These Guinness Battered Onion Rings are a classic beer-battered onion ring…using Guinness! They’re tasty any time of the year, but they’re especially fun for St. Patrick’s Day!
4-leaf clovers are certainly difficult to find. However, my mother has an uncanny ability for finding 4-leaf clovers. I remember having “contests” with my mother when I was a kid. We’d start a timer and see who could find the most 4-leaf clovers in 15 minutes. She always won. (And for the record, it would be 5, 6, 7 or more clovers…in 15 minutes!)
Well, I think I finally one-upped my mother in the clover category. She can still find more 4-leaf clovers than me, but what about a 6-leaf clover? Yes, a 6-leaf clover.
Late last summer, I was walking the dogs around our neighborhood, and I noticed a big clover patch in the cul-de-sac down the street. I stopped to look at clover while the dogs tracked chipmunks and rabbits.
Almost immediately, I looked down and saw a clover that looked unique. Oftentimes, clover grows together and gets tangled up…so what might look like a 4-leaf clovers ends up being ‘normal’ 3-leaf clover. Not this time. I found a 6-leaf clover. No kidding!
It was hard to get a photo showing all 6 leaves of the clover, but I assure you this clover didn’t involve super glue or Photoshop. It was a legit 6-leafed clover…on 1 stem! I did some quick googling, and it appears that clovers with more than 4 leaves do exist. However, they are extremely rare.
Local news stories popped up in my search talking about folks who found 6-leaf clovers. Apparently they are a news-worthy discovery! While I didn’t think to call the local news station to report my find, I did decide to share it here on the internet. That 6-leaf clover got tucked away in a book on my bookshelf so I can show anyone and everyone who is interested. Laura just rolled her eyes when I found it – I don’t think she appreciated the rarity as much as I did!
Guinness Battered Onion Rings
Moving from a symbolic Irish icon (the clover) to a consumable Irish icon (Guinness), let’s talk about these Guinness Battered Onions Rings. First off, they’re delicious! I’ve always been a huge fan of beer battered fish, and this batter is basically a standard beer batter. Any beer will work, but I find that a beer with a lot of flavor – like a dark stout – works the best. Plus, this is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day given that Guinness is a classic Irish beer.
I’ve made onion rings a handful of times in the past, and I have to say that these Guinness Battered Onion Rings rank up there among the best. The batter is light and crispy, and the onions are flavorful without being overpoweringly “onion-y.”
I’ve picked up a couple of tricks from previous attempts at onion rings. First, Vidalia onions are the best choice for onion rings. They are a sweeter onion, and that flavor works well in onion ring form. However, Vidalia onions are only available for several months each year. If Vidalias aren’t available, then make sure to use another sweet onion variety.
The second tip is to soak the sliced onions in buttermilk. This step tames the flavor of the onions a bit so that you don’t end up with a harsh flavor. It also helps the batter stick to the onions better – nothing is worse than taking a bite of an onion ring only to have the onion slide out of its crispy shell!
Finally, when frying these Guinness Battered Onion Rings, make sure not to overload the pot. The number of onion rings you can cook at one time will obviously depend on the size of your pot. For me, I use a Fry Daddy fryer, and I can cook about 4-5 rings at once. If you overload the pot, the onion rings will not cook evenly, and they’ll end up a bit on the greasy side.
If you love onion rings, then put this recipe on the list of things to make. It’s delicious! There’s an Irish pub around the corner from us that makes great onion rings, and this homemade version ranks up there with the restaurant version. Enjoy!
Guinness Battered Onion Rings
- 2 large sweet onions preferably Vidalia
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4-6 cups canola or vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt plus more for finishing
- 1 14.9-oz. can Guinness, or another stout beer
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ Tbsp honey
- Peel and slice onions into ½" rings. Separate rings and place in a large bowl with buttermilk; let soak for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, using a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven, heat oil to 360°F.
- Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder and salt. Set bowl aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the beer, mustard and honey. Pour liquid mixture into bowl with the dry ingredients; stir until well combined.
- Line a baking tray with paper towels or brown paper bags; place tray next to the pot of oil.
- Working with 1-2 onion rings at a time, remove the onion rings from the buttermilk and dip into the batter. Allow excess batter to drip off of the onion rings and then carefully place into the hot oil.
- Let fry for 1-2 minutes per side, flipping occasionally.
- Remove onion rings from oil and place on baking tray. Repeat process with remaining onion rings. (Tip: Don’t dip the onion rings into the batter until right before you fry them. Also, make sure not to overcrowd the pot with too many onion rings at one time.)
- Sprinkle onion rings with additional salt before serving.
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