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