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 60 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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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. 4 stars
    A good alternative option. The seasoning is a bit off. I’ll try it again maybe it will be better. Overall happy with the result : )

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, Georgie! Looking forward to reading your results next time if you switch up the seasonings! :)

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t know if I’ve ever written a food review before but I had to for these onion rings. I was craving something deep-fried but since I don’t eat deep fried foods I was looking for some options. I saw this recipe and although I doubt it it would satisfy my craving it totally did! These onion rings are crispy and delicious And not that difficult to make. Next time I make these I might try putting the onion rings directly from the water into a bag of flour and seasonings rather than do it with my hands because they are messy. Highly recommend it!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, Linda! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!

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