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Onion Rings - It's easy to make light and crispy, restaurant-quality onion rings are home!

One of the best things about being a food blogger is that we get to eat the food that we prepare to share here on A Family Feast! So I was extremely happy when my husband Jack said that he wanted to share this classic Onion Rings recipe with all of you today!

I’m always secretly thrilled when I see a plateful of hot and crispy onion rings heading my way – and this recipe is no exception! Thick slices of hot, tender onion surrounded by a light and crispy coating are my idea of the perfect appetizer or side to a good juicy burger!

Onion Rings - It's easy to make light and crispy, restaurant-quality onion rings are home!

Our onion rings recipe rivals any restaurant version you might have eaten. In professional kitchens, onion rings are typically made by dipping slices of raw onion in a commercial mix made from corn flour, all-purpose flour, and seasonings – the same ‘clam fry mix’ also used to fry clams and other types of seafood.

But today we’re showing you how easy it is to make your own restaurant-quality onion rings at home!  While I like my onion rings simply served with ketchup – we did include a recipe today for a zesty, creamy dipping sauce that is also terrific served alongside these onion rings.  Enjoy!

Onion Rings - It's easy to make light and crispy, restaurant-quality onion rings are home!

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Onion Rings

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • pounds large sweet onions such as Vidalia (about two large onions)
  • 2 quarts canola oil for frying
  • Table salt to salt the hot onion rings as they come out of the hot oil.

Dry mix

  • 1¼ cups corn flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes this among others and is typically found in the natural foods isle. It may also be called Masa Harina)
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon smoked cumin (regular cumin is OK as a substitute if you can’t find smoked)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder

Egg Wash

  • 3 whole eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup beer (we used Blue Moon but any favorite beer will work fine)

Dipping Sauce (optional)

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (available in most supermarkets)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons drained horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pepper relish (available in most supermarkets)
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Few grinds black pepper


  1. If you are making the dipping sauce, mix the Dipping Sauce ingredients together (see listed above) and combine until well mixed. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Trim both ends off of each onion and make a thin slit in the skin and peel. Cut each onion into thick slices at least a half inch. Separate the rings and place on a platter.
  3. Place the oil in a large wok or cast iron pan and with a candy thermometer, get oil to 375 degrees F and hold at that temperature. As you begin cooking, try to maintain at least 350 degrees F so keep the heat on high as you fry and let the oil recover between batches.
  4. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients.
  5. In another large bowl, mix all of the egg wash ingredients.
  6. Dredge all of the onion rings in the flour mixture and shake off excess.
  7. After shaking off excess, dip in egg wash, drain then finally back into the flour mixture. Shake excess and place on a platter.
  8. Fry in the hot oil in three batches for two to three minutes and using a spider or strainer, remove to a platter lined with paper towels. Lightly salt the hot rings with table salt if desired as soon as they come out of the oil.
  9. These onions rings are delicious as-is, with ketchup, or served with the dipping sauce.

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Onion Rings - It's easy to make light and crispy, restaurant-quality onion rings are home!

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  • Jilly wrote:

    OH my goodness! These onion rings look amazing. I’m currently baking your soft pumpkin chocolate cookies. I’m now pinning more recipes. Must make the mexican pulled pork!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jilly! Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    I love how Jack takes such an active role! That’s awesome. And why be secretly thrilled about onion rings? Let it be known! Especially if they’re as delicious looking as these. 😉

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    I love making onion rings at home! they look great and I love them on chili cheese burgers!

  • Lora @cakeduchess wrote:

    I just love onion rings. Seriously, I prefer them to fries (what’s wrong with me!!)And of course your homemade batter is going to be so much better than the commercial restaurant ones. Love this!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    I choose onion rings over French fries almost 100% of the time. Yours look like some of the best I’ve seen. Nice job!

  • Being a food blogger can be a joy and a curse, especially for one trying to lose weight and still do her job LOL! These onion rings look ridiculously crispy and that sauce, oh my yum!!!

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    I love me some onion rings, and I’m pretty sure I could never get enough of these. That dipping sounds sounds so tasty, too!

  • Mariana Sarceda wrote:

    Onion rings are one of those recipes that have turned into absolute classics. Whether you eat them alone or a a side plate to fish and chips or a burger, they are tasty and easy to prepare. And of course, they make the best partner at a meal with friends. I’ll definitely try your recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the recipe Mariana!

  • Ginny McMeans wrote:

    Fantastically gorgeous, as usual! Homemade Onion rings are The Best!

  • Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah’s Cucina Bella) wrote:

    Oh, how I adore onion rings. These look perfect. I love that you’ve made your own batter too — that’s awesome.

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