These Beer Battered Onion Rings are positively addictive. They’re dipped in a perfectly seasoned beer batter then deep fried until crispy and golden brown. Once cooked, the only thing left to do is dip them into favorite your dipping sauce and enjoy.
Easy Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe
My family are onion ring aficionados. If they’re on the menu, we order them. So, these crispy fried onion rings are a shoe-in at our house for game day munchies, as a grilling appetizer or alongside steaks, sandwiches and burgers. Many times, my boys will even pile these sky high on their burgers as if they’re a work of art. Edible art of course, but tasty nonetheless.
How to Make the Best Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe
While deep fried onion rings aren’t on our menu weekly, once in awhile when we want to splurge, we go the deep fried route. This recipe is a perfect marriage pairing this beer batter with large sweet rings of onion.
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Beer Battered Onion Rings: Two large sweet onions sliced and rings separated, buttermilk, hot sauce, all purpose flour, seasoned salt, seafood seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, beer and vegetable oil for frying.
- To make the Creole Dipping Sauce recipe you’ll need: Mayonnaise, chili sauce, green onions, roasted red pepper, minced garlic, Creole or Cajun seasoning, lemon juice and horseradish.
- When choosing the best beer to make this onion ring batter, I recommend using a beer that you like the flavor and would enjoy drinking. When in doubt, a stout or lager beer will work well.
- Does beer batter have a high alcohol content? The batter is cooked so the majority of the alcohol content will cook out in the process.
- Easy homemade onion rings are best made and eaten while fresh, so I don’t recommend making these in advance and reheating in general. That said, you could reheat leftovers in an air fryer or spread on a baking sheet and placed into a preheated 375°F oven for a few minutes to crisp for a round two meal.
- If you’re counting calories, but still have a craving for crispy onion rings, I have a lighter oven fried breaded Firecracker Onion Ring recipe that are baked not fried. For those who’d like to make baked onion rings instead.
- Can I make battered onion rings in an air fryer? While this recipe is meant to be fried, you can adapt it. Working in batches, place battered onion rings in the basket of an air fryer sprayed with cooking spray. (Spray onion rings, also.) Cook for 8 minutes at 365°F then check, shake basket and flip, if needed. Continue to cook for an additional 4-6 minutes or until crispy and golden. (Adjust times depending on how your appliance performs.)
- What are the best dipping sauces for onion rings? Serve them with a spicy dipping sauce such as Southern Comeback sauce or even Japanese Yum Yum Sauce and you can make restaurant specials in your own kitchen.
- Other Southern style fried recipes you may enjoy are my recipes for deep Fried Pickles and Crispy Onion Strings perfect for piling on burgers, steaks and chicken.
More Easy Appetizers and Side Dish Recipes to Make
- See how to make crispy Homemade French Fries at home.
- Crispy Corn Fritters can be served as an appetizer or a side dish.
- Ooey gooey Mozzarella Sticks.
- Easy Twisted Garlic Knots are made using pizza dough.
- Yummy Fried Green Beans are a hit whenever they’re served.
- The family will flip for these homemade Hush Puppies.
- Fried Ravioli with warm marinara for dipping.
- Chicken and Tomato Kabobs from Skinnytaste.
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Beer Battered Onion Rings
- 2 large sweet onions sliced into 1/2 inch rings
- 2 cup buttermilk
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce adjust to your taste
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp seafood seasoning [i.e. Seafood Magic Old Bay or similar]
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 12 oz beer
- 6 cups peanut or vegetable oil for frying [approximately]
- Creole Dipping Sauce: (Optional)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup chili sauce
- 2 green onion whites only
- 1 4 oz jar roasted red pepper well drained and pat dry
- 2 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1½ tsp Creole or Cajun seasoning
- ½ tsp prepared horseradish adjust to your taste
- Slice the onions into 1/2 inch slices and separate the rings. Mix together the buttermilk and hot sauce and pour over the onions. Marinate the onions for 1 hour.
- To prepare, heat approximately 6 cup oil in a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven to 350°F.
- Mix together the flour, seasoned salt, seafood seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cumin.
- Separate the seasoned flour using 1 1/4 cup for dredging. Mix the remaining 1 cup with 12 oz beer stirring until the flour dissolves.
- Shake the excess buttermilk from each onion ring, then dredge lightly in the seasoned flour.
- Dip into the beer batter letting the excess drip off then lower into the hot oil. Don’t crowd the oil, or the onion rings will stick together.
- Cook until golden around 2 minutes, turning as needed. Keep the oil temperature around 350°-360°F.
- Place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle lightly with additional seasoned salt or seafood seasoning immediately after removing them from the oil.
- Serve with Creole dipping sauce, if desired.
- To prepare the sauce: Place all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. Chill thoroughly for at least 2 hours prior to serving.(Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups)
- Working in batches, place battered onion rings in the basket of an air fryer sprayed with cooking spray. (Spray onion rings, also.)
- Cook for 8 minutes at 365°F then check, shake basket and flip, if needed.
- Continue to cook for an additional 4-6 minutes or until crispy and golden. (Adjust times depending on how your appliance performs.)