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Crunchy Onion Rings with Tangy Bloom Sauce

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This recipe makes the most well seasoned Crunchy Onion Rings with a crazy simple copycat Outback Bloom Sauce on the side.

onion rings on a wire rack

The best Onion Rings are made with thick slices of onion, dipped in batter, rolled in seasoned bread crumbs, and fried to the perfect crisp. This recipe uses this technique with quality ingredients for the best possible outcome. I’m also sharing my simplified version of Outback’s Bloom Sauce.

What you need to make Onion Rings and Bloom Sauce

bread crumbs with seasonin g in a dish

Vidalia onions
Egg
Seltzer water
Bread crumbs
Pankos crumbs
Flour
Cornstarch
Spices
Mayo
Cocktail sauce
Ketchup
Hot sauce, optional
Worcestershire sauce
Creole spice
Cooking oil
Skillet
Sheet pan with wire rack

Vidalia is a sweeter onion and make the best onion rings in my opinion. You can use whatever type of onion that you would prefer but I would stay clear of red/purple and white onion if this is your first time having them. I’m using plain bread crumbs and panko crumbs for extra crunch.

Copycat Bloom Sauce Recipe

bloom sauce

Blooming onion or bloom sauce is a zippy dipping sauce made with horseradish. I took a slight shortcut by using prepared cocktail sauce in the absence of horseradish and it worked! Stir together the mayo, cocktail sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and creole spice. Adjust the taste to your liking by adding more spice, etc.

How to make Crunchy Onion Rings

sliced onions

Cut off the top and root of the onion then slice it evenly in half. This should make about 8-12 rings per onion 3/4”-1” onion rings. Toss the rings in the cornstarch.

tempura style batter

Make the batter by mixing flour, egg, and seltzer in a bowl. In a separate dish, whisk the panko, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, and sugar.

onion in bread batter

One onion ring at a time, dip them into the batter, shaking off the excess followed by a coating of the bread crumbs.

crispy fried onion rings

Heat approximately 2 cups of cooking oil in a skillet to 325-335 degrees over low heat. Fry in batches until golden brown and drain on wire racks. Serve with Bloom Sauce or barbecue sauce.

The best ways to enjoy onion rings

crispry ring dipped in bloom sauce

Serve these crunchy onion rings with bloom sauce on the side of Pub-Style Fried Cod Sandwiches and a refreshing glass of Lemonade Iced Tea.

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Crunchy Onion Rings with Tangy Bloom Sauce

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This recipe makes the most well seasoned Crunchy Onion Rings with a crazy simple copycat Outback Bloom Sauce on the side.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 vidalia onions sliced into 1” rings
  • 1 c seltzer water
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • 1 c pankos crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Oil for frying

Bloom Sauce

  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1/4 c cocktail sauce mild or hot
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 tsp creole spice

Instructions

  • In a small bowl stir together the mayo, cocktail sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and creole spice; set aside.
  • Cut off the top and root of the onion then slice it evenly in half. This should make about 8-12 rings per onion 3/4”-1” onion rings. Toss the rings in the cornstarch.
  • Make the batter by mixing flour, egg, and seltzer in a bowl. In a separate dish, whisk the panko, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, and sugar.
  • One onion ring at a time, dip them into the batter, shaking off the excess followed by a coating of the bread crumbs.
  • Heat approximately 2 cups of cooking oil in a skillet to 325-335 degrees over low heat. Fry in batches until golden brown and drain on wire racks. Serve with Bloom Sauce or barbecue sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1497mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Iron: 4mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried, onion
Servings: 4
Calories: 542kcal
Author: Ty

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