Recipe By Chef John
Published Feb 21st
Making Crispy Onion Rings
Prep 10m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 178.7

This recipe for onion rings is so easy and so amazingly crispy, you can now make up for all those years of deep-fried denial by making these at home.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons dry potato flakes
  • ⅓ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs, or as needed
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices and separated into rings
  • fine salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Whisk together flour, cornstarch, dry potato flakes, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Whisk in club soda to make a smooth batter.
  2. 2 Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  3. 3 Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. 4 Place a few onion rings at a time into the bowl of batter and turn to coat all sides with batter.
  5. 5 Remove onion rings from batter and place into pan of panko bread crumbs; turn to coat completely with crumbs.
  6. 6 Cook a few rings at a time in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. 7 Transfer to a cooling rack set over paper towels to drain. Season with salt to taste and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 178.7
  • Carbohydrate 32.5 g
  • Fat 6.5 g
  • Fiber 0.9 g
  • Protein 4.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Sodium 135.8 mg
  • Sugar 1.6 g


  1. Very delicious! Thank you so much Chef John!
  2. This is a fantastic recipe! Just like A&W onion rings only better cause you make em yourself! Made two slight adjustments to the recipe I didn't have club soda on hand so I used some light beer I had in the fridge and will make em like that again cause it was so good. The - Read more ...
  3. Sorry chef John I really like a lot of your reciepes ut this one didn't work for me.
  4. I tried baking these at 425 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes instead of frying - they came out super crunchy and delicious! Not as pretty in color but the taste and texture were exactly what I expected.
  5. These turned out great! Deep frying is still a little messy, and even with olive oil, adds calories from fat. On a whim I just tried baking them on a foil-lined sheet in my convection oven until they were crispy. Oh my gosh, were they ever good! Just drizzle with a little bit of olive - Read more ...
  6. I've made this twice now. First time followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious! The second time, used beer instead of club soda, cut the onions thicker, and didn't use any bread crumbs - just the batter.... and they were slap yo' momma good!
  7. Crispy - Crunchy goodness. I didn't watch the video before making these and I should have. The first few that I made the batter was really thin and didn't adhere well. In the video, Chef John says to let the batter sit for a bit and let the potato flakes hydrate and the batter thickens - Read more ...
  8. Used this on calamari. Added seasoned salt oregano and 4 pkts of true lemon to the the batter. Exquisite Pizza sauce on side to dip. Fantastic!
  9. These are the most crispy onion rings we've ever had. I gave obey for my Husband to try and he said he will never be able to eat any other rings! My daughter never eats onion rings and after she tried these she put 4 more on her plate. I kept them in a warm - Read more ...
  10. Just made these! I was convinced that even though he claimed the crunch was the real thing, there must be some sort of enhancement going on, but they really were just as beautiful and as crunchy as the ones in the video. One thing; they took far less time to cook than the recipe indicated. - Read more ...