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Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings have a super crispy and flavorful exterior. The onions are presoaked to tenderize them and give them extra flavor. Dip them in a curry-flavored dipping sauce for an amazing appetizer or game day food.

Beer Battered Onion Rings on a plate with dipping sauce.


Besides asparagus and strawberries, I think the food I associate most with Spring is the Vidalia onion and there’s maybe no better way to eat a Vidalia onion than coated in a crisp and flavorful batter.

A batter with beer? Even better.

These Beer-Battered Onion Rings have a super crunchy exterior thanks to the addition of cornstarch and baking powder in the batter.


The onions are soaked in beer and a touch of vinegar  which both flavors them and tenderizes them so that they are easy to bite through. Don’t you hate when you bite into an onion ring and the whole onion slides out leaving you with onion dangling form your mouth and an empty shell of batter?  That won’t happen with these onions. They are super tender.

Beer Battered Onion Rings on plate with bowl of dipping sauce.


I tend not to be a big fan of the typical onion ring sauce so when I received a bottle of Start! Hot Curry Sauce in the mail, I got to thinking. What would onion rings taste like dipped in curry sauce? Turns out they taste really, really good.


Start Curry Sauce is unlike any hot sauce I’ve tried before. I’m a huge fan of the flavor of curry and I love hot sauce so I double loved this curry hot sauce. There’s a good amount of heat to this sauce, but what you really taste is a fabulous curry flavor. Start Curry Sauce is gluten-free, vegan, Non-GMO and has no sugar, no oil, and no preservatives. It would taste great on falafel, burgers, kebabs, even mixed into hummus.

If you love the flavor of Indian foods and you like some spice, you will totally dig this hot sauce. You can purchase Start Hot Curry Sauce on Amazon.

Start! Hot Curry Sauce

I totally loved it as a dip for onion rings. I just mixed a little sauce into some mayonnaise. It’s best to do this a few hours ahead of time for the best flavor. The Start! Hot Sauce is so packed with curry flavor you really don’t need to use much to give a fabulous curry flavor to a whole bowl of mayonnaise.



Next I think I’m going to use this curry-flavored mayonnaise to make a chicken salad. I think it will be wonderful!


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Beer Battered Onion Rings on a plate with dipping sauce.

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Curry Dipping Sauce

These Beer-Battered Onion Rings have a super crunchy exterior thanks to the addition of cornstarch and baking powder in the batter.
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 sweet onions, sliced into 1/2-inch thick circles
  • 3 cups full-bodied ale or lager, I used Samuel Adams
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 cups Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons Start! Curry Hot Sauce


  • Place onion slices, 2 cups of beer, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large zip-top bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 2 hours.
  • Add oil to a Dutch oven and heat to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Gradually whisk in 3/4 cup of beer just until combined. There will be some lumps. Continue to whisk in beer 1 tablespoon at a time until batter falls from whisk in a steady stream and leaves a faint trail on the surface.
  • Remove onions from liquid and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place one-third of the onion rings in the batter, completely coating them.
  • Transfer onion rings to oil and fry until golden brown, flipping to brown both sides. Place on paper towel-lined baking sheet and season with salt.
  • Repeat with remaining onions.
  • Mix mayonnaise and Hot Curry Sauce.


Calories: 371kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried foods

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Originally published March 9, 2015

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Cook’s Country

Disclosure: I was provided with a free bottle of hot sauce but this is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. This post contains affiliate links.

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23 thoughts on “Beer Battered Onion Rings”

  1. I LOVE onion rings. They are the perfect accompaniment for a burger, even more so than french fries in my opinion. These look so good! 🙂

  2. Your onion rings look perfect, Christin! I am in love with that thick coating of batter and it sounds amazing with the curry sauce!

  3. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, the batter on these looks PERFECT! And that curry sauce sounds fantastic. Yum!

  4. The only thing better than onion rings are onion rings in a beer batter. With hot curry sauce! I can just imagine eating these with a nice cold beer. 🙂

  5. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Hot curry sauce??? Be still my heart!
    That sounds perfect with these rings!

  6. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Those onion rings look so light and crispy. I bet they taste yummy dunked into that hot sauce. If only spring were here because I would love to pair these with a hamburger made on the grill.

  7. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    You’ve completely stolen my heart with these onion rings … especially the beer part…and the curry sauce? even better! Pinning for later!

  8. Annie @Maebells

    Wow! I haven’t had onion rings in ages, now I have the biggest craving for them! These look perfect!

  9. Nicole - Coking for Keeps

    I’m kind of in love with onion rings, I’ll even order them over fries if it’s an option! These look so light and crispy!!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These are so perfect for spring, Christin! I can never resist onion rings, though I’ve never thought to make my own before. Love these!

  11. Ohhh, these look so delicious!! I’m excited about the vidalia onions and now all I can think about is making onion rings with them! They look perfectly crisp and that dipping sauce sounds amazing 🙂

  12. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Your recipes always remind me that I need to try making certain things at home more often. I rarely make onion rings but love them. Can’t wait to try these!

  13. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    These onion rings look amazing with that spicy dip! I’m not ready to get too excited about spring yet, but I can get pretty excited about these 🙂

  14. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    What gorgeous onion rings! I feel like onion rings are one of my favorite (but most often forgotten) sides for burgers. I always go for fries. I’ll have to try these soon and remedy that problem. 😀

  15. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    So I shouldn’t have checked your site right before I eat dinner because now all I want to eat is onion rings! I may have to sneak these onto my plate anyways!

  16. I just fried churros but after seeing this, you make me want to take out my pan and oil and fry up some onion rings. I don’t know if mine could come out looking this good though! Looks perfectly fried and I love, love the sound of that curry sauce!!

  17. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    These onion rings look delish! Love beer batter – so tasty and crunchy! 😀

  18. Aimee / Wallflower Girl

    One of my most favourite things! Never tried them with curry sauce but now I feel I must…

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