Baked onion rings are a double whammy in my (very small) cookbook. I may pretend that I choose to bake them because I am opting for a healthier alternative… but, while partially true, the real reasons lie in the cost of frying. I just don’t want to buy tons of oil (nor do I want to store semi-used oil). So, my cheapness saves me some unnecessary calories… which I made up for by eating a few sleeves of thin mint Girl Scout cookies.
These onion rings were simple to make, were cheap as dirt, and turned out pretty damn good. As you should know, I am all for cheap and delicious food, so I will be making these again (and again (and again)).
Quite simply, the onion was chopped into 1/2 inch wide slices and then I separated them out into individual rings. After that, it was a quick flour -> egg -> bread crumb coating followed by a quick 15 minute bake.
One thing to note: you do want to spray the hell out of these with some sort of cooking spray before you throw them in the oven.
Second thing to note: flip these at the halfway point to make sure both sides get evenly cooked.
I was impressed by how well these turned out… and even though I am VERY easily impressed when it comes to my cooking adventures, I do recommend these to anyone looking for an easy no-fry onion ring.
While we ate about an onions worth of these (which is quite a bit), we did manage to save a handful for our actual meal. Make sure to check back in on Wednesday to find out what these helped me create. Hint: It is one of my fast food favorites!
Baked onion rings that turn out just as crispy and flavorful as any of the fried versions you will find.
Cut ends off of the onion and then slice into 1/2 inch wide sections. Remove each ring from the sections and place in cold water for 5 minutes or so.
Preheat oven to 450ºF.
Take each onion ring and shake dry. Place in bowl with flour (shake off excess), then dip in egg (shake off excess), and cover with bread crumbs (yep... shake off the extra crumbs). Place on the baking sheet.
Lightly spray with cooking spray and bake for 7-8 minutes. Flip each onion ring over and bake for another 5-6 minutes.