It’s Arizona State Fair days! Time for your deep-fried-everything fix! This year you’ll find the usual fan favorites like corn dogs, deep-fried butter, cotton candy and cheese fries. But they’ve added more of the zing factor the year with things like a jumbo hollowed out pickle stuffed with melted cheddar cheese, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and jalapenos and the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crusted turkey leg. Oh! Also new this year, bacon and Cheetos cotton candy that will feel a bit like pop rocks in your mouth! To get you into the state fair spirit, I’m sharing my recipe for Deep Fried Onion Rings. They are super easy to make and really fun for a side, snacks or game day munching. They’re as delicious as you’ll find on the midway!
Watch my How To Video for Homemade Onion Rings Here!
- 2 large onions, peeled
- 3 cups flour, divided
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup baking powder
- 2 tablespoons seasoning salt, such as Lawry's or gralic salt
- 1 bottle vegetable oil
- 2 cups buttermilk (see note below)
- Cut onions crosswise into 1 inch thick slices and separate into rings. Place rings in a large bowl of buttermilk and soak for at least 30 minutes. Reserve buttermilk. To make dry batter, mix together 1 ½ cups of flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, baking powder, and seasoning salt in a large bowl. Pour into dredging container. For the wet batter, mix remaining 1 1/2 cups flour in a bowl with 1 cup of the buttermilk that the onions were soaking in. Stir well to combine. ( If too thick, add more buttermilk. Consistency should be like pancake batter.) Pour into second dredging container. Heat oil, by pouring enough oil into a heavy skillet or pot to come to a depth of about 2 inches. Heat to about 350 on candy thermometer. (Or, alternately, make sure when you test an onion that it bubbles up and fries immediately.) Drain onions and pat dry. Working in batches, about 3–5 rings at a time, dredge onions in dry mixture and then dip in buttermilk mixture. Immediately fry onions in hot oil until crisp and golden on each side. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove onion rings from oil; drain well on paper towels and immediately sprinkle with salt or seasonings. Serve immediately with ranch dressing or any favorite condiment.
Buttermilk can be made with 4 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar juice stirred into milk. Stir then let sit for 15 minutes.