Onion Rings

You are so jealous.

Look at what I have:

onion rings

Mmm… crispy oniony goodness!

I cannot remember the last time I had onion rings, but I guarantee they were not as good as these.  Since most of the time onion rings are made with egg or dairy, it’s been a very long time.  Fortunately, I saw this article on Tree Hugger the other day, about making your own “take out food.”

I suppose I knew that I could make onion rings myself, but I don’t do deep frying at home (I hate wasting that much oil, aside from that many calories).  The method used in the original recipe uses a more or less shallow frying method.  It doesn’t save calories, but you don’t waste a ton of oil that way.  As for the calories… I only made half an onion’s worth.  I can handle that.

Vegan “buttermilk” can be made by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of non-dairy beverage.

The original recipe calls for buttermilk.  Vegan “buttermilk” can be made by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of non-dairy beverage.  I actually used some thinned out plain soyogurt which worked just as well… actually, probably even better, because it’s thicker.

Vegan Onion Rings

  • 2 sweet onions
  • 1 cup vegan “buttermilk”
  • pinch cayenne
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Slice onion into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Separate into rings. Place “buttermilk” in dish and add cayenne. Add onion rings and soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Place flour, salt and pepper in a re-sealable bag or container. Add rings and shake well.
  3. When hot, add rings to oil a few at a time, without crowding the pan and fry until golden and crisp, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Drain on paper towels, salt and serve immediately. If you are cooking them in batches, keep them warm in the oven at 200F until they are all cooked.
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9 Responses to Onion Rings

  1. Tami (Vegan Appetite) says:

    I’ve been craving onion rings! I think I’m about to go over the edge, thanks to your picture.

  2. Jodie says:

    So glad to be of service!

  3. Katherine says:


  4. Sarah says:

    Oh my days! I too have had this dilemma with my favorite fast food item. I never wanted to waste that much oil, dont have a deep fryer, and plus I would never be able to reuse the oil, since i never deep fry anything. I am going to make this, maybe this weekend. haha. SCORE

    onion rings and maple bbq sauce or my favorite

  5. Claudia says:

    Your onion rings picture made me temporarily lose my mind! I have been craving them everyday for a week but can't ever eat them (dairy allergy). I am running out to get some sweet onions and soy yogurt right now. I will be in onion ring heaven shorty!

  6. kee says:

    that is too awesome going vegan/vegetarian/raw food isn’t gonna be so bad after all

  7. Trina says:

    These were great! My 3 year old twins helped make them and even tried a teeny bite. Luckily for me though, they saved me some:)

  8. jodie says:

    So glad you liked them!

  9. olivia says:

    WOW. just what I needed. absolutely fantastic.

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