Toasted Coconut Onion Rings

Toasted coconut onion rings (click through for recipe)Oh, onion rings. They rank high on my favorite-summer-fast-foods-as-a-kid list. Oh yes, that’s a list. I’m a lister. And an order of onion rings with a vanilla milkshake still ranks high on my list of favorite fast food orders.

Okay, maybe I have too many lists.

These are a jazzed up version of onion rings. They are heavy on the onion, low on the breading, with toasted coconut coating the outsides. Even though coconut is the main breading ingredient, the flavor isn’t in your face. It goes well with the onion; they sort of balance each other out.

How to make onion rings Toasted Coconut Onion Rings, serves 6-8 as an appetizer (you can easily cut this in half if needed).

3-4 large onions
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups finely chopped coconut flakes (I used unsweetened)
enough oil to fry (or you can bake, instructions below)

Begin by slicing the onions into rings. Do you cry when you cut up onions? I do.

How to make onion ringsIn a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Chop up the coconut flakes (by hand or with a food processor) and place this on a large plate.

Dip the onion rings in the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture. Let them dry for a minute or two on a cooling rack. Then dip them into the coconut, coating all sides.

How to make onion rings Heat enough oil so the rings will have room to float to around 350°F. Fry the onion rings for about 30 seconds on each side, using kitchen tongs to turn and remove them from the oil once done. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess grease.

Baked coconut onion ringsIf you want to bake the onion rings, place them on one layer on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, turning once in the middle of the bake time. These actaully tasted more strongly of coconut than the fried version. I think these would make an awesome addition to a salad. 🙂

Toasted coconut onion rings (click through for recipe) I served these with some store-bought sweet and sour sauce. But I also think they’d be good with ketchup. But I really like ketchup. 🙂 These are best when they are still warm just after frying. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited using A Beautiful Mess actions.

Toasted Coconut Onion Rings

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 large onions
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups finely chopped coconut flakes I used unsweetened
  • enough oil to fry or you can bake, instructions below

Instructions

  1. Begin by slicing the onions into rings.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Chop up the coconut flakes (by hand or with a food processor) and place this on a large plate.
  3. Dip the onion rings in the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture. Let them dry for a minute or two on a cooling rack. Then dip them into the coconut, coating all sides.
  4. Heat enough oil so the rings will have room to float to around 350°F. Fry the onion rings for about 30 seconds on each side, using kitchen tongs to turn and remove them from the oil once done. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess grease.
  5. If you want to bake the onion rings, place them on one layer on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, turning once in the middle of the bake time. These actaully tasted more strongly of coconut than the fried version. I think these would make an awesome addition to a salad.
  • That sounds so yummy!!! Did you smother in any kind of sauce or maybe a squit of citrus, aside from the salsa? Please, let us know how it turned out! (So I can steal a little of all this genuisness ;-). Many thanks!

  • The look delicious…I’m with you on the onion ring love! I’ve made coconut chicken nuggets before, which were yummy. I’d probably fry these in coconut oil – I use the refined kind for everything (even falafel), and never taste coconut!

  • my goodness, these sound amazing!! I just made some pan fried flounder and I think I am going to make these onion rings, add some mango salsa and stuff it in between two slices of toasty, crunchy bread. Oh yes…this is happening.

  • It’s sort of a strange combo, but it just sounded good to me. Sort of made me think of coconut shrimp but with more flavor. 🙂

    -Emma

  • I love onion rings too, these sound interesting never had coconut and onion together
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  • these looks pretty yum… I never really thought about combining coconut and onions…

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  • Oooooo! I’ll have to give this a try!

    xo
    Steph
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  • This is just yum! You always find such interesting recipes.. love this.. and i love ketchup too..

    xo

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  • Ok, these look ridiculously good! Now I’m starving. Lol.

    Tamara
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  • OHMAGOSH. I NEED THESE! They look so delicious, I am so making them. I love onion rings. 10/10 Emma! Bec x
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  • Oh my gosh, yes! Onion rings are definitely one of my top guilty indulgences as well. I love the idea of putting coconut on the outside. What a fun idea!

    Cat
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  • Hmm, this sounds very interesting, I will definitely have to try.
    I love onion rings. I put beer in my frying mixture that gives it very nice taste. Also, I love a bit thicker onion parts so it gets caramelized more.

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