Three Special Steps

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Mar 8, 2012 by

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Ever notice how kid’s cartoons usually have very annoying theme songs?  Or maybe the song doesn’t actually become annoying until you’ve heard it for the fifteenth time.

If you have small children, you may be familiar with the Disney Channel cartoon Special Agent Oso.  He’s a talking bear who, along with his computerized assistant Paw Pilot, swoops in and helps children who can’t tie their shoes, or need to clean their room, that kind of thing.  During every episode, Paw Pilot sings this song called “Three Special Steps” that outlines the actions Oso needs to take to complete his mission.

It’s one of those songs that you hear first thing in the morning and three hours later as you sit in a meeting, that little voice in your head that should be focusing on budgets and marketing plans is instead reciting, “Three special steps, that’s all you need. Three special steps, and you’ll succeed.”

It’s like the Smurf song.

Admit it, just now you thought, “La la luh la la la . . .”

I promise, these onion rings don’t come with their own annoying theme song.  But they do have three special steps, or ingredients rather: flour, seasoned salt, and beer.  That’s it.  It’s a recipe I’ve been making for several years and they are always a hit.

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

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Serves: 4
  • 1-2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1-2 cups light colored beer
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and seasoned salt. Gradually add beer, one cup at a time, whisking to avoid lumps. Batter should be the consistency of pancake batter. Adding less beer will produce a thicker crust while adding more beer with add a thinner coating.
  3. Add raw onion rings to the batter. Stir several times to ensure an even coating. Drop a single ring into the oil as a test. If the oil begins to bubble rapidly, you are ready to begin frying. Reduce heat to medium to prevent rings from browning to quickly
  4. Working in batches, add rings to the skillet, trying not to allow rings to touch. Fry for about 3-5 minutes, turning once, until rings are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with table salt and black pepper if desired.


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  1. Onion rings are one of my favorite pleasures! Looks like an easy recipe!

  2. Joanne

    What kind of seasoned salt do you use? I see so many brands out there.

    • The Cooking Bride

      I buy plain ol’ store brand. Honestly, I can’t tell a difference between that and the brand names.

  3. Wendy - SJerzGirl

    I love onion rings, especially those with this kind of batter on them. And, my “drive you nuts” song is “It’s a small world after all”… infinitum. FIrst heard it at Disneyland in 1975 and it annoys me still!! LOL

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