Southern-Style Onion Rings Recipe -
Southern-Style Onion Rings Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Southern-Style Onion Rings

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"A favorite recipe for great Southern sweet and spicy onion rings."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  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.
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  • 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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Feb 16, 2010

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

Jan 15, 2012

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 done completely.


26 Ratings

Jul 27, 2007

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

Feb 03, 2011

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 new family favorite!

Jul 02, 2010

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

Aug 18, 2009

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 fantastic onion ring and rather easy! I thinking I may modify the coating to fit it for chicken poppers!

Jun 02, 2011

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

Feb 22, 2011

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 they were cooked though, they were quite good. Even my 8 year old said.... I don't like onion rings, but these are great.


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  • Calories
  • 1360 kcal
  • 68%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 78.3 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 113.2 g
  • 174%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 10.9 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 904 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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