Black and Tan Beer Battered Onion Rings

black and tan beer battered onion rings

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day!  My little ones and I always have fun making crafts and cards for my husband.  They really get into the spirit of making his day special.  We usually try and celebrate with his family or mine, and have a nice big yummy meal.  My son was sick last week, so we celebrated on our own.  I asked my husband what I could make him to eat, and he decided on my homemade cheese sticks, onion rings, and burgers.  I really liked where he was going with his request.  Why not have fun once and awhile and indulge?  After all, it was his day 😀  My plan was to start the onion rings and burgers after we had our cheese sticks.  We were definitely a little hungry when I was making them, and we started eating the cheese sticks as they came out.  They were so hot, melty, and delicious, and we ate way too many of them.  So many in fact, that we couldn’t eat anything else but a light salad.  I was determined to finish his special meal, and decided to the next day.  I wanted to make his onion rings a little different and opted for a black and tan beer batter. Usually, a pale beer is used, but I wanted them to be a little more rich and interesting.  Although we usually make our black and tans, I went with a pre-made version by Yuengling (they make a good black and tan).  The onion rings were really good and paired well with a black and tan 😉  I hope you give these a try the next time you want to indulge a little with fried food!

Black and Tan Beer Battered Onion Rings

Black and Tan Beer Battered Onion Rings


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt (If you like your onion rings saltier, add more to the batter. I like to salt the finished product to taste.)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 18 oz. black and tan beer (1 1/2 12 oz. bottles)
  • 1 1/2 large sweet onions
  • vegetable oil for frying (or your preferred oil)
  • Slice the onions into rings and set aside.
  • Sift the flour and then add the garlic and salt, and whisk well. Add the beer and stir until incorporated. It should resemble a pancake batter (not too thick and not too thin). Let the batter sit while the oil heats up.
  • Add the oil to your frying vessel and heat up the oil (I use an enameled cast iron dutch oven). An oil temperature around 360/365 degrees is optimal. If you are not using a thermometer, test it for a sizzle.
  • Dunk your onion rings into the batter one at a time and then place in the hot oil. Fry a few at a time and manage the temperature. Too many rings will bring the temp of the oil down. Be careful when adding the onion rings to the hot oil. Flip over when golden brown on the bottom and remove when the entire ring is golden brown. Place them on a paper towel lined plate or pan. Enjoy!
  • I am excited to take my shells and spinach to Fiesta Friday #125  (the co-hosts this week are Quinn @ dadwhats4dinner and Elaine @ Foodbod) and Throwback Thursday #44!

    38 Responses to“Black and Tan Beer Battered Onion Rings”

    1. 06/23/2016 at 8:19 am #

      Black and tan beer – that’s a new one for me, not that I am a beer drinker. The onion rings look crispy and golden – you managed to keep the batter on. No frying until it gets colder, but in the meantime I will look for that beer 🙂

        06/23/2016 at 12:41 pm #

        Thank you Judi! Black and Tans include a great balance between a rich stout and lighter beer. Yuengling does a good job with their pre-made version.

    2. 06/23/2016 at 8:58 am #

      One of my favs

    3. 06/23/2016 at 9:30 am #

      Those sound yummy. Is your cheese stick recipe here, too? My hubby loves those!

    4. 06/23/2016 at 10:10 am #

      These onion rings look so very delicious! Love the idea of using different beers in the batter. 🙂

        06/23/2016 at 12:48 pm #

        Thanks so much Ronit!

    5. 06/23/2016 at 10:15 am #

      Sounds like a lovely Father’s Day to me Antonia! I can just imagine how delicious your cheese sticks must have been right out of the oven… YUM! Thank goodness you got to fit in the rest of the meal on a later day 🙂

        06/23/2016 at 12:51 pm #

        Thanks Heather, it was really nice. We were laughing how we can’t handle eating as much food as we used to in one sitting ;). He was happy I made everything the next day. I have been dieting ever 😀

    6. 06/23/2016 at 10:57 am #

      Oh oh oh I must make these,but had better do it when there are guests so
      I don’t eat them all myself!

        06/23/2016 at 12:53 pm #

        Haha, that would have served us well. We ate way too many! Thank you Ruth 😀

    7. 06/23/2016 at 12:47 pm #

      Those look so good!

    8. 06/23/2016 at 7:20 pm #

      Love a beer batter and love onion rings. These look delicious. Sounds like a wonderful Fathers day. Thanks for the tip on Yuengling beer as a good beer that would do for both.

        06/23/2016 at 10:22 pm #

        Me too 😀 Thank you Suzanne! I love when we make Black and Tans, but the Yuengling version is a great substitute.

    9. 06/23/2016 at 8:10 pm #

      Wow, those look fantastic. Have to give them a try.

        06/23/2016 at 10:24 pm #

        Thank you Peggy! I hope you enjoy them 😀

    10. 06/24/2016 at 12:20 am #

      Wow amazing Antonia! These look so good and so different!

        06/24/2016 at 10:56 am #

        Thank you so much Lynn 😀

    11. 06/24/2016 at 6:02 am #

      These look so good !

        06/24/2016 at 10:57 am #

        Thank you Swapna!

    12. 06/24/2016 at 8:11 am #

      The onion rings look so crisp and delicious ! I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to stop at one 😁

        06/24/2016 at 10:59 am #

        We had way too many 😀 Thank you Freda!

    13. 06/27/2016 at 8:52 am #

      Lucky Dad. These sound so good. Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday. Happy FF!

        06/28/2016 at 9:01 am #

        Thanks Quinn! Have a great day and Happy FF to you as well 😀

    14. 06/27/2016 at 11:17 pm #

      I love onion rings but mine never came out looking like those! Delicious

        06/28/2016 at 8:58 am #

        Thank you so much Julie 😀 Have a wonderful day!

    15. 07/16/2016 at 12:05 pm #

      I am drooling over your picture! Those look crispy and perfect!

        07/17/2016 at 10:57 am #

        Thanks Sadie! We ate way too many of them 😉

    16. 07/23/2016 at 10:46 am #

      The onion rings look so tasty! I haven’t heard of black and tans, although it could be sold over here. I’ve never liked the taste of beer, so wouldn’t really know. But I know it can be used in lots of recipes to add a great flavour. The onion rings look ideal for any family get together or little celebration, teamed with other lovely savouries. 🙂

        07/23/2016 at 2:03 pm #

        Thank you Millie! It is a mixture of a rich stout and a lighter beer. I really liked it in the onion rings, and am going to bake with it at some point. I think it will make an interesting bread. I agree, they are perfect for a crowd 😀

    17. 09/12/2016 at 9:03 pm #

      These look delicious! I’ve never made onion rings and I like that your recipe sounds manageable. I bet the beer makes it taste great!

        09/12/2016 at 10:04 pm #

        Thanks Cynthia! The beer makes them super yummy and they taste great with a beer too 😉 I hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by!

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