Tips for the Best Onion Rings and Onion Strings

Tips for the Best Onion Rings and Onion Strings

Click on any of the thumbnails above to go to the recipe…I’ve got everything from the chunkiest rings to the wispiest strings.  I love them, and so I keep reinventing them, probably to give me an excuse to indulge.   Here are my top tips for making killer onion rings and strings…

TIP #1: The number one tip I can give is to make sure that your oil is hot enough.  That means it needs to be at 350F.  This can sometimes take much longer than you think, and the only way to know for sure is to use a thermometer that is made for the purpose.   The one below is inexpensive (7 bucks!), and clips onto the side of the pan so you can monitor the temperature of your oil.  You can also use it when making candy, or yogurt!

TIP #2: When you want to make onion strings, it helps to have a mandoline slicer to get those onions sliced super quick, super thin, and super even.  No knife can equal a mandoline for this type of job.  Again, not expensive, this one is under $40, and I use mine all the time

TIP #3: Work in batches, don’t crowd your pan with too many rings, they’ll stick together and lower the temperature of the oil.  Don’t worry, there’s a kind of pleasant zen to frying onion rings…just go with it and enjoy the process.  Be aware that the wider your pan, the more you’ll be able to fry at a single time.  Each batch only takes about 2 minutes.  You don’t need a huge vat to fry onions rings, try using a saute pan, or wok.

TIP #4: Delegate responsibility when it comes to battering ~ designate a dry hand and a wet hand, otherwise you’ll have a big mess on your hands…literally!  A skimming tool will help you retrieve your crispy rings without getting spattered.

TIP #5: Choose your oil carefully, some are better than others for deep frying.  I like Safflower oil, but other good choices are peanut, sunflower, and canola.

TIP #6: Cooking oil should not be poured down the drain because it can eventually lead to clogs.  It should not go in compost piles, either.  You can look for recycling centers in your area, or  fill an old milk carton or other closable container and put it in the trash.