Appetizers, Recipes

Beer Battered Onion Rings


Got a craving for restaurant style beer battered onion rings but don’t feel like spending money out? Me too! With this recipe, you won’t miss them anymore.

beer battered onion rings on plate

First things first- these beer battered onion rings are deep fried. If that doesn’t scare you, jump to the recipe, friend! If frying things scares the crap out of you, I totally understand. It’s a little nerve-wracking but I guarantee you will be fine and these are worth it!

This recipe was actually my very first time frying something and I lived to tell the tale AND recommend it to you. Yes, I did wear a rain jacket and an oven mitt to prevent any oil pops, but they honestly weren’t even needed. If I can do it, so can you!

beer battered onion rings stacked

Type of Beer for Beer Battered Onion Rings

I like to use a pale ale or lager for beer battered recipes. It doesn’t have an overpowering flavor, so if you’re not into beer too much, I recommend this route also. The beer in the batter really is used to make the coating light and airy.

Sierra Nevada pale ale beer bottle

How to Deep Fry

There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to deep fry something.

Deep Pan or Pot

Make sure you have a deep enough pan/pot. I used and recommend using a cast iron dutch oven. If you don’t have one of those, make sure whatever you use is at least 6 inches deep. The reason for this is that you need at least 2 + inches of oil. You do NOT want your oil to be right near the top of your pot.

I also don’t recommend using a non-stick pot. Many non-stick coatings contain chemicals and toxins that are released at high temperatures.

Frying Oil

You want to make sure your oil has a high smoke point. A smoke point is the temperature at which an oil will burn and smoke. This is SUPER important when deep frying things my friends!

I recommend using canola, peanut, or vegetable oil. Oh, and you’re going to need a lot of it!


A thermometer is needed to check the temperature of the oil throughout the frying process. Oil needs to be between 360°-375°. If the temperature is lower, the food will absorb the oil and be a gross mess instead of a golden crunchy heaven. The temperature will drop once food is put in, so be sure to check it after every batch.

beer battered onion rings on cooling rack
beer battered onion rings on cooling rack

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Never miss restaurant apps again with these beer battered onion rings. Golden, crunchy, and easier than you'd expect!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course : Appetizer
Cuisine : American
Servings : 2


  • 1 large Vidalia or sweet onion
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour divided in ½ cups
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup beer pale ale or lager
  • Canola oil for frying


  • Peel outer layer and cut onion into ½ inch slices. Separate into rings
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and soak onions for 15 minutes
  • Fill a dutch oven or large pot with canola oil until the oil is about 2 inches deep. Heat over medium heat until oil temperature reaches 375°
  • In one bowl, place ½ cup of flour
  • In separate bowl, combine ½ cup flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and baking soda together. Once combined, mix in beer until smooth
  • Once onions are done soaking, drain them and then pat dry
  • Once oil is at 375°, start coating process in batches of 2 or 3 at a time*
  • Dip an onion ring into the flour mix and shake off any excess. Then dip it in the beer batter, coating all sides
  • Using tongs, gently place the battered onion ring into the oil. It will start to bubble and crackle and will float to the top. After about a minute, flip the onion ring over to brown the other side**
  • Once golden, remove the onion rings using tongs and place on a cooling rack with paper towels underneath***
  • Repeat process, checking temperature in between batches to ensure the oil stays near 375°


*Only do 2 or 3 rings at a time. Otherwise, the rings could end up sticking together or not having enough room to move around.
**I continue to flip mine every 20-30 seconds or so until they are golden to my liking.
***Place paper towels on a cookie sheet, then place the cooling rack over top of that. This will ensure your ring stays crunchy and not soggy. 

Enjoy on their own or pair these with your favorite dipping sauce. I HIGHLY recommend these with my Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce.

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