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Fried Onion Rings Recipe
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Fried Onion Rings Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Try these as an accompaniment to hamburgers or fried fish, or with steaks on the grill. The recipe's from my mom, and it's one of her most popular. (As a newlywed 15 years ago, I often found myself on the kitchen "hotline" to her!) My husband and I have three children - 9,7 and just about to turn 1. -Marsha Moore, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Additional oil for deep-fat frying


  1. Cut onions into 1/2-in. slices; separate into rings. Place in a bowl; cover with ice water and soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the egg, water, oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne; stir into egg mixture until smooth.
  3. Drain onion rings; dip into batter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry onion rings, a few at a time, for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes one each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: Onion rings may be kept warm in a 300° oven while frying remainder of batch.
Originally published as Fried Onion Rings in Country Woman September/October 1996, p31

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I find this recipe easy to make and it turns out every time. I actually use this recipe on top of my green bean casserole in place of the fried onions that you buy. It tastes great!"

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"These were delicious! I will make these again but, I will definately double the batter."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"This is the best recipe that I have gotten for onion rings. I left out the cayenne. Thanks"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"It's not my favorite! It seems there is something missing!"

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