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The Ultimate Crispy Onion Rings

Updated on October 5, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

The Ultimate Crispy Onion Rings
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Onion rings are something my husband and I will seek out on road trips when we get a craving. This is one of our splurges on date nights or when we're celebrating. We just can't get enough.

Crispy, crunchy, ketchupy goodness! I realize the idea of a fried item doesn't sounds so healthy, and it definitely doesn't sound like something you want to serve your family. But it can be!

Use the right ingredients and cook them the right way, and this can be a delicious way to get more veggies into your family's diet. Let's look at some of the wonderful health benefits of onions.

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are known for their obvious health qualities, including providing protection for the heart and blood vessels, and even preventing heart attacks altogether. Onion has repeatedly been shown to lower our risk of several cancers, even when we consume it in only moderate amounts.

Onions support your bone and connective tissues, provide anti-inflammatory benefits, and has also been shown to help prevent bacterial infection. Along with its sulfur-containing compounds, the flavonoid quercetin contained in onion helps provide these antibacterial benefits.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 8 people about 4 to 5 onion rings.


  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup flour, separated
  • 1/4 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon bbq seasoning
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, (or some other cooking oil like olive oil)
  • pinch salt


  1. Pour your 2 cups of cooking oil into a medium pot, but rather shallow pot and heat on medium high to prepare for frying your onion rings.
  2. Peel off one outer layer of skin from your 2 onions and slice into 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Separate out each of the slices on a separate plate and set aside while you prepare the coating.
  4. You will need at least 3 medium bowls for this process.
  5. In one, pour 1/2 cup of your flour.
  6. In the second, add your other 1/2 cup and the instant mashed potatoes.
  7. Add in your garlic and other seasonings.
  8. And finally, dump in your 1 cup of club soda and mix well.
  9. In the third bowl, you'll want to dump your 2 cups of panko bread crumbs. If you don't have pankos, try processing your favorite crackers instead.
  10. When your oil is hot, create yourself an assembly line.It's helpful if you have a second person helping that won't eat them all as they are ready.
  11. Set out your onions, your flour, your wet mixture, your panko bread crumbs, the oil and then finally a plate with a paper towel on it to soak up any extra oil.
  12. This is then going to be the order in which you dip your onion rings.
  13. Only work with 2-3 onion rings at a time.
  14. First cover several onion rings fully in flour.
  15. Then drop them into your wet mixture and coat them completely.
  16. As you remove each one from the wet mixture, tap them on the side of the bowl to remove any excess batter.
  17. Finally, lay each one into the panko crumbs, and flip them over to cover them in bread crumbs.
  18. Drop each one into the oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes each.
  19. When brown and crispy, drop them onto the paper towel covered plate to drain and cool.
  20. Repeat this process with all of your onion rings, and try not to eat them all before dinner.
  21. Finally, you'll want to sprinkle a little salt over each of them as they come out of the heat.
  22. Yummy! Yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 to 5 onion rings
Calories 179
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 184 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Ultimate Crispy Onion Rings
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Personal Review

I just can't say enough about these onion rings. We would have them for dinner every night if it wouldn't get really old fast. There are so many different ways to make these onion rings. What's great about any recipe is that if you don't like it, or don't like one ingredient in it, you can change it up.

If you don't like panko bread crumbs, or don't have any on hand, use bread slices, crackers, chips, or cereal ground up in the food processor. If you don't like vegetable oil, feel free to use olive oil.

You don't even have to fry them, as it's just as easy to bake them. If you don't like club soda, use 1 egg and a cup of milk instead. The sky is really the limit. The only real way to do this recipe wrong, is not to cook them at all. Lol

So get your ketchup, mustard, ranch, or other preferred dipping sauce ready, and make some onion rings!

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