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Beer-Battered Vidalia Onion Rings

These Beer Battered onion rings are crispy, delicious and made with Vidalia onions. Vidalia onions take these to the next mild because they’re perfectly sweet and mild. If you don’t drink alcohol, feel free to use sparkling water—you’ll get the same amazing texture.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Vidalia Onion Rings
Servings: 8
Calories: 310kcal
Cost: $9



  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk shaken
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper


  • 3 Vidalia Onions


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (180g)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 (12-oz) beers (pilsner)


To Make the Ranch:

  • Whisk together the ranch ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Prep the Onions:

  • To prep the onions, cut off the ends and peel the onions. And slice them into 1/2-inch slices.

To Make the Dredge:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Toss the onion slices in this dredge until evenly coated. You may need to do this in batches.

To Fry Up the Onion Rings:

  • Add 3 to 4-inches of oil to a medium pot that’s set over medium-high heat. Bring the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Quickly whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt and beer or sparkling water. When the bubbles subside a bit (should happen in a minute or so), dip the Vidalia onion slices into the batter and carefully drop them in the hot oil. Fry on each side for 1 to 2 minutes, until they’re medium golden brown. Remove them and transfer to a bed of paper towels. Repeat with the remaining onion rings.
  • Serve them in a tower. They’re dramatic and beautiful this way, alongside the dipping sauce.


Tips and Tricks: 
  • Air-Fryer - I know people are going to ask me if they could make it in the air fryer and I don’t see why not. Will they be as crispy? Absolutely not but I feel like they’ll be amazing still! 
  • Can I not use beer? Absolutely! Feel free to use sparkling water in place of beer. The carbonation is what gives it the amazing texture. 
  • Can I make this ahead? You can prep the dredge and the ranch up to 3 days before. The batter for the onion rings should be made right before because you really want maximum carbonation of a light, delicious, crispy batter. 


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg