Last weekend, we had a big family dinner at a steakhouse, and a lot of people opted to order onion rings as their side. I opted for a side of steamed vegetables and envy. But, as they say, “Envy is the mother of invention.” Maybe I got that quote wrong? Anyway, fast forward, and I was ready to try making my own healthier version of non-deep fried onion rings!
We served these with hot turkey pesto sandwiches, but they would be excellent with any of our Burger Recipes or even a nice juicy NY Strip Steak.
Time: 30 Minutes
- One Sweet Onion
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- A sprinkle of Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1-3 ounces of Club Soda/Seltzer (amount to be determined in method below)
- Peel your onion, and cut it into three cross sectional slices.
- Carefully, peel the layers of your three onion slices to make rings.
- Combine your flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Then, crack and egg, and whisk together with a fork. As you combine, slowly add in your club soda a little at a time until you have a goopy mixture that sticks to your fork nicely but isn’t too floury or lumpy. You’re looking to strike the perfect balance between too goopy and too runny so that it sticks perfectly to your rings.
- Heat up some oil (we used peanut oil) in a frying pan. If you want fully golden brown onion rings, use more oil. If you (like us) want a healthier version that uses less oil in exchange for a little crispiness, use less.
- Working a few at a time, coat your onion rings with your batter, and add them to your frying pan (make sure that all are touching the bottom of your pan….if you have to work in batches, that’s okay…we did too).
- Cook for about 3-4 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then, set aside in a warm oven or toaster while you do the rest.
- Plate, devour, and enjoy!
Can you cook these in an air fryer?
I don’t own one, and I’m not too sure how they work, unfortunately. I would think they’d work, but don’t hold me to it!
Update! I now have an air fryer, and I think these would work if you were to freeze your dredged onion rings before putting them into the air fryer. They would likely not work without freezing first since the batter would be too liquidy.