Onion rings are an iconic American food enjoyed by many. An onion ring is a snack or side dish made from a ring-shaped piece of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and deep-fried or baked until golden and crispy.
Onion rings are often served as a side dish with burgers and sandwiches. They can also be eaten as an appetizer or snack in their own right.
While the exact origin of onion rings is unknown, the dish has been a restaurant favorite in the United States since at least the early 20th century.
Onion rings are usually made of sweet onions, although some recipes call for white or yellow onions.
Onion rings can be battered to make them crunchier or coated in cornmeal or ground nuts to create a chewy texture.
Popular seasonings on onion rings include sea salt, garlic, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne powder.
Onion rings can be cooked in a deep fryer, oven, or outdoor grill.
Popular dipping sauces for onion rings include ketchup, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.
Onion rings are popular accompaniments to burgers and hot dogs and can be served as a side dish at cookouts, picnics, or parties.
Panko breadcrumbs are sometimes used for a crunchier crust on onion rings.
Some variations of onion rings contain shredded cheese or bacon for added flavor.