These thin and Crispy Onion Rings are perfect for burgers, as a side dish, or even as a snack! You might want to double the recipe though – they’re addicting! You have to wonder how something so simple can be so darn good.
Crispy Onion Rings
Call me crazy, but I love onions! I especially love these Crispy Onion Rings because they’re thin and crunchy … and not full of some thick batter with just a little bit of onion! You can taste the onion! They’re just perfect, y’all.
I originally made these to go with hamburgers, but I couldn’t stop eating them. Ha! Seriously, I had to make more! Be forewarned, you will not be able to restrain yourself – or maybe that’s just me?!
I know a few people who know these as “onion straws” or “onion strings” … whatever you call them, they’re delicious! And simple!! Super simple!
Serve these Onion Rings on your favorite burger or sandwich, alongside a juicy steak, on top of a salad, as an appetizer, or as a side dish. I like to use them on top of my Classic Green Bean Casserole during the holidays! You really can’t go wrong!
This onion ring recipe is a super-snackable classic!! Enjoy!
Onion Rings Homemade: Ingredients & Equipment
To make this onion rings recipe, you’ll need …
- onion – you can’t have onion rings without an onion!! You’ll want a large one, thinly sliced in whatever way is easiest for you.
- flour, salt, pepper – your flour mixture. It forms a beautifully crispy coating! Ensure your onions are fully coated before throwing them into your oil.
- buttermilk – this helps to coat your onion rings in your flour mixture. You’ll let your onion rings sit in the buttermilk for about an hour. Some people say as short as 10 minutes, but you’ll want that full hour! You could even do it as long as overnight too – but if you’re short on time, an hour is good. Ha!
- oil – for frying your onion rings! Your choice. I recommend a “neutral” vegetable oil or peanut oil.
- container – big enough to hold your onion rings as they “marinate” in the buttermilk.
- shallow dish – for holding your flour mixture.
- metal slotted spoon – this helps with the frying process.
- deep skillet or fryer – onion rings are best made fried, and this is how you do it!
Onion Rings: FAQs
Just a little over an hour!! You’ll need 15 minutes to cook them, and about an hour to prep them.
In a pinch, regular milk with vinegar or lemon juice can be substituted for the buttermilk. Use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar and fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk, then allow the mixture to stand for about 5 minutes before using.
A mandolin or a food processor is the easiest way to get super thin slices – but if you don’t have those tools, a sharp knife and steady hand will do the trick too! (Watch those fingers though!!)
I’ve found the best results with reduced-fat buttermilk! The full-fat buttermilk seems to thicken the onion rings too much and make them…” heavy.” That’s the only way I can describe it. Not fun when you’re looking for thin and crispy.
Oh yes!! This recipe is very customizable if you want more flavor to your rings. Feel free to add paprika, garlic powder, ground black pepper, etc to your flour mixture.
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- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper, to taste
- oil, for frying
- Place the onion rings in a container. Pour buttermilk over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for at least an hour.
- In a separate shallow dish (such as a pie plate), combine the flour with salt and pepper.
- In a deep skillet or fryer, heat oil to 375°F.
- Working in batches, take some of the onions from the buttermilk and coat in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and immediately place the onions in hot oil. Carefully mix the onions in the oil with a metal slotted spoon (to break them up) and allow to cook until golden brown. Remove onions from oil with a metal slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining onion slices.
- Serve immediately.
- This recipe is very customizable if you want more flavor to your rings. Feel free to add paprika, garlic powder, ground black pepper, etc to your flour mixture. Sometimes I like to use Cajun seasoning!
- No buttermilk?! No problem! In a pinch, regular milk with vinegar or lemon juice can be substituted for the buttermilk. Use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar and fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk, then allow the mixture to stand for about 5 minutes before using.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 309mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 11g
Please note that the nutritional information listed on this page is an estimation based on the products I used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.
Originally published on August 29, 2014. Updated on May 11, 2022.