The ring’s the thing

I’ve talked before about how sometimes what you serve on the side of your dinner plate is the star of the meal, and this is another one of those times. Think onion rings: thin, light, crisp, with a good kick of spice, these are a far cry from those overly breaded, greasy rings served in so many restaurants, and they’re easy to make at home. The two things to remember here are to have everything ready to go before you start, and to make them just before you’ll be serving them so they stay perfectly crisp.

For two good sized servings, you’ll need:

a big bowl
1 medium red onion
flaky sea salt (I used Maldon)
Sriracha or other hot chile sauce
a zip-top bag
about 1/2 cup of unbleached white flour
vegetable oil
a pot with high sides
a spider
a tray or plate lined with paper towels

Peel the onion and slice it into thin rings. Separate the rings and place them into your bowl, then give them a healthy sprinkling of salt and as much Sriracha as you like. Toss until the onions are well coated, and set aside for 20 minutes or so, until the onions are soft and have given up much of their liquid.

Pour oil an inch or two deep into the pot and heat until shimmering. Add flour to the zip-top bag. Remove the softened onions in batches, gently squeezing out the moisture with your hands, and add them to the flour a few at a time, tossing to coat. Shake off the excess flour and CAREFULLY lower the onions into the hot oil, frying them in batches until they are crisp and golden. Using your spider, remove the rings to the paper towel-lined plate to drain, sprinkling a bit of flaky salt on top of each batch you remove.

Dinner:  May 14, 2008

Serve hot alongside your favorite steak, burger, or barbecue, with a frosty beverage alongside. Feel the love.

14 thoughts on “The ring’s the thing

  1. I feel the love! I have such a love of onions rings, not those nasty mass produced efforts though, the real thing. They look fantastic, ultra-crunch!

  2. BrooklynPapa says:

    Again. Another winner. Wow. So simple and yet so artful and the photos are priceless.

    Thank you. Again.

  3. eko says:

    yep, early am and I am making a shopping list with red onions at the top of it! oddly, I just happen to have this very hot sauce in the cupboard (and I rarely have hot sauce as I am the only one that loves it) – found on a sale shelf at the grocer’s!

    thanks for all your recipes!

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Ha ha ha! You guys are awesome. You seriously put the biggest smile on my face. Thank you! 😀

    Do make these. They’re ridiculously easy, and so, so good.

  5. Kristyn says:

    I made these last year because of you, and how could you ever make onion rings without Sriracha again??? These are so good!! I dipped mine in a simple beer batter instead. So good!
    Onion Rings!
    and yum
    Golden Goodness!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Oh wow! I was just thinking of trying my hand at making onion rings and came across ur entry. Am gonna try making some for this wkend’s BBQ. Many thnks! Luv ur site!

  7. KT says:

    I tried these yesterday – they made the PERFECT addition to my memorial day cook out feast 🙂 I always thought you had to have a deep fryer to make onion rings, so I never tried them at home. These were so easy, thank you for the recipe!

  8. Cherie says:

    These sound DIVINE! I am going to have to try making some for our 4th of July BBQ on the Cape!

    But your photos are making me crave some RIGHT NOW! 🙂

  9. Susannah says:

    Made these tonight at the recommendation of our CSA farmers. So, so good! Only wish I had made more! My husband and I were fighting over the last ones. 🙂

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