Proper Onion Rings… My Thoughts, Anyway

Every once in a while I get a craving for some good, fried food… fish and chips, onion rings, etc. This past week I made some beer-battered onion rings to complement a pork chop. It’s not easy to batter-fry well… keeping the product light and crisp well after it has come out of the fryer. These came out great… I was definitely happy. I would use the same batter for Fish and Chips!

Here’s the recipe. The measurements are rough estimates… you’re looking for pancake batter consistency.

Batter:
1 Cup Rice Flour (or all-purpose)
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
A Bottle of Lager (give or take)
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Anything Else You Might Want to Flavor With

Dredge:
1/2 Cup Rice Flour (or all-purpose)
2 or 3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
Onions, cut into rings

Combine the flour with the cornstarch, salt, pepper and cayenne. Slowly add beer and whisk to make a batter, being careful not to over mix. You’re looking for pancake batter consistency. Set aside for a few hours, if possible. If not, no worries.

Pre-heat a deep-fat fryer or large pot with oil to 365-375F. Combine the flour and cornstarch in a brown paper bag. Add the onions and shake to coat.

A handful at a time, shake off the excess dredge and dip the onions in the batter. Fry for about a minute or until golden, crispy and delicious. Drain on a wire rack set over parchment or newspaper. Season with salt (and pepper, if you’re a Pepper Monkey).

Eat as many as you can before you get sick from eating too much fried food. They will stay crispy for hours!

Onion Rings on Foodista

6 thoughts on “Proper Onion Rings… My Thoughts, Anyway”

  1. Oh man, these sound awesome. My batters always turn out too dense. Not fluffy and airy, like these appear to be. These look almost tempura.

    Of course, there’s the million dollar question: does the batter bind to the onion enough? Or do you end up with searing hot naked onion on your lip and an empty fried onion casing?

  2. Hello! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Onion Ring recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!

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