Buttermilk Crisped Vidalia Onion Rings


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Incomparable to frozen onion rings and infinitely easier than homemade french fries…you must make these if you and your family are onion ring lovers.  Keep some buttermilk in the frig and you’ll be ready to turn superhero. “Hey, would you guys like onion rings instead of plain old potato chips with those burgers?? No problem!”

Buttermilk Crisped Vidalia Onion Rings

Serves 6
By author margaret @ The Right Recipe


  • 3-4 Large Vidalia onions (peeled, sliced into rings, small inner pieces discarded or saved for another use)
  • 2-3 cups buttermilk (well shaken)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 cups flour
  • peanut oil (for frying)


1. Place onion rings in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let sit at least 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times to make sure all the onions are well coated.
2. Meanwhile, stir flour together with a couple of teaspoons of salt and pepper each. Taste to make sure flour is nicely seasoned. Prepare a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Remove a couple of onion rings at a time from the buttermilk, shake a bit to drain off excess then dredge quickly in the seasoned flour. Place coated rings on waxed paper and let rest for about 15 minutes to give the batter a chance to set. Repeat with remaining onions.
3. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet (a wok works really well) over high heat until hot. (350-375 degrees or test with an onion ring…it should sizzle immediately). Fry onion rings in batches of 6 or so at a times, being careful not to crowd the pan too much, and turning the rings a couple of times to brown evenly. It will only take a few minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain, season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. May be kept warm and crispy in a 200 degree oven while you cook the remaining rings. (They stay crispy at room temperature as well…another reason I love this recipe)


  1. Dement, Perry says

    I just have to say that these always arrive in my mailbox when I’m starving!! Sure do wish I lived closer to your test kitchen!!

  2. says

    OK … I’m in. I love onion rings and quit buying pre-made because they’re not rings but are made of minced onion, instead. Bleh! Thank you for this recipe. I will definitely give it a try.

    • says

      Yeah, stay away from those frozen rings. And don’t you hate it when you bite into an onion ring and the onion pulls out and you are left with a just crunchy batter? Yuck! That won’t happen with my recipe.

  3. says

    WOW!!! Your onion rings look perfect! My husband and I absolutely love onion rings, but the onion rings in restaurants are not always good. The only place we like is Wahoo’s fish taco. Sweet and crispy. I definitely need to try out your recipe! Thanks!

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