Crispy Panko Onion Rings

If you’re an onion ring lover, these homemade Crispy Panko Onion Rings are for you! And, they’re quite easy to make actually. Just thinking about them…(guys they’re so delicious) they’re perfectly golden brown with an extra crunchy panko crust that gives way to a slightly sweet tender onion in the middle. One bite, one onion ring and you’re hooked until the last one is gone!

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Crispy Panko Onion Rings

So Easy To Make

Like I said, they’re pretty easy to make. Minimal ingredients too. Less is more! They’re amazing this way! No frou, frou ingredients, just 

  • onions
  • flour
  • seasoning
  • Panko bread crumbs.

And of course oil for frying. An air fryer might work as well, although I have not tried this method yet. It’s on my list though! I’m just not sure if I’m an air fryer fan yet!

Let’s Make Crispy Panko Onion Rings

I like to use a sweet yellow onion or a more mild onion. Pick your favorite though, and let’s make some onion rings! First, I cut them into rings. Not too thick, but not too thin either. Just the right size! Maybe a 1/4-1/3 inch thick will do! Too thick and there’s too much onion taste, and too thin, and I’m not sure there’s even an onion!

Raw Onion rings

Make sure to separate them completely and toss them into seasoned flour, nothing fancy – I just use salt, pepper and garlic powder. But feel free to add whatever you’d like.

Onions tossed in flour

Place into the buttermilk and then coat with panko bread crumbs. Panko can be found in most grocery stores now. It’s just a type of bread crumb that’s coarser in texture. You may use regular bread crumbs, but you’ll be missing that amazing crunch factor.

Panko coated onion rings

Breading The Onion Rings

On a side note, do each step completely to all onions at once. Place all the onions in

  • Flour first! 
  • Then Buttermilk, 
  • Lastly, Panko Bread Crumbs

Place them on a sheet pan so they’re ready to go and frying them becomes so much easier. No need to do one at a time and fry one at a time. That’s just tedious. Plus, your hands aren’t caked with flour, buttermilk and bread crumbs. Messy disaster averted! 

Back to business…heat your oil, about an inch, inch and a half thick in your pot, up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and start dropping in the onion rings. Don’t overcrowd. Once they’re golden brown, it doesn’t take long, take them out and place onto a cooling rack or paper towel lined plate to drain. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy immediately! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Crispy Panko Onion Rings

Crispy Panko Onion Rings Recipe

Crispy Panko Onion Rings

Golden Brown, crispy and crazy delicious, these onion rings are easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 2 Sweet Yellow Onions
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1-3 Cups Canola oil or any frying oil you prefer


  1. Slice the onions into rings, about 1/4 - 1/3 inch thick. Separate completely.

  2. Place the flour into a medium sized bowl along with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  3. Toss the onions into the flour and coat completely.

  4. Place into the buttermilk and coat completely.

  5. Next, toss and press the Panko onto the onion rings.

  6. Heat oil in a medium sized pot, about 1 - 1 1/2 inch thick, to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop in 3-4 onion rings at a time and fry until they’re golden brown, about 1 - 2 minutes.

  7. Place on a plate covered with paper towels or place onto a wire rack to drain excess oil and sprinkle with salt.

  8. Immediately enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.

They’re simple, with simple ingredients! Plus, they’re easy and one is never enough! So start cooking!

Keep it Sweet!


Crispy Panko Onion Rings are golden brown, crispy, with a tender onion in the middle! Amazing onion rings.

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