Ultimate Onion Rings

These onion rings stay crispy long after they've been fried to golden brown perfection. Use sweet Vidalia onions for this recipe since they have a higher sugar content.
Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr


For The Breading
 150 g Wondra Flour
 27 g Panko Breadcrumbs
 5 g Fine Sea Salt
 4 g Baking Powder
 ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
 ¼ tsp Mustard Powder
 ¼ tsp Garlic powder
  tsp Ground Black Pepper
For The Ranch Sauce
 57 g Mayonnaise
 120 g Sour Cream
 Whole Buttermilk
 1 tsp Dried Dill
 ½ tsp Dried Parsley
 ½ tsp Dried Chives
 ¼ tsp Onion Powder
 ½ tsp Garlic Powder
 ¼ tsp Mustard Powder
 ½ tsp Fine Sea Salt
  tsp Ground Black Pepper
 ½ tsp Lemon Zest (optional)
Additional Items
 1 Vidalia Onion
 1 ½ qts Frying Oil


Prepare the Onion Rings

Cut the top off of the Vidalia onion, then peel it. Discard the skin and top, then slice the onion into 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch round rings. Save any leftover onion for another recipe or to make stock. Place the onion rings in a bowl and set them aside while you prepare the other items.

Prepare the Seasoned Breading

Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine them thoroughly. Set the bowl aside.

Prepare the Ranch Sauce

Place all of the ingredients, except for the buttermilk, in a large mixing bowl and combine them thoroughly. Add some buttermilk a few teaspoons at a time until the sauce reaches the proper consistency. Transfer the ranch sauce to a container with a lid and refrigerate it until the onion rings are finished.

Bread and Fry the Onion Rings

Set up a three stage breading station to bread the onion rings. The first bowl should have one to two cups of unseasoned Wondra flour. Add two cups of buttermilk to the second bowl and use the breading you made previously as the third bowl. Work with a few onion rings at a time and dredge them in the Wondra flour, then dip the rings in the buttermilk. Pull the onion rings from the liquid, one at a time, and let some of the excess buttermilk drip off. Transfer each onion ring to the seasoned breading. Coat the rings evenly and place them on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.

Preheat the frying oil to 325 degrees°F (163°C). Work in batches and fry the onions rings for about three minutes until they're golden brown and delicious. Remember to flip each ring halfway through the frying process. This will ensure they cook evenly.

Serve the onion rings with ranch sauce and enjoy!

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