Beer Battered Onion Rings and Cajun Dip

I think that Saturday provided one of the most exciting playoff games I have ever seen. The San Francisco and New Orleans game was crazy, especially the end of the fourth quarter where the lead changed sides 4 times in 3 minutes. Not being a fan of either team I was able to sit back and enjoy the game.

I imagine that if I was a fan of either team I would have had moments of sheer joy and utter heartache at various moments of the fourth quarter. But it was the 49ers that ended the game with joy in their hearts. That throw from Smith to Davis in the end zone with 9 seconds left was incredible and seeing Davis walk to the sidelines openly crying in happiness was quite a sight to see.

There is NOTHING like NFL playoffs! I love it.

The following game was a snorefest in that it seemed to be over the moment it started. Denver was clearly no match for New England.

Today’s post was a recommendation from my wife. She thought I should put onion rings on and as I was preparing to make them I wanted to also include a dipping sauce similar to the one that comes with the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse. That sauce is so awesome and it goes great with these onion rings.

Light and crispy onion rings recipe that are deep fried in a beer batter coating with a cajun dip similar to the kind from Outback Steakhouses Bloomin' Onion.

This was the first time I have ever made onion rings and I was quite surprised that it was so easy to make. I was worried that the onions would not be cooked through by the time the batter was cooked and browned. That was not the case. The batter was perfectly browned and the onion was sweet and tender. So very tasty and I ate way more than I should have!!

If you have missed any of the previous appetizers in the 13 Days of Super Bowl Snacks, you can find them here.

Light and crispy onion rings recipe that are deep fried in a beer batter coating with a cajun dip similar to the kind from Outback Steakhouses Bloomin' Onion.

Yield: 4 people

Beer Battered Onion Rings and Cajun Dip

Beer Battered Onion Rings and Cajun Dip
Light and crispy onion rings recipe that are deep fried in a beer batter coating with a cajun dip similar to the kind from Outback Steakhouses Bloomin' Onion.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 spanish onion
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • oil for frying


  1. To make the sauce, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Peel the onion and slice it about 1 cm thick. Separate each ring and toss with the 4 tbsp of flour.
  3. In a bowl mix the 1 cup flour, with the corn starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the beer until it creates a smooth batter.
  4. Heat the oil to 375F. Dip the onions, one ring at a time, in the batter then slowly drop in the hot oil. After about 45 seconds, flip the ring to the other side. The onion rings should be a golden brown on each side. Do not cook more than 4 or 5 onion rings at a time or they will bunch together.
  5. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the dipping sauce.
Recipe adapted from BakeSpace



About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Well, we had a little bit of heartache and a lot of joy in our family this weekend in regards to NFL. My youngest son’s favorite team is the Saints (hopes dashed) and my older son is a diehard Giants fan (elation). Either way, I know they both would have enjoyed digging into a plate of these onion rings.

  2. Omg I love onion rings. These are cooked to perfection. Lovely recipe!

  3. Yep, lots of NFL playoff heartache in my house. Being a huge Texans fan, and living in Wisconsin, I was disappointed, my wife was very disappointed with the Packers loss. But, there’s always next year!

    These onion rings look perfect and sound pretty easy to make. I’ve never tried making onion rings either, but maybe I will now!

  4. I’m seriously salivating right now. This looks so good. The cajun sauce might be the winner, though, when it comes to sauces for me. It looks SO good. I want to dip everything in it haha

  5. I do prefer onion rings over fries any day. Your rings do look deliciously crispy and the pairing with the cajun dip is awesome. Well done, Steve!

  6. NFL playoff football is the best and that Niners game was an all-timers.

    Seriously though Steve…these are some of the best looking homemade onion rings I have ever laid eyes on. Fantastic job.

  7. Wow all of your football snacks sound amazing! I love, love, love onion rings. These look so tasty & I bet the dip is fantastic too!!

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