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How to Make Homemade Onion Rings

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Gordon has been cooking and experimenting with food since childhood. He loves coming up with new and tasty culinary creations.

Making Homemade Onion Rings is Quick and Easy

Onion rings are a very popular form of fast food and are sold in a wide variety of fast food restaurants, at what - sadly and unfortunately - can often be exorbitant and totally unjustifiable prices. If you consider for a moment how inexpensive the ingredients for onion rings are, the prices are out of all proportion. The good news in this respect is that onion rings, of fast food restaurant quality, are incredibly easy to make at home, with no specialist ingredients or equipment. This page is devoted to showing you how to make homemade onion rings, with an added bonus of ideas for using up the remainder of the chopped onion in each instance.

Large White Onions are Best for Onion Rings

The bigger the onions the better for quality onion rings
The bigger the onions the better for quality onion rings

The type of onion which you use to make onion rings is very important. Large, white onions such as those pictured above are perfect. Top and tail the onion, peel it and slice it across the way to a thickness of approximately quarter of an inch. It is vitally important to slice in the right direction or your onion will not come apart in rings, it will be in strips.

When making onion rings, it is likely that you are only going to use the bigger rings of the onion. This means that you will have to find a use for the smaller rings. In fast food restaurants, it may well be the case that these smaller rings are discarded, the cost of this waste being passed on to you, the consumer. At home, this should ideally be avoided.

Split each of the onion slices in to rings. Depending upon your preference, divide the rings according to size, in to which will be used to make the onion rings and which will be used for an alternative purpose.

The onion is firstly peeled and sliced
The onion is firstly peeled and sliced

Onion Rings Should be Separated According to Size

Onion Rings are Separated According to Size
Onion Rings are Separated According to Size

Homemade Onion Rings, Turkey Schnitzel and Chips

Homemade Onion Rings with Turkey Schnitzel and Chips
Homemade Onion Rings with Turkey Schnitzel and Chips

This is the simplest way of all to make homemade onion rings, with the serving suggestion above being just one slightly different idea.

Deep frying the onion rings
Deep frying the onion rings
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Two

Ingredients

  • 24 large onion rings
  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour
  • Chilled tonic or soda water
  • Salt
  • Sunflower oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Put the flour in to a large plastic container with a sealable lid and season with salt. Add the onion rings. Put the lid on the container and gently shake for a minute. Remove the onion rings one at a time to a clean plate, shaking off the excess flour in each instance.
  2. Slowly start pouring a little of the water in to the flour mixture, stirring constantly. You want to make a batter with the consistency of thick cream or paint.
  3. Although a deep frier can of course be used, using a deep frying pan to make the onion rings allows you to control their cooking much more effectively. Pour enough sunflower oil in to a pan to achieve a depth of about one inch and bring up to a fairly high heat.
  4. The onion rings should be cooked in batches of four to six at a time. Take each ring and submerge in the batter. Shake off the excess batter and carefully place in to the pan. Fry for two to three minutes each side. Remove to a plate covered with kitchen towel to drain before serving.

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Indian Spiced Onions - Using Up Spare Onion Rings

Indian Spiced Onions - Using Up Spare Onion Rings
Indian Spiced Onions - Using Up Spare Onion Rings

This is one option for using the remaining rings of each onion. These spiced onions can be served in many ways and above they are served simply with a few traditional poppadoms. The quantities in this recipe will make two portions of the above dish.

Important Note: Always be careful when making spiced onions. Although these onions are likely to seem only moderately spicy to some, others will find them too strong. It is easier to add more chilli than add other ingredients to offset an excess.

Combine all the other ingredients in to a paste before adding the chopped onions
Combine all the other ingredients in to a paste before adding the chopped onions

Ingredients

  • Approx 1/2 a large white onion
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp ground fenugreek seed
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped basil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. These spiced onions take no more than a couple of minutes to prepare. Do note, however, that it is essential to leave them covered in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours to allow the flavours to infuse. You will not get anything like the full enjoyment from them if you eat them straight away.
  2. Put all the ingredients except the onions in to a stone or glass (not plastic) mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Roughly chop the onion rings. Stir them carefully through the sauce, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.
  3. Indian Spiced Onions with Bruschetta
  4. It may not sound like an obvious combination but this fusion of Indian and Italian cuisine is absolutely delicious, proving that these onions go very well with many accompaniments beyond the conventional. Bruschetta is believed to have originated in Italy as a means of using up slightly stale bread and preventing it from going to waste. The bread in the instance below is three slices from a long, crusty loaf but virtually any type of bread can be used.
  5. Toast the bread under an overhead grill. Peel a clove of garlic and crush it partially under the blade of a large knife to release its juices. Rub the hot toasted bread with the crushed garlic clove to impart the flavour. Drizzle each piece of bread with a little extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.
  6. What can you come up with as an accompaniment to your spiced onions...??

Indian Spiced Onions with Bruschetta

Indian Spiced Onions with Bruschetta
Indian Spiced Onions with Bruschetta

Fast Food Style Onion Rings and Beefburger

Fast Food Style Onion Rings and Beefburger
Fast Food Style Onion Rings and Beefburger

Onion rings in fast food restaurants will very often be coated with breadcrumbs, to give them a little extra crunch. That is the only real difference with these onion rings compared to the ones featured further up this page. For best results, do use fresh breadcrumbs, rather than those bought packaged from the supermarket.

Homemade beef burgers ready to be fried
Homemade beef burgers ready to be fried
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Two

Ingredients

  • 1/2 minced/ground beef
  • 2 soft bread rolls
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs (about 3 standard slices)
  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour
  • Chilled soda or tonic water
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Sunflower oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the onion and separate it in to rings. Allow 8 to 10 large rings per person for the onion rings and set aside. Finely chop the remainder of the onion. Add it to a mixing bowl with the beef, the peeled and finely chopped garlic clove and salt and black pepper. Mix very well by hand, squeezing the other ingredients in to the meat and compacting it as much as possible. Separate in to two equal portions, roll in to balls and faltten between your palms to half inch thick burgers.
  2. Put some sunglower oil in to a non-stick saucepan. The burgers should be fried very over a low to moderate heat for 8 to 10 minutes each side. Do not press the burgers down with a spatual as they cook. This serves only to squeeze the juices out of them and make the cooked burgers dry. The cooked burgers should be rested in the pan for 2 or 3 minutes before being served.
  3. The onion rings are prepared exactly as above with the exception of being dipped in breadcrumbs, immediately after being dredged in the batter. Shake off the excess breadcrumbs by lightly tapping them on a plate, prior to putting them in the hot oil.
  4. While the burgers are resting and the onion rings are draining on kitchen paper, the bread rolls should be halved and lightly toasted. The meal can then be plated and served, with a couple of slices of tomato and a teaspoon of mayo as a garnish in each instance, if desired.

Thank you for your visit to this page. I hope it has at least shown how easy it is to make homemade onion rings. Any comments or feedback which you have may be left in the space below.

© 2011 Gordon N Hamilton

What Do You Like to Eat with Your Onion Rings?

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I love to eat onion rings with a spicy horseradishy dip ... never tried making them other than baking or frying the frozen ones. Sounds yummy.