees. Taking some onions to work and using our milkwash and seasoned coater, my onion rings turned out to be wonderful.

Also, a good way of determining the temperature in your frying pan is to use an infrared thermometre probe, such as this one:

My brother-in-law is an electrician and uses these things every day, and has a few laying around. Simply point the laser at the oil, and pull the trigger and you can instantly tell the temperature.

Horrorshow (author)2006-12-12

How scrumtulescent. :D I'll most definitely try your recipie out, as well as see what different types of herbs/seasonings I can add to make it supradelicious.

MALEMARTHA (author)2006-10-31

The rings look great. If you use a candy thermometer you can get an accurate read on the temperature of the oil and have a much better chance of success. They are cheap and available everywhere. You can also prevent a fire (which would suck). My guess is that the oil should be at 370 degrees or so.


pmetro (author)2006-10-29

great receipe, I've made onion rings before but not with the bread crumbs.... will have to whip up a batch soon...............

Dirkus (author)2006-10-28

When I make onion rings I also make chicken nuggets or fried shrimp. I cut chicken breast into bite sized pieces and bread and fry just like the onion rings. Shrimp should be cut in a butterfly style and then breaded and fried. Chicken cooked after the onion rings will share some onion flavors.

Tetranitrate (author)2006-10-27

Those look fcking amazing.

SirGrok (author)2006-10-27

These look absolutly amazing. Oh, god. I think that I am going to replace your salt with Lawry's Seasoning salt, add some tabasco sause to the flour baking soda mix. Still, you have inspired in me a desire to devour massive loads of onion rings.

canida (author)2006-10-27

Those look good! Thanks for all of the useful hints. Nicely documented and erm... enthusiastically labeled.

Theiguanaman (author)2006-10-27

Damn you!! Damn you to hell. Now I craving Onion Rings, oh this is your sinister plan. I will extract a terrible revenge right after I fix up a batch

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-10-27


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