Baked Onion Rings
Crispy baked onion rings made with simple ingredients and much healthier than the fried version!
I’m really not a huge fan of onions in a lot of dishes. But when it comes to onion rings? Well, that’s an entirely different story. I’m pretty sure I could eat onion rings all day long and never get tired of them. I’d almost go so far as to say that I love them more than french fries. Almost. It’s really hard to choose between the two.
While I do love fried food (let’s be honest, it does taste good), I like to find ways to make some of my favorite dishes a little healthier without losing any flavor. Sometimes it doesn’t always work in my favor. But after a little trial and error, I finally figured out the best way to make baked onion rings that still taste delicious!
I’ve tried several different variations of baked onion rings and found that soaking them in buttermilk makes the onion rings so much better. The buttermilk helps to soften the onions and also helps the breading to stick better to the onion rings. I’ve tried these without the buttermilk soak and while you can do it, I definitely suggest soaking them in the buttermilk first for best results.
I usually soak the onion rings anywhere from 2-5 hours. Sometimes I’ll prep them a couple hours before dinner or do it around lunch time, so they’re ready to go when dinner rolls around. You could even prep them the night before and let them soak overnight.
After they soak you’ll toss the onion rings with some flour, then dip them in egg, then panko breadcrumbs. Once you’re done with that, just pop them in the oven for about 30 minutes and they’re done. Serve them up with some ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce for a perfect side dish!
Baked Onion Rings
- 2 large yellow onions
- 1- quart low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
- 2 large eggs
- 1 and 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- Cut off the ends of the onions and peel off the outer layers. Slice the onions into 1/2" rings. Discard the smaller pieces or save for a later use. Separate the rings and add them to a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the buttermilk on top, making sure all of the onion rings are covered with the buttermilk. Cover and place onion rings in the refrigerator to soak for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Remove the onion rings from the fridge and set aside.
- Add the flour, smoked paprika, salt, and the pepper to a small bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and set aside. In another bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs plus a little extra salt, if desired.
- Remove each onion ring from the buttermilk and dip into the flour mixture, then the egg, then the panko, making sure to coat well. Depending on how much you use, you may need more panko bread crumbs. If so, just add a bit more to the bowl.
- Place the onion rings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and spray the onion rings well with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the onion rings, and spray the other side with nonstick cooking spray. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm.
I could definitely eat onion rings all day long, too! Especially these homemade ones…they look amazing, Danielle! I’ve never thought to make my own onion rings before. This is such a great idea and I love that it’s healthier than the fried kind!
Onion rings are just sooo good! Thanks, Gayle 🙂
These look so perfectly golden and crispy, I can hardly even believe that they’re baked! Um, so that totally makes it ok for me to make and eat the ENTIRE batch myself right?! These look waaaaay too addicting. 🙂
Definitely! They’re healthy, right 😉
Yes to buttermilk and yes to baked onion rings! I love that this is an non-fried version! My waist line thanks you 🙂
I’ve made baked onion rings before but they didn’t look this good! Pinning for later!
I’ve made homemade onion rings before, but love that these are baked instead of fried to keep them a little lighter. These look just perfect!!
Thanks, Aimee! You’re so kind! 🙂
I am such an onion ring girl! I love ordering them at restaurants, but I know those fried ones are definitely not the healthiest. These baked ones look perfect! And love your trip about soaking them in buttermilk. Can’t wait to make these!
The buttermilk helps so much! I absolutely love using it to make them! Hope you enjoy the recipe, Natalie.
Oooohh I’ve never made homemade onion rings. I love onion rings and these look amazing! I’m actually pretty obsessed with onions in general, so these are right up my alley! Pinned!! 😉
I am totally the same way about onions! Not stoked about them in my meals, but I could an entire plate of them if they’re battered and fried! And I love that these are baked! They look so delicious!
Glad I’m not the only one! They’re just sooo good! Thanks, Michelle 🙂
Ooh I’ve never made homemade onion rings before…love that they are baked, I am way too scared to mess around with a pot of oil (bad experience!) These look amazing!
Yeah I don’t get along too great with oil either, haha! Thanks, Denise!
Onion rings are my weakness too! I think I might even like them just as much as fries depending on how I’m feeling. My baked ones don’t even look half as good as these though. Yours look absolutely perfect, Danielle! So crispy, golden and delicious 🙂 Can’t wait to try these, pinning!
Thank you, Kelly! You’re so kind!
I’m completely in love here! Am seriously thinking about adjusting my weekend grocery list to get these ingredients. I want to try them!
I am just like you. Regular old onions are kinda blahh but when you fry them up, they are a thing of beauty!!! I love that these are baked!!! I am up for saving calories anytime!
I hardly ever have onion rings, that certainly needs to change! These look so perfectly crunchy!
Yum! Those onion rings look perfectly golden and crisp! I love that these are baked 🙂
I have an addiction to onion rings! These look perfectly crisp for oven baked! Mmm-mmm!
I could eat my weight in onion rings, that’s for sure!! Love that these are baked – then I can eat more! Pinned!
I could definitely eat my weight in them too, Dorothy 😉 Thanks for pinning!
I always want to get onion rings at restaurants, but it’s so hard knowing that they’re deep fried and probably 8,000 calories. These baked ones look so crispy and delicious! I’m definitely going to make these this week, pinned!!
Thank you, Jessica! Hope you enjoy them 🙂
I haven’t had onion rings in forever!! I don’t know what is wrong with me! I agree with the fried foods, they do taste so good but I don’t always feel great about eating them. I love that these are baked because now I can eat them all the time, right?!
You’ve just made healthier onion rings that look even better than the real things! I’d choose these over the unhealthy ones any day — they look perfectly golden brown and crispy!
Thank you, Marcie! Your comment made my day 🙂