Fried, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onion Rings

Tammy Brownlow


This idea occurred to me when I was thinking about putting an onion ring on a blt. I just thought to myself, "Hmm - I wonder what would happen if I used my sweet and spicy pickling vinegar to marinade the onion slices before making the onion rings". Well you never know until you try it and man they are so good!
I would recommend making a double batch - they will go fast. These will be great great with sandwiches, burgers, or as a hot appetizer with ranch sauce.

Not your ordinary onion ring. The outside is crispy and savory - while the inside is tender, sweet with a spicy kick.

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2 you can easily increase the servings by using another onion
3 Hr
10 Min
Deep Fry


1 large
onion, sliced - i would use 1015 if possible
1 c
cider vinegar
1/2 c
1 c
1 tsp
1 tsp
pickling spice
fresh jalapeno peppers sliced
habanero pepper, fresh split open
1/2 c
corn meal
1/2 c
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp
garlic powder
3/4 c


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1In a medium sauce pan add vinegar, water, sugar, salt, pickling spice, jalapeno, and habenero peppers. Heat on medium heat until boiling and boil for 1 minute. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt.

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2Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature and pour over onions in a glass container. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. I let mine marinade about 3 hours.

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3Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees.

In a measuring cup combine buttermilk and egg and whisk to combine.

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4In another container combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder.

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5Remove the onion slices from the pickling liquid. Do not pat them dry.

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6Drop them into the cornmeal mixture and set aside.

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7Place slices one at a time into the buttermilk mixture, followed by the cornmeal mixture. Shake loose flour off onion rings and set aside.

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8Drop dredged onion slices - 3 or 4 at a time - into deep fryer and cook until golden about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Try to allow them to cool a little before devouring with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetable Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American