Fried Onion Rings

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 15 min.


6 servings

Updated: Feb. 21, 2023
Meet the Cook: Try these as an accompaniment to hamburgers or fried fish, or with steaks on the grill. The recipe's from my mom, and it's one of her most popular. (As a newlywed 15 years ago, I often found myself on the kitchen "hotline" to her!) My husband and I have three children - 9,7 and just about to turn 1. -Marsha Moore, Poplar Bluff, Missouri


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Additional oil for deep-fat frying


  1. Cut onions into 1/2-in. slices; separate into rings. Place in a bowl; cover with ice water and soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the egg, water, oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne; stir into egg mixture until smooth.
  3. Drain onion rings; dip into batter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry onion rings, a few at a time, for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes one each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Editor's Note: Onion rings may be kept warm in a 300° oven while frying remainder of batch.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 214 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.