Homemade onion rings—made vegan? Oh yes—you’d better believe it! It’s kind of a dream come true, isn’t it? This crunchy and savory onion rings recipe comes from the Cravings Made Vegan cookbook and will satisfy all of those fast food cravings you’ve had ever since you went plant-based.
Plus, this could be the most perfect companion for a juicy vegan burger (or how about these pizza burgers?). Out go the fries, in go the onion rings!
This vegan batter is so good you can use it for many other preparations. You can make some vegetable and tofu tempura chunks and make a delicious soya sauce mayonnaise as a dip: same idea, same procedure. Cut your veggies (like zucchini, red peppers, mushrooms, and carrots) and tofu large enough to eat with your fingers, cover them in the batter and fry them up. You can make the same homemade mayo and replace the sriracha for some lemon juice to make it lighter and runnier. Or just eat them with some simple soy sauce. Perfect!
Why not use this to make some vegan fish and chips? Yes! You can give it a shot! Just grab a tofu piece the size of a deck of cards and season it with salt and some salt and pepper. Make sure you drain the tofu thoroughly before you season it! Then wrap it in a nori sheet and soak in the batter. Fry and enjoy! Somehow the nori sheet makes the tofu taste a bit like fish. In a good way, I promise! I tried something similar in the by Chloe restaurant in London, and it was amazing! Don’t forget the chunky french fries (or more like chips)!
These onion rings are coated with a savory beer batter. Not into beer? No problem! You can substitute it for sparkling water, and you’ll get the same airy batter as with the beer. Just make sure the water is sparkling and not still because we need those fuzzy bubbles to achieve the fluffy mixture.
If making your own vegan mayo seems like too much of an ordeal, you can skip the homemade mayo and just buy a store bought plant-based mayo. There are tons on the market these days from brands like Follow Your Heart (Veganaise), Just, Trader Joe’s, Nasoya, and even Hellmann’s now offers a vegan mayo! Just add a few drops of sriracha, mix it up and voila!
Don’t like mayo? Then squeeze some lemon on top! So good.
With Spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching, you must be eager to already start pinning your ideas for a 4th of July get together with friends. This one would be a great recipe to go up on your board. Grilling some black bean vegan burgers in the sun and having these as a snack or a side. Too good!
Recruit some of your besties and make a larger batch together. Make some chilled drinks and enjoy cooking these delicious onion rings as a team. A pretty perfect way to spend a sunny weekend day if you ask me!
Cravings Made Vegan came out in early 2019, and this book is amazing! You’ll find every cherished “fast food” dish made vegan. I’m talkin’ soft pretzels, chicken and waffles, crab cakes, and Philly cheesesteak. And the sweet lovers are not left behind. Soft chocolate chip cookie and chocolate donuts? You got it!
This mouth-watering book was created by an incredible vegan couple so passionate about vegan food they had to share their vision with the rest of us, and thank god they did! Bianca is behind the blog Elephantastic Vegan and Sasha is her the best taste taster and cook in crime.
Don’t miss out on this plant-based cookbook classic!
Are you looking for more vegan “fast food” recipes? Check these out! And don’t miss our guide to ordering vegan at fast food restaurants if you’re looking for a quick stop on the road.
Recipe excerpted from Cravings Made Vegan: 50 Plant-Based Recipes for Your Comfort Food Favorites by Bianca Haun and Sascha Naderer with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Photos by Bianca Haun and Sascha Naderer. Please note that this article contains affiliate links that support our work here at World of Vegan.
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I’m a sucker for onion rings, but I’d never tried making my own before! They turned out so well. Thanks for the recipe!
My husband loves onion rings so I definitely will take a try at this recipe! Homemade is always best
Can’t wait to make them again! Tooo good!
Oh snap! These look delicious and highly susceptible of being devoured in one sitting!
Just made these for the first ever time and they are delish! I doubled on the Paprika for an extra bite!
Does anyone know if they are freezeable so I can batch make them for next time?
Yay!! I haven’t tried freezing them, and I’m not too optimistic about how they’d turn out, they’re definitely best fresh. If you do try it, let us know how it goes!! -Michelle 🙂
Onion rings are one of my all-time favorite fried treats and this recipe already has me drooling. I also love the mention of using sparkling water if beer is not available or desired!
Crisp and savory in one single bite! The batter is the literally the best part (though I do like the onion, too). Pairing these golden, onion-y circles with the cool, creamy mayo is over-the-top perfection. A must have for any party (even if it’s for a party of one – YOU!) 😀
The perfect appetizer for a Friday night a get-together! These onion rings are so good! You have to try them!
Hollerrrr! I never even considered making my own onion rings before this, but now I NEEED to!! I can’t even believe I once hated onions. They’re now one of my faves!!