Baked Onion Rings

Baked onion rings that turn out just as crispy and flavorful as any of the fried versions you will find.

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)).

Onion Rings Prebake

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.

Onion Rings

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

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings

Baked Onion Rings

Baked onion rings that turn out just as crispy and flavorful as any of the fried versions you will find.


1 medium yellow Onion
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup whole wheat Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs
Cajun seasoning (or whatever you want)


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.

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    Those baked onion rings look good!

  • susan

    I would have to make these for a crowd…otherwise I would eat the whole tray! YUM!

  • Jesica @ Pencil kitchen

    I definitely love all onion, calamari rings. Some people hate it for i-will-never-comprehend-whatever reason.

  • Jesica @ Pencil kitchen

    Btw, yours look like the ones right out of my dreams.

  • Kristen @ The Endless Meal

    I absolutely LOVE onions rings. I’ve never thought about making them before since I don’t have a deep fryer. I will definitely be trying these!!

    • Chris

      I was in the same boat… but then the french fries I baked turned out pretty damn good so I figured I’d give it a try.

  • MG

    Made these for an evening snack…MAJOR win! Super good… Now I have to figure out how to make my own ketchup to go with and I’ll be a genius. 😀

    • Chris

      Weren’t these easy?! Now I want more!

  • laura

    I love making baked onion rings! they are sooo good! I have never soaked them in water before, though. Just out of curiosity, why do you?

    • Chris

      I heard that soaking them in water takes away the onion bite… kind of gives the onion a more mellow taste. This step is probably more vital when using them raw, but I figured it couldn’t hurt.

  • Lisa@onecooktwokitchens

    I love your food. And I love it even more when actually have the stuff to make it immediately. That reuben of yours..completely frustrating not to have corned beef sitting in my fridge at that precise moment.

    The whole wheat flour really helps to enhance that crispy texture (and of course it ups the healthy factor even more)…very nice. I didn’t have cajun but I did have Old Bay which worked great.

  • Meg

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ll make this tomorrow or next few days as side dish for dinner.
    I always try to avoid frying even when I want to have french fries. These onion rings look perfect!

  • Patti

    I am with you, Chris! I hate to fry anything because of the oil issue. Can’t wait to try yours. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Rosa

    I love making these in my air fryer, however, I use potato flakes to coat, so no bread and even less calories..:D

  • Kimberly Morrison

    Mmmm. They turned out crispier than I thought they would and even my husband loved them.

    • Chris

      Same here! I thought they would be kinda soggy, but they turned out quite excellent.

  • AEB124

    Don’t flatter yourself, honey – these were not that good.

    • lynn

      maybe its just the way you made them b/c mine were just fine following this recipe:)

    • roseinzion

      not nice…

    • Tangee Wilson

      yeah “honey’ maybe the issue was the cook – not the recipe cause everyone else thinks they are the bomb diggity. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything. My something nice for you is: Great punctuation and sentence structure! :) Have a great day :)

  • ashley

    haha well I thought they were great!! I won’t deep-fry anything, so I’m excited to try this!

  • Donna

    Try them one time replacing the breadcrumbs with toasted panko. In a skillet over medium high heat warm 2 tsp. of oil (we use olive oil). Add plain panko and toast until nice and brown. Place in a shallow dish and immediately sprinkle your favorite spice (we have used taco seasoning from a packet and another time a little garlic powder and paprika) and mix well. Dip the onions in this at the last step and wah-lah (spelling?) you have the crispiest baked onion rings! Thanks for sharing all your fun and easy recipes. Have pinned quite a few this evening :)

  • WhileHeWasOut

    The boyfriend remembered me the other day that it’s been so long I haven’t made onion rings. In return I reminded him that those have to be fried in all that nasty oil – so we agreed to postpone this to some other day. It didn’t occur to me that time to bake them – way to go, thanks for sharing!

  • whilehewasout

    Update! I made these the other day and they are amazing! I have never tried these baked or with white onions, and the taste is a bit different from that of the “traditional” fried red onion rings – we loved them!

    • Chris

      Glad you liked them… I wasn’t expecting much when I first made them, but was pleasantly surprised.

      It might be time for another batch actually.

  • Tangee Wilson

    Oh Mah Gah….. these were Amazing! I used Crazy Janes Mixed up Salt ( ) don’t buy it online – much cheaper in your seasoning section at your grocer – less than 2 bucks or so. Anyway – huge hit at our house. I put the seasoning in both the flour and the bread crumbs (used plain planko) Hubby said next time he’d love to try it with different seasonings (Cajun, Old Bay, Parmesan, etc) Thank you SO much these truly are a keeper!

    • Chris

      Thanks for the link! I’ll take any opportunity to add garlic to my meals :)

  • Jason

    I’ve just made these by following the recipe. There very easy to make but taste so good and are crispy! I would recommend you to make them. Yummy!