Crispy Old Fashioned Buffalo Onion Rings

This old fashioned buffalo onion rings recipe is one of the cream cheese recipes I made for the Real Women Of  Philadelphia cooking contest. I love onion rings especially when they have a special kick to them. These crispy, fried onion ring are spicy, crunchy and pairs up great with a juicy grilled burger or steak. Also makes a fab appetizer!

These crispy onion rings taste just as good plain as they do sprinkled with some buffalo wing sauce.  SERVE IMMEDIATELY.

Watch me make this crispy old fashioned onion rings recipe from start to finish!
Crispy Old Fashioned Buffalo Onion Rings

Recipe Type: side dish, appetizer
Author: Divas Can Cook
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup(s) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of seasoning salt
  • 1 tbsp. of dried celery flakes
  • 1 tsp. of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of black pepper
  • 1 tsp. of dried parsley
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup(s) of sugar
  • 1/2 cup(s) of hot water
  • 2 ounce(s) of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup(s) of hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup(s) of buttermilk
  • 1 cup(s) of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 cup(s) of peanut oil, for frying
  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with paper towels to drain the onion rings on when they come out of the oil.
  2. Peel your onion and slice it into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, seasoning salt, dried celery flakes, Cajun seasoning, paprikagarlic powder, black pepper, dried parsley, cayenne pepper, and corn starch.
  4. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and hot water. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  6. Place your onion rings into the sugar mixture. Toss them around so that they are coated with the sugar mixture.
  7. Shake off the excess sugar water from the onions and toss the onions into the flour mixture. Toss them around gently so that they become coated with the flour mixture. Place the onions on a plate and set them and the flour mixture aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, combine softened cream cheese and hot sauce. Stir until they are well combined. Then add in the egg and buttermilk, stirring after each addition. Set aside.
  9. Add bread crumbs to flour mixture and stir until combined.
  10. Dip each ring into the hot sauce mixture and then toss it into the flour mixture until the ring is completely coated. Set the rings on a baking tray until all the rings have been coated and ready to fry.
  11. Place 3-4 rings into the oil and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning once until they are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. *Optional* Shake additional hot sauce onto the onion rings. Serve immediately with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.