Sweet onion rings coated in a crunchy creole breading, baked to crispy perfection using your oven! They are easy to make and are so much healthier than greasy, deep-fried rings. Enjoy them as a yummy side to your cheeseburgers!
We have harvested so many onions lately; we have more than we know what to do with! Even after making some Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions, Crockpot Onion Dip, and Fried Onions, there are still plenty left! Matthew has been throwing so many onion ring hints, so I decided to give in and make some. And boy, I am so glad I did! They are super crispy and flavorful, we couldn’t get enough of them! Good thing they are oil-free, so we can really indulge!
Oven-baked Onion Rings Recipe
You will need three shallow bowls to get your breading station up and running! The first bowl will be filled with half of the flour required for this recipe. The second bowl is a mixture of the remaining flour, eggs, milk, creole spice mix, salt, and pepper. The last bowl will be used for the bread crumbs.
You can buy a bottle of Creole spice mix in supermarkets. However, since most of the spices are probably in your kitchen, you might as well just make your own as I did. It is a simple mix of several herbs and spices that results in a smoky, savory, and mildly spicy seasoning. You will find the complete recipe for my homemade Creole Mix below.
Serve with oven baked cheeseburgers for a complete meal!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Do you know how much money I had to shell out to make these crunchy Onion rings? Zero! That is right, everything that I needed to make this quick and easy snack are in in my garden or pantry. That is the beauty of home gardening! It is easy enough to grow onions at home. And they thrive all year-round, even during the winter months. Find out how here.
Here are the list of ingredients and list of possible alternatives.
- Onions- this recipe calls for 2 large onions sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings. It is best to use sweet onions for this recipe. However, white and yellow onions will work too, though they will have sharper flavors.
- Flour- is used as the base of the crispy breading. You can use a gluten-free brand 1:1.
- Milk- you can use regular milk or non-dairy milk for this recipe.
- Egg- will bind the ingredients to make a thick and rich batter.
- Breadcrumbs-added as the final layer of the breading to give the onion rings its signature crunchiness.
- Salt + pepper- to taste.
- Creole spice mix- gives the rings a robust savory flavor with sweet, fiery and smoky undertones! Below are the list of herbs and spices I used together with the measurements. Feel free to omit those that you do not like or modify the amount to your liking!
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
How to Make Baked Onion Rings
Chop, dip and bake! This super simple recipe is the perfect way to enjoy your garden onions.
● Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
● Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
● Slice your onions into 1/4 to 1/2 even slices.
Set up the breading stations. Place half of the flour in a small, shallow bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the remaining flour, milk, egg, creole spice mix, then salt + pepper. Whisk until the flour has fully dissolved and you have a slightly thick batter. Lastly, place the bread crumbs into a third bowl. Line them up on the counter.
Dredge the onion rings. Get one ring and dip it into the 1st bowl (plain flour). Then, dip it into the second bowl containing the seasoned batter. Let the excess batter drip off before finally coating the ring completely with breadcrumbs. Do the same for the rest of the rings.
Bake! Place the coated onion rings on the prepared baking pan in a single layer. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Make sure to flip them on the other side on the 10 minute mark for them to bake evenly.
Tips when Making Baked Onion Rings
● The rings will obviously be of different sizes, the inner ring layers will be smaller and will bake faster. I recommend using two quarter baking sheets and separate the small rings to the big ones. This way, you can get them out of the oven sooner.
● Make sure to let excess batter drip off before coating them with breadcrumbs. If you don’t, your bread crumb mixture is going to become clumpy and a mess very quickly.
● The baking time will depend on how thick or thin your onion rings are. So make sure to keep an eye on them and flip midway to get them evenly crunchy and golden on both sides.
● Keep the breading light! Dunking the onion ring once on each bowl should be enough. Too much breading will result in a lumpy and soggy coating.
Serve the baked oven rings while they are still warm! They are flavorful enough to be enjoyed as is. However, serving them with your fave dips is always a great idea! You can go with something simple such as ketchup, sour cream or mayonnaise. Or, you can pair it with a Cheese Dip or Taco Dip.
How to Store Baked Onion Rings
Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to three days. However, expect that the breading will turn limp and soggy the longer they are stored. To crisp them up again, you can re-bake them for 3 to 5 minutes. You can place an aluminum foil on top to keep them from browning too much.
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- 2 large onions sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon creole spice mix (see recipe below)
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place half of the flour into a small sized bowl and set aside.
- In another bowl mix remaining flour with milk and egg. Add in creole spice mix, and salt + pepper. Mix to fully combine.
- One by one, dip the onion slices into the bowl of plain flour mixture.
- Next, dip the onion into the flour batter mixture. Let excess batter drip off before moving to the next step.
- Pour bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Finally, dip the onion ring into breadcrumbs so it's completely covered.
- Place onion ring on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all onions are gone.
- Bake until onion rings are golden brown, 17 to 20 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, flip the onion rings so they're evenly crispy. Remove from oven and serve!
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