Pan-Fried Gluten Free Buttermilk Dill Battered Onion Ring Recipe - Breads from Anna

Pan-Fried Gluten Free Buttermilk Dill Battered Onion Ring Recipe

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Here’s a nice little story regarding this recipe.  Anna’s father who is fighting a serious illness, expressed to Anna and his family that he was craving onion rings.  The very next morning, by chance, Max, who blends your baking mixes and fancies himself an amateur chef, suggested to Anna that they develop an onion ring recipe because we had a few extra onions in the test kitchen.  After a little tinkering, Max arrived at the recipe you see before you.  We are happy to report that Anna’s father ate his portion and asked for more.  All things considered, these onion rings are close to our heart.

What is it that makes these onion rings delicious?  Is it the light crunchy texture?  The nicely balanced savory tanginess of the buttermilk dill batter?  Or is it the beautiful golden brown hue of the delicately sweet, melt in your mouth onion ring?  We’re not sure exactly what it is, but the simple fact of the matter is that these are some of the best onion rings you will ever have. We’re happy to share this recipe with you.


  • 2 large sweet onions (yellow or Vidalia)
  • 1 Tablespoon of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar.  Distilled or white wine vinegar will do in a pinch)
  • 1 cup of Breads From Anna Yeast Free baking mix
  • 2 1/2 cups of cultured buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of evaporated sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • Frying oil of your choice (peanut, coconut, avocado, etc.)
  • A few tablespoons of dry Breads From Anna Yeast Free baking mix on reserve.


  1. Cut onions in ¼” to ½” slices. Separate into rings and soak in cold water and vinegar for 30 minutes. Thoroughly dry onion rings with paper towels.
  2. Whisk or blend the dry ingredients into buttermilk until smooth in a mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk or blend egg whites into a foam with stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold egg whites into batter until just combined.
  5. In frying pan or skillet, add enough oil to cover pan between ¼“ - ½” deep. Heat oil to 325.
  6. Add a few tablespoons of Yeast Free baking mix into a large zip lock bag. Add a few onions at a time and toss in the baking mix to lightly cover the rings.
  7. Add a few (up to a half dozen) slices of onion rings into batter; turn over several times until well and evenly covered, then carefully place into pan.
  8. Once bottoms brown, flip onion rings over until golden brown on both sides – approximately 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  9. Remove from pan and toss on cookie sheet with paper towels to drain excess oil, applying a pinch of salt.
  10. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.


Frying in small batches allows you to use less oil and avoid burning your onion rings.  If the oil is too hot, the batter will darken almost immediately and your burnt onion rings will have a bitter flavor.  Dial back the heat for your next batch and try again.  Enjoy!

Frances August 16, 2016

Looks and Sounds GREAT! :) I Will be making these this afternoon :)
P.S. I Think the Dill will be a Huge Plus :) So much so. That I made a Lemon/Dill/Yogurt Dip to dip the onion rings in :) Thank you for everything.

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