Red Robin Onion Rings


Do you love bobbin’ along for some crispy Red Robin onion rings? If you’ve ever been to Red Robin, you’ll already know that the burgers are just as amazing as their side dishes. However, it might be the case that you aren’t always able to fly out for a quick fix. Don’t worry, we are going to teach you how to create homemade Red Robin Onion rings. We’ll talk you through exactly what you need.

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How To Make Red Robin Onion Rings

There are a few steps to making these delicious savory circles. The key is to be organized in your approach. To get a really crispy coating you will need to assemble a little production line. It’s a three-stage process. Whilst it is a little time consuming once you get going, you’ll find a flow. The key to this recipe is ensuring that each Red Robin onion ring gets a nice even coating, so they will all look perfect.

To make this recipe you are going to need three bowls, and a heavy bottomed pan. capable of holding a decent quantity of oil.

Part of the appeal of Red Robin onion rings is that they are crispy and slightly salty on the outside. Once you crunch your way through the outer casing, you’ll find deliciously sweet and soft onion within.

Here’s how to make Red Robin Onion Rings: –

Red Robin Onion Rings

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Bring these delicious Red Robin onion rings into your kitchen today. We’ve combined the freshest ingredients to make these delicious sides.


  • 2 Large onions

  • 4 ½ oz white flour

  • A large pinch of salt

  • A large pinch of ground black pepper

  • 8 fl oz 8 whole milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 oz 2 breadcrumbs

  • 3-4 cups of Oil for frying


  • Take a heavy bottomed, high sided pan and add your oil. Place on a medium/high heat.
  • Whilst you are waiting for the oil to heat, prepare the rest of your ingredients. Remove the skins from the onions and cut them into half inch rings horizontally.
  • Assemble your production line. Assemble three bowls. In your first bowl mix the flour, salt and pepper. In your second bowl beat the eggs and the milk together. In the third bowl place your breadcrumbs
  • Once the oil is nearly up to temperature, take a single ring of onion. Throw it into the bowl of flour and give it a little flip so that it is covered all over.
  • Remove from the bowl of flour, shaking off any excess and then drop into the bowl of egg and milk.
  • Lift it out and then drop it into the bowl of breadcrumbs. Give it a shake and toss to ensure it is evenly coated then transfer to a wire rack to have a little rest.
  • Repeat this process for all of the onion rings. By this point the oil should be really hot.
  • In batches drop the onion rings carefully, and one by one, into the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and then flip the onion rings to fry for a further minute.
  • Using a sieve or slotted spoon, remove the onion rings and place on a wire rack to drain slightly before dishing them up.


  • For a really crispy crumb we normally use panko breadcrumbs. But if you can’t find any or can’t get hold of them there are other solutions. You can use oatmeal to create a crispy crust or even crushed up tortilla chips. If you have any bread lying around, if you give it a blitz in a food processor you should be able to get a fairly fine crumb.

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Tips and Tricks

We find that the bigger the onions, the easier the Red Robin onion rings are to make. For You will get more rings out of a larger onion. If you only have small onions you can still make this recipe, they will just be bitesize, but they should taste exactly the same.

Check out our amazing restaurant recipes and in particular our Red Robin campfire sauce.

If you don’t want to get your hands messy you can dredge the onion rings on your coating production line using a pair of tongs or pincers. You may find that where you have held the rings has a little ‘bare’ spot. Just rotate the ring whilst it is in the egg mixture to stop this.

When deep frying it can be difficult to know when your oil is hot without using a thermometer. If you put your rings in too early you will end up with soft batter, and a really dirty pan that is full of bits. A failsafe solution is to use a wooden spoon to tell if you have the right temperature. Submerge the spoon in the oil. If it bubbles vigorously, the oil is hot enough to fry your onion rings.

If you aren’t a fan of frying then don’t worry. You can make onion rings in the oven. Just combine your breadcrumbs with two tablespoons of oil, and then make them in exactly the same way. Once they are all resting on the rack, back for around 30 minutes in a 390-degree Fahrenheit oven until they are golden brown.

To get a perfect result it is important that you do not overcrowd the pan. By adding too many at once you will find that the rings will tend to stick together. Also, it will lower the temperature of the oil, leading to soggy onion rings. Cook your rings in batches. If you need to make a lot, keep cooked onion rings warm in the oven whilst you make the next batch.


Well that was easy? Red Robin onion rings go great with lots of dishes. They are a great and eye-catching side dish for a summer barbecue, or even on their own as a snack. However you serve them we hope that you enjoy them. If you have given this recipe ago and really liked it, leave a comment below. We love hearing from you.


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