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Gluten Free Onion Rings

Super crispy, crunchy gluten free onion rings are the perfect snack for game day or late-night cravings.

Breaded, fried onion rings on parchment paper with dipping sauce.

I do not practice a gluten free diet, but I always prepare homemade onion rings this way because gluten free onion rings are hands-down the crispiest.

The reason for this is that the gluten free ingredients are needed to produce the most crispy onion ring.

And it just so happen to be gluten free.

You may not need to run out and purchase special gluten-free ingredients if you don't already think you have them. You probably already have what you need in your kitchen.

The only gluten free ingredient that you need to make these gluten free onion rings, is rice flour. It's actually really easy to make if you have rice on hand.

Ingredients for making gluten free onion rings

Rice flour, corn starch, oil, buttermilk, corn meal, onions, club soda, egg and seasonings.

Oil- Vegetable oil or another neutral oil with a high smoke point such as avocado oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, corn oil, or corn oil.

Rice flour- Store-bought or homemade from your own rice.

Sweet onions- Sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla Sweet Onions.

Carbonated drink- Club soda, light beer, 7-UP, or ginger ale.

Buttermilk- See recipe notes for substitutions.

Instructions for gluten free onion rings

Prepare the draining station by placing an elevated cooling rack on a baking sheet or cutting board.

You can line the lower tray with paper towels for easy cleanup, but don't allow the fried onion rings to be set directly on paper towels.

Black cooling rack laid over paper towels and a baking tray for draining gluten free onion rings.

Cut the ends off and peel the outer layer of each onion.

Cut thin slices in the onions, about¼ of an inch thick, and break them apart to separate.

Pat the onion slices dry to absorb any excess moisture.

Mix the dry ingredients first until evenly blended.

Then, add the buttermilk, egg, and club soda or beer, and whisk until combined.

Gluten free onion ring dredge and batter.

Fill a large pot with 2 to 3 inches of oil, leaving at least 3 inches of headspace from the top of the oil to the top of the pot.

Heat the oil to 375°F. If the oil sizzles when a tiny bit of flour is dropped into it, it's ready.

If it's smoking, it's too hot, but it's most accurate to use a thermometer for frying.

In batches of about 10 rings, dredge the rings in the flour mixture, followed by the batter.

An onion sliced dipped in gluten free batter.

Gently add to the hot oil for about three minutes until golden. Once golden and crispy, transfer with a slotted spoon or frying skimmer to the draining rack.

Repeat until all the onion rings are finished.

Fried onion rings on a black wire rack over paper towels on a baking sheet.

Gluten free onion rings FAQ's

What is the best type of onion for onion rings?

Walla Walla Sweet Onions are the absolute best onion to use when making onion rings; however, Vidalia or Mayan Sweet onions are the next best option.

Should you soak onions before frying?

The only reason to soak onions is if the onion is not a sweet variety; white onions can be made milder by soaking slices in ice water for 15 minutes prior to preparing the remainder of the recipe.

Why are my onion rings soggy?

1. Laying fried onion rings directly on paper towels without elevating them using a rack will immediately "steam" them and make them soggy.
2. Frying onion rings too close together, as well as draining them in piles rather than a single layer can make them soggy.
3. Not using at least a portion of rice flour can create a soggy onion ring.

Why does the batter fall off when frying onion rings?

Not properly or adequately dusting sliced rings with corn starch before battering can contribute to loss of batter during frying as the corn starch helps the batter to adhere to the onion itself.

How can I make my onion rings crispy again?

The only way to make onion rings crispy again is by giving them a 30-60 second burst in 350-375°F frying oil, or by heating them in an air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  1. Again, as mentioned above, if you don't have rice flour, you can make your own quickly with the rice you already have.
  2. If you are not able to use an instant read thermometer for the oil, then keep an eye on the oil that it does not get too hot. Don't let it smoke.

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Breaded, fried onion rings on parchment paper with dipping sauce.

Gluten Free Onion Rings

The crispiest deep fried breaded onion rings are naturally gluten free and made with sweet onions.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, onion rings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $1.90


  • 2-3 sweet onions like Walla Walla sweet, or Vidalia sliced into ¼ inch thick rings
  • 1 ½ cups rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika not smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar less if using beer or ginger ale
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup club soda, ginger ale or gluten free beer
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying


  • Prepare draining station by lining a baking sheet with several paper towels and top with a wire cooling rack.
  • Cut onions into ¼ inch rings.
  • Heat frying oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix rice flour (1 ½ cups), cornstarch (½ cup), cornmeal (¼ cup), paprika (2 tsp), onion and garlic powders (1 teaspoon each), salt (1 ¾ tsp), cayenne pepper (pinch, optional), sugar (1 tsp) until well blended.
  • Whisk in buttermilk (½ cup), egg, and club soda (¾ cup) until batter is combined.
  • Dip rings, a few at a time into batter, making sure they're entirely coated, and shaking off excess. 
  • Carefully place rings in hot oil, and fry in batches of 7-8 rings for 1-2 minutes until they are golden brown. Allow room in between frying rings.
  • Use a slotted spoon or spider skimmer to remove rings from oil and transfer to the wire rack draining station. Don't over crowd the rings.


  • 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 7-10 rings depending on size. 
  • Gluten-free beers include many ales. 
  • If you choose to use a gluten-free beer or ginger ale, cut the sugar into half (so, half a teaspoon). 
  • Reheat by re-frying in hot oil for 30-60 seconds or in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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