Simple Beer-Batter (for Onion Rings or Other Foods)

I brew a lot of beer. Far too much to drink by myself. I can only give so much of it away to friends and family. A great use has been to include it in beer batters.


  • Bottle of beer (13oz)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 0.5 teaspoons of pepper
  • Optional spices for taste:
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • Yellow onions


  1. Mix 1.5 cups of flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika into a bowl.
  2. Open and pour beer into the dry mixture.
  3. Whisk beer into the mixture.
  4. While you wait, prep your onions. Cut them into 0.5 – 1 inch slices. Save the inner rings for other cooking or batter them as little onion nuggets.
  5. Mix the onion rings with half a cup of flour.
  6. Mix the floured onion rings into the beer batter.
  7. Heat up your vegetable oil to about 190C
  8. After the onion rings are completely covered, shake over excess batter and drop them directly into the oil. Allow space between the rings in the oil. Fry for 2-4 minutes until golden brown.



IMG_07134. Rest the batter at room temp for 15 minutes






  • I used a dark, Belgian-style ale so the resulting batter was very fragrant and malty. If you want a lighter batter, go for a lager or light ale.
  • Don’t limit yourself to onions. I love seafood and I find that calamari and shrimp are often at their best when fried.
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