Making crispy beer battered onion rings at home is both simple and fun. With just a few simple ingredients which you probably already have on hand, you can make a whole batch of these delicious beer battered onion rings for any occasion.
The recipe is actually quite simple. Once you combine all the dry ingredients, pour in a cup of beer and mix well to create your batter. Now the question comes up all the time as to what is the best beer to use for beer batter? To be honest, it’s not really a huge deal. In fact, a good old can of Budweiser or Miller will work just fine – and in some cases may be preferred. A lot of people like to use a good stout beer such as Guinness. Guinness adds a deeper flavor and color and almost a chocolaty taste. IPA beers, traditionally, don’t make the best beer batter and tend to be bitter. A good brown ale such as Newcastle can be a good beer for batter and add a hint of sweetness that works great for a number of beer battered foods. Feel free to experiment!
You’ll want to make sure your oil gets hot enough. If it’s not hot enough the onion rings can come out too tough or even mushy. 365-375 degrees F is the perfect temperature for your oil.
- 2 large Vidalia onions
- 1 cup (8oz) of beer
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Vegetable oil for frying
- In a deep fryer or frying pan, heat oil to 375 degrees. Use enough oil so it's at least a couple of inches deep if using a pan.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk to mix well.
- Slowly pour beer into mixture and mix well to create batter.
- Dip sliced onion rings into batter one at a time, and drop carefully into hot oil.
- Fry in oil for 1-2 minutes, then flip if necessary and cook another minute or so or until golden brown. Total time cooking in oil should be 2-4 minutes.
- Drain onion rings on paper towels.