Onion Rings

Total Time:
18 min
15 min
3 min

4 servings

  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) beer (recommended: Heineken)
  • 1 (2-ounce) shot of vodka (the cheaper the better)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus a little extra, if needed
  • 3 large white onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick rounds
  • Kosher salt
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a large pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees F.

  • Pour the beer into a medium bowl and stir in the vodka. Slowly whisk in 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 cup flour. The batter should be fairly thick (to coat the onion rings before frying) but also easy to stir. Set aside in a warm place.

  • Gather the onion rings in a medium bowl and use a small strainer to sprinkle it with remaining 2 tablespoons paprika. Toss to blend.

  • Prepare a baking sheet fitted with a kitchen towel to drain the onion rings as they come out of the oil. Stir the batter slightly. To test the consistency of the batter and the temperature of the oil, put an onion ring on a slotted spoon and submerge it completely in the batter. It should coat the piece lightly. If the batter is too thick, add a little water to thin it out. If the batter is too thin, sift and whisk in a little more flour.

  • Dip the onion ring in the batter, drain the excess batter, and use a slotted spoon or a pair of kitchen tongs to lower the onion ring into the oil. It should bubble slightly and the onion should gradually rise to the top. Fry until light brown, 2 to 3 minutes, and transfer them to the kitchen towel. Fry the onions in small batches. Season with salt and serve immediately

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Oh, and we do agree to a bit of salt after coming out of the fryer. Me, I would add a lot of salt to the batter, but I can't add any because hubby and son aren't salt people. So a sprinkle for hubby was great tonight....I never add salt to anything other than what a recipe calls for or it will be ruined for anyone but me. I'm a salt freak. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The perfect onion rings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best onion rings we have ever had!! So crispy and batter sticks well, just make sure to salt right after you take them out of oil. Fry a couple, if they are to bland, add cayenne or some type creole seasoning to taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am going to try again. I used 3 large onions and had too many for the batter. We are not bear drinkers and I had thrown out the excess bear and so couldn't make more. Hardly any breading stuck but on one or two and those tasted great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved these! Make sure to salt rings immediately after removing from oil. I used my deep fryer. Will definitely make these again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alex, Your fried onion ring recipe was a fantastic hit with both of my 85 year old parents. I cook every weekend for them and this dish was a great side for grilled hamburgers and baked beans. My dad said they were probably the best he had ever had. Thanks for the tip and for making lunch for them extra enjoyable. G item not reviewed by moderator and published
The onion rings were good. I used old bay instead of paprika. I can't eat onion rings often but I love the vodka tip. I believe it really gave the rings a crunchier texture. I will definitely remember to use vodka every time I prepare onion rings. Thanks Alex! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After cooking for a number of years, I have learned to adjust for my families taste for salt, etc..With the growing awareness of the over use of salt, and its impact on one's health, it's probably wise to err on the side of less salt and let others judge for themselves. The onions were perfect for my family and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! One of the best I've ever tried. Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find these to be too bland. They came out perfectly done and the coating was crispy and light. I believe the crunch was attained from the use of Vodka, that is to say adding another starch to the batter. Just great! Alex really knows her stuff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this episode and thought it was time to try my hand at onion rings since the looked good on camera. I followed the recipe exactly. The end product looked beautiful, had a light crunch, but taste was just bland. Major bummer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked it. I used Rolling Rock beer which has a close taste to the recomended. Easy and fast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a super breading I have used this several times adjusting the seasonings and corn meal for crunch and works whatever I do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great!!! I used it for shrimp the results, fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so delicious. What is wrong with the other viewers?? Alex knows how to cook. We wish she was on our primetime. We are tired of INA, Paula and Rachel who cook the same all the time. How about The NEELEYS, Big Daddy and where are some of the better ones like Tyler, Michael C., and AIDA???? You keep taking the good chefs off. Why do we have Melissa d'A on our primetime. She cooks for kids. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have used peanut oil, self-rising flour, plus sea salt rather than Kosher. A lot tastier! item not reviewed by moderator and published
All I can say is if someone had made these on the show, "Chopped" that Alex judges every once in a while - she would have chopped them. They were the most tasteless onion rings I've ever had, even with extra paprika added. Ick. As other states, you need more beer, but even that won't help this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are a good side. I had them with panini's. They are easier to make than I thought onion rings would be and they're pretty tasty. I sprinkled sea salt on the onions before dipping them in the batter and that turned out well - I should have sprinkled them with both the paprika and the salt, next time I will. I agree with the previous reviewer. These are good, mine also came out crisp and fluffy, just needs a little something more than the recipe lists for bigger flavor (maybe some onion powder in the batter?). I'll be making these again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these and they turned out excellent -- crispy and fluffy! I halved the recipe since I was only frying 1 onion's worth (which was more than enough for me and my husband. I used Blue Moon beer, i honestly dont know if it matters since the end product doesn't have any of the beer taste, so I would just use whatever beer you have lying around. Only complaint was that they turned out a little bland. Next time, I'll add the salt to the batter right before frying and maybe throw in some more paprika? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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