Crispy Panko Onion Rings Recipe

Homemade Panko Breaded Fried Onion Rings: great recipe to make breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!
cup of onion rings

Last night, Friday night, Homemade Breaded Onion Rings seemed like the perfect treat to kick off the weekend.  These onion rings were amazing.  Made with simple ingredients, they’re the perfect balance of crunchy seasoned goodness on the outside, and sweet tender onion on the inside.  If you’re an onion ring fan, you will love these ones coated in panko breadcrumbs and deep fried to perfection.

homemade onion rings and salt

I heard it said once that if you only ate french fries when you made them yourself, from scratch, it would probably be about right -from a calorie and health perspective.  Since they’re a lot of effort, it’s good that they’re a sometimes, not all the time treat.  The same could be said of these amazing onion rings.

container of breaded onion rings

Not an everyday kind of food, a little fiddly to make, but so, so worth it.  These homemade onion rings are definitely worth the trouble.  After the first crunchy bite, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.  They’re the perfect side dish accompaniment to your favorite burger, or hot dogs.  Also a great appetizer or snack.  Make them as a game day snack.


Onion rings are made of slices of raw onion.  The onion is sliced so that it forms rings, and then the rings are coated in breading and fried.  You can use any white onions or yellow onions for this recipe.  The very best onions for this recipe are sweet onions.  I like to use Spanish onions.   Vidalia onions or Walla walla onions are a great option too. 

You want the onion slices to be about 1/4 inch thick.  Discard the very smallest and center rings from the onion.

Bread Crumbs

We love to use panko bread crumbs for the best onion rings.  The panko bread crumbs make the most crispy onion rings.  Look for panko crumbs in the grocery store with the regular bread crumbs.  Panko bread crumbs are a Japanese bread crumb.  These crumbs are made from crustless white bread and are flaked and dried to produce a lighter and crispier bread crumb.  When used in fried food, it creates a crunchier effect than regular bread crumbs do.  In this recipe we combine both the crunchy Panko bread crumbs and seasoned Italian regular breadcrumbs for the perfect blend of both.

Breading Station

Preparing your delicious onion rings can get a little messy.  The easiest way to make them is to prepare a breading station.  Set up a station with one bowl filled with flour, another bowl with the batter, and a shallow third bowl with the breadcrumb mixture.  Begin by dipping the rings first into the flour, and tapping off any excess flour.  The second step is to dip the floured onion rings into the batter.  Be sure to let any excess batter drip of the rings before the third step of placing them into the bread crumbs.  Use your fingers to flip over the onion rings and press in the panko mixture so they’re fully coated.  Next the coated onion rings are ready to fry.


The best way to make delicious crispy onion rings is to fry them in a deep fryer.  A deep fryer gives the best results.  It’s much easier to get a great result with at home deep fryer than with a large pot of oil because there is a thermometer on the deep fryer that regulates the temperature and keeps it even, so it doesn’t become too hot or cool down too much.  Deep fry onion rings in small batches so that the deep fryer isn’t over crowded.

After the frying the onion rings in hot oil, remove them when they’re gold brown and place them onto a few paper towels to absorb any excess oil and sprinkle them with a little salt while they’re still hot.

sliced onions for onion rings

Yield: 32 Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Onion Rings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 large sweet Spanish onion
  • 1 1/4 cup flour -divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil for frying


  1. Slice onion and dip rings into 1/4 cup flour to coat them, shaking off any excess.
  2. To make the batter, combine 1 cup of flour, and the baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk and egg to make a smooth batter. One by one, dip in the onion rings that have been coated with flour already. Let them drip to remove any excess.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the two kinds of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
  4. Dip the battered onion rings into the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
  5. Fry the onion rings in a deep fryer with oil at 375 degrees, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with additional salt, to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
breading onion rings

Onion rings are best eaten as soon as they’re ready.

Serve these crispy fried onion rings with your favourite dipping sauce like ketchup, barbecue sauce, fry sauce, or some mayo with a little hot sauce.

fresh homemade onion rings

These are guaranteed to take your regular burger night -or any other meal, to a whole new level.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are guaranteed to woo any guests you serve them to.  They’re definitely a crowd favorite.  The combination of sweet onion flavor, and crispy batter and breadcrumb coating, with a little sprinkling of salt is truly the perfect onion ring.  If you are an onion ring lover, you’re guaranteed to love this panko onion ring recipe.

onion rings

With Homemade Crispy Panko Onion Rings, life really is a party!

More Recipe Inspiration

These onion rings would be so good with our Irish Burgers.

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Also you might enjoy our Stuffed Mushroom Recipe.

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