Classic Onion Rings are great for any occasion. These crispy onion rings are dipped in a simple batter and then fried to perfection.
- 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
- 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.
- I think they are a great side to corndogs and I'll normally make some of both for a fun dinner. Fun fact, the batter I use for both is the same expect you add a little garlic powder to these. That being said, it's find to omit it and do half corndogs and half onion rings with the batter!
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cook Time: 5 min
- Category: side
- Method: fry
- Cuisine: American
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