Three ways on how to reheat onion rings without losing that flavor and texture. I'll tell you the step by step guides to get the best out of your leftover onion rings at home. There is nothing more satisfying to eat than a gorgeous, onion ring. A crispy coating of deliciousness hiding a wonderfully soft, moist, and tasty ring of onion inside.
They are perfect when served up by your favorite fast-food take-out or restaurant. What wouldn't you give to replicate that flavor and texture at home from leftover or store-bought frozen onion rings? Read on, and I will tell you just how it can be done.
How to reheat onion rings
The best way to eat onion rings is just like any other deep-fried food. Straight away! No messing. Just dive right in because that is when they are at their absolute best - straight out of the fryer.
But what if you're at home and you haven't got a deep fat fryer? No worries. I'll let you in on some top tips on how to get the best out of your leftover onion rings at home.
Use the Oven/Toaster
How can you eat your burger and fries without onion rings? With deep regret, that's how. But you shouldn't have to. Let me tell you how to magic up the best, crispy reheated leftover onion rings ever, to make your meal complete. Reheat them in your conventional oven or toaster oven.
Here's how to reheat:
- Preheat your oven/toaster to 350°F
- Then, nuke the onion rings in the microwave for 10 seconds burst just to make the middle gets warm.
- Stick them in the toaster/oven. Keep the rings elevated on a rack so the bottom doesn't get soggy. Put some foil under the rack (not under the food) to catch the grease (optional).
- Cook for around 5 to 6 minutes (or until hot and crispy)
- Serve and eat straight away.
In Air Fryer
If you own an air fryer, this is another good way of reheating onion rings. Will they come out crispy, you may ask? Yes, they sure will.
Follow these simple steps:
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F
- Lightly coat all surfaces of the onion rings with cooking spray
- Put the onion rings into the basket and pop it into the fryer for approximately 5 minutes.
- Halfway into the cooking cycle, flip the rings over to ensure they heat through evenly.
- When nice and crispy, serve and eat immediately.
Try the Stovetop
Another way to reheat the rings is on top of your stove. It's fast and easy, and if you follow the steps I've laid out below, you should end up with a lovely, crispy, mouthful of joy.
- Put some oil in a frying pan and heat on your stovetop. The larger the portion, the more oil you will need. Place the frying pan onto the stovetop and heat the oil.
- Carefully lower the rings into the oil and cook until warmed through and crispy on the outside.
- Serve and enjoy.
Stay Away from the Microwave
There is no surer way of ruining potentially delicious leftover onion rings than by heating them in a microwave. When it comes to fried foods and the microwave, ne'er the twain should meet.
If you do try, take it from me, you will end up with a warm, soggy, disaster. You would be far better off to eat them cold. As far as fried foods are concerned, the microwave is their absolute nemesis.
Ways to cook frozen onion rings
There are lots of ways you can cook onion rings from frozen. Here are the cooking methods recommended based on experience.
- Fried in a frying pan on top of the stove
- Use an air fryer
- Use a deep fat fryer
Is it possible to heat frozen onion rings in a microwave?
Yes, it is. But I wouldn't if I were you. Yes, I know that microwaves are excellent for reheating many things. However, onion rings aren't one of them.
What do you conjure up in your mind when you think of onion rings? I'll bet you it is a nicely seasoned, hot, crispy outer snack with a succulent, sweet, warm, onion inner. Put them in the microwave, and you can wave goodbye to all that.
The microwave process tends to make fried foods soggy. It's precisely what will happen to your onion rings. Who wants a sad, sorry, limp, onion ring? Certainly not me, and probably not you either.
All you will do if you resort to using your microwave is to ruin potentially fine onion rings. Take it from me - and the same thing happens with warming up blooming onion.
When all is said and done, if you are contemplating microwaving frozen onion rings, don't. Choose one of the ways I recommend instead.
#1. Reheat frozen onion rings in the oven
Some scrummy onion rings will make the perfect accompaniment if you are barbecuing cheeseburgers or frying chicken nuggets for an impromptu lunch.
The problem is that it is not that simple. Making up the batter mixture, cutting the onion rings, dunking them in the batter, heating a deep fat fryer full of oil, and cooking the rings all takes time.
You will have lost an hour before you know it. It would be far simpler, and much quicker too, to cook some frozen onion rings.
Here's how it's done (Oven method):
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Place as many onion rings as you want onto a baking sheet.
- Add a sprinkling of oil.
- Season to taste.
- Toss the oiled, seasoned, onion rings to ensure each one is evenly covered.
- Position the onion rings well apart to allow the hot air in the oven to circulate and cook all exposed surfaces.
- Place a sheet of aluminum foil over them and oven bake for between 8 to 10 minutes or until the rings are nice and crispy.
Why does this recipe work (oven method)?
- It only requires a little oil.
- It seasons the onion rings to perfection.
- It makes for gorgeous, crunchy onion rings time after time.
#2. Cooking frozen onion rings in the skillet
- Pour oil into your skillet to a depth of ¼ inch and heat on a medium-high heat setting.
- When the oil glistens, add a drop of water. If it sizzles and spatters, it's ready.
- Carefully drop a big handful of frozen onion rings into the oil.
- Continue to cook until the rings are as crispy as you prefer them to be.
- Carefully remove the rings from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
- Add seasoning to taste and serve.
#3. Cooking frozen onion rings in the air fryer
- Preheat air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes
- Prepare the air fryer's basket by spraying with cooking spray.
- Put as many frozen onion rings into the basket as its capacity allows.
- Cook for between 5 to 6 minutes at 350°F.
- During the cooking process, be sure to shake well at least once.
#4. Cooking frozen onion rings in a deep fryer
- Put as much oil as will cover the onion rings into your deep fryer and preheat.
- Carefully lift the basket out of the oil and place the onion rings inside.
- Carefully replace the now full basket into the oil.
- Cook the rings until they are nicely browned and beginning to float.
- The cooking time is about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Carefully remove the basket from the oil and pour the rings onto a plate lined with a paper towel, allowing any excess oil to drain off.
- Serve immediately.
What are the best brands of frozen onion rings?
Here is a selection of frozen onion rings on sale in stores today
#1. Alexia Foods Crispy Golden Onion Ring
These onion rings are coated with Panko breadcrumbs. They won a ChefsBest award for their flavor, and justly so. They are beautiful and light with just the right amount of salt, and they are not greasy.
The delicious, sweet taste of the onion matches the sea salt to perfection. They are made with all-natural ingredients, so indulge yourself.
Alexia frozen onions are made with sweet Spanish onions, lightly covered with Panko breadcrumbs - all 100% natural. For my money, and I'm very careful with my money - these are frozen onion rings at their best.
#2. Nathan's Thick Sliced Battered Onion Rings
You might already know Nathan's for their hot-dogs. Well, they know a thing or two about onion rings too. They cut them to the ideal thickness, and batter them to the perfect proportions. Baked or deep-fried, these little Nathan's beauties are as close to homemade onion rings as it gets.
#3. Ore-Ida Gourmet Onion Rings
If your thing with onion rings is the perfect texture, you will love the rings that Ore-Ida produces. The onion itself is remarkably succulent, and the crispy coating is superb.
If you're looking for the ideal party appetizer, look no further. They also make a delicious accompaniment for any meal. Anyone can cook them, and they are ready in no time at all.
Ore-Ida Gourmet onion rings are perfectly partnered by good old Heinz tomato ketchup. They also go well with scrumptious melted cheese or honey-mustard dressing. Marry them up with burgers at your next shindig, and everyone will be clamoring for your recipe.
#4. McCain Golden Crisp Battered Onion Ring
McCain may well be the best value frozen onion rings on the market. Not only are they an eminently affordable price, when cooked properly, but they are also beautifully crispy, and they only take a few minutes from packet to plate.
One of the big plusses with McCain is that the rings are formed from whole onions, not chopped pieces. They hold their integrity through cooking and don't break up when serving.
They are probably the crunchiest rings on sale today. Not only do they eat well on their own, but when dipped into your favorite sauce or ketchup, you're in taste heaven.
#5. Fishery Natural Batter Onion Ring
When you think High Liner Foods, you probably connect them with their fish products. But they make a mean, frozen onion ring too. Unless you really hate fish, they are well worth a try.
They have just the right amount of batter on them, and when cooked as per instructions, they are as satisfyingly crunchy as any of their peer products.
Fishery Natural onion rings can be eaten with almost anything. If you're eating al fresco, Fishery Natural's Clams, Crab Cakes, and Calamari will be the perfect choices to have on your menu, and their onion rings make excellent side dishes.
They are first-class quality and can be shipped rapidly with any of their other products to arrive still frozen at your door.
Frequently ask questions
Can I cook my onion rings on aluminum foil?
This is actually how I recommend you to bake your onion rings. Place the onion rings on the oven or toaster rack to elevate them. Put some foil under the rack (not under the food) with the shiny face, pointing it up to catch the grease (optional). This method also makes cleaning up afterward a little easier too.
Can I cook onion rings without any oil at all?
Absolutely. The only thing you should be aware of is that the crispy outer won't be quite tasty.
To improve the flavor a notch, you can give them a light squirt with cooking spray.
If you want to avoid using any oil, you can always opt for the air fryer method.
Do frozen onion rings expire?
All frozen foods will expire over time, and onion rings are no exception. Make sure to check the expiry date printed on the packaging.
How long are my rings good for?
After cooking frozen onion rings, they can remain okay to eat for up to five days if you store them properly.
Cover them up and keep them in your refrigerator. The flavor is best, however, if you eat within a few hours. Reheat them, as discussed earlier.
What sauce goes well with onion rings?
One of the things that enhances the taste of onion rings, even more, is a lightly spiced sauce or dip, such as the one you might come across on a blooming onion. The one I am referring to is Appalachian Mountain Tiger Sauce.
Here's the recipe:
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup Creamy Horseradish Sauce
- ⅓ cup Ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Just whisk the ingredients all together and allow the sauce to sit in the fridge for at least an hour allowing the flavors to meld in before serving.
Tips for a perfect onion rings
- When you buy various brands of frozen onion rings, the recommended time and temperature settings will vary slightly from brand to brand. So be sure to read the notes on the packaging.
- For crispier onion rings, cook them for a little longer. Conversely, if you like them only slightly crispy, cook them for a little less time.
- When greasing your onion rings with oil prior to cooking, be sure to give them a good mixing by hand to ensure each ring is evenly coated, Afterward, wash your hands.
If you want a subtle change to the flavor of your onion rings, instead of the usual seasonings, why not give them a light dusting of garlic powder, onion powder (you can never have too much onion), or parmesan cheese? Yummy.