I appreciate baking foods. I understand that there are health benefits to baking. I also appreciate and know that there are some foods are just best fried and onion rings are one of them. I love a flavorful, crunchy onion ring and this recipe delivers. Soaking the onions in Buttermilk cuts the acid in the onion and also serves as the “glue” that keeps the flour/spice mixture on the onion before frying. Crispy, Crunchy goodness is what I expect out of a ring…an onion ring that is!
- 2 large red Onions cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds,separated into rings
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground spices (I prefer salt and pepper).
- vegetable oil (for deep frying)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Combine onion rings, buttermilk and 1 teaspoon ground spices (I prefer salt and pepper) in large bowl.
- Let soak at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Pour oil into large deep skillet to depth of 1 1/2″ and heat to 375 degrees F.
- Mix flour, cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon spices in shallow dish.
- Drain onion rings.
- Add a few onion rings to flour mixture and turn to coat.
- Add to oil and fry until golden brown.
- Repeat until all onions are cooked.
- Drain on paper towels.