Chilled Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, extra flakey sea salt, lemon wedges, more black pepper, and freshly fried onion rings! Call everyone and pull up a stool! These onion rings are tender, lightly coated, crispy, and flavorful. The beer adds a welcome depth and bite to the batter.
Dip onion rings in batter, coating well. Fry, a few rings at a time, until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Coat onion rings thoroughly in batter. Carefully add several battered onion rings to the preheated oil so that they sit in a single layer at the top of the oil.
These Buttermilk Batter-Fried Onion Rings are best served the moment they come out of the fryer.
Funnel Cake is actually what inspired me to make these onion rings, however I wanted to mix the savory with the sweet. I used colossal sweet onions for their size and sweetness, buttermilk for its tang, cornbread mix for its texture and pancake batter for its incredible ability to fry up beautifully!
The challenge with onion rings is making the coating stick to the onions so you get both onion and crisp outer shell in every bite. The solution is a good soak in viscous buttermilk, which helps the flour and cornmeal coating adhere.
Whisk flour, buttermilk, egg, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dip onion rings in batter, working in batches; fry battered onion rings in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes.
To batter the onions, remove them from the buttermilk, reserving the buttermilk in the bowl, and place them in the plastic-bag with the flour.
Remove onion rings from buttermilk and dip into batter mixture, then place in skillet and fry until golden brown, turning to brown evenly on both sides. Drain onion rings on paper towels.
As you slice your onion rings toss them into a large bowl with buttermilk and let them soak. Using a shaker (like one you would normally use for Parmesan cheese) sprinkle the cornbread mix onto each onion ring and then dip into the wet pancake batter.