Homemade Onion Rings

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Classic Onion Rings are great for any occasion. These crispy onion rings are dipped in a simple batter and then fried to perfection.

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Onion rings can be found on most restaurant menus in the United States. They are really popular and for good reason. Learning how to make onion rings at home is quick, easy, and delicious. You slice the onions, prepare the batter, dip, and then fry. Anyone can whip these up in no time flat.

Homemade onion rings make a fun appetizer to serve at a gathering or they make a great snack to munch on while watching football with friends. I have also used them as a side dish for easy air fryer hamburgers or turkey burgers.

hand dipping onion ring in ketchup

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Better Taste: Fresher and more flavorful.
  • Fun to Make: Enjoyable cooking experience.
  • Cost-Effective: Cheaper than dining out.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Onions
  • Light oil for frying
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How To Make Homemade Onion Rings

Step #1: Slice onions into rings and separate them.

Step #2: Heat oil to 350-375°F in a deep pan.

Step #3: Mix dry ingredients, then add eggs and milk to create batter.

Step #4: Dip onion rings in batter, then fry in batches until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of onion is best for onion rings?

I prefer to use yellow or white onions for onion rings. They fry up really well and I usually have them in the pantry.

How thick should I slice the onion for onion rings?

For onion rings, you will want to slice the onion into large rings that are 1/4 inch thickness. Instead of throwing the smaller sections away, save them for other recipes.

How do you keep onion rings from getting soggy?

If the onion rings are covered in too much batter they won’t crisp up. Over battering causes the onion rings to retain too much moisture so they tend to get soggy once they are out of the fryer. Aint nobody want a soggy onion ring.

top view of onion rings on a tray lined with paper towels

Expert Tips

  • Sweet onions, like Vidalia or Walla Walla, are ideal for onion rings due to their mild flavor. However, yellow onions can also be used for a more robust taste.
  • When slicing your onions, aim for consistent thickness (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch). This ensures even cooking and optimal texture.
  • Maintaining the oil temperature between 350-375°F is crucial. If the oil is too hot, the batter will brown too quickly without fully cooking the onion.

What do you serve with onion rings?

Onion rings make a great side dish for hamburgers, slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches, or any type of BBQ. They would also be so good as a salad topper or eaten like French fries with ketchup. Easy onion rings made in the air fryer are also really simple to whip up too.

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close up picture of onion rings
4.80 from 5 votes

Homemade Onion Rings

Classic Onion Rings are great for any occasion. These crispy onion rings are dipped in a simple batter and then fried to perfection.
Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 35 onion rings


  • 2 large white or yellow onions
  • 2 quarts light oil for frying, such as canola, vegetable, or corn oil
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
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  • Prepare your onions by slicing off the root and stem end. Remove the outer few layers of the onion skin. Slice the onion into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, it’ll normally be 4-5 slices per onion. Use your hands to separate the onion slices from each other, without breaking them and keeping them in rings.
  • Add your oil to a large Dutch oven or high walled cast iron skillet and place it over medium-high heat to start heating your oil. If you have a paddle thermometer, you can clip it to the side to see the temperature (I recommend using a thermometer for best results).
  • In a medium mixing bowl add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the eggs and milk and stir to combine well.
  • When your oil has reached 350 degrees to 375 degrees F., drop one onion ring into the batter. Press it into the batter with a fork and use the fork to remove it from the batter. Hold it over the bowl and allow the extra batter to run off a bit. Add the battered onion ring carefully to the hot oil.
  • Repeat with a few more pieces of onion so that you have 4-6 in your pan, depending on the size (don’t crowd the pan or add too many).
  • Let the onion rings cook for 3-5 minute or until they are a deep golden brown. Use a spider strainer or a wire skimmer to remove the onion rings from the oil and place them on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining onion rings until they are all cooked, adjusting your burner temperature as needed to help maintain a steady oil temperature.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces.


  • Sweet onions, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, are preferred for their mild flavor, making them perfect for onion rings. Yellow onions can be used for a more pronounced onion flavor.
  • Aim for slices about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick for the best balance between crispy batter and tender onion.
  • Keeping the oil consistently between 350-375°F is crucial. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature closely. If the oil is too cool, the onion rings will absorb too much oil and become soggy. If it’s too hot, the batter may burn before the onion is cooked.
  • Avoid overcrowding the pan to maintain oil temperature. Fry in small batches for the best results.
  • Onion rings are best enjoyed fresh and hot right after frying for maximum crispiness.


Serving: 5 of 35 rings, Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 51.5g, Protein: 8.5g, Fat: 2.1g, Cholesterol: 47.7mg, Sugar: 13.2g
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  1. Kiffany Trevithick says:

    5 stars
    Mmmmm Perfect batter. The sugar in the recipe works great if you don’t have sweet onions. Don’t skimp! I added a little extra milk to make dipping easier. Still tastes amazing!!!! Home run on this one! Sending to all friends now….🥳🙏🏻😍

  2. Jen says:

    Is it baking soda or powder? Ingredients say one and directions say another.

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s baking powder, thank you for asking, I have corrected that mistake.

  3. Karla says:

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and used walla walla sweets and they were fantastic. Family really enjoyed them.

  4. Margie says:

    I just divided the recipe in half and made a small batch. They were absolutely delicious! Thanks such a great and simple recipe.

  5. Lija says:

    4 stars
    Great recipe, but it came out thick, had to increase milk by at least double. I swapped out the regular AP flour for Gluten Free, swapped sat out with my Mix up Salt, it still worked out my rings are light.