Old Fashioned Onion Rings

Old Fashioned Onion Rings

Background and History

Old-fashioned onion rings are a beloved American snack with roots dating back to the early 20th century. Initially popularized in the Midwest, these golden delights have become a timeless favorite, celebrated for their crunchy exterior and sweet, tender onion interior.


2 large onions, cut into rings

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups breadcrumbs or panko

1 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying


4 servings


Preparation: 15 minutes

Resting Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Total: 1 hour

Cooking Time

15 minutes


Prepare the Onions

Peel the onions, cut them into rings, and separate them.

Create Buttermilk Bath

In a bowl, combine buttermilk, salt, and pepper. Soak the onion rings in the mixture and let them rest for 30 minutes.

Prepare Breading Station

In separate bowls, place flour, breadcrumbs or panko, and paprika. Season the flour with salt and pepper.

Coat Onion Rings

Dredge each onion ring in the flour, dip into the buttermilk mixture, and then coat with breadcrumbs or panko.

Heat Oil

Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or heavy pot to 375°F (190°C).

Fry the Onion Rings

Fry the coated onion rings in batches until they achieve a golden brown color. Drain on paper towels.

Season and Serve

Sprinkle with additional salt if needed and serve immediately for maximum crispiness.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional values vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes.

Onion rings are indulgent and should be enjoyed in moderation.


Experiment with adding spices like garlic powder or cayenne to the breading for extra flavor.

Serve with a side of your favorite dipping sauce, such as ketchup, ranch, or aioli.

Allergy Warning

Ensure there are no allergies to onions, gluten, or other specific ingredients used in the recipe.

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