Fried Onion Rings

Onion rings are a popular side dish at fast food restaurants in Japan. They also make great otsumami, or snacks that go well with drinks.

Fried Onion Rings
Photographed by Osamu Enomoto

Recipe by
Junko Takagi






Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves about 4)

  • 1 onion (small) (200 g)
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Pepper, to taste
  • [Breading]

    • 1 beaten egg (small)
    • 2 tbsp water
    • 3 tbsp flour
    • 140-200 ml panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for deep-frying, as needed



Cut off the root end and the tip of the onion, then cut into slices (rings) about 1 cm thick. Separate each of the rings and sprinkle them all with salt and pepper.


Make sure to separate the rings carefully, by hand.


In a bowl, mix together the beaten egg and water. Put the flour into a strong plastic bag or storage bag, then put the onion rings in and gently pat them to coat with flour. Remove the onion rings and pat off any excess flour. Dip each in the beaten egg and water mixture, then coat with the panko breadcrumbs.


Fill a frying pan to about 1/3 its depth with oil for deep-frying, and put over medium heat. Test the oil's temperature by dropping a few breadcrumbs in. If they immediately float to the surface (170-180°C), then add 1/4 of the onion rings and fry for 2-3 min, occasionally turning them over with cooking chopsticks. When they are golden and crunchy, remove from the frying pan and drain off the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining onion rings.