Homemade Onion Rings as Served at The Copper Penny in Wilmington, North Carolina as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode 2808.
Recipe courtesy of Copper Penny

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min (includes sitting time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings



  1. Whisk together the flour, granulated garlic, cayenne and 1 tablespoon each salt and black pepper in a large bowl until well blended. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, milk and beer.
  2. Dunk the onion rings in the beer mixture and then toss in the flour mixture to coat evenly. Shake off the excess flour and lay the rings on a baking sheet. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, fill a heavy pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 350 degrees F. Sift the flour mixture to remove any clumps.
  4. Dunk the onions a second time in the buttermilk and toss in the flour. Shake off any excess flour before dropping the rings into the hot oil. Fry until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.