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How to make homemade onion rings in crispy batter at home from scratch

How to make homemade onion rings in crispy batter at home from scratch

Crispy Onion Rings Recipe

In this article, I'd like to share how to make the perfect batter mix so that you can create crispy, homemade onion rings. Making them from scratch tastes so much better than when you buy them in the fast food outlets. Not only is this batter mix perfect for onion rings, you can also use it for fish, potatoes, chicken, and cabbage. Read below for my step-by-step guide with videos and photos.

Preparation Time

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10 min

10 min

Makes enough batter to quarter fill a bowl


  • 300 grams flour, self-raising, all-purpose
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 250 ml milk, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pinches salt, as preferred
  • 1 shake pepper, as preferred
  • Other seasonings, as preferred
Add the ingredients to a bowl to make the homemade batter.

Add the ingredients to a bowl to make the homemade batter.

Step 1: Make the Batter Mix

  1. Pour the flour into a bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper and any other seasoning you wish.
  3. Add the two eggs.
  4. Pour the oil into the bowl.
  5. Mix in well with a fork.
  6. Pour in the milk, and mix making sure there are no lumps.
  7. Mixture should be sticky but not too thick. You want the batter mix to stick to the food and not run off it. See photo below.
  8. Your basic batter mix is now ready to use.
The batter mixture should be sticky but not too thick.

The batter mixture should be sticky but not too thick.

Step Two: Prepare the Onions


  • Batter mix as above
  • 5 medium onions
  • Oil for chip pan


  1. Cut the ends off each onion.
  2. Peel the skin.
  3. Put each one under the tap of running water. This will stop you from getting the vapours in your eyes.
  4. Slice the onions into medium bits. Some of these slices with come apart especially near the end but you can still use them.
  5. Heat up the oil in the chip pan.
  6. Add a few rings to the batter mix.
  7. Turn over with a fork to cover with the mix.
  8. Put these into the hot oil.
  9. Cook until brown which will be less than a minute.

Do not overcook them as you want to use them for freezing. When they are taken out of the freezer for the meal they will be cooked from frozen until brown and crispy.

Add a few rings to the batter mix. Turn them over with a fork to cover with the mix.

Add a few rings to the batter mix. Turn them over with a fork to cover with the mix.

Step Three: Fry the Onions Rings

  1. While these are cooking, prepare the next lot.
  2. Some of the rings will come apart in the batter. Leave them there.
  3. Have a couple of plates ready to place the cooked onions rings on.
  4. Continue to cover the onions with the batter and fry them.
  5. You will have a lot of strips of onion that have fallen off.
  6. Cover these with the batter, and add to the hot oil.
  7. These will only take a few seconds to cook as they are smaller.
  8. Once all the onion rings are cooked, allow them to cool down for an hour.
  9. Take some freezer bags and add a few to each bag.
  10. The five medium onions in these photos made enough for three bags of onions rings.

The rings above are quick to make, but they are a little bit messy. The oil will have to be changed after you cook them. But this is the beauty of this recipe. You can make them in bulk and freeze them.

You Can Also Use the Batter For:

  • Potatoes
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Potatoes and cabbage
  • Potatoes and onions

Homemade Batter Mix

Questions & Answers

Question: Could I freeze the remainder of the onion ring batter?

Answer: Yes, onion ring batter freezes very well.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 24, 2014:

Yes I do love to eat these homemade onion rings Jo.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

Jo on November 02, 2014:

What a cracking treat

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 25, 2013:

Yes the batter mix can be used for other foods too like potatoes, fish, chicken etc so is very versatile and they can all be frozen too

Christine from Dublin on May 24, 2013:

Will be making these tomorrow, great that you can freeze them. I have done them in the past and had to throw away the oil like you say but did not think of doing in bulk and freezing.. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

Garlic Angel :-)

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 25, 2013:

Hello FullOfLoveSites. I am delighted you find my recipe useful thank you. When I first started making batter mix I used a trick my mother taught me when making custard and gravy.

Until you get used to the amount of powder or flour to use always put in what you assume will be too much. That way if you are wrong then it is the correct consistency.

But if it is too thick you can always add the milk to thin it out. This is so much easier than trying to thicken it. Good luck and enjoy the onion rings.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on April 15, 2013:

I always end up having a thin batter for my onion rings. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will definitely follow your recipe. Up and useful. :)

Craig Gibson from Traverse City Michigan on April 13, 2013:

Great recipe for making the batter that can be used on a variety of things.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 25, 2013:

Making your own batter mix is really easy and tasty. Vacation Trip if you give this recipe a try you will be able to put batter on many of your favourite foods!

Susan from India on February 17, 2013:

Wow. This is something completely new and I am happy that it can be freezed. Thanks for sharing.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 07, 2012:

Yes the batter can be used for so many foods and it is fun to experiment. Thanks for the comment and congrats Just Ask Susan

Purple Perl: Your variations of batter mix does sound very tasty too. Thank you for sharing the different methods of the way it is cooked in India.

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on July 04, 2012:

Hey, in India, we prepare these with a different batter mix, substituting gram flour(chickpea flour) for your all purpose flour. And instead of milk, we use water. And it turns out great. Chili powder, salt and cornflour are added to the batter to make the bajjis or bondas as we call them, crispy and spicy. Perfect for a rainy day. Always made fresh just before serving hot, they are never stored in the freezer.

Like you, we use this batter to fry onion rings, potato slices, green plantain slices, brinjal slices, chicken, fish and spicy mashed potato too. Served at wedding feasts too.

Thanks for sharing your recipe,and congrats!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 25, 2012:

This batter would be great for deep fried pickles and zucchini too. I usually buy the beer batter mix but next time I make onion rings I'll try your recipe.

Congrats on the win!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 24, 2012:

drbj lol thanks for reading and your comment. Make them soon they are really nice.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 24, 2012:

Can't understand it, viking. It's early in the morning and I have the strangest, most intense desire for breaded onion rings. Think it may be something I read! Thanks for this delicious-looking recipe.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 24, 2012:

The beauty of making your own chicken in batter is that you know you are eating proper chicken fillet pieces that have no added surprises. They taste so much better too lol.

HawaiiHeart they are quick and easy to make and freeze well.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on June 23, 2012:

Oooh...those look so good! I just had some batter-fried chicken at a popular chain restaurant last night and was wondering how easy it is to make at home myself. Thanks for sharing!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2012:

vespawoolf thanks for the link and votes. The kids love the mashed potatoes done this way too. Yes the win was a nice surprise thanks.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2012:

Oops made this comment with my other account user name above had to delete it lol

Once you get the onions rings to your taste why not make a large batch ThePracticalMommy then you will only have to take them out of the freezer whenever you fancy adding them to your dinner. Thanks for reading, hope they work out for you.

Mashed potatoes and cooked cabbage in the batter really go well together too rexmichaels. I have not tried to make squash in batter before let me know how it tastes.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 23, 2012:

Now I have a hankering for onion rings! If you don't mind, I'm going to link my latest hub on mashed potatoes to this one. What a great idea for mashed potatoes! Voted up and shared. Congrats on winning a daily drawing prize!

rex michaels on June 23, 2012:

Now I know What to do with leftover mashed potatoes. Excellent hub, I might give this recipe a try tonight with some home grown squash I just picked.

Marissa from United States on June 23, 2012:

Oh, I'm so glad I saw this! I tried to make onion rings the other night, but they were a disaster... I'm going to try this recipe now. Thanks! :)

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 23, 2012:

This is great and premaking them and putting them in the freezer could save loads of money! I will share this on FB, twitter, pin it and google+.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2012:

Making batter is so easy and it can create wonderful new dishes.

It is nice to win a prize lol. Thanks Letitia for the comment, Cooking over a mangrove wood in a swamp in French Guiana sounds intriguing!

Thelma thanks for the comment, share and votes

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Congratulations! These recipes, tips, photos and step by step instructions are great. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 23, 2012:

Congratulations on the win! The best onion rings I've ever had were, strangely enough, cooked over mangrove wood in a swamp in French Guiana where I was counting sea turtles. I've always regretted losing the Amerindian boatsman's recipe, but with yours I no longer need it! Thanks so much for sharing!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 22, 2012:

Oh Simone I do love onion rings they are so tasty with fish and chips or a breakfast fry up. And because they are frozen they can be used easily whenever you want them.

Yes I agree with you about the freezer. I buy fresh food when it is on special, especially meat. Then I cook it up for that night's dinner and freeze the rest in portions as soon as it is cold.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 22, 2012:

I've never had onion rings before. This is so intriguing! I love that you can freeze them. I'm a huge fan of freezing things.

Thanks for the awesome recipe, helpful tips, and great photos!

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