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Old Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings

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Old Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings are a popular appetizer at many restaurants, and with this easy recipe, you can satisfy your craving at home.

Onion rings (also called French fried onion rings) are a form of appetizer or side dish in British and American cuisine. They generally consist of a cross-sectional “ring” of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and then deep fried; a variant is made with onion paste. While typically served as a side dish, onion rings are often eaten by themselves.

Onion strings are a variant where the onion is cut vertically first, resulting in strips rather than being cut into circles.

The perfect blend of crunch and flavor, Old-Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings
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Old Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings depending on size 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Easy


Craving some comfort food? Try our Old-Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings! Perfectly breaded and fried to golden perfection, these make the ultimate snack or side dish. Pair it with your favorite dip or enjoy them as is for that nostalgic, old-fashioned taste. Don’t miss out.


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  1. Pour the water into the dry ingredients and whisk until a smooth thick batter forms.
  2. Slice the onions into thick slices, separate the rings then dip into the batter a few at a time.
  3. Drop it gently into the oil and fry on medium heat till golden in color, sprinkle with paprika, serve, and enjoy!!


  • Serving Size: 5 rings
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 591.1 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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Old Fashioned, but forever delicious – Crispy Onion Rings

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Why do you soak onions in milk before frying?

Soaking the onions helps dilute their sulfur content, taking away that pungent, raw bite and leaving you with a pleasant, milder onion that still has some snap to it. Cuisine At Home also recommends maintaining ultimate crispiness by double-dipping the onions in buttermilk and seasoned flour.

Why won’t the batter stick to my onion rings?

One reason could be that the onion rings are not properly dried before battering, which can prevent the batter from adhering to the onions. Another reason could be that the oil temperature is too low, causing the batter to become soggy and not adhere properly.

Onion rings (also called French-fried onion rings) are a form of appetizer or side dish in British and American cuisine. They generally consist of a cross-sectional “ring” of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and then deep fried; a variant is made with onion paste. While typically served as a side dish, onion rings are often eaten by themselves. A British recipe from 1802 calls for cutting onions into slices, dipping them into a batter including Parmesan cheese, and deep-frying them in lard. It suggests serving them with a sauce of melted butter and mustard.

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20 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Crispy Onion Rings”

  1. I love onion rings. These look wonderful. I’ve never made them with corn flour before. I’ll have to try this. Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #22 linkup. Hope to see you there next week, too. Have a great week!

  2. Wow, Esme, where do you get these wonderful ideas from? I never tried this, but now I’ll have to; it looks delicious. I’m a garlic addict, and now I’m wondering if I could do the same with garlic.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and comment. I have never done it with garlic, but it’s worth a try. Please let me know how it turned out and how you did it. It will be awesome to add that variation to this recipe.

  3. Esme, Those onion rings look fantastic. Hoping to try them soon! Also, thanks so much for all you and the cohosts do to make the Senior Salon Pit Stop such a great place!


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