Monday, July 6, 2009

Gluten Free Onion Rings

It's a great time of year. There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables available at local farmers markets and road side stands. While I enjoy eating the fresh fruits and veggies, one particular vegetable just begs to be coated in batter and thrown into some hot oil. Walla Walla Sweet Onions are known well beyond the Northwest for their amazing flavor. Walla Walla Sweet Onions got their start over a century ago when a French soldier brought Italian sweet onion seeds to the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State. Today, my particular Walla Walla's end up as tasty gluten free onion rings. As I searched for the proper recipe, I realized that there are as many onion ring recipes as there are stars in the sky. I took a combination of recipes and mixed and matched them. Here's what I came up with:

Start by cutting some thick rings of Walla Walla or any other sweet onion.

Soak the raw onion rings in buttermilk for at least an hour.

Mix together about 1 cup of gluten free flour mix, seasoned with 1 tsp salt and any other spices you like. Shake off excess buttermilk and dredge the onion through the flour.

Next, dunk the ring in batter:
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
mix together thoroughly
Send the battered ring for a dip in a pool of canola oil heated to 350-375 degrees F until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.

Drain and sprinkle with kosher salt.


  1. Wow, I can't say I've had onion rings in...forever! Those look great...and I can't say I'm not just a little jealous!!

    - Dana

  2. I have seen a number of gf onion ring recipes during recent months and keep thinking I have to try them. Maybe yours will be the one to get me moving and actually make them. They look so good.

    BYW, my link in your blog list doesn't work for some reason. I happened to notice it was the only one without a recent blog post listed.

  3. Thank you so much. I took a couple of liberties on your recipe and I have to say those were the best onion rings ever. I've been craving them since i was diagnosed back in march. They were so delicious. My husband claimed they were the best onion rings he's ever had. So thank you. I will be an avid reader of your blog from here on out.