How to make the perfect beer battered onion rings

Up your snack and side dish game and try these homemade, beer battered onion rings. Here’s how to make them.

These golden-brown beauties are an easy treat, starring a pale ale beer batter and thick slices of onion. The carbonation in the beer leads to the lightest, crispiest breading, while a touch of paprika provides a deep golden hue. (Pro Tip: If you’re not beer fan, use any other carbonated beverage, including ginger ale, soda water or your favourite soft drink!)

What you’ll need

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 12oz pale ale beer
  • 2 large white onions
  • Vegetable oil for frying


In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of flour with the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk in the beer until the mixture is well combined. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
While the batter rests, cut the tip off the stem side of the onions then remove the peel. Slice the onions horizontally into 1/2-inch-thick rings and toss them with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour.
Add the vegetable oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot to a depth of 2 inches and heat it over medium-high heat until hot.
Working in batches, dip the onion rings into the prepared batter, shaking off any excess, then immediately drop them into the hot oil. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot. Allow the onions to cook in the oil, flipping them once to guarantee even browning, for a total of about 3 minutes. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately season them with salt.