Going Gluten-FreeMarch 2, 2011

Why Onion Rings? Why Not?

Our readers said they missed onion rings, and so we sprang into action. Our task: Create a recipe for fried onion rings without gluten, dairy or eggs. Our goal: A gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free fried onion ring with a delicately crisp outer crust and a moist, tender slice of perfectly cooked onion inside.

This meant testing, testing, testing by Madalene Rhyand, our test kitchen director. Madalene used many kinds of gluten-free flours and blends to make numerous onion ring samples. Ultimately, it came down to different flour blends (her top three are below), combined with salt and pepper and equal parts gluten-free beer:

(1) Half garbanzo flour and half tapioca flour.

(2) Half teff flour and half garbanzo flour.

(3) Half garbanzo flour and half fava bean flour.

Madalene’s favorite blend? “Garbanzo and fava. These onion rings fried-up golden brown and they were delicious. I shared them with friends and watched them disappear before my eyes.”

INSIDER’S TIP: After several attempts, Madalene learned a trick: Sprinkling the rings with dry gluten-free flour before dipping them into the batter made the “crust” stick much better during cooking.

For Madalene's rings that can be pan fried in a little bit of oil or deep fried. click here

For lower-cal rings (they’re baked) by Jules E. Dowler Shepard , click here.

Comments (5)

I'd like to try this with part brown rice flour. My local newspaper recently had an article featuring several restaurants in the San Francisco area that use brown rice flour and rice oil for their battered, deep-fried dishes. Recipes included mushrooms, calamari and other commonly battered and fried appetizers. Brown rice flour remains crisp and doesn't absorb as much moisture as many other flours.

Posted by: Allison G | March 5, 2011 12:28 AM    Report this comment

Diana, when you want to print a recipe look at the green tab next to the title. The tab is labeled STORY TOOLS. Click on "Printer Friendly" and your font color will be black. Enjoy the recipes!

Posted by: Elgie | March 3, 2011 2:43 PM    Report this comment

The gluten free beer is in the recipe, not in the blog. Those are mixes of flour the test kitchen tried. Go to the search box and type in "onion rings" and click on the second article, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Fried Onion Rings

Posted by: Elgie | March 3, 2011 2:36 PM    Report this comment

So.... in the first part of the article you said you used gluten free beer. Why isn't it in the recipe?

Posted by: Marcia C | March 3, 2011 2:08 PM    Report this comment

My comment does not concern the recipe itself, it concerns the font color used. I try to save my color toners for photographs, so I print your recipes in gray scale but since you are using gray as the font color, it prints out very light and hard to read. Could you please change the font color?

Posted by: Diana C | March 3, 2011 12:27 PM    Report this comment

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