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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