Deliciously crispy onion rings are the perfect side dish for homemade burger night. These Oven Baked Onion Rings are a much lighter option than the deep fried version. A lightly seasoned but crispy coating still gives these onion rings all the flavour and crunch you would expect, but they are baked rather than fried.
We love the crunch of a stack of onion rings and they are a must when we make homemade burgers. Easy to make and just 15 minutes in the oven. We pair them with our favourite dipping sauces for a nice little snack too. You can even adapt the seasoning to make different flavoured onion rings.
Why you will love them
- Baked instead of fried
- Lighter than traditional onion rings
- You can use different seasonings
- Can be frozen
- Onion - You will need large onions for this, to be able to get decent sized onion rings.
- Eggs - This is to help the breadcrumbs stick to the onion rings.
- Breadcrumbs - You can use any breadcrumbs, but we love panko breadcrumbs as they make the onion rings really crispy.
- Seasoning - We used a Cajun seasoning, but you can use your favourite seasoning blend. Italian or Fajita work well too.
- Flour -This is what the onions are first coated in, as it helps to soak up any moisture.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make baked onion rings - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
One: Mix together the flour and Cajun seasoning in a bowl.
Two: Put the Panko breadcrumbs in another bowl, and whisk the eggs in a third bowl.
Three: Slice the onions thickly and separate into rings.
Four: Dip the onion slices in the flour mixture, then the egg and then roll in the Panko breadcrumbs until they are completely covered. Put them on a lined baking tray.
Four: Bake for 20 minutes, flip them and cook for a further 5 minutes until crispy.
Are they healthy?
Whilst I do still enjoy the classic deep fried onion ring, they leave me feeling a bit meh after. Dripping in oil from being deep fried, I can feel a bit oily after eating them, and I want to fee energised after eating.
We have limited the salt in this (just a little in the seasoning) and have baked them instead of fried. The breadcrumbs we have used mean they still get nice and crispy, without having to fry them.
What breading to use
We used Panko breadcrumbs, as we found that is the best way to get them crispy when cooking them in the oven. It gives them a lovely colour and crunch. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for fried or baked foods and it is stocked in more supermarkets now.
You could swap them for your favourite breadcrumbs, but you might not get the same end result.
Onion ring seasoning
The great thing about these onion rings is that you can swap the seasoning for your favourite blend. We used a Cajun seasoning blend, but you could use Mexican, Italian or even make curry onion rings by using curry powder.
What to serve them with
If you are looking for some other sides to go with the burger and onion rings, then I recommend our Garlic Potato Wedges, Baked Polenta Fries, The Best Greek Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, or Baked Carrot Fries.
You can freeze baked onion rings for up to 2-3 months - we always have some stashed away in our freezer. You can also cook them straight from the freezer - put them in the oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
• You can use any breadcrumbs you like, however we find that panko gets them nice and crispy.
• Feel free to change the seasoning used. You could swap Cajun for Mexican, Italian or Curry Powder.
• Cooking times will depend on your own and how crispy you like your onion rings. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they are cooked to your liking.
• Add some extra flavour to these by mixing some grated Parmesan in to the breadcrumbs.
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Oven Baked Onion Rings
- 1 Onion - cut into thick slices
- 2 Eggs - whisked
- 50 g (0.75 cups) Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 4 tablespoon Plain flour
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
- Mix together 4 tablespoon Plain flour and 2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning in a bowl.
- Put 50 g Panko breadcrumbs in another bowl, and whisk 2 Eggs in a third bowl.
- Slice 1 Onion thickly and separate them into rings
- Dip the onion slices in the flour mixture, then the egg and then roll in the panko breadcrumbs until they are completely covered. Put them on a lined baking tray.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flip them and cook for a further 5 minutes until crispy.
- You can use any breadcrumbs you like, however we find that panko gets them nice and crispy.
- Feel free to change the seasoning used. You could swap Cajun for Mexican, Italian or Curry Powder.
- Cooking times will depend on your own and how crispy you like your onion rings. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they are cooked to your liking.
- Add some extra flavour to these by mixing some grated Parmesan in to the breadcrumbs.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.