Onion rings are an excellent side dish for any barbecue and awesome to add into burgers and sandwiches. Making your own crispy onion rings is so simple and fast with this recipe and this batter recipe will also work well for fish or chicken goujons.
You will also need…
3 Large White Onions
1 litre of Sunflower Oil (for frying)
Preparing the Beer Batter
Add the plain flour, cornflour, baking powder, turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper and fine sea salt to a large bowl and mix it together. After all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, add half the beer and whisk the mixture. I am using a Tequila flavoured Spanish Beer to add an extra flavour. After all the dry ingredients have been mixed with the beer you can add the rest of the beer and whisk until all the lumps have disappeared and the batter is smooth. Cover the mixture with cling film and leave to the side for now.
Preparing the Onion Rings
Peel the outer skin from your 3 large white onions and slice them into 1cm thick rings. Pop out the individual rings getting rid of any that have broken or are just too small to use. Tip: Finely chop the onion that you are not using and keep it in an air tight container in the fridge to be used again.
Frying the Onion Rings
The onion rings will be deep fat fried so you will need a large saucepan or a deep fat fryer. You want the oil to be around 180°C. You can set this on your thermostat or measure your temperature on a sugar thermometer if you are heating oil in a pan. Be careful not to get the oil too warm.
When the oil is up to temperature, dips each onion ring into the batter mix ensuring it is well covered. place the onion ring carefully in the hot oil in the middle of the saucepan. They will cook really quickly to flip them over after 30 seconds or so. You can turn them a few times to ensure they are golden brown on all sides then lift them out using tongs and leave them on a piece of kitchen roll or a drying rack to dry off.
Do not add too many rings to the pan at one time as they will stick together and all the temperature of the oil will drop quickly. If this happens, allow the oil to come back up to temperature before adding any more onion rings.
They are so simple to make and a firm favourite in our house. Whilst they are not cooked on the barbecue, they are a great side dish. The beer in the batter keeps it light and crispy whilst the spices give it a little kick.