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Beer battered onion rings are super crispy, simple to make and loaded with flavor. Make them as a side to complement a burger, or enjoy on their own with your favorite dipping sauce. 

close up shot of vegan onion rings on a platter with dipping sauce

Next time you are craving onion rings, which is probably right now since you’re here, you have to try this recipe. With this beer batter, you can achieve ultimate crispiness effortlessly. Let’s get cookin’!

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Here’s What You Need to Make the Onion Rings:

For the Batter:

  • Beer: I recommend using a pale ale or light beer to make your batter. I used Stella Artois, and it came out perfectly. An important thing to note is that all of the alcohol will cook off during the frying process, so, unfortunately, you will not get tipsy when eating these. If you prefer non-alcoholic beer, you can also use that for this recipe. 
  • Spices: The spice blend for these beer-battered onion rings is quite simple. It contains paprika, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Feel free to add or subtract the amounts as you see fit. If you’re not a fan of spice, I recommend omitting the cayenne pepper. It’s subtle but will pack a tiny bit of spice. 
  • Flour: The onion rings should be coated in all-purpose flour to optimize crispiness. I like to do this step before making the batter because the longer the onions rest after being doused in flour, the better. 
  • Baking Powder: This will help the beer batter puff up and get golden brown when frying. We prefer to use aluminum-free baking powder. 

Other Ingredients Needed:

  • Ice cold salted water: Before the batter and frying process starts, the slices of onions should soak in ice-cold saltwater for about 20 minutes. This will help the onions rings stay nice and crispy. 
  • Onions: The best onions to use are large yellow or sweet / Vidalia onions, but white onions can also be used. 
  • Oil for frying: A neutral oil with a high smoke point is ideal. I recommend using canola oil, safflower, sunflower, vegetable, or avocado oil. 
overhead shot of vegan onion rings on a platter with dipping sauce

Additional Equipment: 

  • Large Bowl: This will be used for soaking the onions. 
  • Deep fryer / deep pot or pan: If you don’t have a dedicated deep frying pan or set up, I recommend using a cast iron pan. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the batter, I don’t think these would cook up the same in an air fryer. 
  • Whisk: To help remove all of the clumps from the beer batter. 
  • Paper towel-lined plate: For removing excess oil from the onion rings after being fried. 
  • Cooling rack: This is optional, but a cooling rack will help the onion rings stay crispy after they’re fried.
  • Tongs or slotted spoon: add and remove the battered onion rings from the hot oil.
dipping beer battered onion rings into sauce

Need Dip Ideas?

The possibilities are endless! Whether you want to keep things classic with ketchup and mustard or spice things up a bit with something more unique, you can’t go wrong.

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close up shot of vegan onion rings on a platter with dipping sauce

Beer Battered Onion Rings

  • Author: Chris Petrellese
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 onion rings
  • Diet: Vegan


Beer battered onion rings are super crispy, simple to make and loaded with flavor. Make them as a side to complement a burger, or enjoy on their own with your favorite dipping sauce. 


  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast 
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 12 oz pale ale beer
  • Oil for frying


  1.  Peel your onions and slice them int half-inch (1/2″) thick slices. Separate each slice into individual rings and add them to a large bowl. Fill the bowl of onion rings with ice water until all of the onions are covered, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt, mix it, and let sit for 20 minutes. 
  2. After 20 minutes, fill a small bowl with 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Coat each onion ring in the flour and set aside on a wire rack or plate. 
  3.  Heat a cast iron or deep frying pan with 2-3” of frying oil (I recommend canola or vegetable) to 350 degrees.
  4. In a deep medium-sized bowl, add in the remaining dry ingredients, and slowly whisk in the beer until and pancake-like batter forms. 
  5. Fully coat each onion ring in the beer batter and immediately fry in the oil for about 30 seconds on each side or until golden. They will cook quickly so keep an eye on them. 
  6. Once fried, transfer your onion rings to a paper towel-lined plate. 
  7.  Serve with your favorite condiments and enjoy! 
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Deep Fry

Keywords: snack, onion, appetizer, party food, vegan

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    1. Since the batter is runny I don’t think they would come out the same way in an air fryer, unfortunately.