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Breaded, fried onion rings on parchment paper with dipping sauce.
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Gluten Free Onion Rings

The crispiest deep fried breaded onion rings are naturally gluten free and made with sweet onions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, onion rings
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