Onions are often shunned because of their piquant flavor and pungent smell. But try to cover them with a flavorful coating before deep frying them, and all the savory flavors hidden inside start to come out! Just follow these easy steps and everyone at the table will surely be munching on these panko onion rings. And you will be amazed how quickly they are eaten and enjoyed!
What is Panko?
The secret to the wonderfully crispy onion ring is the use of panko. But first, what is panko? Panko is also known as Japanese breadcrumbs, derived from the Japanese words “pan” meaning bread and “ko” meaning flour. Basically, panko is a type of flaky bread crumb. It is made from crustless white breads that are baked by electrical current which grinds the loaf into fine slivers or flakes that are then dried.
Panko has a light, airy, and flaky texture that helps it crisp as it cooks, making it the perfect crumb for any fried food. Panko crumbs absorb less oil than the store-bought bread crumbs, keeping the food crunchier. So we’ll be adding panko bread crumbs to make a super crisp breaded coating for the onion rings. The result? Perfectly crunchy onion rings!
While panko makes any fried dish extra crispy, it is also used as a crumb topping for baked foods or as a thickener for soups and sauces. We have lots of panko recipes that you can make at home. Check out our Divine Baked Mozzarella Balls Recipe, for instance. Each bite-sized ball is filled with creamy mozzarella with a crispy coating.
How to Make Perfect Panko-Crusted Onion Rings
A pile of crispy pleasures, deep-fried onion rings really are crave-worthy. But how do you satisfy your onion ring cravings when you’re too tired to drop by your favorite fast-food restaurant? Make some at home! Yes, that’s right. You can now bring the legendary deliciousness of onion rings to your home—and crispier. No worries, we’ll teach you how to make onion rings. This recipe recreates your favorite indulgence perfectly. We guarantee you that these homemade onion rings will be just as delicious as any restaurant version.
This recipe is simple and its ingredients are easy to find. First, you need fresh, crispy onions. You might be wondering what kind of onion is best when making onion rings. For this recipe, we make use of yellow onions because they have a mild tangy flavor with a sweet edge to them. So if you’re going for a combination of sweet and spicy, grab those yellow onions and you’re good to go.
Usually, all dry ingredients are mixed in a bowl separately from the liquid ingredients. And then combined into a thick onion ring batter in which the onion rings are dipped. And of course, to make the onion rings extra crispy, we added one extra step with our secret weapon, the panko bread crumbs.
Panko crusted onion rings are simply irresistible and surprisingly easy to make at home! With our quick and easy recipe, you will never have to go out to enjoy these flavorful onion rings again!
Serve these crunchy snacks with your favorite onion dipping sauce. Or try our Savory Burger King Onion Ring Sauce if you want to add a little kick of spiciness to your onion rings. Fried onion rings are great as a side dish but you can also put them on hamburgers. You’ll surely love Chicken Burger With Crispy Onion Rings. For other delicious onion rings versions, try our Beer Batter Onion Rings Recipe. They will be perfect for your next movie night!
How To Make Perfect Panko-Crusted Onion Rings
- 2 large 12 oz yellow onion (cut into thick rings)
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1½ cup Panko bread crumbs
- Salt (to taste)
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Your choice of dipping sauce & any accompaniments
- Heat some oil in a deep-fryer at 365 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated and set them aside. Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork.
- Dip the rings once more into the batter then place them on a wire rack for draining until they stop dripping. Place the rack over a baking tray.
- Spread the bread crumbs on a plate or on a shallow dish. Place the rings one at a time on top of the crumbs, & shake off any excess
- Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they become golden brown. Drain the onion rings onto a basket lined with kitchen towels
- Serve with your favorite sauce & accompaniments
How To Make Perfect Panko-Crusted Onion Rings
Sweet onions wrapped in crispy panko breading, you'll surely enjoy each crunchy bite of these panko onion rings. Recreate this popular snack with our quick and simple recipe.
Heat some oil in a deep-fryer at 365 degrees F.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated and set them aside. Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork.
Dip the rings into the batter to coat, then place them on a wire rack for draining until they stop dripping. Place the rack over a baking tray.
Spread the panko bread crumbs on a plate or on a shallow dish. Place the rings one at a time on top of the crumbs, and shake off any excess.
Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they become golden brown. Drain the onion rings onto a basket lined with kitchen towels.
Serve with your favorite sauce and accompaniments. Enjoy!
To add a little crispness on the coating, double dip the onion rings in the egg and panko mixture. You’ll surely end up with extra crunchy onion rings.
- Calcium: 181mg
- Calories: 284kcal
- Carbohydrates: 52g
- Cholesterol: 59mg
- Fat: 4g
- Fiber: 4g
- Iron: 3mg
- Potassium: 308mg
- Protein: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Sodium: 857mg
- Sugar: 8g
- Vitamin A: 145IU
- Vitamin C: 8mg
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the difference between panko crumbs and regular bread crumbs?
Panko and regular bread crumbs are quite similar. What sets them apart is their texture and how they’re made. Panko is made from white bread without crusts. It is processed into large flakes and then dried. Ordinary bread crumbs, on the other hand, can be made from a variety of breads and are processed into a finer crumb than panko. Panko also has a light, airy, and delicate texture. And with that, it produces lighter and crunchier fried food. But regular bread crumbs lack the distinct flaky texture that makes panko special.
Can I freeze battered onion rings?
Yes, you can freeze battered onion rings. Make sure to drain off as much of the oil as possible and cool them completely. Store the onion rings in an airtight container and they’ll be good for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat in a 375 degrees F oven until hot. But remember, crispy onion rings are best enjoyed when fresh off the fryer.
With its crispy exterior and tender insides, onion rings really are crave-worthy. And the best thing about these panko onion rings, they start every meal off right with savory flavors. Plus, they're incredibly easy to make at home! No need to go out to bite on these crunchy snacks. Learn how to make panko onion rings with our quick and easy recipe. Make some at home and share with your family!