Beer Battered Onion Rings

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This past weekend had a wonderful time at the beach with family. Going to the beach is so relaxing to me. My son can play, yell and run around as much as he wants, and then we just shower him off and take him home. He had a wonderful time playing with his cousin in the sand, making a pool, playing with water guns, and building sand castles. Of course, I think the most fun is when they tear down the castle.

In the afternoon, we had some of the best fried onion rings at a local restaurant on the beach. They were crunchy and delicious, the only bad part is that there wasn’t enough of them. So this week I had to make a big batch of them for us. I used a simple beer batter made from Blue Moon Agave Pale Ale. It’s a beer that we recently tried, and although I love Blue Moon I really didn’t care for this particular brew, but it makes one terrific beer batter.

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The sweet part of the beer pairs perfectly with the spices I added in the batter. It makes a delicious slightly sweet and spicy onion ring.

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Yield: Serves 4

Beer Battered Onion Rings

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2 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onions, sliced thick and rings separated
1 cup self-rising flour + 1/2 cup more
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup beer (I used Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale)
vegetable oil for frying


Preheat vegetable oil for frying to 375°. Combine onion rings with 1/2 cup self rising flour and toss to coat. In a seperate bowl, combine 1 cup self rising flour, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Whisk to combine. Stir in beer and mix well.

Batter each onion ring individually and drop in 375° oil. Fry for 1 - 2 minutes on each side, flipping once during the cooking process and cookin g until they are golden brown. When done, remove from oil and drain on paper towels or a cooling rack.

Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

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  16 Responses to “Beer Battered Onion Rings”

  1. Amy — April 27, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Delish!!! I want a batch all to myself.

  2. Sarah Caron — April 27, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Mmmm! Those look incredible. I adore onion rings. And I totally agree — the beach is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Or day. Or lifetime.

  3. JulieD — April 27, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Wow, they look amazing! I love onion rings…I mean love them.

  4. I have been drooling over these onion rings all day. Now I am making out my May menu, and guess what is totally making it to the top of the menu?! I hope that mine turn out as gorgeous as yours.

  5. Cassie — April 27, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    These are gorgeous, Angie! You can never go wrong with beer batter and the spices (and beer) you added sound just perfect!

  6. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 28, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Now I have to have some onion rings like right now!

  7. Fiona — April 29, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Thank you! I tried these tonight and they were tasty and not at all difficult. I had a little trouble regulating my oil temp (and as a result some were a little greasy), but that’s on me. We got it too hot then turned it way down, etc. We’re new at frying and we don’t have a Fry Daddy.

    Anyway, thank you. The flavor and consistency were great and the recipe worked perfectly.

  8. Paula - bell'alimento — April 30, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    I would eat a pile of those right now… Will you bring me some ; ) xoxo

  9. LP @dishclips — April 30, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    I can imagine the texture to be crispy and light. Thanks for sharing!

  10. bridget {bake at 350} — May 1, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    Oh. My. STARS. I think I will dream about these pictures tonight!

  11. Amber — June 20, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    YUM! We had some of these for dinner tonight with barbeques. They are super yummy!! They taste really good dipped in Chipotle Ranch dressing sauce

  12. Very very wonderful batter just love love love it!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous — January 26, 2017 @ 5:50 pm

    Excellent for pepper rings. Green peppers.

  14. Joe — February 2, 2018 @ 5:12 pm

    Awesome recipe! Just wanted to let you know I gave you a feature in our super bowl recipe article here =):

  15. Anonymous — July 8, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

    How can I reheat them the next day so they won’t be soggy

    • Angie McGowan — July 24, 2018 @ 9:02 am

      I’ve never had leftovers of these so not sure 🙂

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