Go Back
+ servings
Spicy Beer-Battered Onion Rings {gluten-free}

Spicy Beer-Battered Onion Rings {gluten-free}

There is nothing like deep fried food, even if it's only an occasional treat! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Dependent on onion size; creates an appetizer to serves 6 as a solo appetizer, more is other appetizers are provided
Calories 135kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 large Yellow Onion , peeled, cut into ½ inch rings
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Flour mix (I used Pamela’s Gluten-Free Artisan Blend Flour)
  • 6-12 ounces Gluten-Free Beer (I used Bard’s Gold sorghum beer; any gluten-free beer that is not fruit flavored can be used)
  • 2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper , freshly ground
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Sunflower Oil (or other low flavor oil that is high heat tolerant)


  • Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a large size heavy pan or pot. Position a cooking thermometer in the oil but not touching the bottom of the pan. Over medium to medium-high heat, heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  • Set paper towels on a baking sheet to drain the fried onion rings.
  • Place ½ cups of the flour in a large mixing bowl. This will be used to toss the onion rings before battering them.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the remaining 1 cup gluten-free flour and all the other dry ingredients. Slowly pour in 6 ounces of the beer and whisk to combine allowing the foam to subside. The batter will be thin but not watery. If the batter is too thick to easily dip and coat the onion rings, add 3 ounces more beer; whisk and allow to sit for a few minutes. If it’s still too thick, add the remainder of the beer, whisk to fully combine.
  • Toss a few onion rings in the flour. Note: the onion rings need room when frying so do not process more at a time than can easily move around when in the hot oil.
  • Using heatproof tongs, dip onion rings individually into the batter, allowing them to be coated fully. Lift coated rings above the batter and allow to drain slightly.
  • Place battered onion rings into the heated oil and cook for a few minutes until they begin to turn golden brown. Remove with tongs or a metal straining tool meant for deep frying and place on prepared paper towels. Repeat for all onion rings. Serve immediately.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.2mg