These vegan onion rings are a delicious favorite! They are made using a Vidalia or sweet onion. Which offers a delectable combination of crispiness and natural sweetness. The batter, crafted from a mixture of flour, cornstarch, and seasonings, forms a delightful coating.

Paired with an array of vegan dipping sauces like classic ketchup, tangy barbecue sauce, or creamy vegan mayo, these onion rings become a mouthwatering treat. To complete the meal, consider serving them alongside options such as vegan fries, coleslaw, or in creative variations like onion ring tacos. This recipe provides a simple yet flavorful way to enjoy a plant-based twist on a beloved snack.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are dipping sauces that go with onion rings?

  • Vegan Mayo: Classic and creamy, vegan mayo pairs well with onion rings.
  • Ketchup: A timeless choice that complements the crispy texture of the rings.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Tangy and smoky flavors can add a delicious twist.
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing: Creamy and herby, ranch dressing is a popular choice.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce: Offers a balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
  • Buffalo Sauce: If you enjoy a bit of heat, buffalo sauce adds a spicy kick to your onion ring experience.
  • Tartar Sauce: Creamy tartar sauce with its tangy flavor can provide a delightful contrast to the crispy onion rings.
  • Sriracha Mayo: A combination of Sriracha hot sauce and vegan mayo creates a spicy and creamy dip.
  • Spicy Mustard: A zesty and tangy mustard can cut through the richness of the onion rings.
  • Garlic Aioli: The garlicky and creamy goodness of aioli adds a sophisticated twist to onion ring dipping.
  • Honey Mustard (Vegan): If you prefer a sweet and tangy dip, you can make a vegan version of honey mustard using plant-based ingredients.
  • Peanut Sauce: For an exotic touch, peanut sauce provides a nutty and savory dip.

Feel free to mix and match these dips or get creative by coming up with your own combinations. The goal is to find a dip that complements the flavors and textures of the onion rings to create a satisfying snack or meal.

What do I serve with onion rings?

  • French Fries: Classic and always a hit, pairing onion rings with crispy vegan fries creates a satisfying duo.
  • Vegan Burgers: Serving onion rings alongside a delicious vegan burger adds crunch and flavor to your burger experience.
  • Vegan Hot Dogs: Create a casual and comforting meal by combining onion rings with vegan hot dogs in buns.
  • Vegan Sandwiches: Whether it’s a wrap, sub, or panini, onion rings can add a crispy element to your vegan sandwich.
  • Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw salad provides a nice contrast to the richness of the onion rings.
  • Mixed Green Salad: A simple side salad with fresh greens, veggies, and a tangy dressing complements the fried onion rings.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Swap traditional fries for sweet potato fries to add a hint of sweetness to the meal.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, or cauliflower can add color and variety to the plate.
  • Guacamole and Salsa: Offer a fresh and zesty option by serving onion rings with guacamole and salsa for dipping.
  • Vegan Sliders: Mini burgers or sliders with onion rings are great for sharing and sampling various flavors.
  • Onion Ring Tacos: Create a unique twist by using onion rings as a filling in soft or hard shell tacos.
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese: Creamy vegan mac and cheese pairs well with the crunchiness of onion rings.
  • Onion Ring Salad Topper: Chop up onion rings and use them as a crispy topping for your favorite salads.
  • Vegan BBQ Platter: If you’re into barbecue flavors, pair onion rings with vegan BBQ “ribs,” baked beans, and cornbread.
  • Vegan Chili: Combine onion rings with a hearty bowl of vegan chili for a satisfying comfort food feast.

Are there creative variations?

Yes, there are! Here are some we enjoy:

  • Onion Ring Tacos: Use the onion rings as a filling for soft or hard shell tacos.
  • Onion Ring Burger: Stack onion rings inside your burger for added crunch.
  • Onion Ring Salad Topper: Sprinkle chopped onion rings over your favorite salad.
  • Onion Ring Tower: Build a tall stack of onion rings, alternating with layers of vegan cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce for a unique presentation.
  • Onion Ring “Nachos”: Arrange onion rings on a plate and top them with vegan cheese, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, and other nacho toppings.
  • Onion Ring Topped Pizza: Add onion rings as a topping to your favorite vegan pizza for an unexpected crunch.
  • Onion Ring Slaw: Mix chopped onion rings with coleslaw for a creative and tasty salad.
  • Onion Ring “Bread Crumbs”: Crush onion rings into crumbs and use them as a flavorful coating for other dishes, like tofu nuggets or veggie patties.
  • Onion Ring Quesadillas: Use onion rings as a filling for vegan quesadillas along with vegan cheese and other veggies.
  • Onion Ring Breakfast Sandwich: Include onion rings in a hearty breakfast sandwich with vegan sausage, tofu scramble, and avocado.
  • Onion Ring Stuffed Wraps: Wrap onion rings along with other veggies, hummus, and greens in a tortilla for a satisfying wrap.
  • Onion Ring “BLT”: Create a vegan version of the classic BLT sandwich by adding onion rings to your tempeh bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
  • Onion Ring Burger Bun: Place a few onion rings inside your burger bun for an extra layer of flavor and texture.
  • Onion Ring Sub: Build a vegan sub sandwich with onion rings, vegan deli slices, avocado, and your favorite condiments.
  • Onion Ring Topped Pasta: Garnish your favorite pasta dish with onion rings for a delightful contrast of textures.
  • Onion Ring Tofu Bowl: Add onion rings to a rice or quinoa bowl along with marinated tofu, roasted vegetables, and a tasty sauce.

Ultimately, the choice of accompaniments and sauces depends on your personal preferences. Feel free to get creative and try different combinations to find your favorite way to enjoy these vegan onion rings!

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Vegan Onion Rings

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4 Vegan Onion Rings stacked on top of each other
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • 1 onion (Vidalia or sweet onion is best), cut into rings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (or smoked paprika for smoky flavor)
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • Peel the Vidalia or sweet onion and slice it into rings about 1/2 inch thick. Separate the rings and set them aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, mix the plant-based milk and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice). Let it sit for a few minutes to curdle slightly.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or pot to around 350°F (175°C).
  • Dip each onion ring into the batter, letting any excess drip off. Coat the ring evenly and let any excess batter drip back into the bowl.
  • Carefully place the battered onion rings into the hot oil, a few at a time, to avoid overcrowding the pot. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the onion rings from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with a little extra salt while they're still hot.
  • Serve the vegan onion rings while they're still warm and crispy. They're great on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce.
Servings: 4

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