This Homemade Oven Baked Onion Rings recipe for crispy crunchy baked, not fried, onion rings is super impressive! And, much healthier than the deep fried ones, without losing any flavor of those greasy ones.
It’s fairly easy to make, just a couple of steps, and you have a delicious crunchy onion ring with lots of flavor and no oily mess.
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Baked onion rings
This recipe for tasty, very low fat onion rings takes advantage of the sweet onion’s great flavor and excellent structure.
There won’t be any messy oil splatters all over your kitchen with this recipe.
These are best served immediately, as the moisture of the onions will cause the onion rings to lose some of their crisp texture after some time.
What Kind Of Onion Should You Use?
I highly recommend sweet onions for this recipe. The sweet onions have a great flavor. Mild, mellow, um… sweet. They also have a great texture that stands up very well to the seaming and baking.
If you can’t find sweet onions, or you want something cheaper, go with yellow onions (sometimes called brown onions). They also have a good flavor.
Lastly, I think white onions will do in a pinch for this recipe.
This simple straightforward recipe is even without breadcrumbs. It’s the whole-wheat flour that gives it a nice texture and nutty crunch.
I recommend sticking with the whole wheat flour on this one, as it makes for a better onion ring then simple all-purpose flour will. Trust me on this one.
Herb and spice mixture in the bread coating
I like to use ½ teaspoon oregano, ¼ teaspoon dried basil, and ¼ teaspoon onion powder.
You can also try cayenne pepper, chili powder, dried parsley, thyme, Cajun spice mix, garlic powder, pretty much try your favorite spice.
I think these would be fabulous in the air fryer. I will be trying that as soon as I get my hands on my air fryer again. If you try this, let me know how it goes. I think it’ll be great!
Serve these baked onion rings with any kind of dipping sauce you like.
How to make onion rings
Cut onions into rings. I like to cut the root and the tip off of the onion. This exposes the skin and the onion flesh, allowing for easy removal of the papery onion skin.
Cut rings ½-inch to 1-inch thick. This may seem thick, but the onions shrink as they cook. And, if you cut them too thin they burn very easily.
Separate out the larger rings from the smaller pieces and save the smaller pieces for another recipe.
In the photo above, I’ll use the little bits in the lower left for another recipe
Steam the onion rings over rapidly boiling water, and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking. This steaming step is one of the keys of getting a delicious onion inside with a crispy coating outside.
Photo above: raw onions in the steamer basket
Photo above: the onions have been steamed and rinsed
Toss the steamed onion rings in the beaten egg whites to coat them.
Photo above: how the egg whites should look after beating them
Toss the coated rings into the flour mixture, and place the coated rings on a silicone or parchment paper lined baking tray. Be careful not to let them touch when they are on the baking tray.
Photo above: coated onion rings ready to go in the oven
Bake until golden and crispy.
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Homemade Oven Baked Onion Rings Recipe
Homemade Oven Baked Onion Rings
- 2 large sweet onions
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten until frothy
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs and spices I like ½ t oregano, ¼ t basil, and ¼ t onion powder
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Trim the root and the stem end off of the onion, and remove the papery onion skin. Cut the onions horizontally into 1/2 –inch to 1-inch rings. Separate out the larger usable rings from the smaller pieces, and save the smaller pieces for another recipe.
- Steam the onion rings over rapidly boiling water for 3 minutes. After cooking, rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking, and drain thoroughly.
- Combine the onion rings and the beaten egg whites in a large bowl, and mix to coat evenly.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Combine the flour, salt, and spices in a shallow dish, and mix well with a fork.
- Place the onion rings, one at a time, into the flour mixture, and toss to coat all sides of the ring. Place the coated onion ring on the prepared baking sheet, being careful not to overlap them.
- Generously spray the onion rings with non stick cooking spray and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the rings from the oven, leaving the oven on, and turn the onion rings over, using a fork, tongs, or your fingers. Spray them again with the non stick spray, and return them to the oven for 5-10 more minutes until golden brown on both sides. Watch them carefully, as they can burn if cut too small or baked too long.
- Serve immediately.