Basket of homemade Gluten-Free Onion Rings and a bowl of sauce for dipping
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Gluten-Free Onion Rings

Insanely delicious, crispy, pan-fried onion rings that are gluten-free, vegan, and ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect game day snack or comfort food craving solution.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 10 (7-9 ring servings)
Category: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh.



  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt + black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond or rice milk
  • 2 medium yellow onions (sliced into 1/2-inch rings)
  • Avocado, grapeseed or canola oil for pan-frying


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (93 C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place one in the oven (where you'll place cooked onion rings) and one on the counter (where you'll place dipped onion rings). Also set out a plate layered with a few paper towels.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, mix together brown rice flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Also add dairy-free milk to a separate small mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. One at a time, dip the onion rings in the dry ingredients first, then the dairy-free milk, then back in the dry ingredients until well coated. Place on the parchment-lined baking sheet on the counter and repeat until all rings are dipped. Overlapping them a little is fine.
  4. Heat a large cast iron or metal skillet over medium high heat and add enough oil to form a scant 1/2-inch layer. Heat for 3-5 minutes, or until a little flour sprinkled in bubbles and browns. At that point, add only as many onion rings will fit comfortably in the pan.
  5. Fry on both sides for 1-2 minutes, turning down heat if browning too quickly. Flip with a fork and handle carefully as the coating can be fragile at this point.
  6. Transfer cooked onion rings to the paper-towel lined plate to blot off extra oil, then onto the parchment-lined baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Continue until all onion rings are cooked.
  7. Serve immediately with dip of choice - Whiskey BBQ Ketchup or Vegan Chipotle Aioli. Best when fresh.


*Recipe adapted from the lovely Grandbaby Cakes.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 1/2 cup avocado oil per 10 servings and without sides or dipping sauces.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 10 7-9 ring servings)