Steak House Onion Rings

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Steak House Onion Rings are truly something to behold.

Light. Crunchy. And exploding with flavor.

These onion rings are always a crowd favorite.

Steak house onion rings on a large baking sheet


Marinating the rings of onion in buttermilk for at least an hour (or overnight) ensures a great texture and delicious flavor.

We usually start with two (or three) large yellow onions, but white onions work great, too.

The acid in the buttermilk helps to soften the onion.

onion rings soaking in a bowl of buttermilk

Once the onion rings have soaked for a sufficient amount of time, it’s time to dredge them in the wonderfully seasoned flour.

The flour is seasoned with salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne.

Talk about a flavor explosion!

Breaded onion rings in a large glass bowl


If you like them extra crispy, then do a double dredge.

That just means carefully taking each ring that’s been coated with buttermilk, and then the flour mixture, and just repeat the process.

We love double dredge!

Breaded onion rings on a baking rack

Bring a pot (or a deep fryer) of oil (vegetable works just fine) to 365° F.

Then carefully drop 5 or 6 breaded rings into the oil.

Don’t overcrowd the pan. Once cooked, you can keep them in a warm oven until the entire batch is fried.

Onion rings being pulled from a deep fryer

These steak house onion rings are nothing short of amazing.

They are light and so crisp, but incredibly flavorful.

They work wonderful as a side to a burger or a steak, but also as a spectacular appetizer.

Steak house onion rings on a baking sheet

And you can trust us when we tell you these babies are great by themselves.

But…why not kick things up a bit with an incredible dipping sauce?

Our Kickin’ Remoulade Sauce is the perfect condiment for the amazing rings of deliciousness.

Onion ring dipping into a jar of remoulade sauce

Steak house onion rings on a large baking sheet

Steak House Onion Rings

These steak house onion rings are light, crispy, and packed with flavor. A true Loon Favorite! We absolutely love these Steak House Onion Rings! Perfect as a side for a burger or steak, or an killer-good appetizer!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Onion rings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 398kcal


  • 2 or 3 large onions ends cut off, and then sliced into 1/8 inch rings
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Place onion rings into a bowl and cover with buttermilk.
  • Cover with plastic and place in the fridge for 1 hour (or up to 24 hours).
  • Stir flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in another large bowl.
  • Drain onions.
  • Add the onion to the flour mixture and toss to coat.  If you prefer extra crispy onion rings, do a double dredge (add the coated rings back into the buttermilk then dredge in flour again). 
  • Place oil in a large, heavy saucepan to a depth of about 3 inches, or heat your deep fryer, to 365° F.
  • Working in smaller batches, shake excess flour off onions, and cook in hot oil until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes per batch.
  • Transfer onions to paper towels.
  • Season with a little more salt (if desired) and serve immediately!  Delicious served with Kickin' Remoulade!


Calories: 398kcal
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