Mom's Onion Rings

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 large egg
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Set a cooling rack over a baking sheet.

  • Separate the onions into rings and put in a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of the flour. Arrange the floured rings on the cooling rack; let stand for 15 minutes.

  • Fill a large, wide pot with 2 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 365 degrees F over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 2 cups flour with the cornstarch, paprika, cayenne, lime zest and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. Add the milk, club soda and egg and whisk to combine.

  • Working in 3 or 4 batches, add a small amount of the onions to the batter and then immediately place into the hot oil. Fry until crisp and golden, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes. Allow the oil to come back to temperature between batches.

  • Season the onion rings with salt. Serve immediately with your condiment of choice, or transfer to a cooling rack and keep warm in the oven until ready to eat.


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