Healthier Onion Rings…an oxymoron??

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(Sorry for the dark photo)

Is it possible to really make an onion ring HEALTHY?  Probably not…but thi is at least a lighter version of them.  No deep frying, for sure!

I love onion rings, but had never attempted to make them at home for two reasons.  1)They are deep fried, which means they are not something you should eat oven.  We’re trying our best to eat healthier these days.  2) They are deep fried.  And deep fried = a big mess to clean up.

Number 2 is the main reason I chose not to try these at home…I can easily talk myself out of the ”need to eat healthy” thing.  Sometimes too easily!

So, I wanted to try to come up with a way to make them at home, but in a way that they would be less artery-clogging, and in a way that I wouldn’t be cleaning up grease spatters for days on end.  Ugh.  I came accross a recipe in a magazine…Southern Living maybe?…about baking the onion rings.  But they didn’t really have a ‘batter’ on them, and they looked pretty puny.  So, I decided to just experiment a little.  Here’s what I came up with…

Healthier (maybe not healthy…but at least a step up from artery-clogging!) Beer Battered Onion Rings.  This recipe makes enough for 4 people…unless you’re me and my husband…then it makes enough for 2.  🙂  We loved ’em!

You’ll need…

2 onions

2 cups buttermilk

2 cups flour

1/2 can beer

another 1/2 cup flour

vegetable oil


First you need to slice your onions.  I like to make them just a little under 1/2″. 

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Then, seperate the slices into rings, keeping only the larger rings for this recipe. We’ll do something else with the inner portion later.

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Now, place the onion rings in a larger, shallow container and pour the buttermilk over them.  You want to make sure that they rings are mostly covered in the buttermilk.

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Let those soak in the fridge for at least one hour.

Now…preheat your oven t0 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray…this makes it super easy to clean afterwards. 

Place the 2 cups of flour in a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish, combine the 1/2 can beer with the 1/2 cup flour, mixing well.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in a little vegetable oil…just a couple tablespoons.  We’re not really ‘frying’ the rings, we’re just…searing them.

Now…take your rings out of the fridge.   Take a ring, let the excess milk drip off and dip in the flour, coating both sides…

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Then dip it in the beer batter, again, coating both sides…

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Let excess batter drip off the ring and place in the hot, oiled skillet.  Repeat until your skillet is full.  Cook the rings about 2-3 minutes per side, until they are a light golden brown…

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Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, flipping them over once halfway through, or until they are a nice brown, onion ringy color. 

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And that’s it!  A little bit of a healthier version of onion rings!  And they were delicious…my 9 year old devoured them!  Give ’em a try…I think you’ll like them too!


And what did I do with the inner portion of the onion that we didn’t use for the onion rings?  I simply chopped them up, stuck them in a ziploc freezer bag and tossed them into the freezer.  I can just pull out as much as I need in the future!


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