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Crispy Crunchy Onion Rings

Vidalia onions add a touch of sweetness to these crispy crowd-pleasers.




  • 2 large Vidalia onions, cut into 1/4-inch rings
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/3 cups ice-cold water


  1. Step 1

    Place onions in a large bowl filled with cold water and soak 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Heat 2 inches of oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot to 365 degrees.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in ice-cold water and place batter bowl over a bowl of ice.

  4. Step 4

    Drain Vidalia onions and dry thoroughly between layers of paper towels.

  5. Step 5

    Working one handful at a time, dip onions in batter, allowing excess to drip back into bowl, and gently place in oil. Fry, turning once, until crisp and golden, 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined tray to drain and sprinkle with salt to taste.

Mad Hungry, March 2011