The sweet aroma of perfectly cooked BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS is your sign to lay back and enjoy the weekend. Every crunchy bite will make you feel like you’re in the front row seat of a good game. You will surely love this golden brown finger food for your next game or movie night!
I’m not much of a drinker but whenever I want to enjoy the weekend, a little boozy snack wouldn’t hurt. These crowd-favorite onion rings are definitely on my list of best-loved appetizers or snacks because it combines two American staples
I personally love this onion rings recipe because of its light, crispy texture and it really is easy to make. The best part here is that you can use your favorite beer to make the onion ring batter. So are you ready for a mini stay-at-home Halloween party? Well, you’ll be needing this one for sure to complete your spread.
Best Onions for Onion Rings
The main ingredient for this recipe is, of course, the onion. However, with the different varieties of onions out there, you’ll probably wonder which one to use. The taste will vary depending on what kind of onion you’ll use so I shortlisted the variants that you can try.
Spanish Onions – The crunchiness of onion rings alone makes this finger food so sensational. This variant will quickly deliver that crunch with its low water content and short cooking time. It also caramelizes well so it’s perfect if you’re craving sweet and tangy snacks.
Vidalia – This onion variant is often served raw because of its sweetness. I know you might think that’s absurd but you’ve probably eaten this before. Yup, it’s probably the onion in your burger.
Maui – I would recommend this variety for the folks that like their flavors a little mild. It’s also juicier with higher amounts of natural sugar which means it caramelizes gracefully.
White – This is one of the most pungent variants you can find in the grocery. You can easily cut these up into thick slices so you’ll enjoy more of the “oniony” flavor. You’ll easily find this because it looks like an elongated bulb.
Yellow – Easily mistaken for the other variants above, this type of onion is the best when it comes to caramelizing. I personally like it a bit charred but I like it just a little golden for onion rings. It gives off a mild to pungent aroma depending on how old it is.
All of these are good for homemade onion rings. And of course, I’ll throw in this guide as well on How to Cut Onions to show you the ways to cut these mighty bulbs.
What Kind of Beer Do You Use?
The ingredient of the hour! We’ve all tasted different beer-battered onion rings before and to most connoisseurs, the alcohol makes all the difference.
Good thing this recipe doesn’t require a specific bottle so you can use your favorite beer and create your masterpiece. Tell us how yours worked out down the comments section below.
Pro Tip: Make sure that you’ll be using cold beer for this recipe. The alcohol in the batter will create a reaction with the hot oil making it crispier.
Beer Batter Recipe
We must first make sure that we have all the batter ingredients. All of these are dry except for the beer which we will add later. Making the beer batter for our onion rings is really easy since the ingredients are readily available in the grocery.
We’ll start off by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Reserve some in a small saucer for dusting the onion rings and set it aside. Time to pour out the cold beer and to make the batter. Mix in together the eggs until everything is nicely mixed and incorporated. Now your batter is ready.
How Do You Get the Beer Batter to Stick to Onion Rings?
Does your batter fall off? I also had the same problem with my first few attempts in making beer-battered onion rings. This is caused by the thin skin at the surface of the onion which you can see when you rub the onion.
Remove this piece so that the batter can latch to the onion cuts. Coat the onion rings with the reserved dry ingredients before you drench in the batter. This will yield a crispy exterior coating that we all love.
Can Beer Battered Onion Rings Make Me Drunk?
I should probably give you this fair warning because we’re all about safety here. You can still get drunk if you consume too much beer battered onion rings. Just like with alcohol, please consume moderately, and don’t forget to have fun (even while having a socially-distanced party).
What to Serve with Beer Battered Onion Rings?
This snack is a perfect appetizer as well for parties (hello Halloween party!) especially when served along with a variety of dishes and drinks. Think of this as a food present on different kinds of occasions.
Having a casual get together? Serve these beer battered onion rings and pair it along with a bowl of salad to balance the taste. The crispiness of the snack goes along with the crunchiness of the salad.
Gameday weekend? Grill out steak slices seasoned with your favorite herbs or try this Spicy Grilled New York Steak. The meaty flavor taste of the steak is a great entrée for the onion rings. Pop off a few cold bottles and enjoy the game.
You might have a cool game night with your friends so try making this quick Homemade Tartar Sauce. This combination will totally leave you wanting more.
More Fantastic Easy Party Appetizers
How To Make Beer Battered Onion Rings
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika, baking powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Reserve about ¾ cup of the flour mixture (this is used to dust onion). Set aside until ready to dip the onion. Pour oil into a cast iron or skillet, enough for deep frying. Preheat oil to about 375 Degrees F. While the oil is preheating, add eggs, beer to the bowl of the flour mixture, and whisk until incorporated and the batter is smooth.
Then dip the onion ring in the dry flour mixture first, shake off any excess flour and dip into the beer batter mixture until it’s completely covered. Remove the onion ring and Let the excess batter drip off. Carefully lower onion ring into the cast iron, fry a few rings at a time, do not overcrowd the pan. Flip over at least once for even browning. Fry until brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the fryer with a slotted spoon place on a cookie or wire rack to ensure crispness. Repeat with the remaining onion rings. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.
Watch How To Make It
Beer Battered Onion Rings
- 1 ¼ cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (4 ounces) cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons (6g) garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon (0.5g) cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon (2g) paprika
- 2 teaspoons (8g) baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon (7.5g) salt
- ½ teaspoon (1g) white pepper
- 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
- 1 cup (249.38g) beer , add more or less
- 2 - 3 large onions , chopped to rings
- vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika, baking powder, and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Reserve about ¾ cup of the flour mixture (this is used to dust onion). Set aside until ready to dip the onion.
- Pour oil into a cast iron or skillet, enough for deep frying. Preheat oil to about 375 Degrees F.
- While the oil is preheating, add eggs, beer to the bowl of the flour mixture, and whisk until incorporated and the batter is smooth.
- Then dip the onion ring in the dry flour mixture first, shake off any excess flour and dip into the beer batter mixture until it’s completely covered. Remove the onion ring and Let the excess batter drip off.
- Carefully lower onion ring into the cast iron, fry a few rings at a time, do not over crowd the pan. Flip over at least once for even browning.
- Fry until brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the fryer with a slotted spoon place on a cookie or wire rack to ensure crispness. Repeat with the remaining onion rings. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.