Southern Fried Onion Rings Recipe

| July 25, 2021 | 5 Comments

Homemade Onion Rings

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how you can easily make Onion Rings in your kitchen. Printable recipe included.


Onion Rings, enjoy!
We’re using Vidalia Onions to make our onion rings, but any good sweet onion will do. These are great as appetizers or a side dish for many of your favorites.  And, they’re easier than you think.


Onion Rings, slider.

I love onion rings almost as much as I love crinkle cut French Fries. I’ll buy them as a side to my hot dogs or barbecue sandwiches whenever they are available. Well, most of the time. Smile.

I don’t like it though, when you bite one and all the onion slides out leaving you holding a ring of fried batter in your hand. Kind of ruins the concept of it all. But, we’ll show you how to keep that from happening if you’ll just keep reading.

Vidalia Onions are in season right now, and I love the slightly sweet taste of Vidalia Onions in my homemade onion rings. Gotta enjoy them while you can, but any variety of sweet onion will give you good results.

I also like to slice mine a bit thicker. Makes them easier to handle and I’m all for anything easy. Smile.

Homemade onion rings are really simple to make. I use a cast iron skillet to make mine, but if you have a mini-fryer that will work too. Use what you have. Just be cautious anytime you’re working with hot oil and be sure to keep any children away from the stove while you’re making them. That oil can get hot, and spits and spatters are bound to happen.

I like to dip mine in ketchup, but I also like Ranch style dressing. What’s your favorite?

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Onion Rings, ingredients.
Onion Rings Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

Vidalia Onions are only in season from April to August each year. Their slightly sweet taste makes great onion rings, but any type of sweet onion will work for you.



Onion Rings, add flour.
Since we’re making these at home, we’re working in small batches. I use a large zip-lock type bag for making the seasoning mix.

Begin by placing 3/4ths cup of All-Purpose Flour in the bag.


Onion Rings, add cornstarch.
Add 1/3 cup of Cornstarch.


Onion Rings, add baking powder.
Add 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder.


Onion Rings, add salt.
Add 1 teaspoon of Salt.


Onion Rings, add black pepper.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper.

Close the bag securely and shake it well to combine all the dry ingredients.


Onion Rings, slice the onion.
Slice your onion. I like to make thick slices, but it’s your choice. Separate the rings.


Onion Rings, shake to coat.
Place the onion rings in the bag with the flour. Close the bag securely once again, and toss and flip the bag to fully coat all the onion ring slices.


Onion Rings, rest for 15 minutes.
Spread the coated onion ring slices on a plate or wire rack and let them rest for 15 minutes.

This will help the coating stay on the onion rings when you bite them. I’m sure you’ve had some where you bite the onion ring and the onion pulls right out, leaving the breading behind. That shouldn’t happen if you allow the onion slices to rest for 15 minutes after you coat them. Patience will make it all worth it. Smile.


Onion Rings, add remaining flour.
Pour the remaining flour from the bag into a medium sized mixing bowl.


Onion Rings, add the egg.
Add the egg.


Onion Rings, add buttermilk.
Add the 3/4 cup of Buttermilk.


Onion Rings, mix the batter.
Mix all the ingredients together to make the batter. If it’s too thick, add a bit more buttermilk. If it’s too thin, add a bit more flour. You want something very similar to pancake batter.


Onion Rings, dip the onion slices.
Place an onion ring in the batter.


Onion Rings, drain well.
Drain off any excess.


Onion Rings, add to hot oil.
Place the onion rings in the hot oil.

I’m frying these in my cast iron skillet. I have about an inch of oil in the skillet and I’ve heated it up to about 350F degrees for frying. Just be careful and everything should be okay. Smile


Onion Rings, turn as needed.
When you see the bottom edge starting to turn brown, carefully flip the slices over.

I found a wooden skewer worked really well for this.


Onion Rings, wire rack to drain.
When they are nicely browned on both sides, remove the onion rings from the oil and place them on a wire rack to cool a bit. Try to avoid placing them directly on paper towels as this will cause them to be soggy. I did have some towels under my wire rack to catch any oil that drips off.


Onion Rings, enjoy.

This was one complete Vidalia Onion. I like to dip them in ketchup, but use whatever you like best. They fry up quickly, so you can keep them going once you get your system of making them down pat.


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Onion Rings, printbox.

Southern Fried Onion Rings Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Appetizers, Sides
  • Method: Deep Fried
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Crispy onion rings make a great appetizer, or a great side dish for your favorite hot dogs, burgers, and so many more items. They’re easy to make, crispy, and fresh Vidalia Onions make them taste great.



1 or 2 medium sized Vidalia Onions, or any sweet type onion.
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 medium Egg
3/4 cup Buttermilk
Oil for frying.


Place the flour in a zip-lock type bag or medium bowl.
Add the cornstarch.
Add the baking powder.
Add the salt.
Add the pepper.
Secure the bag and shake well to combine the dry ingredients.
Slice the onions as desired.
Place sliced onions in the bag of flour. Secure the bag. Toss gently to coat the slices.
Remove the slices and place on a wire rack or dish. Let sit and dry for 15 minutes.
Pour remaining flour from bag into a medium sized mixing bowl.
Add egg.
Add buttermilk.
Stir well to combine and make a batter much like pancake batter.
Dip onion slices in the batter. Drain well.
Place onions in hot oil. Fry until lightly browned on bottom.
Turn the slices as needed and continue to fry until lightly browned all over.
Remove when done and place on wire rack to cool slightly.
Serve warm.


I used a cast iron skillet over Medium heat on my stove top to fry mine. Add about an inch of cooking oil, and let rise to about 350F degrees. Be careful, oil will be hot of course. Keep any children away from the stove while you’re making these.

Keywords: Vidalia onions, sweet onions, onion rings, made from scratch, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, egg, buttermilk, salt, pepper, crispy, easy to make. canola oil, vegetable oil, deep fried,

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Category: Appetizers, Side Dishes

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  1. Christine says:

    Hello. These are SO easy and delicious too. I made half exactly as you posted and them added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to the seasonings bag for the rest. I am not a fan of HOT HOT yet it gave an already great recipe, a little kick! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Doris says:

    Hello Steve!
    Hope you are doing well and keeping cool this week. Love all the recipes you send out, especially the last one…a seven layer chocolate cake. Now about the onion rings above? Perfect but I do add some salt free seasoning from the Dollar store…gives a bit of a kick. Thanks for another keeper! Be blessed always.

  3. Mary says:

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  4. Cheryl Ann says:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!
    I have been Sooo Craving onion rings for so long and no place around here sells them. This recipe looks so easy I will be making them today!!

    Have a Great Day!!

  5. Lori Dom says:

    Have a blessed week. I am definitely going to try these onion rings. They look delicious and I love the tip to let them sit.

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