5 from 3 votes
Crunchy Fried Onion Rings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Better than at a restaurant, these Crunchy Fried Onion rings are light, airy and hold their crunchy without being greasy at all!  Simple to make at home for an easy appetizer or as a side to go with a burger!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade onion rings, beer batter onion ring recipe, onion ring tower
Servings: 8 appetizer servings
Calories: 350 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 1-2 Onions sweet, vidalia or Maui
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-2 tbs seasoning salt see note
  • 1 bottle beer to your liking I prefer a lager
  • 1 cups oil for frying
  1. Peel onion.
  2. Cut onion into 1/2 inch rings.
  3. Discard middle rings and separate all onion rings.
  4. In large mixing bowl add flour and season salt.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour oil into pan to about 2 inches deep.
  7. Heat oil to medium high-high.
  8. While oil is getting hot start by adding 1/2 of bottle of beer to flour, mixing with a whisk to eliminate all lumps.
  9. While constantly stirring, continue adding beer until batter is the consistency of pancake batter.
  10. Add beer slowly and incrementally so it doesn't get too thin.
  11. You will know when the oil is ready when you drop a pea size piece of flour beer mixture into pan and it bubbles immediately and floats to top.
  12. One at a time, dip a few of the onions into batter then place in heated oil. Do not over crowd the pan.
  13. Cook 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  14. Be sure to test one onion ring to make sure onion is cooked thru before doing the next batch, adjusting cooking times if necessary.
  15. If the oil gets to hot and starts to smoke, Remove the pan from the heat and turn temperature down. You will know if this happens if your batter browns too quickly.
  16. Don't get frustrated, the second batch of onions you fry are always better than the first (just like pancakes ;0)
  17. When rings are finished place them on stack of paper towels to drain, season with salt immediately. (Seasoning immediately after coming out of the oil allows the seasoning to stick better to onion rings.)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use any seasoning salt you like, or try a tablespoon of a hot sauce, or bbq sauce. You can also use chili powder or paprika. Any seasoning will work as long as you enjoy the taste of it.