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Buttermilk Onion Rings

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Greetings Fellow food junkie followers, today we are trying out something new. Over the weekend I was grocery shopping and saw that my local grocer had Vidalia Onions in.

Now I want to clarify something, there is some trickery that goes on with this from time to time. You will see onions labeled as Vidalia etc, but if they are not from Vidalia, GA, they are not true Vidalia onions.

Now they can be grown elsewhere, but there is something about getting them from that area that makes them the best. Anyways, watch this video to see how I manage to make these Buttermilk Onion Rings. I actually use a fish fry breading and I swear they taste just like an outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion.

There is a printable recipe and video below on these Buttermilk Onion Rings. Give them a try and leave us a comment below on what you think!

Yield: 6 People

Buttermilk Onion Rings

Buttermilk Onion Rings Recipe, How to make Buttermilk Onion Rings, This is a picture of buttermilk onion rings from southern food junkie

These buttermilk onion rings will leave you thinking you just ate at Outback Steak house. They remind me of the crispy and flavorful Blooming onion.

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 4-6 Whole Vidalia Onions, When in season. Can use sweet onions if you can't find Vidalia.
  • 1/2 to 1 Gallon Buttermilk, Just enough to cover the amount of rings in the bowl
  • 1 package Fish Fry Breading, House of Autry or A Cajun Life brand is what I like
  • Dash of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Gallon Peanut Oil, You can use what ever oil you have or prefer. I like Peanut although it is more expensive. Just use enough oil to fill up half of your pot. Don't over fill as it can cause it to over flood and cause a fire. Onions have lots of moisture so make sure you add them slowly and don't put too many in at once.


  1. Peel and slice oinons. Put them in a bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper to them, then add enough Buttermilk to cover them up. This is a marinade as the Buttermilk is acidic and aids in the batter sticking to the rings.
  3. Let them soak for 1 to 2 hours before cooking. You can leave them in the buttermilk over night if you wish to prepare them ahead of time.
  4. Drain buttermilk off by placing them in a colander.
  5. Add breading to a zip lock bag, flat pan, or a breading bowl. Add in onion rings a little at a time and coat them with the fish fry breading.
  6. Fill your pot up about half way with your oil and turn your burner on. We are looking for a temperature of 325-375. I like mine to be at 350 degrees F.
  7. Once the oil is up to temp, add in your onion rings. Make sure to add them in a slowly as onions have a lot of moisture in them and can cause your oil to spew over which could lead to a fire hazard. Also, do not add in too many onion rings as this will cause it to spew as well and could also lead to them not cooking evenly.
  8. Onion rings will float once they are close to being done. Usually about 4-5 minutes. Once they reach the desired brownness you want, you can removed them.
  9. Place in a dish or bowl with some paper towels to allow to drain.
  10. You are done, now enjoy them!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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