Even people who think they don’t like onions will fall for these onion rings, which are crispy on the outside and have a sweet, soft interior. Double dipping the onion rings helps to give them that extra-crunchy coating. I love the extra-sweet taste of Vidalia onions, but if you can’t find them in your market, any other sweet variety or even good old yellow onions will work well, too.–Bobby Flay
Buttermilk Onion Rings Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 40 M
- Serves 4
- 2 large Vidalia or other sweet onions
- 1 quart peanut oil
- 2 cups buttermilk (either low-fat or full-fat)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1. Peel the onions and slice them crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Separate each slice into individual rings and then remove the papery thin membrane covering the inside of each ring.
- 2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed medium stock pot over medium heat, or in a tabletop deep fryer, to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.
- 3. While the oil is heating, put the buttermilk in a large baking dish and season liberally with salt and black pepper. Divide the flour between 2 large baking dishes and season each dish liberally with salt and pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne.
- 4. Working in batches, dredge some of the onion rings in one of the dishes of flour and tap off the excess. Dip the rings in the buttermilk, allow the excess to drain off, and then dredge the rings in the second dish of flour, making sure to coat the rings evenly. Tap off the excess and transfer the batch of coated rings to the hot oil. Fry the rings, turning once or twice, until golden brown and tender, about 4 minutes.
- 5. Remove with a mesh skimmer and drain on the baking sheet lined with paper towels. Season immediately with salt. Repeat until all of the onion rings have been cooked. Serve hot.