Beer Battered Onion Rings

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
10 min
1 hr
10 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 4 cups canola oil or peanut oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red bell peppers, roasted
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, fresh cracked
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 yellow onions, sweeter the better, Vidalia or Texas sweets
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, granulated
  • 12 ounces beer, medium body
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan

In a Dutch oven heat oil to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor combine sour cream, mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, white wine and minced garlic, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cut onions 1/2-inch thick, remove dark exterior of onions, separate into rings and soak in buttermilk for 1 hour.

Combine 1 cup of flour, remaining salt, pepper, and garlic, mix thoroughly. In a medium bowl combine beer and 1 cup of flour, mix thoroughly.

Remove onion rings from buttermilk, shake off excess, dredge in flour, shake off excess, then dip in beer batter. Drop some onion rings in oil and continue process, being sure not to crowd rings as they will stick together. When golden, remove and let drain on paper towels.

Garnish with Parmesan.

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    these were excellent! my husband had a friend over for dinner tonight and i served these alongside some burgers- they went bonkers. i appreciated the very light fry coating- i haaate heavy onion rings. i would have wished for just a bit more salt; next time i make them i think i'll add some salt and old bay, but other than that, perfect.
    I swapped out the sauce fixings with lowfat ingredients and it was amazing-took this to a fish fry tonight and the "older" folks went crazy over it ans had 6 people ask me for the recipe and I had to fess up that is was Gyu's recipe with a lil bit of me in it. The onion rings were 100% winners. Thank you Guy 
    This was so good!! Soaking them in the buttermilk really breaks the onions down and when you bite into it, the onion doesn't pull out because your bite didn't go through all the way. The batter is so crispy too. I needed to use more flour than the 2 cups in the recipe.
    They were crispy and perfect and the onions didn't pull through the batter after frying (I hate when that happens....but my kids thought they lacked flavor, so I added a little more salt and a dash of cayenne pepper to the dry mix. I didn't have time to make the dip, but I will definitely give this recipe a try again!
    So good! We just used the beer batter part of the recipe. Cut the onions into petals instead of rings. The batter fried up so crispy! It also "puffed" a little, which we really liked. We didn't add any extra seasoning, and still loved these, but next time, we may try adding the parmesan or some other spice to kick up the flavor a little. These were just perfect with our homemade hamburgers. The husband already has a list of other things to use this beer batter on.
    lve these !made them for my son and he said mom 5 stars ! thanks Guy
    I love onion rings, even plain ol' bland ones. This dipping sauce is fantastic, and the beer batter a great simple one for crunchy rings. We were having margaritas too, so I added some Farmer's fresh horseradish to the sauce (it cleanses the liver, for real. Every bite was delicious! Too much sauce for the amount of rings - not a problem. It goes well on anything! (PS I had no sour cream, used low fat yogurt - still awesome. Also didn't soak onions more than a minute, didn't refrigerate sauce for an hour - if I did, it'd no doubt be even better. Thanks Guy!
    i found these to be lacking in flavor which was odd bc of all the ingredients. the dipping sauce was good but not great
    Very good, changed it up a bit, added cayenne to the dipping sauce, which was really delicious but I wanted some heat. Then after dipping rings in beer batter, I tossed them into Panko crumbs for EXTRA crispiness. Yummy!
    My first time making onion rings and I'm so happy I picked this recipe! The batter was perfectly light and crispy and the the dip!!! Amazing, you could dip an old shoe in this dip and it would taste great! I didn't have to change a thing this recipe is PERFECT! and you can put the leftover dip on ANYTHING, nothing was wasted!
    Awesome! Kept them warm in a 200 degree oven for over an hour and they were warm and crispy!
    This is fantastic! Not only are the onion rings great the dip is awesome! The rings never made it to the table - we ate them as they were cooked! The dip goes great with veggies and we've also used it in place of mayo on burgers, etc. Didn't need to change a thing in the recipe. 
    Forgot to note that the red pepper flavor in the dip does intensify over time.
    Fabulous, simple recipe! We make them at big family gatherings and never make enough.
    Amazing! I haven't made the dip yet, but I put some thyme, salt and pepper into my flour mix and it is the most delicious onion ring ever!
    Really good onion rings! I didn't have time to make the sauce - can't wait to try that next time.
    Just made these for Superbowl and they were the talk of the party! So good, they're ridiculous! I used peanut oil for frying - can't go wrong there - but didn't make the dip. Next time! They really are the best I've ever had, and not too hard to make. Just a little time consuming.
    I loved the onion rings.I didn't make the dip cause my family loves ranch dressing to dip them in.
    These are by far the best onion rings to come out of my kitchen, and the sauce, oh man its good and can be used for many other things like fresh veggie dip. Onion rings are nice and crisp with a good coating that doesn't fall off at first bite. Try this one, you won't be dissapointed!
    Made these for my husband's football party and everyone absolutely loved them! I did not make the dipping sauce.
    So amazing. My family has eaten A LOT of onion rings. These were the best ever. And the dip - oh boy!!!
    Onion rings are awesome and the dip is even better! We have made it with sour cream and also with cream cheese for a cracker spread!
    I used corona beer it came out so JUICY I RECOMMEND THIS RECIPE LOVE IT!!! :P
    Amazing! They are so good! a bit bland but better than what you get in most restaurants. I am not much of a cooker but this recipe is so easy and foolproof. I made two onions worth...which is about a tray full and they were all gone almost instantly! So yummy and crispy!!! I used sam adams and it came out so dang good! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Great recipe. I added sirachi to the beer batter (be generous and did one last dredge in Japanese bread crumbs. My wife loved the the ones I did with the bread crumbs. The beer I used was what I had in the fridge; Bud Light...worked fine. Thanks to Paula Deen for the sirachi idea (from her Tea Brined fried chicken, and I saw Guy use the bread crumbs on one of his shows where he did a similar onion ring recipe. LOVE his shows!!!
    I have made quite a few of Guy's recipes and this one is definitely on the mark or should I say they are "MONEY" as guy would say. This was my first time making onion rings and they came out nice and crispy. I wasn't sure about what beer to use since I don't know beer, but I went with a pale ale and it seemed to work. I don't think I am going to try another recipe. Since this recipe ain't broke, I won't try to fix it....Happy Cooking
    Best damn onion rings ever. You may want to season the flour a bit more...
    AWESOME! The first 4 rings I followed the recipe, then I added a few shakes of red pepper flakes to the wet batter plus i dredged them through panko bread crumbs. 6 onion rings was a meal. Didn't do the mayo dip so I can't rate that but the rings rocked.
    Best onion rings ever! My daughter thought I made too many until she tried one. There were none left! I didn't make the dipping sauce this time, but will definitely try it next time. Not greasy at all & the batter stayed on.
    uhhh, am I missing a page? How do I make the beer batter?
    yu don't say what to do with the mayonnaise mixture in the directdions
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