Crunchy Fried Onion Rings

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 1teaspoons ground spices (I prefer salt and pepper).
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine onion rings, buttermilk and 1 teaspoon ground spices (I prefer salt and pepper) in large bowl.
  2. Let soak at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour oil into large deep skillet to depth of 1 1/2″ and heat to 375 degrees F.
  4. Mix flour, cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon spices in shallow dish.
  5. Drain onion rings.
  6. Add a few onion rings to flour mixture and turn to coat.
  7. Add to oil and fry until golden brown.
  8. Repeat until all onions are cooked.
  9. Drain on paper towels.

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