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Recipe for the Best Crispy Fried Onion Rings and Batter Mix

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These onion rings have a delightfully crispy crust.

These onion rings have a delightfully crispy crust.

Homemade Onion Rings

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.

Batter Mix

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

Prep timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

Makes enough batter to quarter fill a bowl

Ingredients

  • 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 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 2: Prepare the Onions

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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 3: 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.

Other Uses for This Batter

  • 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.