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Gluten-Free, Vegan Onion Ring Recipe

The Best Gluten-Free, Vegan Onion Ring Recipe

by Elyse V

Crispy golden onion rings are a delicious treat that everyone loves. That’s why today we are sharing the best gluten-free, vegan onion ring recipe.

Now, many people assume a recipe has to be complicated to be vegan and/or gluten-free; however, this is not the case, here. Our gluten-free, vegan onion ring recipe is super simple, plus it is easy to make, and the ingredients you use are easily found at most local grocery stores. Also, the batter is comprised of staple ingredients you can keep in your pantry- which means you can make these any time, of the year.

The Best Gluten-Free, Vegan Onion Ring Recipe


• 2 -3 sweet medium yellow onions (Vidalia if you can get them)
• 3/4 C Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 gluten-free flour
• 1/4 C rice flour
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 2 tsp garlic powder
• 2 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 5 long chives minced (optional) or 1 tbs fresh chopped parsley
• 1 c club soda
• Vegetable oil for frying


  • Peel onions and remove ends.
  • Slice onions into rings.
  • Separate the inner rings of the onion.
Tip: If there is any inner onion skin (it is a very thin layer that kind of peels but sticks to the onion in between the rings), remove it. When you dip the onion in the batter with the inner skin hanging, it will create a tail and make the onion ring look messy.
  • In a large bowl pour your gluten-free flour, rice flour, cornstarch, and seasoning. Mix with a whisk, as this aerates the flour and removes any lumps or clumps.
Tip: If you don’t have rice flour simply use 1 cup of gluten-free flour. The rice flour does give the end result a slightly lighter tempura like texture.
  • Add in the club soda to the dry mix and whisk well.
  • Mix in your minced chives or parsley (optional)
Tip: An easy way to cut chives is to use a pair of clean kitchen scissors.
  • Put a large pan or pot on the stove to fry in.
  • Fill with about 1/2 inch of oil.
  • Heat oil until it is about 350°.
  • Allowing the batter to sit while oil heats is great, as gluten-free batters need time to absorb their liquid. Even sitting for 5-10 minutes makes for a better batter, rather than using it immediately.
  • Once the oil is hot, drop a teaspoon of batter into the pan. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Remove from oil and let cool.
  • Taste the batter and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  • Only drop a few pieces of onion in the batter at a time.
  • Using a fork turn the rings over so they are fully coated. Then lift the coated onion out of the batter and hold over the bowl for a few seconds, to allow additional batter to drip off the onion.
  • Place coated onion rings gently, in the oil.
Tip: Do not over-crowd the pan when frying. Leave room in between the onions in the oil, and don’t let them touch or over lap.
  • Cook until the onion rings are golden on both sides.
  • Place parchment paper on large cookie sheet with sides. If you have a metal rack that fits your pan, you can use the rack in place of the parchment paper.
  • Once an onion ring is cooked, put them on the tray.
  • Do not overlap onion rings until they have had a chance to cool.
  • Try an onion ring. If needed lightly salt them once they are out of the oil.

Once all your onion rings are fried you can put them in the oven at 200° while you make the rest of your meal to keep them warm. Although, it is preferable to serve as soon as possible.

Another tip when making these, is to keep your alternative flours in your fridge once open. By keeping them in the fridge, they will stay fresher longer.

Know that the best gluten-free, vegan onion ring recipe freezes really well. Cool the onion rings completely and store in a ziplock bag. Then place the bag in the freezer. They can last up to a month in the freezer. Remember to label the bag “gluten-free vegan onion rings” and write the date they were made. If you want to keep your freezer organized remember to update your freezer list-learn about keeping your freezer pantry organized here.

These onion rings pair well with a summer BBQ, including burgers, vegan burgers, and even steak (using the best gluten-free steak marinade). Really, this is a year round treat that everyone in your life can enjoy, despite their diet.

Do you love onion rings, and never thought that you could still make them gluten-free and/or vegan? Let us know if you have tried this batter on other foods! As the possibilities are endless!

Do you have any ideas for recipes you’d like to see on the blog? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

Enjoy wowing your friends and family, with these delicious onion rings!

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