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For Father’s Day this past weekend, our family celebrated by grilling Dad’s famous burgers and frying up a batch of these crispy Onion Rings with Spicy Dipping Sauce. Oh. My. Gosh. They were absolutely delicious and a really big hit!

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Onion Rings + Spicy Dipping Sauce

The fun thing about serving these onion rings on Father’s Day was that I used sweet Vidalia onions from my father-in-law’s garden and surprised him with them at our cookout.

A family posing for a picture
My favorite Dads – Papaw Cecil and John – with my favorite daughters.
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Making the onion rings really was not complicated and using my FryDaddy made the whole process pretty easy. 

I “double dipped” the onion rings to get a nice crispy shell (dip in milk or half and half, dip in four mixture, dip again in milk, and again in flour mixture).

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I’ve tried batter dipped onion rings before, but these were much better in my opinion. I think my family will agree — because not a single one was left over!

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Onion Rings + Spicy Dipping Sauce

Onion Rings and Spicy Dipping Sauce – crispy deep fried sweet Vidalia onions with a simple, spicy dipping sauce.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Vegetables & Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 370 kcal


Onion Rings

  • 2 large Vidalia onions peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rings
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • canola oil for frying

Spicy Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce Asian variety
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • dash of red pepper


Onion Rings

  • Pour oil into a deep fryer and heat to 375 degrees.
  • Slice onions into 1/4-inch slices and separate into rings. Place half the rings in a deep bowl and pour in the half and half.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the flour and spices. Dredge the wet rings in the flour mixture and shake off excess. Double dip (again in the half and half and once again in the flour mixture), if desired.
  • Fry 3-4 rings at a time until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and drain on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels or a brown paper bag. Repeat steps for remaining onions. Serve with dipping sauce.

Spicy Dipping Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Onion Rings + Spicy Dipping Sauce recipe adapted from Rachel Ray


Serving: 1gCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 8gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 74mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16g
Keyword onion rings, sweet chili sauce
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  1. Can you prepare the onion rings beforehand or is it advisable to fry them immediately after coating ?

    1. Sybil’s, I haven’t tried that myself, but I think you could batter them and refrigerate. Let me know how that works for you!

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