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The Perfect Battered Onion Ring

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 3-4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


The most perfect battered onion rings around. Coated in a seasoned beer batter then deep fried to a golden and delicious perfection. #vegetarian #vegan #onion #fried #appetizer



  • 1 cup  (120 g) all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 cup (120 g) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (about the juice of 1/2 a lemon)
  • 300 ml (10 oz) of beer (a little less than a standard 330 ml can of beer)
  • 23 med-large sized onions
  • oil for frying


  1. In a medium to a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, spices, salt and pepper together and mix until properly combined.
  2. Add lemon juice and beer then whisk until you have a thick batter.  The batter should be a thick paste but still fluid.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 min- 1 hour.  You want the batter to be cold when it hits the oil.
  4. While the beer batter is chilling, peel and slice onions into 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick slices.  Carefully separate the onion slices into rings.  Coat with a light dusting of flour and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. When the batter is cold, dip floured onion rings into batter, lightly shake off excess batter and deep fry it in HOT oil until crispy and brown.
  6. Remove from heat and let excess oil drain off on paper towels.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.


The secret to a crispy coating is to keep the beer batter cold. I like to mix it and chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before I dip a flour-coated onion slice into it and fry.

  • Category: Sides, Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Western

Keywords: Onion ring, fried, beer batter, appetizer, vegetarian, vegan

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