Baked Onion Rings

Who doesn’t love a good onion ring?

These beloved fried snacks have been a staple on casual dining menus and fast-food joints for decades. 

But what if I told you there was an even better way to enjoy this classic fried indulgence?

Say hello to baked onion rings!

Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about the same crispy and flavorful treat but with less guilt and more nutrition.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty appetizer, side dish, or even a healthy snack option, this recipe promises to satisfy your onion ring cravings.

So get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your family or friends with this healthier twist on a classic favorite – baked onion rings!

Ingredients You Need For Baked Onion Rings

Preparing these oven-baked onion rings is surprisingly simple and requires only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For Onion Rings

1. Flour: To help the batter stick to the onions, we’ll be using all-purpose flour.

2. Egg: You’ll need a couple of eggs to help the flour and breadcrumbs adhere to the onion slices. 

3. Salt: A pinch of salt is essential for bringing out the flavors in your onion rings. 

4. Milk: Mixing milk with the eggs creates a better binding liquid for the flour and breadcrumbs. 

5. Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper adds a slight kick and depth to the overall flavor profile. 

6. Onion: The star of the show – opt for large-sized onions and make sure they are sliced evenly to ensure even baking.

7. Breadcrumbs: Use breadcrumbs for that extra crunch, but regular breadcrumbs will do the job as well.

For Creole Spice Mix

1. Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor and vibrant red color to the spice mix.

2. Basil: rings a fresh, herbal brightness to the Creole spice mix, complementing the smokiness of the paprika.

3. Cayenne Pepper: Adds a bit of heat, elevating the flavors within the spice mix.

4. Garlic Powder: Provides a savory depth with its rich, concentrated garlic flavor, enhancing the overall tastiness of the onion rings.

5. Oregano: With its earthy and slightly bitter notes, oregano adds complexity to the spice blend, offering a hint of Mediterranean flair.

6. Sea Salt: Essential for flavor, sea salt bolsters the natural sweetness of the onions while balancing the spiciness of the pepper.

7. Onion Powder: Doubles down on the onion flavor, reinforcing the primary taste component of the dish.

8. Thyme: Thyme introduces a subtle, minty zest, which harmonizes beautifully with the other spices.

9. Black Pepper: A staple in spice mixes, freshly ground black pepper adds warmth and a mild spiciness, perfect for rounding out the Creole seasoning.

With these simple yet flavorful ingredients, you’re well-equipped to create mouthwatering baked onion rings that promise a sensational taste experience.

How To Make Baked Onion Rings?

Preparing these baked onion rings is a straightforward process that rewards you with a delicious and healthier alternative to the deep-fried version.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to about 425°F.

To prevent sticking, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or gently oil it.

Step 2: Prepare The Onion Slices

Peel the onions and cut them into approximately 1/2-inch thick slices.

Carefully separate the slices into rings.

Step 3: Prepare The Coating

Add a bit of salt and pepper to the flour and mix well.

Mix all Creole spices.

In the mixing bowl, mix beaten eggs with milk and Creole spice mix, and mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Set Up a Coating Station

In three separate shallow dishes, place the flour, beaten eggs mixed, and breadcrumbs.

Step 5: Coat The Onion Rings

Begin by submerging each onion ring into the blend of flour, making sure it has a light covering.

Then, immerse the floured ring into the combination of egg and milk, allowing any surplus to drain off.

Lastly, completely cover it with the bread crumbs.

Step 6: Arrange On The Baking Sheet

Arrange the onion rings that have been coated on the baking sheet that has been prepared, making sure they are placed in a single, non-overlapping layer to promote even baking.

Step 7: Bake In The Oven

Bake for approximately 17 to 20 minutes, or until the onion rings are golden brown and crisp, flipping them halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.

Step 8: Cool and Serve

Allow the onion rings to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy your crispy, flavorful baked onion rings as a delicious appetizer or side dish!

By following these simple steps, you’ll enjoy homemade baked onion rings that perfectly balance crispiness with the sweet, savory flavor of onions, all without the extra oil of traditional frying.

What To Serve With Baked Onion Rings?

Baked onion rings are versatile, able to complement a wide range of dishes with their crispy, savory crunch.

Here’s a curated list of dishes that pair exceptionally well with baked onion rings:

1. Burgers and Sandwiches: The crispy texture of baked onion rings adds a delightful contrast to the soft buns and juicy patties of burgers and sandwiches, elevating the overall eating experience.

2. Grilled Meats: Serve baked onion rings alongside grilled steaks, chicken, or pork chops. The slight sweetness of the onions pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors of the meat.

3. Seafood: Complement the light, delicate flavors of grilled or fried seafood, such as fish tacos or shrimp, with the hearty crunch of onion rings.

4. Salads: Add a crunchy element to your green salads by topping them with chopped baked onion rings. They provide an interesting texture and flavor that contrasts with the fresh vegetables.

5. Dipping Sauces: Offer a selection of sauces such as ketchup, ranch, or a spicy aioli to dip the onion rings in, turning them into a flavorful snack or appetizer.

Incorporating baked onion rings into your meal not only introduces an exciting texture and taste but also keeps the menu interesting and varied.

Tips For Delicious Baked Onion Rings

While following the recipe steps leads to delicious results, a few tips and tricks can elevate your onion rings to the next level of flavor and texture.

Here are some key pointers to keep in mind:

1. Chill the Onion Rings Before Baking: Placing the coated onion rings in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes before baking can help the coating stick better and result in a crispier finish.

2. Spray with Cooking Oil: Lightly spray the coated onion rings with cooking spray before baking. This helps achieve a golden, crispy exterior without the need for deep frying.

3. Use a Wire Rack: Baking the onion rings on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet ensures even airflow and cooking around each ring, eliminating the need to flip them midway through baking.

4. Don’t Overcrowd the Baking Sheet: Ensure there’s enough space between each onion ring on the baking sheet. Crowding can lead to steaming instead of baking, affecting the crispiness.

By incorporating these tips and tricks into your baking process, you’ll enhance the texture and flavor of your baked onion rings, making them an even bigger hit with family and friends.

FAQs About Baked Onion Rings Recipe

1. How To Store Baked Onion Rings?

Baked onion rings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes until heated through.

2. Can Baked Onion Rings Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze baked onion rings before or after baking.

Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze.

Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

3. Can I Use Different Spices For Flavoring?

Absolutely!

Experiment with different spices and seasonings to customize the flavor of your baked onion rings.

Some popular options include garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, or Italian seasoning.

Just remember to add them to the flour mixture before coating the rings.

4. How To Choose Onion?

Choose firm onions, without any soft spots or bruises.

The ideal onion for onion rings is a large sweet onion like Vidalia, Walla Walla, or Texas 1015.

These varieties have a mild flavor and hold their shape well when sliced.

5. Are Baked Onion Rings Healthier Than Fried Ones?

Yes, baking helps reduce the amount of oil used in traditional fried onion rings, making them a healthier option.

Conclusion

In conclusion, making baked onion rings at home not only allows for a delightful, crisp alternative to their fried counterparts but also offers a healthier option for those looking to indulge without guilt.

With the right ingredients, some kitchen tips, and a pinch of creativity with flavors, anyone can prepare these savory treats to perfection.

Whether served as a side dish, snack, or appetizer, baked onion rings are sure to elevate any meal, satisfying cravings with their crunchy texture and rich taste.

So why not give this recipe a try and enjoy the deliciousness of homemade baked onion rings today?

baked onion rings

Baked Onion Rings

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For Onion rings:

  • 2 large onions
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray

For the Creole spice mix:

  • 1/8 tsp of thyme
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp of oregano
  • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp of basil
  • 1/4 tsp of onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp of paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Peel and slice onions into 1/4 inch rings, separate the rings and set them aside in a bowl of ice water.
  • In a shallow dish, mix flour with salt and pepper.
  • In another dish, whisk together milk and egg.
  • In a third dish, combine breadcrumbs with Creole spice mix.
  • Drain the onion rings from the ice water, and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Coat each onion ring in flour mixture, then dip it into the milk and egg mixture, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs.
  • Place the coated onion rings on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil.
  • Lightly spray the onion rings with cooking oil.
  • Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, turning halfway through until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
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Chef Chip Roman is one of the most exciting and talented chefs in Philadelphia. He has his own catering business, Charles Roman Catering, as well as Roman Restaurant Group which includes Blackfish, Mica, and Ela. He graduated from Drexel University in 2002 with a degree in business and culinary arts. Chip Roman is a classically trained chef who has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens and chefs in Philadelphia, including Le Bec Fin’s George Perrier and Marc Vetri’s Vetri.

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