Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings are light, crunchy and delicious fried onion rings with a Southern spin.
Thinly sliced and more like onion straws or onion strings, Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings are delectable cruciferous vegetables bathed in buttermilk, coated with a light dusting of flour and quick fried, which makes them extra crispy, and extremely flavorful!
And, no matter how much you are planning to make, do me a favor and double it! You will thank me later. I can promise you that these onion rings will disappear right before your eyes and well, there is no telling how many you will have to taste, just to make sure they are perfect! I mean, you wouldn’t want to serve anything to your family that hasn’t been taste-tested first. Right?
Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings can be served as a scrumptious snack, or yummy side dish for just about any meal, but they are also a perfect topping for your burgers. Stay tuned for my Ultimate Southern Burger post where I will show you just how these delicious morsels can transform even an ordinary hamburger into one that deserves a place in the Southern Food Hall of Fame.
You may be wondering about the gorgeous hand-forged frying pan that my Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings are cradled in? When my husband and I were last in Cashiers, NC we went to an arts and craft show where I saw these beautiful hand-made frying pans. I knew immediately I had to have one and, as you can see, the rest is history. This beautiful pan was made by Matthew Shirey of Shira Forge in Sylva, NC. In addition to this unique frying pan, he also sells hand-forged knives and other kitchenware, and you can find more of his one-of-a-kind hand-crafted work on Etsy.
The ingredients for Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings are simple: sweet onions (preferably Vidalia onions), all-purpose flour, ground red pepper, kosher salt, peanut oil or another vegetable oil, and buttermilk. That’s it!
To make Southern Style Crispy Onion Rings first peel and slice the onions as thin as possible. Separate the rings.
Place the onion rings in a shallow bowl and cover with buttermilk. Allow the onions to soak in the buttermilk for at least an hour.
Combine the flour, salt and red pepper in a shallow bowl.
Preheat the oil in a dutch oven or large frying pan over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F.
When the oil is hot, take a handful of the onion rings and dredge them in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour and add to the hot oil. Use a fork to separate the rings, so they don’t clump together. Fry for 1-2 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Watch the onion rings carefully; they can go from perfect to burned in a matter of seconds. Repeat as needed until all of the onion rings are cooked. Drain on paper towels.
Serve immediately while they are still hot.
If you need to keep the onion rings warm, preheat your oven to 225 degrees and put them on an oven proof plate for up to 30 minutes or until you are ready to serve them.
If you like this recipe, you might also like these other great recipes with a Southern spin: Easy Southern Lump Blue Crab Cakes, Easy Classic Southern Tomato Pie, Southern Cheese Grits Casserole, Kay’s Southern Pimento Cheese Spread, and Southern Pecan Praline Cake. Want more, check out all of my Southern-inspired recipes HERE!