Onion Rings Recipe: Baked, Not Fried

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baked onion rings recipe

What’s Up, Hungry People

When I was a kid, we used to get the tower of onion rings at my favorite restaurant (IYKYK… YUMMMM!). Ever since then, the desire to stack my onion rings on top of each other has persisted.

I make my own onion rings now—which, let’s be honest, is way better than getting their deep-fried counterparts from a second-rate chain restaurant. They are shockingly easy to make yourself, so once you’ve tasted these, there’s no going back!

Of course, no onion rings can be perfect without a great dipping sauce. Usually, my go-to is a mix of sriracha and mayo, but this time around, I decided to embrace my healthy-style recipe and made a simple cilantro lime dipping sauce with Greek yogurt, cilantro, and lime.

These onion rings are delightfully crunchy on the outside but still tender and juicy on the inside. Plus, they are insanely easy to make yourself, so there’s no need to get delicious onion rings from any restaurant. You’ve probably saved yourself a few bucks, too.

Here’s What You Need

  • Yellow onions: Provide the base with their sweet and mild flavor.
  • Flour: Creates a dry surface to help the coating stick.
  • Baking powder: Adds lightness and crunch to the coating.
  • Eggs: Help the coating adhere to the onion rings.
  • Fine bread crumbs: Give the onion rings a crispy texture.
  • Onion powder: Boosts the onion flavor.
  • Smoked paprika: Adds a smoky depth and a touch of color.
  • Sea salt: Brings out the flavors of all the ingredients.
  • Black pepper: Adds a bit of spice and flavor balance.
  • Spray oil: Ensures the onion rings don’t stick to the baking sheet.

Let’s Cook

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Trim the ends and peel the onions. Slice them into 1-inch thick rings and separate each ring. Let them air dry for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet with cooking oil or line it with foil.

Making the Coating

Grab three bowls:

  • In the first bowl, mix flour with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • In the second bowl, whisk together the breadcrumbs, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
  • In the third bowl, whisk the eggs until they’re frothy.

Coating the Onion Rings

Dredge each onion ring in the flour, making sure to shake off any excess. Then, dip it into the eggs, letting the extra drip off. Finally, coat it in the breadcrumb mixture, gently tossing to get an even layer.

Baking Time

Arrange the coated onion rings on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Pop them in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until they’re golden brown and sizzling.

Serving

Serve these crunchy, delicious onion rings hot. If you’re up for it, whip up a quick dipping sauce by mixing Greek yogurt with lime juice and chopped cilantro.

Tips for Perfect Baked Onion Rings

  • Drying the onions: Let the onion rings air dry for about 10 minutes before coating. This helps the coating stick better and prevents sogginess.
  • Coating process: Dredge in flour first, then dip in egg, and finally coat with breadcrumbs. This ensures a well-adhered and crispy coating.
  • Even spacing: Place the onion rings in a single layer on the baking sheet. This allows them to cook evenly and get crispy.
  • Checking doneness: Bake until the onion rings are golden brown and sizzling. If they’re not crispy enough, leave them in the oven for a few more minutes.
  • Dipping sauce: For a tangy and refreshing dip, mix Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. This pairs perfectly with the crunchy onion rings.

These baked onion rings are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, making them a fantastic snack or side dish. Whipping up a batch is simple and much healthier than the greasy versions from restaurants. Pair them with a zesty cilantro lime dipping sauce for an extra kick. You’ll be amazed at how easy and delicious homemade onion rings can be. Save yourself a trip to the restaurant and a few bucks by making these at home. Your taste buds and wallet will thank you!

baked onion rings recipe

Baked Onion Rings

The Starving Chef
Crispy baked onion rings with a tangy cilantro lime dipping sauce.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Quick & Easy
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Trim the ends and remove the skin from the onions. Cut the onions into 1-inch thick slices and then separate the individual rings. Let the onion rings air dry for about 10 minutes. Grease a baking sheet with cooking oil or line it with foil.
  • In a small bowl, season the flour with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the breadcrumbs, onion powder, and paprika. Finally, in a third bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy.
  • Dredge the onions in the flour, then dip them into the eggs, letting the excess drip off, and finally coat them in the breadcrumb mixture. Gently toss to evenly coat the onion rings.
  • Place the individual onion rings onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the onion rings are golden brown and sizzling. Serve hot and enjoy!

FOR THE SAUCE (OPTIONAL)

  • In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, the juice of one lime, and 2 tablespoons cilantro for a tangy dipping sauce.
Keyword baked, onions
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