Beer Battered French Fried Onion Rings Recipe

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When the Vidalia onions come into season, I make a batch or two of this and freeze them for later use. See freezing tips below.

I'm not much of a beer drinker but I do like some offered by the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Summer Shandy is my favorite and I stock up in the spring when it comes out. I use it in this recipe.

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Enjoy this with your favorite adult beverage of choice.

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Servings: 8


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  1. Peel onions and cut into 3/8-inch thick slices. If making onion strings, slice very thin. I use a mandolin or Cuisinart. Separate into individual rings.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, salt, egg, beer and 1 tablespoon oil. Blend until smooth.
  3. With a fork, dip onion rings into batter and coat well. Fry in oil heated to 375°F. Until light brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Tip: The key to this recipe is to use your favorite beer. As it's flavor will shine through.
  5. To Store Extra: Spread out on baking sheet to freeze. When frozen pack in desired quantities in foil and store in freezer. Bake at 400°F; 5 – 7 minutes. While hot, sprinkle with salt.
  6. Note: I do not recommend using this for bloomin' onions.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 91g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 121  
Calories from Fat 22 18%
Total Fat 2.54g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.36g 1%
Trans Fat 0.04g  
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 242mg 10%
Potassium 87mg 2%
Total Carbs 19.17g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 1.53g 1%
Protein 3.3g 5%
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  • Robyn Savoie
    Here are a few great add-ins: Increase salt to 1/2 Tsp; 1/4 Tsp. Coarse Ground Black Pepper; 1 Tsp. Dried Oregano; 1 Tsp. Cajun/Creole Seasoning
    I was trying another recipe, which didn't work so I added the seasonings to my beer batter recipe. It came out great!
    This is a variation


    • Bob Vincent
      September 17, 2013
      Hi Robyn:
      Since I recently bought a small electric deep fryer this will be added to my Try Soon folder. Vidalia and Walla Walla onions both have that great sweet flavor. The beer batter sounds good. Thanks for sharing!
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      • Robyn Savoie
        September 17, 2013
        Thank you, this is my mother's recipe. I'm not much of a beer drinker but when Leinenkugle's come out with their Summer Shandy in the Spring. I stock up, it's lite flavor beer with just the right amount of lemon added in for me. This is my go to for this recipe and when I make beer brats. I'm also thinking of substituting ground chipotle peppers for the cayenne, just to see how it changes the flavor.

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