Original Sonic Onion Ring Recipe

“Would you like fries or onion rings with that?” is a common question we Americans get when ordering a burger. While we usually opt for fries, the guilty part of us always craves the onion rings! Anytime you miss onions rings, you can easily remake it with this Sonic Onion Ring recipe we prepared for you!

Yes, with this simple recipe, you will be able to make this fast-food favorite at your home today! That’s right, we’re giving you all the tricks of the trade so that you can make your fast-food favorites right at home. Just like this simple Copycat Culver’s Fried Chicken Basket which is a perfect accompaniment to these sweet onion rings.

Furthermore, you don’t have to be too exact in measuring everything out, but making these original Sonic onion rings can be messy. Hence, we suggest using one hand for dry ingredients and the other for dipping the onion rings into the melted ice cream. It will go easier this way! Trying this recipe might get messy, but this taste so good and you will never opt for store-bought onion rings again.

Tip: Use vanilla ice-cream for the perfect Sonic onion ring flavor. 

Original Sonic Onion Ring Recipe Video


How To Make Original Sonic Onion Ring

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This easy-to-make Sonic onion rings are so addictive, you're not going to want to share them with anyone!

Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 people Pen Icon Edit input


  • 12 oz melted ice cream
  • 2 cups flour sifted
  • 2 lbs onions sliced ½ inch rings
  • 8 oz cornmeal


  1. Peel the Spanish onions. Slice into ½ an inch.

  2. Separate and place the rings into a large bowl of water. Allow onion rings to soak for a few minutes before draining them in a colander.

  3. First, dredge the onion rings in flour. Shake to remove excess flour.

  4. Next, dunk the onion rings in melted ice cream. Then dip into the cornmeal and gently shake off excess cornmeal.

  5. Now, place the onion rings on a plate and set aside to fry later.

  6. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees F. Next, deep fry onion rings for 1 to 2 minutes or until it gets golden brown.

  7. Now, remove your onion rings from the oil and drain. Next, place it on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

  8. Finally, arrange on a platter and garnish it with slivers of red bell pepper, carrots, and scallions. Perfect with a tall glass of chilled beer!

Recipe Notes

Serve with your choice of dipping sauce. Make the perfect dipping sauce to complement these original Sonic onion rings: In a mixing bowl, combine ¼ cup of mayonnaise, 1 ½ teaspoons of ketchup, 1 teaspoon yellow or Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon each of garlic, and onion powder. Stir all ingredients well. Adjust seasoning to taste. Dunk your onion rings in this easy to make dipping sauce and dig in!


  • Calcium: 174mg
  • Calories: 712kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 130g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 750mg
  • Protein: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 81mg
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Vitamin A: 358IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I substitute cornmeal with?

You can always substitute cornmeal with Panko breadcrumbs. You will get the texture that everyone looks for when biting into crunchy goodness.

Can any type of onion be used for this recipe?

Onions are usually made with yellow, white, or sweet onions. But white onions can be more pungent than yellow and sweet onions. If you prefer a sweeter taste to your onions, you might like to make onion rings with sweet onions!



So versatile, you can also use this onion rings recipe as a burger topper to add an element of crispy sweetness. Furthermore, these onion rings are perfect for giving your salads a little crunch. Now you know how to make these well-loved onion rings right at home. Craving a little heat? Then spice things up a notch! Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to your flour batter for added flavor.

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