• 2 very large onions (or 3-4 normal large onions), cut into 3/4 inch rings and separated
  • 3 cups oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • hot sauce (Cholula or Sriracha)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, a few drops hot sauce and eggs.
  2. Stir in the beer and toss the onion rings in the mixture. Allow to soak 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a pot with high sides, heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  4. Whisk together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Drain the onion rings and toss with the flour.
  5. Carefully drop about 4 onion rings into the hot oil, cook until golden brown, flipping once. Remove to paper towel lined plates and repeat for remaining onions.

Alternately, fill a few pots with oil and cook several batches at once. Salt and serve hot.