I. Love. Onion. Rings. As a kid, I would order them, crack them open, pull out the onion and and just eat the batter. Though I loved the flavor, I hadn’t quite warmed up to eating the actual onion yet. Now, I love them in EVERYTHING! Especially sweet onions. Vidalia’s, Peruvian, Maui, Walla Walla, Sweet Imperial, Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter… it doesn’t matter. If it’s a sweet onion… I’m a fan.
Most recipes for onion rings are pretty basic. But I’ve added a couple of little extras to make these special. Like buttermilk and Panko and an Asian hot sauce. I hope you love these as much as I do.
- 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 – 1 1/5 cup buttermilk, or as needed
- 1 cup dry unflavored bread crumbs
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- salt to taste
- 1 quart peanut oil for frying, or as needed (you can sub vegetable oil but peanut tastes better and takes the high heat better)
Preparing Dipping Sauce
Mix two ingredients thoroughly until completely blended. Use more or less of the chili sauce depending on your “heat” preference.
- Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or dutch oven to 365 degrees F.
- Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside. This will help the batter adhere.
- Gently beat the egg and milk into the flour mixture using hand mixer.
- Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping. The wire rack may be placed over a sheet of aluminum foil for easier clean up.
- Mix together the corn meal, bread and Panko crumbs and scatter out on a plate or shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scooping over the ring to coat it. Give it a gentle tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well. Repeat with remaining rings.I suggest completing this entire step before starting to fry rings. Its very easy to burn them if you’re distracted. I may or may not be speaking from experience. :o)
Ready To Cook?
- Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. They should float to the top immediately – if they don’t your oil is not hot enough. Turn rings over once during the frying time.
- Remove from oil and transfer to a paper towel to drain. Season with seasoning salt, and serve warm.
The Perfect Bite
Give them about 30 seconds or so to cool.. swirl slightly in the Sriracha Sauce and enjoy! Although they’re best served within minutes of cooking… be sure to let them cool enough so as not to burn the roof of your mouth. Again, I may or may not be speaking from experience.
The Perfect Pairing
I enjoyed these with a bottle of my favorite beer, Negra Medelo. But any amber or pale ale would be a great pairing. Also, try putting a few of the smaller rings on top of a large summer salad or add one of the large rings to the top of your favorite grilled burger.
The Perfect Health
Okay, let’s face it – these are deep fried onion rings. I’m not going to try and fake a health benefit here. But, onions have a variety of medicinal effects. Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems. Read here for more details.