grandma june’s onion rings

March 2nd, 2010

Who doesn’t love onion rings? Crispy, golden outside, soft oniony inside… sure you get bad breath, but it’s  totally worth it. I don’t remember much about my grandma june’s cooking, but I do remember her Friday night fish fries, which is the one night I would forgo my picky ban on not eating fish because her’s were so delicious. These onion rings would make an appearance on the dinner table alongside the fish and quickly disappear. Every now and then, I’ll make a batch and just as they did back in the day, they don’t sit on the table for long.

The secret to the delicate crispiness is to use saltine crackers, which if you’re like me, I always seem to have stashed away in the cubboard left over from sick days. Simply crush the saltines into small crumbs and spread on a large plate. Besides that, you simply need to slice and onion and make a batter.Once you’re set you’ll simply make a little assembly line: dip onion in batter, dip onion in crumbs, lay onion in hot oil, flip and tada! Pretty soon you’ll have loads of delicous onion rings and a rumbling stomach.

I love the texture of these onions. The saltines bring what almost seems like a soft crispiness. The outer coating is definitely crisp, but your teeth have something to sink into. I think they’re the perfect partner for a good old burger, either turkey or beef. If you’re feeling a little crazy, you could even put one on the burger.

grandma june’s onion rings:
serves 4
note: I found I needed to refresh my saltine crumbs about halfway through because the batter made the crumbs get a little gloppy.

1 large vadallia or spanish onion, sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch rings
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 sleeve of saltines, crushed into small crumbs
vegetable oil

Pour 1/2″ oil into the bottom of a large frying pan.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, milk and eggs in a medium bowl.
Spread saltine crumbs on a large plate.
Dip an onion ring in the batter, drain until the excess batter has dripped off but you still have batter coating the onion.
Dip the onion in the crumbs, making sure to cover all areas. Repeat process until you have a 4-5 rings.
Place onion rings in hot oil, being very careful as hot oil really hurts. Fry until golden, about 3 minutes, flip and fry the other side.
Drain on a plate lined with paper towel and salt to taste.
Repeat until all rings are used.

Comments: 16 Total

  1. Vanessa

    March 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Oh, yum. Yum, yum, yum.

  2. Sheena S.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Wowsa. Totally going to make these with burgers when BBQ season rolls around. Haven’t had a good onion ring in ages!

  3. Elizabeth

    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

    These look incredible! I’m making them with lunch today :)

  4. Liz

    March 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Sounds delicious! And I love that it doesn’t involve deep frying. I never even want to think about deep frying; but pan frying I can do.

  5. Morgan G

    March 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    So I gather you’re not a fish gal, but I’m drooling just thinking about substituting calamari for onions.

  6. caroline

    March 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    oh dear lord, my heart stopped.

  7. lo

    March 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    There is an incredible amount of drool developing over here on the other side of this screen. I love a great onion ring– and these look particularly marvelous. Peef would love them with a nice whorls of barbeque sauce…

  8. Dana

    March 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    That is the kind of thing I can never ever make because I would eat every single one. I don’t even like onions that much, but fried – I’ll knock my kids out of the way to get to them.

  9. DailyChef

    March 3, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I’ve never made onion rings at home, and never realized that something as common as saltine crackers can be the trick! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. marisa

    March 4, 2010 at 1:10 am

    those look incredible! i must try them as soon as possible!

  11. Lisa (dinner party)

    March 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Saltines! That is very interesting. I bet these taste great.

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    March 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm


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  13. Tay

    March 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Onion rings are soooooooooooo good. If everybody eats them then nobody notices the bad breath :) .

  14. Jen

    March 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I had a Grandma June, too!

  15. Jordan

    March 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I had a Grandma June too- but we were supposed to call her Grandmommy June. She was an amazing woman…. and these look like some amazing onion rings….

  16. Kandy

    May 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I am eating these as I type, w/ fried talapia for me and fried catfish for hubby and they are fantastic! Thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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