Copycat A&W Onion Rings

These Copycat A&W Onion Rings are the real deal! Just a few simple ingredients for the batter and some oil for deep frying and you are all set.

copycat a&w onion rings

I love eating Onion Rings. And this is a great copycat recipe from A&W. These rings make a great side dish for Burgers and Hot dogs. And they are super easy to make as well!

copycat a&w onion rings

I usually make my Beer Batter Onion Rings recipe but this time around I wanted to mix things up a bit. Onion rings are very easy to make and take less time than baking frozen french fries.

copycat a&w onion rings

Since this is a copycat recipe, you want to use a White Onion for this recipe. This will help them taste as close as possible to the original A&W recipe. You can use whatever kind of beer you have on hand. I would suggest cheap beer since it will be used in a batter. Keep the good stuff for drinking!

tempura batter mix

A&W’s original recipe most likely does not use beer. If you want to make these onion rings without beer, simply substitute for an equal amount of Club Soda.

copycat a&w onion rings
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Alcohol Warning

Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.

When it comes to Deep Frying food you want to choose an oil that has a high smoke point and neutral in flavor so it won’t affect the flavor of whatever you are frying. Vegetable Oil, Corn Oil, Canola Oil and Peanut Oil are some of the more popular and affordable options.

If you are not familiar with A&W, they started serving its famous root beer back in 1919 in Lodi, California. A&W is the first American chain restaurant to reach the 100-year milestone.

copycat a&w onion rings

Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it’s only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 10 out of 10 in my opinion.

copycat a&w onion rings

For a couple of great dipping sauces to go along with these onion rings, I recommend you try my Boom Boom Dipping Sauce or my French Fry Dipping Sauce.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Onion Rings recipe from A&W (see recipe card for quantities): Tempura Batter Mix, Onion Powder, Ground Black Pepper, Water, Beer, White Onion and Vegetable Oil.

  1. Preheat the deep fryer to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the tempura mix with the spices, water and beer to form a batter.
  3. Slice the onion, and separate all of the rings. Dip the individual rings in the batter, and drop into the preheated oil.
  4. Deep fry 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, salt lightly and serve.

Printable Recipe Card

Copycat A&W Onion Rings

Copycat A&W Onion Rings

These Copycat A&W Onion Rings are the real deal! Just a few simple ingredients for the batter and some oil for deep frying and you are all set.
4.41 from 15 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 128 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Deep Fryer

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Cup Tempura Batter Mix
  • ¼ Tsp Onion Powder
  • Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Beer
  • 1 White Onion, sliced 3/8 inch thick
  • 6 Cups Vegetable Oil, for deep frying

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the deep fryer to 375°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the tempura mix with the spices, water and beer to form a batter.
  • Slice the onion, and separate all of the rings. Dip the individual rings in the batter, and drop into the preheated oil.
  • Deep fry 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, salt lightly and serve.

Notes

→ Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 78mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Line says:

    These copy cat A&W onion rings are definitely like the real thing. My kids loved them. A keeper recipe for sure.

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