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Hot Sauce-Marinated Crispy Onion Rings

These crispy, piquante onion rings are simply irresistable.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 1/2 cup Emeril's Kick It Up Red Pepper Sauce or other Louisiana red hot sauce, such as Crystal
  • 1 cup flour, or more as needed
  • Emeril's Original Essence, to taste


  • In a large, heavy, deep pot or electric fryer, heat 4 inches of vegetable oil to 360°F.

  • In a small mixing bowl, toss the onions with the hot sauce. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and season with Essence.

  • Dredge the onion rings in the flour, shaking to remove excess flour. Fry them in batches in the hot oil, turning as necessary, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels briefly, then season with Essence. Set aside and keep warm until ready to serve.

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