Crisp Onion Rings Recipe

Crisp Onion Rings and Fry Sauce (These are awesome in burgers or as an appetizer!) from @natashaskitchen

These onion rings are really really good in burgers (as evidenced here) or eaten as an appetizer dipped in fry sauce, ranch or ketchup (or garlic aioli!). The process for making the onion rings is fairly simple. It took me roughly 20 minutes from start to finish.

My sister came over to try some and she hmm’d and haaaw’d over them. The littles liked them too. My son usually won’t eat onions if they’re big enough to notice, but he ate these up without any protesting. These onion rings are double dipped in a batter that is seasoned to perfection. The crust is crisp and the onions are tender and sweet.

These are a little naughty and I’m making them two days in a row now. So many of you asked for the recipe after I posted the picture of my burger on Instagram and Facebook that I had to make them again (oh the things I do for my readers ;)). I’ll have to do an extra 15 minutes on the trampoline tonight.

Ingredients for the Best Onion Rings:

1 large sweet or yellow onion, thickly sliced into 1/2-inch rings
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
Oil for frying (I used grape seed oil – use something with a high smoke point)

Crisp Double-Dipped Onion Rings

Easy Fry Sauce Ingredients:

1/3 cup mayo
3 tablespoons ketchup, or to taste
Hot sauce, to taste

How to Make the Best Crisp Onion Rings:

1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat with 1″ of oil (or enough to cover the onion rings). You can use a deep fryer if you have one.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar and let sit 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream.

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3. In a separate bowl, mix together: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder.

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4. Slice and separate the onion rings and dip each ring in the sour cream mixture, then dredge with flour. (I used a fork to transfer from the wet bowl to the dry bowl so my hands didn’t get as gunky). Repeat by dipping in milk mixture a second time and dredging again in flour. Place the finished onion rings on a plate until ready to fry.

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5. Once the oil is hot enough for the onion rings to sizzle, place the double battered onion rings in the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes or until exterior is crisp and light golden brown.  I was able to fit 3-4 rings in my dutch oven at a time. Let onion rings cool on paper towels so soak up any excess oil.

Crisp Onion Rings and Fry Sauce (These are awesome in burgers or as an appetizer!) from @natashaskitchenCrisp Onion Rings and Fry Sauce (These are awesome in burgers or as an appetizer!) from @natashaskitchen

Enjoy!

Crisp Double-Dipped Onion Rings

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Crisp Onion Rings and Fry Sauce (These are awesome in burgers or as an appetizer!) from @natashaskitchen
These onion rings are really really good in burgers or eaten as an appetizer dipped in fry sauce, ranch or ketchup (or garlic aioli - recipe on NatashasKitchen.com). The process for making the onion rings is fairly simple. It took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. These onion rings are double dipped in a batter that's seasoned to perfection. The crust is crisp and the onions are tender and sweet.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Servings: 6 as an appetizer, or enough for 8-12 burgers

Ingredients

Onion Rings Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet or yellow onion thickly sliced into 1/2-inch thick rings
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Oil for frying I used grapeseed oil - use something with a high smoke point

Easy Fry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup or to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (I used a dash of Tabasco)

Instructions

How to Make the best onion rings:

  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat with 1" of oil (or enough to cover the onion rings). You can use a deep fryer if you have one.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar and let sit 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together: 1 cup flour, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
  4. Separate the onion rings and dip each ring in the sour cream mixture, then dredge with flour. (I used a fork to transfer from the wet bowl to the dry bowl so my hands didn't get as gunky). Repeat by dipping in milk mixture a second time and dredging again in flour. Place the finished onion rings on a plate until ready to fry.
  5. Once the oil is hot enough for the onion rings to sizzle, place the double battered onion rings in the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes or until exterior is crisp and light golden brown. I was able to fit 3-4 rings in my dutch oven at a time. Let onion rings cool on paper towels so soak up any excess oil.

How to Make Easy Fry Sauce:

  1. Whisk together all of the fry sauce ingredients until smooth, adding hot sauce to taste. Enjoy!

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  • Sonija Gierman
    November 4, 2018

    This sounds amazing. Can I use this for chicken tenders too? I want to make chicken tenders and onion rings tonight. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      I think that may work, Sonija! I’d love to know how you like it if you experiment! Reply

  • Jackie
    August 16, 2018

    Making these this weekend at our trailer.. they sound wonderful. I am sure they will be, as all your other recipes I have tried in the past have been. Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2018

      Aww You are so nice Jackie! Thank you for that! Reply

  • Vicki Messina
    March 28, 2018

    My husband says this recipe is a keeper. Best home made onion rings we have ever made! We did slice them a bit thinner but they were terrific!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Wow, that’s quite the compliment! I’m happy to hear how much you both love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Vicki! Reply

  • Alinkaa
    June 24, 2015

    I made these onion rings once already and me and my husband absolutely loved them! 😀
    do you think i can use same recipe for frying pickles? Let me know
    thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2015

      I haven’t tried frying pickles, but it should work. Let me know how you like it with pickles 🙂 Reply

      • Alinkaa
        June 25, 2015

        i tried it with different recipe i found online and it worked well xept with less breading than i expected. I will try it with this recipe later though 🙂 You should try fried pickles, they are delicious! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 25, 2015

          I SHOULD try them! I’m definitely a fan of pickles 🙂 Reply

          • Alinkaa
            June 25, 2015

            Me too.. fried pickles are now my favorite! 🙂
            This is the recipe i tried 🙂

            Fried Dill Pickles

            Ingredients
            • 1 jar dill pickle spears
            • 1 cup flour
            • ½ cup plain yellow corn meal
            • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
            • 1 cup milk
            • Vegetable Oil to cook in
            • Ranch Dressing for dipping
            Instructions
            1. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of at least ½ inch in medium sized skillet and place over medium high heat. Drain pickles and place spears on paper towel lined plate to absorb moisture while you prepare breading.
            2. Place corn meal in small bowl. Add ½ cup flour and seasoned salt. Stir until well combined. In separate bowl, pour remaining flour and place milk in third bowl.
            3. Using your hands, dip a pickle into milk, then flour, then milk, then cornmeal breading. Repeat until all pickles are breaded.
            4. Carefully place pickles into hot oil and cook until browned, stirring once if needed, about ten minutes.
            5. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with ranch dressing.
            These are extremely hot inside for several minutes after cooking.
            Makes about 8

            http://www.southernplate.com/2012/06/fried-dill-pickles.html

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            June 25, 2015

            Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! 🙂 I think my husband and son would be interested in this too!

  • Diana
    October 20, 2014

    I made these last night for dinner and they were FABULOUS!!! It gave me a reason to pull out my deep fryer! 🙂 The only downside is now I have to tack on 15 minutes to my workout. It was well worth it.
    Thanks for the yummy recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2014

      It’s crazy to think about that it’s still better than what’s served in restaurants; deep fried in lard that is re-used over and over. Do you feel better about it now? 😉 Ha ha. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Lina
    July 23, 2014

    Natasha thank you these were so so good love the recipe super easy…Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for the great review! 🙂 Reply

  • July 20, 2014

    There’s the reason to fire up my counter-top deep fryer I have! Who doesn’t love really good onion rings? And your pictures are amazing. I’m bookmarking this for sure. Interesting that the milk bath has vinegar in it…what does the vinegar do? Is it just for flavor or does it aid in a fluffy/crunchy texture? My inquiring mind wants to know 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 20, 2014

      The vinegar turns it into a buttermilk 🙂 It enhances the flavor and thickens the milk up slightly. Reply

  • inna
    July 9, 2014

    hi can i use vegetable oil instead? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 10, 2014

      Yes 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    July 6, 2014

    They really are good, I had them with a portobello mushroom cup burger to make them less “naughty ” 😉 Natasha is it a 1 cup of milk or 1/2 ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 6, 2014

      Thanks so much for catching that! It is 1 cup of milk. It’s easier to dip with 1 cup of milk. I fixed it in the instructions and print-friendly. Reply

  • Those look absolutely delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 6, 2014

      Thank you 🙂 they sure were! Reply

  • July 5, 2014

    Thanks a lot for giving such a great idea. I like to eat onion but cant each much bare onion. this is a great appetizer for me and even tasty. I will try to make it soon at my home with help of my mom and sis.

    Thanks a lot again 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 5, 2014

      You’re so welcome! I hope you love these 🙂 Reply

  • July 4, 2014

    My husband is the biggest onion ring fan I know but I never make them because I don’t own a deep fryer and since they are not very common in England he has to go without. I am so glad to see you are using your dutch oven here. Heating oil in a regular pot scares me a bit but I will definitely try doing it in a dutch oven. Thank you for a gorgeous recipe, Natasha! Triple yum as usual. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 4, 2014

      We don’t own a deep fryer either. Anytime I fry, I just use my dutch oven. It works perfectly 🙂 Reply

  • July 3, 2014

    Those onion rings look so good! I always have trouble with coating the onion, but your batter looks perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      Hi Maggie! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 The double dipping ensured a beautiful even coating. Have a happy 4th of July! Reply

  • Wow, Natasha these look amazing! Love love. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      Thanks Norma! 🙂 have a happy 4th of July! Reply

  • Natalie
    July 3, 2014

    Love onion rings!!! You mentioned grapeseed oil and I’ve always thought that it was ok for raw eating not cooking with. If you get a chance, please check out this link and let me know what you think. http://healyeatsreal.com/5-cooking-oils-think-healthybut-arent/ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      Its an interesting read. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Do you have any healthier suggestions for oil that has a higher smoke point? I know avocado oil is good but it’s way too expensive for frying use. Reply

      • Natalie
        July 18, 2014

        I use refined coconut oil, try it out if you’re interested. It’s good for medium high heat frying. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 18, 2014

          My sister shipped a jar to me recently but I haven’t cracked the seal. I’ll have to try it, but it seams kind of wasteful to try to deep fry with it though. Have you tried it for deep frying? Reply

  • Vi
    July 3, 2014

    I don’t usually like to deep fry, but these look too good to ignore! . . . Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      They are a nice treat. Put it on a burger and let me know what you think 🙂 Reply

  • July 3, 2014

    We love onion rings!!!These look so delicious and so tempting to make ASAP! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      We do to! Although, admittedly I don’t make them often since they are a little naughty, but they are a nice treat on a burger! 🙂 Reply

  • July 2, 2014

    These are so great, love that they are crisp and crunchy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      All while being tender on the inside. So yum! Thanks Matt 🙂 Reply

  • July 2, 2014

    Natasha I appreciate the time you spend to upload these yummy recipes! Your awesome, and sweet. Thank you! ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2014

      Karolina, thank you! Your appreciation is much appreciated ;). For reals! Reply

  • Vita
    July 2, 2014

    Do you need a Dutch oven for this? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2014

      No. You can use any deep pot or even a deep skillet. I like using a Dutch oven for even, consistent heating and because there’s less splatter on my stove with the tall walls of a pot 🙂 Reply

      • Vita
        July 2, 2014

        Ok! Thank you! Reply

        • Vita
          July 2, 2014

          I was so excited about this recipe that I didn’t notice that the question above mine was the same! Opps! 🙂 Reply

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            July 3, 2014

            No problem. I think I answered both at the same time. 🙂 My fault 😉

  • veronika gudimenko
    July 2, 2014

    I just fell in love with this recipe, just by looking at it!!! Thank you for sharing:)You are such an amazing person and may God Bless you:):):) Also, i was wondering what a dutch oven was and can i use a regular oven as opposed to a Dutch oven? Again, thanks for the recipe Natashenka:):):) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2014

      Thank you so much 🙂 you’re so sweet. Yes you can use a regular pot or any pot or even deep pan that you want to fry foods in. 🙂 Reply

      • veronika gudimenko
        July 3, 2014

        Thank you:) Reply

  • Bobbi
    July 2, 2014

    This recipe looks delicious!!!! I am making it as soon as I can mmmmm!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2014

      Thanks Bobbi! I hope you love it! Reply

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