These Dairy Queen onion rings are from restaurants in Southeast Texas. All Dairy Queens are not equal, some do only ice cream treats, come are Brazier stores, and some are not. I made countless of these during my days at the DQ.
All Dairy Queens are not equal – some do only ice cream treats, some are Brazier stores, and some are not. This copycat Dairy Queen onion rings recipe is based on onion rings from restaurants in Southeast Texas. I made countless numbers of these during my days at Dairy Queen.
These Dairy Queen onion rings are crispy with just the right amount of crunch and perfectly seasoned. You can make them in your kitchen with this easy copykat homemade onion rings recipe. All you need are a few simple ingredients: Vidalia onions, flour, cracker crumbs, cornmeal, buttermilk, and vegetable oil for frying.
Are Dairy Queen Onion Rings Vegan?
What Are the Best Onions for Onion Rings?
Fragrant and tasty sweet onions such as Vidalia, Walla Walla, Texas, or Maui are the best options for making delicious and crunchy onion rings. They don’t come with the sharp and pungent taste of some onions. They are also usually flatter than other kinds of onions, so make the best-shaped rings. Check out this guide to onions and which kind to use whenever onions are called for.
How to Make Crispy Onion Rings
Deep-fried onion rings should be crisp on the outside but tender within. Here are some tips.
- If your batter is ice-cold, it will stick better to the onion rings while frying and make them crisper. Many people also like to chill their onion slices in ice-cold water for at least ten minutes. Make sure to thoroughly dry off your rings using paper towels before coating them with batter.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Allow it to heat up hot enough to fry, but not to smoke. The best temperature is 375 degrees. Use a deep-fry or candy thermometer attached to the side of your pot/frying vessel. This helps you adjust the temperature if it does not remain consistent. If the temperature becomes too low, the rings will soak up too much oil, and you will end up with soggy rings.
- Cook the onion rings in small batches, so they don’t stick together. When one side is fried, turn them over to brown on the other side. The process should take about three minutes.
- Don’t place your cooked onion rings directly on top of paper towels to drain. If you do so, the onion rings will soak up whatever oil ends up on the paper towel. Instead, place some paper towels on a cookie sheet and then lay a wire cooling rack on top. Place your fried rings on top of the rack to drain, so they don’t sit in oil.
- Season with some salt and serve your perfect crispy onion rings immediately.
How to Deep Fry Onion Rings
Read the above on how to prepare your onion rings and batter. Heat oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Working in batches, fry your battered onion rings in the hot oil until browned (about 5 minutes). Remove fried onions with a slotted spoon and drain as described above.
What is a Good Dipping Sauce for Onion Rings?
There are unlimited different sauces for you to dip your crunchy onion rings into. Dipping sauces can be based on mayo, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and more. They can be sweet or spicy. Here’s a link to some ideas for dipping sauces.
- Tip: Make dipping sauces a day ahead to allow the flavors to mature. If the sauce thickens too much, add a little water to thin it out.
Dairy Queen Onion Rings Ingredients
What you need to make this recipe:
- Vidalia Onions
- Cracker crumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
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Dairy Queen Onion Rings
- 2 Vidalia onions or 1015 onions sliced into rings
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups fine cracker crumbs
- 2 cups white corn meal
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 1 cups Water
- vegetable oil for frying
- Slice onions 1/2 inch thick, do not use the very small rings, save those for chopped onions.
- In a large bowl add buttermilk and water. Mix the cracker crumbs and the cornmeal together.
- Take out rings one at a time and coat them with flour then with buttermilk, and then coat with cornmeal mixture.
- Drop into hot oil and fry till golden.
- Drain on a wire rack.