Ditch the deep fryer in favor of this quick and easy recipe for Crispy Baked Onion Rings paired with your choice of dipping sauces.

A white plate containing baked onion rings with bowls of ketchup and mustard in the background

“But how does the breading stick?”

This is the culinary conundrum I face every time I ditch the deep fryer in favor of breading and baking my way to deliciousness (See: Baked Asparagus Fries).

A wood cutting board with sliced onions and a knife

The answer? A squeeze of mayonnaise into the whisked egg whites, which attracts the breadcrumbs like bees to honey, like syrup to pancakes, like Kelly to doughnuts. They get stuck. And stuck hard.

Bowls of breading ingredients for baked onion rings

The result is baked onion rings that are just as crispy and crunchy as their deep-fried, beer-battered counterparts.

A baking sheet with unbaked onion rings on top

So go ahead and save the oil for the corn dogs (and the wonton poppers … and the apple fritter rings …) and preheat your oven for a healthier take on everyone’s favorite savory side dish. And don’t forget a side of crispy French fries, too!

A white plate containing baked onion rings

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Appetizer

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Ditch the deep fryer in favor of this quick and easy recipe for Crispy Baked Onion Rings paired with your choice of dipping sauces.
4.84 from 56 votes
A white plate containing baked onion rings with bowls of ketchup and mustard in the background
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs (See Kelly’s Note)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Slice the onions into 1/2-inch wide rings then place the rings in a bowl of water.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites and the mayonnaise. Add the breadcrumbs to a third medium bowl.
  • Remove each onion ring from the water, shaking off any excess and then placing it immediately into the flour, tossing until it’s thoroughly coated, then dip the onion ring into the egg white mixture until it’s thoroughly coated and then into the breadcrumbs, pressing them firmly onto all sides of the onion ring. Place the onion ring on the prepared baking sheet and repeat the coating process with the remaining onion rings.
  • Throughly spray the onion rings with cooking spray (this is optional, but it helps them brown more evenly). Bake the onion rings for 10 minutes then flip them once and bake an additional 5 minutes until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Kelly’s Note:

  • Fine (rather than Panko) breadcrumbs work best, as they adhere more easily to the onion rings. I prefer the Italian-style breadcrumbs, which are seasoned with herbs and spices. If you can’t find the Italian-style breadcrumbs in your supermarket, make your own by mixing plain breadcrumbs with garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper.
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Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t have enough oil to fry shrimp and onion rings too, so I decided to check out to see if I could find an oven baked onion ring recipe. This one is the best for my liking and I had all the ingredients on hand, except I only had regular yellow onions, which worked fine. This is a keeper. Thanks!!!

  2. Can these be made ~ 1 hour in advance, then baked, or will the panko/bread crumbs turn soggy? It would be convenient to make in advance when entertaining, then bake while getting the other menu items ready. Thank you in advance for your opinion.

  3. So last night I tried making them with panko crumbs that I blitzed in the blender quickly then added Italian seasonings…. Tonight I made them as directed with the exception of chickpea water to replace the egg whites. The panko version turned out better, more crunchy.

  4. 4 stars
    Good with reduced fat from baking. I grew waaaay too many onions this year so am pickling pub onions, making pies and now …making onion rings. I liked this recipe because we look for lower fat recipes. We made our own crumbs and ground them super fine in the FP and seasoned them well. They were appreciated and we all get that the difference between a deep fry and a crumb bake. Tasty though. We got them nice and crispy but like others I thought they needed an extra 10 minutes in the oven. Still an excellent recipe!!! Thank you!!!

      1. 5 star recipe!! I used chickpea water in place of the egg whites to make them vegan and it worked perfectly. Bake time for me was perfect, might be the convection oven? They also reheat perfectly

  5. 3 stars
    These are a pretty good substitute for fried onion rings and much simpler to make. However, they need a lot longer in the oven. The onion was still crunchy when I took them out. I added ten minutes to the cook time and they turned out great.

    1. Thanks for your note, Megan! All ovens will vary in actual temp and heat circulation so feel free to adjust the bake time!

    2. 4 stars
      Agreed. Needs an extra 10. I made a test batch. Yummy with lots of different dipping sauces. I made extra for a party.

  6. 5 stars
    I love all your recipes,,they are always so easy to follow. I have also ordered your cookbook Secret I love having physical books. Thank You for sharing your recipes.

    1. Love reading this, Ruth! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipes, and thank you for purchasing my cookbook!

    1. Hi Patricia – I’m not a nutritionist so unfortunately I don’t provide that info, as I’d have no way of guaranteeing it’s 110% accurate, which is super important to me!

  7. 5 stars
    These onion rings were very delicious and tempting. Took a lot of dishes to make but it was worth it! I was very surprised how it turned out given I had to replace many things like Mayo to Yogurt, Vidalias to different onions, etc. Overall, thanks for the amazing recipe, Kelly!

  8. 5 stars
    These are amazing! My kids requested these repeatedly last year and we can hardly wait until Vidalias are back in season. They turn out so flavorful and crispy! Thanks for the great recipe and introducing us to Vidalias. I tried the recipe with a different variety of onion only once.

  9. 5 stars
    These were amazing!!! Better than the store bought ones.

    Would it be possible to batch these and freeze them so it’s easy to throw into the oven for dinner?

    1. Hi Zac! You can freeze the baked onion rings for up to 2-3 months when stored in a freezer bag or airtight container. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until warmed through.

  10. 5 stars
    I made them as a snack when my kids came over. Really very delicious!! I was pretty surprised that the crumbs adhered to the onion so well. I did turn the oven up for an extra 5 minutes and they were crispy as all get out! I think next time I make them (and there WILL be a next time!) I will use a regular yellow onion for more oniony taste. Great recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    We could not believe how yummy these rings were!!! I’ve tried many baked vegetable recipes, but this is far and away the best ever. The mayo is the secret ingredient! My husband would eat them every night! I cannot wait to try things like zucchini and eggplant with your recipe.

    I wasn’t paying full attention to the recipes and used whole eggs — it worked just fine. Also I did not have vidalias, so used an onion which is not too harsh, and we DID use panko and were more generous with the butter flavor spray. Again, delicious. Thank you SO much!!!!

  12. Made the baked onion rings. Didn’t have mayo do I substitute sour cream with mustard. Came out delicious.

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