Beer Battered Onion Rings are the perfect complement to any burger, game day BBQ, or just settling that craving for your favorite fair food. It only takes two onions to serve up a crowd, but be warned, they’ll be hungry for more!
What is the best beer for beer batter?
Whether you’re making beer battered onion rings, chicken, fish, or any other number of recipes – having the right beer makes all the difference. In theory, you can use any beer that tastes good to you, much like cooking with wine. A typical ‘good’ beer for beer batter is one with a lot of carbonation and a hint of flavor. Stouts, IPAs, Lagers, and of course Brown Ale are all among the top contenders for creating a beer batter with loads of puff and great flavor.
Do beer battered onion rings have alcohol?
No, alcohol burns off in a matter of seconds at 172F making these deep fried onion rings alcohol free.
Ingredients for beer batter
What I’ll call ‘traditional’ beer batter, like the one used for this recipe, you’ll need:
- Onions – I used Vidalia due to their size and sweetness.
- Beer – An English Brown Ale is perfect with its nutty flavor and carbonation.
- Flour – All-Purpose but you could use gluten-free.
- Seasonings – salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
Keep in mind you can change up the seasonings for a slightly different taste, but this batter gives you a good baseline to start playing with.
How to make beer battered onion rings
- Preheat peanut oil in a 5 or 6-quart dutch oven over the stovetop, using an infrared thermometer to 425F.
- While the oil heats, slice your onions into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
- In a large bowl make your batter.
- Work in batches to dredge your onion rings in the batter, reserved flour, and then fry until golden brown.
- Remove using a spider strainer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired. Serve with dipping sauce.
How to make beer battered onion rings without beer
Obviously we love using beer in this recipe for the flavor and carbonation. However, if you don’t have beer or just don’t want to use it, you can use milk or soda. Soda has the carbonation that we’re looking for (think Sprite, Ginger Ale, or Coke) and milk is used more traditionally in a batter.
What to serve with onion rings
I’m not sure there is a dish you can’t serve onion rings with, but here are some of our favorites!
Beer Battered Onion Rings
- 2 vidalia onions cut into thin rings
- 64 ounces peanut oil
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup reserved
- 24 ounces Newcastle Brown Ale 2 bottles
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Heat a dutch oven with peanut oil on the stovetop over medium heat, until oil reaches 425F.
- In a bowl combine flour and spices, whisk thoroughly. Add the beer to the dry ingredients to make a batter.
- Slice the onions into 1/4 inch rings. Dredge a few at a time in the batter and then into a bowl with the reserved flour.*
- Fry the onion rings for 3-5 minutes. Remove and place on a plate with a paper towel to drain excess grease. Check the oil temperature before starting each new batch. When completed, enjoy with your favorite sauce.