Gluten Free Onion Rings

Make Gluten-free Onion Rings at Home | The Baking Beauties

Onion rings and I go way back. I remember being a small child in the backseat of my parents lime green 2-door Nova, sitting on the parking lot of the A&W, waiting for the carhops to bring our food. I always had onion rings & a small rootbeer. I remember my brother telling me that onion rings had onions in them. No…no they didn’t. I like onion rings, but I hate onions. They can’t have onions in them.

Well, 25+ years later I’ll admit it…onion rings do indeed have onions in them. :) The smell of onion rings frying as you walk past the fast food joints calls you in. Nothing smells as good frying as onions. But, since celiac disease has made it’s appearance, the kids are enjoying the onion rings, and Mom’s always got to pass them by. So, the challenge was posed…I would make my own Gluten Free Onion Rings at home! These were really delicious, and after doing a taste test with white, yellow & red onions, our family agreed…yellow was the way to go. These onion rings are really great right out of the fryer, but for some reason, they get soggier when you have them in the oven for too long. So, it’s best to eat them right away. :)

Make Gluten-free Onion Rings at Home | The Baking Beauties
NOTE: I have a new, updated recipe for Crispy Gluten-Free Onion Rings that I think you may enjoy more. Check it out before proceeding.

Gluten Free Onion Rings
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Bette Hagman pizza/french flour mix (see note; I'm sure any other gluten free "all purpose" flour mix would work well too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced & separated into rings
  • 1/2 cup gf flour (for coating onions)
  • oil (for frying; we use canola oil)
  1. Mix egg, oil, and milk on low speed of mixer for 1 minute.
  2. Add 1 cup flour mix, salt, and baking powder and mix until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Slice onions into 1/4-inch thin rings.
  4. Coat onions in remaining 1/2 cup flour mix.
  5. Dip in batter.
  6. Fry in hot oil (375 degrees, at least 1-inch deep) until desired shade of brown.
Bette Hagman's French Bread/Pizza Mix is as follows (for 6 cups)
3 1/2 cups white rice flour
2 1/2 cups tapioca starch
2 Tbsp Xanthan gum
2 (7-gram) packets unflavoured gelatin
2 Tbsp egg replacer
1/4 cup sugar



  1. Susan says

    LOL…love your story…brings back memories…have to love that green Nova(your dad prob still wishes he had it). Your onion rings look great…makes me hungry for them.

  2. Tasty Eats At Home says

    I miss onion rings! Yum! Maybe I should make some tonight to accompany some black bean burgers…hmm!

  3. betty r says

    Oh Jeanine these onion rings look fantastic!! You took me down memory lane..I remember how I loved those A&W onion rings..still do once in awhile but yours look way better. As the commercial on TV says..'way delicious'.
    Your photos are so real..I almost tried to pick an onion ring right off the screen…grin

  4. Amy @ Simply Sugar And Gluten-Free says

    I love onion rings, too – my husband has been prodding me to make them.

    Thanks for the info about the GF flours used here – it's always helpful to know. The rice & tapioca flours really held up well, didn't they?

  5. Sophie says

    I've always wondered what kind of onions to use. I also hated onions when I was little, but onion rings… ah, pure heaven! :) These I'll need to make, definitely haven't had gf onion rings before.

  6. Lauren says

    I haven't had onion rings in ages! They were always a grown-up thing that I don't remember eating, but now they sound great – I really need to try them!

  7. Katy says

    I must say, those look great! I love the little ID signs.

    I have used garbanzo flour for fried foods (I've done onion rings and fish). It is TASTY. A Nepalese restaurant that I frequent uses garbanzo flour to batter chopped up onions and jalapenos. TO DIE FOR.

    I love your blog!
    It makes me excited about baking (I dread gf baking most of the time).

  8. Jeanine says

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I appreciate it. :)

    Mel, I think everyone remembers that Green Nova. :) At least it was easy to find in a parking lot!

    Garbonzo bean flour…I bet that would taste good deep fried. I'll have to try that next time. Thanks for the tip!

  9. Melissa Peterman says


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    You should totally enter your Gluten Free Onion Rings! They’re creative and original.
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  10. chacha says

    My sons bought a new deep fryer for my birthday today knowing that I'm just a little crazy for onion rings. I'd checked out this recipe a month or so ago and popped right back here today. I tweaked a little bit and couldn't have been happier. Thanks!

  11. PEGGY ALLEN says

    just learned few days ago i need to eat gluten free for thyroid condition. i am so wanting to know about this


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