Classic Battered Onion Rings

Classic Battered Onion Rings

Side Dish

  • 4

    Number of People

  • Cheap

    Cost

  • Very easy

    Difficulty

  • Preparation time

  • Cooking time

Ingredients

  • • 3 L canola oil for frying
  • • 1 large Vidalia, sweet or red onion (about 14 oz/400 g)
  • • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • • 3/4 tsp each baking powder and salt
  • • 1 1/4 cups beer or club soda
  • • Optional coarse salt to taste
  • • Ranch dip or dressing (optional)

Preparation

1. Fill fryer's removable bowl with enough oil to sit between the MIN and MAX level; preheat fryer to 356F/180C. Set fryer basket aside.

2. Slice onions crosswise, just over 1/4-inch thick and separate into rings; toss rings with 2 tbsp flour to coat.

3. Whisk remaining flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; whisk in beer until just a few lumps remain.

4. Add a small batch of rings to the batter to coat; holding bowl close to fryer, use tongs to remove rings and place in a single layer in fryer. Fry for 2 minutes without turning. Turn and fry for 1 minute or until evenly golden.

5. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined baking tray. Repeat with remaining onion rings and batter. (Hold cooked onion rings in a 250F/120C oven while frying remaining batches.)

6. Sprinkle with coarse salt before serving (if using). Serve with ranch dip (if desired).

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