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These crispy fried onion rings are so easy to make at home. If you love homestyle onion rings you get at a diner, this recipe is a must try! The onion rings are thick, crispy and amazing.

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We call these the “good ” onion rings! If you grew up eating the really thick crispy onion rings, you know what I am talking about. Oh my they are delicious!

There are only a few restaurants that I can buy these type of onion rings. I don’t like those small frozen ones. Once you have had these amazing thick cut onion rings, nothing else will do!

One day I decided to make some at home and I was really impressed with how great they turned out. We have been making them ever since. Today, I’m going to show you how to make onion rings at home.

You may even like these Fried Zucchini Recipe.

plate of onion rings

My kids loved them and said they tasted just like the ones at the diner. Score for mom! Plus, I saved a bunch of money.

I can’t wait for you to try these homemade onion rings. They are so good.

ingredients for onion rings- onions, egg, milk, flour, bread crumbs


  • Onion – I like to use a large onion so I can have nice big slices. I normally slice into 1/2″ thick slices.
  • Flour
  • Large Eggs
  • Milk
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying

plate of onion rings with ketchup

How to make Fried onion rings:

First, get out 3 small bowls. Put flour in one bowl, eggs and milk in another bowl and the bread crumbs in a third bowl.

Note: If you do not care for the strong taste of onions and want to make them sweeter, soak them in ice water before making the onion rings.

Second, take the sliced yellow onions and dip in flour, then the egg and milk mixture and finally the panko breadcrumbs. Set aside until you are ready to fry. Keep repeating this process until all of the onions have been coated in all 3 bowls.

3 bowls for dipping onion rings before frying

Next, add the oil to a small saucepan. I normally put about 2″ of oil in the pan. You will need to heat this up over medium heat until it has reached 375 degrees.

Once the oil is hot, start putting the onions in the pan. Fry on each side until they are golden brown. It does not take long. Normally about 2 to 3 minutes per side will do it.

onion rings in oil cooking

After they are finished cooking, put the onion rings on a plate with a paper towel. This will help to drain any excess grease. Add salt if you prefer.

Dipping ideas:

How to Store Onion Rings

Keep onion rings in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Onion rings, will get soggy so you will have to crisp them up when you reheat them.

Separating the onion rings with paper towels helps to soak up any excess moisture.

How to Reheat Onion Rings

The best way to reheat onion rings is in the oven. Place the onion rings on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until they are to your desired crispness.

pile of onion rings on plate

What are the Best Onions for Onion Rings?

You can use white or yellow onions. However, I believe yellow onions are the best for onion rings. Yellow onions are a milder flavor, but white onions seems to hold up better.

Why soak onions in ice water before making onion rings?

This is optional but some people like to take this extra step. Soaking the onion in water will help to reduce the strong onion taste in homemade onion rings. It can also make the onion sweeter.

You do not have to do this and it is based on preference.

pile of onion rings on plate

What is the best oil for frying?

Vegetable or Canola oil is best for frying. Both of these have a high smoke point which is beneficial when frying at high heats.

For example, you would not want to use an oil such as olive oil because it has a low smoke point and could cause the food to taste burnt and create a bunch of smoke while cooking.

onion ring dipped in ketchup

Variations to try:

This is a great base recipe. We absolutely love it.

If you want to add seasoning to the egg mixture to change up the flavor of these deep fried onion rings, it is very easy to do.

Some ideas include: Italian seasoning, garlic salt or garlic powder and Cajun seasoning. Any of these would be great mixed into this egg mixture.

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Homemade Fried Onion Rings Recipe

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These crispy fried onion rings are so easy to make at home. If you love homestyle onion rings you get at a diner, this recipe is a must try!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 354


  • 1 Onion sliced into 1/2? thicken slices and divided into rings
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying


  • You will need 3 small bowls. Place flour in one bowl, eggs and milk in a second bowl (beat them together) and then the Panko crumbs in a third bowl.
  • Coat the sliced onions in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumb mixture. Place on a separate plate until ready to air fry.
  • Continue to do this until all of the onions have been coated.
  • Add oil to a small saucepan. You’ll need about 2? of oil. Heat on medium heat until it has reached a temperature of 375 degrees F.
  • Place the coated onions in the oil and fry on each side until the pickles are golden brown. I cooked mine for approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Then transfer the fried onion rings to a plate lined with a paper towel. Allow them to cool (they will be hot). You can top them with salt to keep them crisp at this time.
  • Then serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I served mine with ranch. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 354kcal, Carbohydrates 54g, Protein 15g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 170mg, Sodium 311mg, Potassium 314mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 338IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 166mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    tried making homeadde but easier to cheat with frozen. just like ketchup to dip. ty hopin to win. ty

  2. I will be making these tonight. Sounds so good and I can control the sodium. Our favorite dipping sauce is Ketchup. I saw the link to homemade ketchup. I’m going to try it as well.

  3. 5 stars
    I have not made homemade fried onion rings before, but this recipe looks so easy and delicious I am going to do it. Thanks!

  4. I tried once.. not very successful unfortunately. My poor dog would not even eat them? We like ours with Ranch & Frank’s Hot Sauce


  5. 4 stars
    I use a combo of dips to suit everyone’s taste. Ketchup mixed with ranch or sour cream is a good one.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you Carrie for this wonderful, simple, easy Homemade Onion rings. My family LOVES Onion ring’s alot. You make it so easy. We definitely are making some onion rings tonight.

  7. 5 stars
    These are amazing and a crowd pleaser! We are definitely a ketchup and ranch dipping sauce family!

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds awesome. I have tried flour on my onion rings. Wasn’t great . This sounds better. Sometimes I dip them in barbq sauce.

  9. I love onion rings but I’ve never tried to make them. This would be fun for watching football games.

  10. I get that. The double dipping keeps the breading on. and try not to touch the onion rings while they are frying and that will help.

  11. I have made onion rings several times but I don’t dip them in anything. I want to just taste the onion rings that I took the time to make.

  12. Yes I have made homemade onion they turn out pretty good and the sauce is like a fry sauce so I do mayonnaise ketchup relish some vinegar and a little bit of sugar

  13. I have not tried homemade ones yet but it’s on my list now! We usually dip in mustard or fry sauce.

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