These gluten free onion rings are an easy way to get this classic comfort food at home and with absolutely zero gluten. They’re the perfect side for burgers or hot dogs, or enjoy them on their own as a snack or appetizer. Can be made dairy free.
What Makes These Gluten Free Onion Rings So Good
- The gluten free batter for these onion rings is light and full of flavor and crisps up beautifully.
- Underneath the crispy gluten free batter is a juicy, perfectly cooked sweet onion. The way the sweetness of the onion complements the savory batter… OMG.
- There’s zero gluten in this recipe, so it’s perfect for anyone with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. Even without the gluten, these onion rings taste just like traditional onion rings, which means any gluten-eaters in your party will love them, too!
Key Ingredients for Gluten Free Onion Rings
Cornmeal – If you like cornbread then you’re pretty familiar with cornmeal. It’s that coarse powdery substance that comes from grinding corn. Cornmeal is perfect in batters like this because it fries up so beautifully.
Milk – Obviously the dry ingredients need a little liquid added to turn them into a batter. Milk gets the job done while keeping the batter rich and creamy, rather than making it watery. Use any type of milk you like! For dairy free, gluten free onion rings, use an unsweetened plant-based milk.
Club Soda – Like the milk, club soda helps thin the batter, but the fizziness keeps the batter amazingly light. You could also try this recipe with a little gluten free beer in the batter instead of club soda for gluten free beer-battered onion rings.
- What’s the best dipping sauce for gluten free onion rings? Well, that depends on what you like! I’m a big fan of onion rings with ranch, so I like to pair them with this homemade gluten free, Whole30 dump ranch. Of course, ketchup is a classic – try this ketchup recipe for a homemade option. If you like things a little spicy, a chipotle aioli dipping sauce would work for you!
- It’s important that your oil is hot enough before you drop an onion ring in it, otherwise the onion ring just soaks up the oil and gets super greasy and soggy. You can use a food thermometer to gauge the temperature, or you could use the wooden spoon trick. Just dip the end of a wooden spoon handle into the oil. You’ll know it’s ready when the oil bubbles up around the spoon handle. If there are a lot of violent bubbles, though, your oil’s too hot, so lower the temperature and let it cool a little.
- Instead of placing the onion rings on a plate of paper towels to drain, lay a wire cooling rack over a bed of paper towels lining a baking sheet, then place the onion rings on the rack. That way, the onion rings aren’t sitting in the hot oil while you’re working on the next batch or two. If they’re elevated and the oil can drain away, you’ll be left with beautifully crisp onion rings. If they just sit in the oil, they’ll get soggy.
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Gluten Free Onion Rings
- Large bowl
- Large saucepan or deep skillet
- Wire cooling rack
- Paper towels
- Baking sheet
- 2 medium sweet onions sliced into rings
- cornstarch enough to dust sliced onions
- neutral oil for frying
For the Gluten Free Batter
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- 1 ½ cups gluten free flour blend
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup milk of your choice, see Notes
- 1 cup club soda
- If onions are not already sliced into rings, slice them now. Lightly dust sliced onion rings with cornstarch. Set aside.
- In large bowl, mix together ⅓ cup cornstarch, gluten free flour blend, cornmeal, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
- Once dry ingredients are combined, whisk in milk and club soda to form batter.
- In large saucepan or skillet, heat neutral oil to 350° Fahrenheit.
- When oil is hot, use fork to dip sliced onion rings into batter. Coat evenly and lift out of bowl, pausing to let any excess batter drip off onion rings.
- Drop onion rings into hot oil. Fry until golden brown.
- Use fork to remove onion rings from oil. Transfer onion rings to wire cooling rack over baking sheet lined with paper towels.
- Repeat for any remaining onion rings. Serve warm with condiments of choice.
- Milk: Whole milk, 2%, plant-based – any type of milk will work, just make sure to use an unsweetened variety.
- Tips for Frying: Work in batches and don’t put too many onion rings in the oil at once! Overcrowding will keep the onion rings from frying evenly. Add just enough rings at a time that they can stay in a single layer.