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Chef John's Crispy Onion Rings PRINT


Published: May 08, 2013


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  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons dry potato flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs, or as needed
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices and separated into rings
  • fine salt to taste


Servings 8
Adapted from


Step 1


Whisk together flour, cornstarch, dry potato flakes, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Whisk in club soda to make a smooth batter.

Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Place a few onion rings at a time into the bowl of batter and turn to coat all sides with batter.

Remove onion rings from batter and place into pan of panko bread crumbs; turn to coat completely with crumbs.

Cook a few rings at a time in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack set over paper towels to drain. Season with salt to taste and serve.

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