These beer-battered onion rings are dangerously addicting—the perfect snack for football parties, family dinners and more! While deep frying foods can seem intimidating this recipe is very straightforward. Simple whip up a simple (and delicious) beer batter, dunk your onion rings in, and pop ‘em in the fryer.
When they’re done you’re left with a perfectly crispy and seasoned onion ring that will rival the best you’ve had at any restaurant. Seriously, you will not be able to stop at one. My family loves when I make these and gobble them up instantly. Give them a try and see how good they are for yourself!
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups light beer
2 large yellow or Vidalia onions
Vegetable oil, for frying
ketchup, for dipping (optional)
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of flour with the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk in the beer until the mixture is well combined. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the tip off of the stem side of the onions then remove the peel. Slice the onions horizontally into 1/2-inch-thick rings and toss them with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour.
Add the vegetable oil to a Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches and heat it over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 375°F.
Working in batches, dip the onion rings into the prepared batter, shaking off any excess, then immediately drop them into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot. Allow the onions to cook in the oil, flipping them once to guarantee even browning, for a total of about 3 minutes. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately season them with salt. Repeat the coating and frying process, returning the oil to 375°F between batches, with the remaining onions.
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Quick tip: When pouring the beer into your measuring cup do not include any of the foam—to do this tilt measuring cup so that it’s pointed toward you and then pour beer just down the inside of the measuring cup.