onion rings are not “very thinly sliced”
I love the thick, beer-battered style of onion ring. But since I never deep fry at home, and they must be consumed immediately or they turn to lead, they are a very rare treat.
I like mine very thinly sliced with a light tempura batter. Must be consumed within less than minutes out of the oil. I always made my own, and used my wok to deep fry them. But I don’t make them anymore and I don’t order them in restaurants.
I too love them thin and crispy and hot out of the fryer. My favorite place changed hands, and their onion rings changed. Lost forever. So I have them out occasionally, but I’m mostly disappointed. I never fry at home, it’s just too messy before and after!
I used to love those “loaves” of onion rings that some restaurants would make by pressing thin-sliced and battered onions in a fryer basket and and then weighing them down with another basket. The thick-sliced ones I’ve tried lately seem like mostly ring and not much onion. Not that I wouldn’t eat some of those right now.
Curious how many HOers have deep friers at home. I don’t and won’t, and won’t go out to eat so much as it pains me, no onion rings for Dave.
I’ve never seen a loaf of onion rings! Those do look good.
Gave away our deep fryer many years ago. Too hard to clean and took too much space. I just saw one recently that can completely disassemble for easier cleaning.
At the moment I use a Bain Marie pot to deep fry: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/6-qt-bain-marie-pot/92278760.html
It minimizes mess, but it’s hard to fry large batches. Straining the leftover oil is still a pain. Barkeeper Friend makes cleanup bearable.
IIRC those deep fried onion loaves originated at Tony Roma’s. A chain restaurant. All the rage back then.
I gave away my deep fryer years ago. Frying onion rings in a large fry pan is too much of a hassle. The large rings take up too much room and it takes forever to cook a batch. I’ll stick to Dairy Queen. Good onion rings. And they don’t stink up the house.
This is what I use for cod and is great for onion rings especially if you can get your hands on freshly grown onions.
Beer Battered Fish and Chips | Paula Deen
Oh yes, I love those onion loaves!
I second those Dairy Queen rings. I never buy their frozen items, just the rings.