Beer-Battered Onion Rings

OnionRingsI don’t know about you but I’ve bought a few six packs over the years that haven’t been particularly pleasing to the palate.

What are the possible uses for an uninspiring sextuplet?

  1. Drink every last vomit-worthy sip and pretend to enjoy it
  2. Gift it to friends and family you don’t actually like
  3. Use it for cooking

Nine times out of ten, I’m going to opt for the latter but I’d be lying if I said I’ve never stooped so low as to go for the second option.

Quick and easy, onion rings can be served as an appetizer, beer snack, or as an accompaniment to steaks or burgers.

What you need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps ground chillies (optional)
  • Salt
  • 1 x 330mL bottle of your [least] favorite beer
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • 4 medium-sized onions (brown or white)
  • More salt

What to do:

  1. Start off by peeling the onions and chopping them into rings. Separate the rings.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, ground chilli and salt in a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the beer and whisk until smooth.
  4. Heat oil in a frypan/wok/saucepan or, if you have one, a deep-fryer, to 190ºC.
  5. Coat about a quarter of the onion rings in the batter and place carefully into the hot oil. Deep-fry for 1-2 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  6. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Repeat in batches with the remaining onion rings.
  8. Season with the extra salt and serve immediately.

For this recipe, I’d probably stick to the lighter coloured brews. I won’t name names but the beer I used was a not-so-tasty wheat beer. However, like a bad wine, a disgusting beer can often turn a regular dish into somewhat of a masterpiece and these babies went down a treat.

*Author’s note: This recipe was originally posted on in February 2013. Some minor edits have been made but the recipe is the same.


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