How to Make Onion Rings — Plus Tips to Make Them Healthier

Like French fries, onion rings are a staple cookout food and side dish. And when they're cooked with the right batter, the fried ringlets will have your mouth watering. The best part? They're quick and easy to prepare.

When you're making onion rings at home, try using an air fryer to cut down on fat. (Image: belchonock/iStock/GettyImages)

Claudia Sidoti, the head chef at HelloFresh, has put together an easy-to-follow onion ring recipe for your next barbecue or dinner night in.

Ingredients You'll Need

  • One large onion: Opt for a sweet Vidalia or a large white onion, Sidoti recommends.
  • All-purpose flour or a mix of corn starch and flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oil

How To Make Onion Ring Batter

  1. Heat the Oil: Begin by heating oil in a deep fryer to 365° Fahrenheit. If you don't own a deep fryer, you can add enough oil to a pot to cover your onion rings and fry them that way.
  2. Prepare the batter: Slice your onion into rings. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and then dip your onion rings in the mixture until they are fully coated. Set the rings aside. If you're using corn starch, try swapping in two tablespoons of cornstarch for flour. This helps the batter get crispy, Sidoti says.
  3. Dip the rings: Whisk the egg and milk into the flour using a fork. Then, dip the floured rings into the batter, fully coating them. Place the rings on a wire rack until the batter stops dripping.
  4. Add bread crumbs: Spread bread crumbs on a flat plate. One at a time, place the rings into the crumbs, scooping extra crumbs over each ring until they are fully coated.
  5. Deep fry: Deep fry the rings a few at a time for two to three minutes or until they turn golden brown. Remove the rings from the fryer or pot and place them on a paper towel to drain. Season with salt and serve immediately.

There are plenty of sauces you can pair with your onion rings. Sidoti recommends dipping onion rings into ranch dressing or spicy mayo. Also consider blue cheese, which can add a sharp tang to the side dish. You can pair your onion rings with a sandwich, burger or even seafood.

How to Make Onion Rings Healthier

Consider using an air fryer for your onion rings to lower the amount of oil used and cut back on fat. You can also use your onion ring batter for other veggies like sliced zucchini and bake them for a healthier side dish, Sidoti says. So, keep this recipe in your back pocket next time you want to add a little creativity to a veggie dish.

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