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When I was a kid, I used to want to be an onion ring tester for a job. True story. I often think that I should have pursued it because there is nothing better than onion rings.

Gluten free onion rings are not very difficult at all. These GF onion rings fry up great, and are nice and crispy just like an onion ring should be. You can freeze them too and cook them later. If you haven’t noticed yet, I really like to freeze gluten free foods because you never know when you will have a hankering for an onion ring and with gluten free, you can’t just run out and find some gluten free onion rings.

We slice up a sweet onion into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Take these slices and toss them into our flour mixture, which consists of gluten free flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

The flour mixture will dry out the onion pieces so the buttermilk, and the extra flour sticks.

Place the floured onion slices into buttermilk and coat both sides.

When you take the onions out of the buttermilk, toss them back in the GF flour mixture until they are completely covered.

These gluten free onion rings are now ready for frying. They have been dipped in flour, dipped in buttermilk, then tossed back in flour again.

I like to cook my rings in peanut oil heated to 350 degrees.

I cook them for a few minutes then flip them and take them out when they are golden brown.

*** This is important ***

When you take the onion rings out of the oil, put them in a strainer, sprinkle with a little salt, and let them drain for a few minutes.

I have this screen type of strainer that I drain the rings on for a few minutes before I transfer them to a bowl.

I have had the best success with these when I let the extra oil drain. If you omit this part, then the coating might fall off your rings cause it is too oily. Remember that GF flours suck up extra moisture, so drain the excess oil off and you will be happy with your gluten free onion rings.

OOOOOOHHHHH boy, check these babies out!

Crispy and tasty gluten free onion rings!

Easy Gluten Free Onion Rings

www.myeasyglutenfreelife.comA quick and easy way to make some gluten free onion rings. Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 10 minsCook Time 20 mins Servings 2


  • 1 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup King Arthur GF Measure for Measure Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Medium sized Sweet Onion
  • 4-5 Cups Oil for frying (I like peanut oil)


  • Pour the buttermilk into a small mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the GF flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Slice the onion into thick slices, around 1/2″ thick.
  • Place the sliced onions into the flour mixture and toss them about until there is a fine flour coating on the onions, then remove from the bowl and set aside.
  • In small groups, take the floured onions and place in the buttermilk.
  • Coat both sides of the onions with the buttermilk, then immediately put back in the flour mixture.
  • Toss the onions in the flour mixture until they have a solid coating on all sides.
  • Remove from the flour, and set aside for cooking.
  • Heat your oil to between 350° – 360°.
  • Gently place the onion rings into the oil, and fry for 3-4 minutes per side.
  • When the onion rings are a nice golden brown, remove and place in a strainer to drain any additional oil. This is an important step in GF cooking!
  • While the onion rings are draining any additional oil, sprinkle with salt. Once they are no longer dripping oil and they have been salted it is time to eat! Enjoy!


You can freeze these gluten free onion rings. Prior to cooking them when the onion rings are fully coated, line them on a cookie sheet or plate and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. When they are totally frozen, take out and place in a freezer bag. They will cook up the same as the fresh onion rings. 

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