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How do you like your Onion Rings?

Just curious to see what the majority likes in an onion ring.. For example, me and hubby love thin, softish, sweet onions coated in a thin coating which is somewhat crispy but not crunchy, piled messily and somewhat greasy in a cardboard container.And the extra bonus would be a good supply of soft sweet "middles" scattered in....Whereas, other choices might be large thick firm slices with lots of tooth challenging crunchy bits stacked uniformly, or pankoed, or battered, or tempura'd or nearly free of grease, or the kind with no recognizable onion in a lots of coating...

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  1. Well, most of the onion rings I had were coated with thick crust/coating and crunchy. I do prefer thinner and lighter coating, but I also prefer decently thick onion ring (not your prefered thin onion).

    1. I love onion rings in general (so all types are fine by me).
      I do prefer ones that aren't overly greasy as well as ones that aren't limp.
      Large and thick onion slices are also a plus, but I wouldn't say no to onion bits mushed together.
      I enjoy various types of breading, and don't think I can pick one to be far above others.

      1. I made some awhile ago, kind of a dy batter, I soaked the onion in yogurt, then tossed in four, then fried.
        I like a crispy exterior, with a soft onion inside.
        I absolutely hate the minced onion "ring."

        1. I like them less than a half-inch thick, but not truly thin. I also like a thin, crispy coating. The onions should have cooked to the point of softness and to mellowing out the onions sting, but not to the point of being too liquidy. I like french fries fairly heavily salted, but onion rings I prefer with light salt. I do like ketchup on the side for dipping my rings into.

                  1. re: grampart

                    Those look like a bunch of worms jammed into a fry daddy and pulled out in one chunk.

                    1. re: grampart

                      I've had onion ring loaves like this that are DELICIOUS! However, they are best shared so they can be consumed quickly (they do not cool down well). And I also usually prefer thicker, separate rings like in the previous picture. But a good onion ring loaf can be absolutely delicious.

                      1. re: StrandedYankee

                        I had my first onion ring "loaf" over 30 years ago in a place called Lord Chumley's in Stuart FL. It appeared as though the rings were put on a dowel or something and submerged in batter and then slid into the fryer so that, when served, they were easily separated into portions. I dislike the jumbled mess type that are usually served.

                        1. re: grampart

                          The loaf-style onion rings that I've liked have been surprisingly light and delicate. I have had heavy, greasy ones that have been lousy, but I have found them to be very much a "When they are good, they are very, very good" kind of thing. And when they are bad? Feh!

                          1. re: StrandedYankee

                            We ate at Outback Steakhouse just once, and we ordered the Bloomin' Onion as as app...half-way through, I was feeling greenish, but ate the main anyway. Was violently sick all night--don't think any of the food was "off" in any way, but that amount of grease from those onions was off the charts.

                            We prefer a pakora-fried onion, or failing that, tempura batter. And in great quantity.

                            1. re: pine time

                              Bloomin' Onions are different. They can be tasty for a few bites, but I agree, they are WAY too greasy! Good onion ring loaf, the onions are usually sliced super thin, barely coated, and fried fast and hot. You can eat them almost like potato chips because they are so thin and crispy. Bloomin' Onions always end up with some half-raw batter near the center and way too much oil. Ick!

                    2. re: grampart

                      +1 love the thick ring with a coating which doesn't fall off with the first bite. I used to love the onion rings at Ted's Montana Grill but haven't had them in quite some time so would hesitate to vouch for them after nearly 3 years.