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Southern-Style Onion Rings


"A favorite recipe for great Southern sweet and spicy onion rings."
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40 m servings 1360 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 1360 kcal
  • 68%
  • Fat:
  • 113.2 g
  • 174%
  • Carbs:
  • 78.3g
  • 25%
  • Protein:
  • 10.9 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 904 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. Line 2 additional baking sheets or 1 tray with paper towels; set aside.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Pour the milk into a second shallow bowl. In a third bowl, stir together the cornmeal, 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, and black pepper.
  3. Dip the onion rings first into the plain flour, then into the milk, and last into the cornmeal mixture. Place the breaded rings on the wax paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, or deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
  5. Fry the onion rings a few at a time in the hot oil so they are not crowded, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel-lined baking sheets, and serve immediately.


  • Editor's Note
  • The nutritional information displayed for this recipe includes the full amount of breading and 10% of the oil.

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  1. 28 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

this is by far the best onion ring recipe i have tried.that nice crunch from the cornmeal is excellent.the spices are perfect and now i'm to full to write any more. THANKS

Most helpful critical review

Not as spicy as we thought they'd be, but still very good!

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this is by far the best onion ring recipe i have tried.that nice crunch from the cornmeal is excellent.the spices are perfect and now i'm to full to write any more. THANKS

This isn't a bad recipe, I've used it twice. A tad messy the first time, just be careful and make sure the oil doesn't get to hot quick, otherwise the rings fry really quick, and they're not don...

Good flavor(we left out the thyme)DH really liked them! Served with fried shrimp and baked potato. Now thats some good eatin!

Followed the recipe with no changes and the onion rings were great. However, I scaled the ingredients for the batter down to 3 servings and did pickle spears instead of onions. We now have a n...

These were amazing! They're definitely going on my list of 'things to make when there's company for dinner'.

Loved the cornmeal coating!!! Turned out fantastic! Will make these again. I did leave out the thyme as I am currently in Turkey and the thyme I find here is a bit different. Otherwise a fantast...

These were AMAZING! Followed the recipe exactly except scaled in half. Best onion rings I've ever tasted!

I thought these were going to be a disaster when I first started making them. The coating doesn't stay on that well if the rings are very thick, so I'd cut them between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. Once th...

Made these as a side to Ranch Burgers and they were a huge hit! No leftovers! I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect!