Crispy Fried Sweet Onion Rings Recipe

Enjoy them on the side of a juicy cheeseburger, flavorful steak, or even your favorite BBQ dish, crispy fried sweet onions rings are the ultimate Southern side dish. Wispy thin and packed with flavor, this onion ring recipe is a win-win. They are super easy to make and guaranteed to crowd please. The secret is in the batter – and buttermilk. Soaking the raw onion rings in buttermilk before dipping them in the perfectly spiced flour mixture gives the dish an edge. Remember to heat the oil to 360˚ between each batch to ensure every onion ring is as good as the last. Of course, be sure to serve the crispy onion rings as soon as they are done; you won't be able to resist a second and third serving. After all, homemade onion rings are always better than the store-bought version. Trust us. Originally published in May of 2013, this Southern Living recipe has been a fan-favorite ever since.

Hands On Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into 3/8-inch-thick slices

  • 3 cups buttermilk

  • Vegetable oil

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup plain yellow cornmeal

  • 2 teaspoons table salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper


  1. Separate onion slices into rings, and place in a 9-inch square baking dish. Pour buttermilk over onion rings. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.

  2. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°.

  3. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Dredge onion rings in flour mixture, and place on a baking sheet. Discard buttermilk.

  4. Fry onion rings, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Serve onion rings immediately, or keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.

    Crispy Fried Sweet Onion Rings
    Hector Sanchez
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