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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. 

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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. 
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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.
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Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe


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

Description

These 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 them on their own with your favorite dipping sauce. Ready in 30 minutes! 


Ingredients

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

Equipment


Instructions

  1. Prep the onions. ​Peel and slice the onions into 1/2-inch thick slices. Separate each slice into individual onion rings and add them to a large bowl.
  2. Soak in ice-cold salted water for 20 minutes. ​Cover the onion rings in ice water, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix to combine and let the onions soak for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil. ​Fill a deep cast iron pot or frying pan with 2-3″ of frying oil. Begin to heat over medium-low heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F.
  4. Coat the onions in flour. 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.
  5. Make the simple beer batter. ​In a deep, medium-sized bowl, add 1 cup of flour, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, remaining salt, nutritional yeast, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and mix to combine. Slowly whisk in the pale ale beer until a pancake-like batter forms.
  6. Coat the onions in batter. ​One at a time, fully coat each onion ring in the beer batter.
  7. Fry. Immediately place the beer-battered onion rings directly into the hot frying oil and fry on each side for 30 seconds or until golden brown and puffy. They will cook quickly so keep an eye on them!
  8. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Once the onions are fried, use a slotted spoon to remove them and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil. Continue until all of the onion rings are fried.
  9. Serve. Serve while warm and crisp with your favorite condiments. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: These onion rings are best enjoyed fresh. Leftovers will keep for up to 24 hours in an airtight container in the refrigerator and will reheat best in a single layer in the air fryer or toaster oven until crispy again. 
  • Freezing: Let the onions cool to room temperature on a wire cooling rack. Then, arrange the onion rings on a parchment paper-lined baking tray, leaving just enough space between each so they are not overlapping. Place the baking tray in the freezer and flash freeze until frozen, 1-2 hours. Then, transfer the frozen onion rings to an airtight freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat directly from frozen in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 6-7 minutes, or until crispy!
  • 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.