The crispiest, crunchiest onion rings ever-- just so happen to be gluten free too!
Although the recipe says 'gluten free', this recipe just happens to be the best way to make crispy onion rings, and that happens to be by using gluten free flours.
The way to getting crispy onion rings is by using a portion of rice flour in the batter. This creates a crunchy crust that you can actually hear when you bite into it!
For this reason, it's actually best to use these kinds of flours.
Don't drain onion rings on paper towels. This creates a steam effect and makes them soggy.
Homemade Onion Rings
- 2 sweet onions like Walla Walla sweet, or Vidalia sliced into rings
- 1 1/2 cups rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch plus more for dusting the rings
- 1 cups club soda or gluten free beer
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- vegetable oil for frying
- Heat frying oil to 350 degrees
- Cut onions into rings and dust with cornstarch.
- Mix flour, cornstarch, spices and salt. Whisk in club soda or beer.
- Dip rings, a few at a time into batter, making sure they're entirely coated, and shaking off excess.
- Carefully place in hot oil, and fry for 3-5 minutes, turning midway through, until golden brown.
- Lay on wire racks to cool, not directly on a plate, cookie sheet, and definitely not paper towels (you can place paper towels under the wire rack to catch drips). Serve immediately, do not keep warm in the oven or they'll get soggy this way too.
- Do not lie fried onion rings on paper towels to drain, instead drain them on an elevated wire rack over paper towels so that the rings don't come into contact with the paper towels.
- Fry in batches of 10-15 rings depending on size.
- Let oil return to room temp in a safe location where it won't be pulled down by children or pets.
- Gluten free beers include many ales.
- Avoid using strong IPA's or stout beers, instead opting for a lighter, mellow taste.