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Crispy Coconut Onion Rings


Crispty Coconut Onion Rings

Whenever my husband and I try a new restaurant, we always order onion rings if they are on the menu.  It’s an easy way to tell if the restaurant has quality food or generic food. 

We take our onion rings pretty seriously.  If the restaurant has excellent onion rings then we will inevitably go back, if for nothing else than to order them.

In the last few years, we’ve been fairly disappointed in the onion ring selection in the various towns we’ve lived in.  We’ve also tried making onion rings at home and despite “rave review” have been fairly disappointed with either the crispness or flavor.  

However, last month as I was telling someone about our Crispy Coconut Chicken and how amazing it is, the idea hit me.  Why not turn that into Crispy Coconut Onion Rings? 

I mean, it sounds good in my head, so it must be good – or so I hoped.

And after playing around with the recipe, making a few different variations, we decided that this recipe was a knock out winner. 

Sweet coconut flakes coating a sweet onion ring, proving the perfect crunch is a match made in heaven.

The only real issue is that we can’t decide on what the best dipping sauce is for it.  Typically we enjoy ranch with our onion rings, but ranch and coconut just don’t mesh well for me.

I personally think a nice raspberry chipotle sauce is perfect.  My husband though liked it just as it was with no dipping sauce. 

So I guess my question to you is what sauce did you pick to accompany your crispy coconut onion rings? 

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Crispy Coconut Onion Rings
Coconut Onion Rings
Crispy Coconut Onion Rings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 Servings


  • 2 inches of vegetable oil
  • 1 large sweet onion like Walla Walla or Sweet Mayan, sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes


  1. Fill a pot with 2 inches of oil. Set to medium heat. Ideally you want your oil to be between 285 - 300*F.
  2. While oil is heating, slice onions and set aside.
  3. In a bowl mix cornstarch, salt, pepper & cayenne pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl mix eggs & milk together. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl add coconut flakes.
  6. Set a cooling rack over a cookie sheet and set aside.
  7. Take onion rings and dip into cornstarch mixture then into egg and set on drying rack.
  8. Do this to all onion rings {you may need to work in batches}.
  9. Take dipped onion ring and dip again in the cornstarch mixture and again in the egg. Set again on the drying rack. Do 3 or 4 more and then take the first one and dip into coconut. Coat as well as you can. Set onto a plate. Repeat to all onion rings.
  10. Oil should be hot at this point. If it is above 300*F remove from heat and allow it to cool down. If oil is too hot it will burn your coconut before your onion cooks.
  11. Place onion rings into oil one at a time making sure to not over crowd your pot.
  12. Cook for approximately 2 - 3 minutes per side. Coconut should be golden but not burned.
  13. Allow to cook for a minute then devour!


If baking, follow above directions until cooking. Place coconut coated onion rings on a lined baking sheet. Preheat oven to 375*F and bake for 15 - 18 minutes.


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12 thoughts on “Crispy Coconut Onion Rings

  1. Thank you for this!!! I have celiacs but I love onion rings. So I haven’t been able to have them for a few years. I am so excited to try this. Ever since my intestinal infection (Candida Yeast Overgrowth in my gut-undiagnosed for 18 mo.) ruined my ability to digest foods normally, I also have developed food allergies to gluten, dairy, and nuts. I will try substituting milk with coconut milk, should work great!
    I would love to try a mango sauce, a sweet & sour sauce, or maybe a Thai-chili sauce to dip with these. Have you tried honey-mustard? I think that would be yummy too. Ken’s Honey Mustard Dipping sauce is my favorite.

    • Rebecca I love your sauce ideas. All would be tasty with this! I personally have not tried honey mustard with these. However give it a try! I hope you love these as much as we did!

  2. I order these at a fantastic restaurant in Melbourne Fl called squidlips. They do them in onion petal form instead of rings and their sauce is incredible. It is a combination of orange marmalade and prepared horseradish. A little sweet and a little spicy. Perfect. Cannot wait to recreate them at home. Thank you!

    • Oh Monica, you’ve burst my creative bubble! Here I was thinking I came up with this creative recipe and you go and tell me some restaurant in Florida already serves it. Coconuts! Then again, maybe I’m just so awesome, that my brain thinks like the best chefs around! 🙂 Either way the sauce sounds divine! I hope you enjoy these as much as theirs!

    • I live about 2 miles from that restaurant and have gone there on many occasions. All of there food is good and I think they have the best chicken wings and sauces! Never ate their onion rings! Will try those next.

    • Hi Rebecca! I have not. I’m the kind of girl that likes everything sweet, even sweeter! However it should work fine with unsweetened coconut. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

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