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Beer Battered Onion Rings with Shake Shack Dipping Sauce

Before we even get to the details of the onion rings, we want to address the topic of the Shake Shack sauce. Shake Shack has been a favorite ours since 2007 when we were both living in NYC.

It quickly became the gold standard for east coast burgers. We’re sorry west coast, although we now live here, In & Out has got nothing on them. In fact, they just opened a Shake Shack in Palo Alto. San Francisco Bay Area, you’re welcome!

While there are a number of reasons they stand above the rest, their special sauce is a famous staple. Many recipe blogs have shared their versions and through much trial and error, we have created what we think is the best version!

Of course we didn’t forget about the onion rings. With only 4 ingredients , these circles of deep fried perfection are so much easier to make than you think! Did we mention they are beer battered?

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For Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayo

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ketchup

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pickle juice

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

For Onion Rings:

  • 1/2 Large Sweet Onion

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup beer (IPA)

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • Vegetable oil for frying

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total: 30 mins

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  1. In a small bowl, mix together all the shake shack sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve

  2. In a large deep sauce pan, add enough oil for frying (about 6 cups) and heat on high to 350 degrees

  3. Cut onions into 1/2 inch rings

  4. In a large bowl, mix together flour, beer, and salt to create batter. Should be similar in texture to pancake batter

  5. Dip each onion ring in the batter. Be sure to fully coat

  6. One at a time, using metal tongs, carefully place coated onion rings into boiling oil

  7. Fry each ring for about 5 mins or until they become golden brown. Be sure to flip rings half way through (right around the 2 mins mark

  8. Once fully fried, carefully remove onion rings from the oil and place on a large plate lined with paper towel.

  9. Let onion rings cool for about 2-3 mins. Plate and serve with Shake Shack sauce!

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