Apps & Snacks

Old-Fashioned Onion Rings

Posted: January 15

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

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Old-Fashioned Onion Rings: a diner classic that never goes out of style. Crispy, crunchy, filled with a sweet and savory softened onion, Old-Fashioned Onion Rings are a fast-food favorite for very good reason. While you could order them, you can actually have them faster if you deep-fry them yourself; it only takes 20 minutes! Make it extra old-fashioned by serving them alongside a burger or hot dog.


1 quart oil, for frying, more or less as needed
1 large onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk, more or less as needed
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
seasoned salt, to taste


Step 1

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F.

Step 2

Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside.

Step 3

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Step 4

Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside.

Step 5

Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork.

Step 6

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 cleanup.

Step 7

Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish.

Step 8

Place the rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat. Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well.

Step 9

Repeat with the remaining rings.

Step 10

Deep fry the rings a few at a time until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes each. Transfer the rings to paper towels to drain. Season with seasoning salt, and serve.

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