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How to Make Batter Mix and Onion Rings

Updated on April 19, 2017
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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes

Onion Rings
Onion Rings

Batter Mix Recipe

Step by step instructions with photos for making homemade Batter Mix.

In this article you will learn a basic batter mix recipe. Once you have made it you can then create great homemade food.

Ingredients for Onion Rings Recipe
Ingredients for Onion Rings Recipe


  • 2 large cups Flour, self raising, plain, all purpose
  • 2 meduim Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Few shakes Salt, as preferred
  • Few shakes Pepper, as preferred
  • Other seasoning
Batter Mix Recipe
Batter Mix Recipe

Preparation Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: Makes enough batter to quarter fill a bowl


  1. Pour the flour into a bowl
  2. Add salt and pepper and any other seasoning you wish
  3. Add the two eggs
  4. Pour the oil into the bowl
  5. Mix in well with a fork

5. Pour in the milk and mix making sure there are no lumps

Mixture should be sticky but not too thick. See photo

You want the batter mix to stick to the food and not run off it

Your basic batter mix is now ready to use.

Homemade Batter
Homemade Batter

How to Make Onions Rings


  • Batter mix as above
  • 5 medium onions
  • Oil for chip pan

Prepare the Onions

  • Cut the ends off each onion
  • Peel the skin
  • Put each one under the tap of running water. This will stop you from getting the vapours in your eyes.
  • Slice the onions into medium bits. Some of these slices with come apart especially near the end but you can still use them
  • Heat up the oil in the chip pan.
  • Add a few rings to the batter mix.
  • Turn over with a fork to cover with the mix.
  • Put these into the hot oil.
  • Cook until brown which will be less than a minute.

Do not overcook them as you want to use them for freezing. When they are taken out of the freezer for the meal they will be cooked from frozen until brown and crispy

Onion Rings Recipe
Onion Rings Recipe
  • While these are cooking prepare the next lot.
  • Some of the rings will come apart in the batter. Leave them there
  • Have a couple of plates ready to place the cooked onions rings on
  • Continue to cover the onions with the batter and fry them.
  • You will have a lot of strips of onion that have fallen off.
  • Cover these with the batter and add to the hot oil
  • These will only take a few seconds to cook as they are smaller
  • Once all the onion rings are cooked allow them to cool down for an hour
  • Take some freezer bags and add a few to each bag.
  • The five medium onions in these photos made enough for three bags of onions rings.

The onions rings above are quick to make but they are a little bit messy. The oil will have to be changed after you cook them. But this is the beauty of this recipe. You can make them in bulk and freeze them.

Onions in Batter
Onions in Batter
Homemade Onion Rings
Homemade Onion Rings

Use Batter for

  • Onion Rings
  • Potatoes
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Potatoes and cabbage
  • Potatoes and onions

How to Freeze your Onions Rings

You can also cover the above foods in bulk and cover them with the batter and freeze them.

There is nothing nicer than being able to go to the freezer and use you own creations to add to your dinner.

Homemade recipes are cheaper and you know they have been prepared hygienically by yourself.

Chicken Dips

  • I usually get free range chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • I put the chicken and a cut onions in tin foil and cook in the oven.
  • I let these go cold.
  • Then I make the batter and cover pieces of chicken in oil.
  • I also do this in bulk and freeze.

The children love these and at least you know they are eating good meat prepared by you.


For myself I love Ray, called Skate in some countries.

  • I fry this and do the same as above but in larger pieces.
  • Of course your favourite fish can be covered in your own batter too.

Fish, Chips Onion Rings
Fish, Chips Onion Rings

Homemade Batter

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Mashed Potatoes in Batter

I really love these. They are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper.

  • I cook a pot of potatoes and mash them.
  • Leave to go cold and then flatten them out into small pieces on a tray.
  • Leave them in the fridge until the morning.
  • Cover in batter as above and freeze.
  • Great instead of chips, with a fry up for breakfast or as a snack with a fried egg or beans.

Mashed Potatoes and Onions or Cabbage in Batter

  • I make the same potatoes and add sliced onions to the mash and mix together.
  • I also do the same with cabbage.
  • The cabbage has to be cooked first though.

Sausages in Batter

  • You can use either beef, pork or vegetarian sausages.
  • Cook the sausages before hand and allow to cool.
  • Cover with the batter and fry for a minute until the batter is brown.
  • Allow to go cold and freeze.

So enjoy creating new and different dishes with this home made batter mix.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never had onion rings before. This is so intriguing! I love that you can freeze them. I'm a huge fan of freezing things.

      Thanks for the awesome recipe, helpful tips, and great photos!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Oh Simone I do love onion rings they are so tasty with fish and chips or a breakfast fry up. And because they are frozen they can be used easily whenever you want them.

      Yes I agree with you about the freezer. I buy fresh food when it is on special, especially meat. Then I cook it up for that night's dinner and freeze the rest in portions as soon as it is cold.

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      Congratulations on the win! The best onion rings I've ever had were, strangely enough, cooked over mangrove wood in a swamp in French Guiana where I was counting sea turtles. I've always regretted losing the Amerindian boatsman's recipe, but with yours I no longer need it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations! These recipes, tips, photos and step by step instructions are great. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Making batter is so easy and it can create wonderful new dishes.

      It is nice to win a prize lol. Thanks Letitia for the comment, Cooking over a mangrove wood in a swamp in French Guiana sounds intriguing!

      Thelma thanks for the comment, share and votes

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great and premaking them and putting them in the freezer could save loads of money! I will share this on FB, twitter, pin it and google+.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Oh, I'm so glad I saw this! I tried to make onion rings the other night, but they were a disaster... I'm going to try this recipe now. Thanks! :)

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      rex michaels 4 years ago

      Now I know What to do with leftover mashed potatoes. Excellent hub, I might give this recipe a try tonight with some home grown squash I just picked.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Now I have a hankering for onion rings! If you don't mind, I'm going to link my latest hub on mashed potatoes to this one. What a great idea for mashed potatoes! Voted up and shared. Congrats on winning a daily drawing prize!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Oops made this comment with my other account user name above had to delete it lol

      Once you get the onions rings to your taste why not make a large batch ThePracticalMommy then you will only have to take them out of the freezer whenever you fancy adding them to your dinner. Thanks for reading, hope they work out for you.

      Mashed potatoes and cooked cabbage in the batter really go well together too rexmichaels. I have not tried to make squash in batter before let me know how it tastes.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      vespawoolf thanks for the link and votes. The kids love the mashed potatoes done this way too. Yes the win was a nice surprise thanks.

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      HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oooh...those look so good! I just had some batter-fried chicken at a popular chain restaurant last night and was wondering how easy it is to make at home myself. Thanks for sharing!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      The beauty of making your own chicken in batter is that you know you are eating proper chicken fillet pieces that have no added surprises. They taste so much better too lol.

      HawaiiHeart they are quick and easy to make and freeze well.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Can't understand it, viking. It's early in the morning and I have the strangest, most intense desire for breaded onion rings. Think it may be something I read! Thanks for this delicious-looking recipe.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      drbj lol thanks for reading and your comment. Make them soon they are really nice.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This batter would be great for deep fried pickles and zucchini too. I usually buy the beer batter mix but next time I make onion rings I'll try your recipe.

      Congrats on the win!

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      Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Hey, in India, we prepare these with a different batter mix, substituting gram flour(chickpea flour) for your all purpose flour. And instead of milk, we use water. And it turns out great. Chili powder, salt and cornflour are added to the batter to make the bajjis or bondas as we call them, crispy and spicy. Perfect for a rainy day. Always made fresh just before serving hot, they are never stored in the freezer.

      Like you, we use this batter to fry onion rings, potato slices, green plantain slices, brinjal slices, chicken, fish and spicy mashed potato too. Served at wedding feasts too.

      Thanks for sharing your recipe,and congrats!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Yes the batter can be used for so many foods and it is fun to experiment. Thanks for the comment and congrats Just Ask Susan

      Purple Perl: Your variations of batter mix does sound very tasty too. Thank you for sharing the different methods of the way it is cooked in India.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. This is something completely new and I am happy that it can be freezed. Thanks for sharing.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Making your own batter mix is really easy and tasty. Vacation Trip if you give this recipe a try you will be able to put batter on many of your favourite foods!

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      Craig Gibson 4 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      Great recipe for making the batter that can be used on a variety of things.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I always end up having a thin batter for my onion rings. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will definitely follow your recipe. Up and useful. :)

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Hello FullOfLoveSites. I am delighted you find my recipe useful thank you. When I first started making batter mix I used a trick my mother taught me when making custard and gravy.

      Until you get used to the amount of powder or flour to use always put in what you assume will be too much. That way if you are wrong then it is the correct consistency.

      But if it is too thick you can always add the milk to thin it out. This is so much easier than trying to thicken it. Good luck and enjoy the onion rings.

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      Christine 3 years ago from Dublin

      Will be making these tomorrow, great that you can freeze them. I have done them in the past and had to throw away the oil like you say but did not think of doing in bulk and freezing.. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

      Garlic Angel :-)

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yes the batter mix can be used for other foods too like potatoes, fish, chicken etc so is very versatile and they can all be frozen too

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      Jo 2 years ago

      What a cracking treat

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I do love to eat these homemade onion rings Jo.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

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