Recipe By Jean Fritz
Published Jun 8th
Grandma’s Onion Rings (Southern Style)
Prep 30m Cook 3m Additional - Ready In 33m
Servings 2 dozen Calories 341.5

This is a very delicate onion ring. My Grandmother’s recipe. I have never found any to compare to hers.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3 large sweet onions, peeled and sliced into thick rings

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 2 Place the flour in a shallow baking pan, and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk, vinegar, and remaining salt and pepper until frothy.
  3. 3 Dip the onion rings in the wet ingredients then into the flour mixture until coated. Then dip in the egg white mixture again, and then into the flour again.
  4. 4 Fry onion rings in the hot oil a few at a time so they are not crowded, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 341.5
  • Carbohydrate 41.3 g
  • Cholesterol 3.3 mg
  • Fat 16 g
  • Fiber 2.6 g
  • Protein 8.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Sodium 823.7 mg
  • Sugar 5.3 g


  1. My hubby and I loved these onion rings! I did use Bisquick instead of just flour and also added Cajun Seasoning. The only thing I would suggest is.......after making the flour mixture....take half of it and put in a baggy to use later...BECAUSE...after dipping in the liquid then the flour mixture TWICE.....the flour mixture starts - Read more ...
  2. Amazing - I was raised in the deep south and after following other suggestions I found these to be better than any restaurant! Even my toughest critics couldn't stop raving about them. This is perhaps the best recipe on!
  3. we like this recipe so much.when we start to cook onion rings,we fill a big plate with it and eat till banging :) the only desadvantage of this meal is leftovers.i offer u to finish all at once when u cook coz next day all delicous taste becomes like sponge and non-crispy
  4. This is a wonderful recipe if you make a few of your own additions. I did as a some of the other reviews suggested and used Bisquick instead of flour. I also added a bit more salt and pepper, and threw in some Louisiana Cajun Seasoning. I also sliced the onions pretty thin - I - Read more ...
  5. This recipe was pretty good, however, it received 3 stars because if you follow the recipe exactly, the rings turn out very BLAND. We made this for the first time and after the first batch, had to make some immediate modifications. There was no flavor to the batter, so we added seasoning salt (tons), regular - Read more ...
  6. I'll give it five stars even though I made some changes. Great idea double dipping. I added a little sugar to the flour and used a whole egg rather than just the white. The onions were covered completely and were actually much prettier than those pictured but they didn't last long enough to take a - Read more ...
  7. My husband found these a little bland but they were great! I've tried a few of the other onion ring recipes on here but this was by far the best! The batter stayed on the rings nicely when frying (the other recipes I tried were not nearly as cooperative! lol) I added a bit of - Read more ...
  8. This was the recipe I have been searching for! I like the flaky onion rings vs. the cakey kind. The only thing I did differently was to add more spices. I added some season salt garlic powder onion powder and some cayenne pepper to give it a little kick. They were gobbled up fast! Even - Read more ...
  9. A light, delicious onion ring! My husband is gluten intolerant so I substituted gluten-free all purpose flour. Also, I have found over years of deep frying professionally that if you add salt before you deep fry, the flour has a tendancy to fall off, so I left the salt until after they were fried. Simple - Read more ...