Recipe courtesy of Russell Simmons

Thick-Cut Onion Rings

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch rings

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

Vegetable oil, for frying 

1 cup cornstarch 

2 teaspoons cayenne 

2 teaspoons garlic powder 

2 teaspoons onion powder 

2 teaspoons paprika 

Kosher salt 

2 cups milk 

1 1/2 cups seltzer 

1 large egg 

Ketchup, for dipping 


  1. Separate the onions into rings and put in a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of the flour and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Put 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil into a large, wide pot over medium-high heat. Heat the oil to 365 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 3 cups flour together with the cornstarch, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a big pinch of kosher salt. Add the milk, seltzer and egg and whisk to combine.
  4. Add a couple handfuls of the onion rings to the batter and immediately place in the hot oil. Fry, turning once, until crisp and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the oil to 360 degrees and repeat with as many batches as necessary until all the onions are fried.
  5. Serve with ketchup for dipping.