A lot of times I cook recipes that I think you (the reader) will love, these Homemade Onion Rings are 100% for me! Light and crunchy, these might be one of my favourite take out snacks ever. Say bye bye to the drive through, we’re eating in tonight!

A close up shot of Homemade Onion Rings bing dipped into sauce.

How to make Homemade Onion Rings.

The key to the perfect onion ring is consistency. We want each ring to be the same thickness so they can all get equally as crispy and keep from dying while in the oil. 

You’ll need to make three part dredge: 1

  • 1 bowl of flour (for your batter to help cling to the onion)
  • 1 bowl of batter (this is where all of your spices and seasoning will go) 
  • 1 bowl of panko (the final step before we fry) 

Make sure your oil is hot. A good way to test if the oil is ready is to toss in a very small amount of your batter. If it starts to bubble and fry, you’re ready to go! 

Once they are golden brown, remove from the fryer and place on a paper towel lined tray. Let as much of the oil drain off and season with kosher salt.

A close up shot of golden brown fried Homemade Onion Rings

Homemade Onion Ring Batter.

The batter is super simple, and really important. 

All you need to do is combine 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of flour and 1 egg. Whisk it all together. We don’t want it so thick that it becomes doughy when cooked, but we do want it to be thin enough that it breaks off in the oil. 

What you’re looking for is almost a pancake batter like consistency. If you feel like your’s is too thick, just add 1 tbsp of milk at a time until it’s perfect. 

We want to make sure the batter is properly seasoned with not just the spices, but salt too.

A close up shot of golden brown fried Homemade Onion Rings

How to safely deep fry at home.

It’s not often that I use this much oil in my cooking, but for a dish like this, you really need it. 

Frying food at home can seem daunting. If you’re not careful you could seriously hurt yourself. 

The number one rule when it comes to using oil at high temperatures is never ever, ever, ever use water to put out an oil fire. When hot oil and water mix, it explodes. 

We’re using a very little amount of oil here and at a lower temp so that shouldn’t be an issue, but it’s a good thing to know! Having a kitchen thermometer is a great way to keep an eye on your heat.

My biggest tip for frying foods at home is this, make sure everything is prepped and ready to go before you start to fry. Walking away from a pot of hot oil is a sure fire way to burn whatever you’re cooking. 

Don’t walk away from your pot, don’t try to clean up, it’s just you and your onion rings. Watch them turn golden brown, smell the great smells and enjoy the process. 

Oven baked onion rings.

If you want to avoid using oil to cook your onion rings, you can bake them at 400F for about 20 min. 

Because the breadcrumbs are not fried in oil, they won’t get as much colour. Giving them a little spray of cooking spray will help them brown slightly. 

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Homemade Onion Rings 

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Servings 2
Homemade Onion Rings 


  • 2 large Yellow Onions Sliced into 1/2 inch rings
  • 2 cups Panko
  • 1/2 cup Flour for dusting

For the Batter

  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  • With a sharp knife, remove the outer skins of 2 large yellow onions. Slice each onion into ½ inch thick rings. With your hands, push out the individual rings.
  • Into a large bowl place ½ cup of flour.
  • Into a second bowl, combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup of milk and 1 egg. Whisk together until a batter forms. To your batter add ½ tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp Cayenne, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp black pepper. Mix well.
  • Into a third bowl, add 2 cups of panko
  • Coat each ring in flour. Next dip each into your flavoured batter and then coat in panko. Make sure the entire ring is coated in batter and panko. Place on a sheet tray.
  • Place a frying pan over medium high heat. Add in about 1 cup of canola oil. Once heated, gently lay in your rings and fry for 2-3 min on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined tray, season each with kosher salt.
  • Serve hot with a dip of your choosing!
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