Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe

Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe

Poor Hugh Jackman! Sure on the surface it looks like he’s got it all. Nice family, good health, fame, fortune, charm, talent, good looks and a body that men envy and women covet. But looking below the surface I see that the poor man has been deprived.

I recently saw an interview with him where he stated that in order to obtain the phenomenal physique he achieved for Wolverine he was on such a strict diet that his favorite meal of the day was six egg whites and a piece of dry toast. And that was because it was the only meal that wasn’t just protien. Good God, this man has been deprived of all things that define a manly diet – carbs, grease and salt!

So in order to entice Hugh to stop by one afternoon I decided to whip up a manly snack. What could be better than a nice plate of hot onion rings? But being a gluten-free household I had to figure out how to make them crispy and crunchy without the normal wheat flour.

I combined rice flour for crisp with cornmeal for crunch and viola! A fab Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe that I am certain will make Mr. Jackman hop on a plane from Australia and sit with me for an afternoon of charming conversation (from him) and goggling (from me). So Hugh, the invite is open, come and partake in some steamy hot onion rings and nice cold beer – gluten free of course!

And since in my opinion Hugh Jackman epitomizes all that is great about men this is my submission for this month’s Go ahead honey, it’s gluten-free round up. Check back here on Monday, June 29th and see all the fabulous manly entries this month!

4 from 3 votes
Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe
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Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings approximately
Calories: 2396kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 large white onions
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • cups white rice flour
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 quart vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with paper towels.
  • Peel onions and slice them ½ - ¾ inch thick. Separate into rings.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the buttermilk. Drop the onion rings into the buttermilk mixture and let set for half an hour (can sit as long as a few hours). Mix the rice flour and cornmeal with 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 275 degrees. If you have a candy thermometer this is really helpful for maintaining the correct frying temperature – clip it on the side of the pot.
  • Working in small batches, take some onion rings out of the buttermilk and dredge in the flour mixture then carefully drop into the hot oil. Make sure you do not over crowd. Fry for about 2 minutes or until golden brown turning once during frying. Take onion rings out of the oil and put on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with some additional salt. Keep them warm in the oven while you fry the rest of the onion rings. For best results keep the oil temperature between 250 and 300 degrees. If it drops below 250 degrees then wait until it comes back up to temperature before adding the next batch of onion rings.
  • The onion rings will stay nice and crisp in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Onion Rings Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2396 Calories from Fat 2178
% Daily Value*
Fat 242g372%
Saturated Fat 195g975%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 128mg5%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Appetizers Onions Rice Flour Snacks
  1. Waterstone by Lori Plyler
    June 24, 2009

    YUM! I've got to quit looking at these food blogs tonight! What a great blog you have.

  2. Jennifer
    June 24, 2009

    Oh YUM!!! They look so perfect! My husband will love these! thanks )

  3. Naomi Devlin
    June 25, 2009

    Hahaha ah hahahahahaha ha ha! Fantastic post. I really hope that this great universe of infinite possibility does find you sitting down with the delectable Hugh for a little smackerel of savoury crunchiness.

    Although, it has to be said – you may have to give him some breath mints if protein is all he eats. You might want to slip a portion of nice fresh salad in there no?
    x x x

  4. Diane-The Whole Gang
    June 25, 2009

    I love onion rings. If Hugh stops by and wants to eat more gluten free dairy free onion rings, send him my way. Oh what the heck, send him my way and I'll cook him anything he wants.

  5. gfe--gluten free easily
    June 26, 2009

    LOL, Carol. Everybody loves Hugh. :-)

    The onion rings look sensational! I've found the rice flour/cornmeal combo works great for breading many items. I made some chicken fingers the other night using a similar mix that Mr. GFE just raved over. If Hugh doesn't show up, may I come sample them?

    Hoping to make the deadline tonight … somehow this week got away from me.


  6. Tracee
    June 26, 2009


  7. jenncuisine
    June 26, 2009

    Wow those look awesome! I must make these, I know my husband will love them! He misses things like onion rings a lot…

  8. Katrina
    June 27, 2009

    Dang it! I missed Man Food! I have the perfect recipe and everything. Oh well, I will keep my eyes peeled for next month's topic. I've never done the "Go Ahead Honey It's Gluten Free" recipe share, but would love to!

  9. H.Peter
    June 27, 2009

    Thos onion rings look very good.
    I have to try them this weekend.

  10. H.Peter
    June 27, 2009

    Thos onion rings look very good.
    I have to try them this weekend.

  11. Connie
    June 29, 2009

    Love the post! The onion rings look great, could eat them now and its like 8 in the morning! Its nice to read to about gluten-free foods, by the way.

  12. Sophie
    June 29, 2009

    These look great, so crispy, golden and delicious :). Thanks for hosting this month's event!

  13. Alta
    July 3, 2009

    These look great!

  14. withoutadornment
    July 10, 2009

    Wow. These look good!

    You know what's sad? I wasn't really introduced to onion rings until after I knew that I was allergic to gluten, so except for a few tastings (with not the best result), I've never had them. Perhaps one day I will make some of these! :)

  15. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010

    You can do the same using gram flour.

  16. Leanna
    July 22, 2011

    I was wondering if you had any ideas of how to make this recipe and avoid using corn?

    1. July 25, 2011

      Yes, just usemore rice flour and leave out the corn meal. The rice flour will make it nice and crispy – they use rice flour in asian fried food like tempura.

  17. Christine Lang
    September 13, 2012

    Fabulous blog – going to try the onion rings tonight for my coeliac daughter. Am sure I’ll be trying a few too………………………Thank you!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      September 16, 2012

      You are very welcome! Enjoy.

      1. Vicki Dorst
        February 17, 2021

        Has anyone actually tried the recipe? I want to make onion rings for my Celiac daughter but I want to be sure they are great!!!

        1. Gluten Free & More
          February 17, 2021

          I have, of course. I may be a little biased since it’s my recipe but I think they’re pretty great! You could always try cutting the recipe in half on the first try to minimize waste, in case you end up not liking them.

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