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The exact origins of homemade onion rings are not clear, but they are believed to have been invented in the United States in the early 20th century. They became a popular side dish and snack food in diners, drive-ins, and other casual restaurants across the country.

One story suggests that onion rings were first created in Texas in the 1920s. According to this account, a woman named Kirby A. from the city of Seminole invented the dish by dipping onions in batter and deep frying them. Another story claims that the first onion rings were made by a cook named George Eldridge, who worked at a restaurant in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Eldridge is said to have come up with the idea in the 1930s as a way to use up leftover onion scraps.

Regardless of their exact origins, homemade onion rings quickly became a popular menu item in restaurants and diners throughout the United States. In the years following World War II, they became a staple of fast food chains, such as A&W, which is often credited with popularizing onion rings in the United States.

Today, homemade onion rings continue to be a beloved snack and side dish, and there are many variations on the basic recipe, including beer-battered onion rings, onion rings coated in cornmeal or panko breadcrumbs, and onion rings made with sweet onions or other types of onions.

Homemade onion rings

Homemade onion rings:


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Slice the onion into 1/2 inch thick rings and separate them.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.
  4. In a third bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer to 375°F.
  6. Dredge each onion ring in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  7. Dip the onion ring into the milk mixture, then coat it in the panko breadcrumbs.
  8. Carefully drop the coated onion ring into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onion ring from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  10. Repeat the process with the remaining onion rings.
  11. Serve the onion rings hot, with your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy your delicious homemade onion rings!

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