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Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings

Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings ~ beer battered onion rings with a hint of fall!


I made these on a whim. Sometimes there’s no better explanation for a recipe than that, so I’m not going to try to flesh it out for the sake of a chatty post.   I had a ginormous red onion, and I had a bottle of Pumpkin Ale.  They got together. End of story.

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It’s not necessary to use a red onion, I just happened to have one.  And you don’t necessarily need pumpkin ale, either, you can substitute any beer you have around.  I’ll admit, though, that I like the subtle spice notes in a good pumpkin ale.  A couple of rounds of pumpkin ale and a big plate piled high with these onion rings and you have yourself an instant fall themed party.

Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings
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Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large or 2 medium red or yellow onions
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 12 oz bottle pumpkin ale
  • 2 tsp hot sauce


  • Pour the oil into a large pot to a depth of 3 or 4 inches. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 350F.
  • Peel the onion and slice it into 1/2 inch slices. Carefully separate the rings.
  • In a large bowl whisk the flour, onion salt, and lots of pepper. Stir in the beer until you have a thick batter, much like waffle batter. Stir in the hot sauce.
  • Working in batches, dip the rings in the batter and then shake off the excess before dropping them into the hot oil. Do a few at a time so you don't crowd them or they will stick to each other. If your oil is at the proper temperature, they should fry to golden in a couple of minutes. Flip once or twice during the cooking process.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve right away or, if necessary, heat leftovers in a 350F oven for a few minutes. Set a rack over a baking sheet and lay the onions on it so they will re-crisp.


Add a little more flour if your batter seems to thin, or a little water if it seems too thick.

One thing, don’t expect these rings to be picture perfect…they are definitely a little disheveled, and that’s part of their charm. I’m always wary of  perfectly formed onion rings  There should be globs of fried batter sticking out in random directions, cracks where  the onion shows through, and lots of lumpy, messy bits.

Enjoy the weekend!

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    October 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

    when i saw these, i was wondering if you could actually taste the pumpkin part of pumpkin ale when all was said and done, and i’m happy you can! definitely trying these, but we’re going to have to do it during the halloween party, since i would gobble these up without others around to share. dangerous. 🙂

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    September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful photos and great recipe 🙂

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    September 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I just love how clever all the food bloggers get with pumpkin!
    Onion rings!!
    Who knew!

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    September 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my goodness wow. I love onion rings, but I have never made them before. This looks like the perfect recipe!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    September 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    It seems the things made on a whim are usually the best. I never usually get pictures of those things because they are gone before I can snap. These look totally fabulous and now you’ve made me hungry-and thirsty!

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    September 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    these look great and the way you wrote this made me smile

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    [email protected]
    September 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    These look and sound wonderful! Pumpkin Ale…never would have thought of that. I love the look of your blog…so pretty!

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    September 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Oh really!!! they’re just TOO delicious! – and beautiful!
    Mary x

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    September 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    My husband adores onion rings. The pumpkin ale was a brilliant idea!

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    Karen Harris
    September 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    These sound delicious. I really like the pumpkin ale and the red onion. What a nice little autumnal recipe. This makes me feel a little bit better about saying goodbye to summer.

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      September 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Karen, I wasn’t sure the color scheme was too appealing, but they did taste good!

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    September 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, those look amazing! I never would have thought of using pumpkin ale!

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    The Café Sucre Farine
    September 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    With your beautiful photos Sue, you don’t need many words at all, these look amazing. But then again. just the red onion on its own looks amazing. How do you do that? You’d probably have me eating raw red onions if I were a guest at your house just because you’d make them look so good. 🙂

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      September 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm