Crispy Fried Sweet Onion Rings

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Store any leftover dredging mixture (from Step 3) in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Make sure your oil is hot enough, and that it comes back up to temp, before adding the second batch of onions.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 40 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes


  • 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. 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. 2. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°.
  3. 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. 4. Fry onion rings, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
  5. 5. Serve onion rings immediately, or keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.
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