Spicy Red Onion Rings

Oh, all those years spent eating (and enjoying!) onion rings made from white or sweet onions. Not wasted years, but years of missed opportunities of eating spicy red onion rings. Spiced up with a fantastic kick not only from hot sauce but from that red onion bite, these rings are the things dreams are made of. The batter is perfect. No batter loss here, the coating sticks perfectly and comes out crazy crunchy. These are what rings should be.
Spicy Red Onion RingsAlthough there’s certainly nothing wrong with ketchup on spicy red onion rings, I prefer something a bit more ‘deep’ so I made an easy dipping sauce of mayo and a few other ingredients I had on hand. The dipping sauce is also great for dipping fries, potato chips, carrot sticks, you name it. And it’s also fantastic on burgers!

This is yet another great recipe I found in Margaritaville: The Cookbook. It is absolutely full of great dishes!

Also try my fried onion strips with a wonderful dipping sauce and more more classic-style homemade onion rings. My spicy Texan onion rings are also a must-make.

Spicy Red Onion Rings

Oh, all those years spent eating (and enjoying!) onion rings made from white or sweet onions. Not wasted years, but years of missed opportunities of eating spicy red onion rings.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 506kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 large red onions cut into thick rounds, rings separated
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat 2" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Whisk the buttermilk and hot sauce together in a pie plate.
  • In another pie plate, combine the flour, cornstarch and salt.
  • Working in batches, dip rings in buttermilk, then flour. Repeat.
  • Transfer to fryer in batches. Do not overcrowd. Fry for about 2 minutes, flip and fry another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

For the dipping sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

Notes

For a little extra spiciness, let the rings marinate in the buttermilk/hot sauce mixture for 1 hour before battering and frying.

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 3130mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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