Fried Onion Rings

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 7/29/2011

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Onion rings have been an American favorite forever.  We love the large rings and the balance of crunch and onion sweetness.  These rings have just the right amount of salt and "kick."

  • Servings: Serves 2
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Appetizer

Ingredients

2 large Spanish or sweet onions

2 c. buttermilk

2 Tbsp. hot sauce

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. cornstarch

1 tsp. salt, plus extra for cooked rings

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. baking powder

canola or peanut oil

Directions

Peel and cut onions into slices, about 1/4-in. to 1/2-in. thick.  Separate the slices into rings. 

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper and baking powder.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients together.  (If batter is too thick, add a little water to thin.)

Using a deep fryer, add oil to maximum fill line in bowl.  Preheat the oil to 375ºF.

Dip each ring into batter and then shake off extra batter.  Place several onion rings into the deep fryer basket and carefully lower it into the preheated oil. 

Cook onions about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, or until the rings are golden brown.  Use metal tongs to turn the rings during the cooking process. 

Carefully lift the basket out of oil and lock it onto resting hooks.  Allow onions to drain and then transfer them to a wire rack with a pan underneath.

Repeat the process with the remaining onions.  Sprinkle the rings with salt and serve.