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Light and Crispy Fried Onion Rings Recipe

Light and Crispy Fried Onion Rings
Source: Relish


  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup Louisiana hot sauce, such as Crystal or Original Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Creole Seasoning, or Emeril's Original Essence
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia, Maui, or Walla Walla, sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch thick rings
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
6-8 servings


  • Combine the buttermilk, hot sauce, Creole Seasoning, and 2 teaspoons of the cayenne in a large mixing bowl.
  • Separate the onion slices into individual rings (discard the small center portions or save them for another purpose).
  • Add the onion rings to the buttermilk mixture and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate until chilled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 375°F. Position a wire rack over a paper towel- lined baking sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon cayenne.
  • Working in batches, remove the onion rings from the buttermilk mixture, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl, and dredge them in the flour mixture.
  • Remove the coated rings from the flour, shake to remove any excess, and place them on the wire rack. Repeat until you have coated all the onion rings.
  • Working in batches, fry the onion rings, turning them occasionally, until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer them to the wire rack to drain briefly.
  • Season lightly with salt and serve immediately.


A recipe from Relish

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