We couldn't get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2010

Hilary Meyer
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

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  • Cut off both ends of each onion and peel. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices; separate into rings. (Discard the smallest rings or reserve for another use.) Place the rings in a medium bowl; cover with cold water.

  • Combine flour and baking powder in a shallow dish. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs and seasoning in a third shallow dish. Working with one ring at time, remove from the water, letting any excess drip off. Coat in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then coat in the breadcrumb mixture, shaking off any excess. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Generously coat the onion rings with cooking spray.

  • Bake for 10 minutes. Turn each onion ring over and return to the oven, switching the positions of the baking sheets. Continue baking until brown and very crispy, 8 to 10 minutes more.

Tips

Ingredient note: Look for fine dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or natural-foods stores. To make your own, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until very fine. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; 3.2 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 70 mg cholesterol; 558 mg sodium. 136 mg potassium; 29.2 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 7 g protein; 102 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 86 mcg folate; 86 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 18 mg magnesium;

Reviews (35)

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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2016
It was good. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/03/2016
Dry dry dry There is nothing that taste like an onion ring about this even the onions and selves or dried out. I have no idea where they got the picture but it wasn't by baking them and following this recipe. Cons: Not onion rings Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/18/2016
Simply Not good If you want onion rings just fry em in light oil. this is really bad. not healthy. taste like a undercooked stale pretzel? not good at all Pros: Baked? Cons: Tastes Nasty easily Burned Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/12/2016
Ok at best. Ok so this technique is always going to lead to dry onion rings. Especially compared to traditional fried onion rings. Why not shallow fry them in a healthy oil like rapeseed or maybe coconut oil? (havent tried coconut oil because its expensive but I have heard once or twice that its really healthy choice) They are onion rings after all. -Chef 12 years Pros: None Cons: Dry Dry Dry. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2015
EEW EEW I made them once and me and my whole family of 10 threw up. I made them about 2 months later and they threw up again. We normally don't throw up often probably once a year per person but this is a terrible recipe. STY AWAY FROM THESE ONION RINGS Pros: NONE AT ALL GROSS DON'T TRY Cons: They are disgusting my whole family threw up the 2 times I made them. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/26/2015
Very good for gluten-free approach We're gluten-free so I replaced the flour with gluten-free flour. For no-frying recipe worked out really well. Pros: No frying! Cons: Need a lot of oil spray Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/10/2015
nasty Tasted way too dry on the multiple occasions I made them also just terrible taste compared to restaurant-made rings. Cons: taste bad Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2015
Not a healthier onion ring These are NOT heart healthy is the least. Quite the contrary - with more than 1/3rd the recommended daily salt content for a heart healthy diet. Like virtually all the recipe here the only thing they try to control is the fat used - and spaying no-stick spray with all the chemicals used in the products no thank you! This site is more about what never to eat than what to eat. Pros: None Cons: Much to much sodium Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2015
Not a healthier onion ring Do not bother. Like most recipes on this site all that is reduced is the fat content - sugar and salt are just as high or higher than in traditional recipes. Worthless! Pros: None Cons: Much to much sodium Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2015
never again not worth the effort. they burn easily if you dont watch them and it takes so long to make. if you wanna make good onion rings then make a batter and just fry them. Pros: none Cons: dry salty Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/09/2013
These were a lot of work for dry onion rings. The oven temperature is too high. They came out too dry and tasteless. Not worth the trouble. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2012
These are delicious! We have made these numerous time with a variety of spices. If someone's rendition was too salty blame the cook not the recipe. We will eat no other onion rings. Make sure you use sweet onions. Delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2012
Delish! Loved this idea! Can't really go wrong w/ it...I ate it w/ Trader Joe's pizza sauce and it was a wonderful dinner! I'm gonna be making one of these healthy junk foods at least twice a week so look out for more! Pros: all Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These were fun to make and looked delicious but we didn't care for them at all. They were tasteless and had a strange texture. My husband who pretty much likes everything asked me not to make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I agree that the texture was weird. They were not good at all! My advise don't make this!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These onion rings were great. We added ground chipolte to the beaten eggs and that added a nice spicy flavor. And we added herbs salt and pepper to the panko breadcrumbs that we used instead of the fine whole-wheat breadcrumbs that the recipe called for. We definitely plan to make these again - and add different spices for a twist. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We really liked the onion rings. However they were a lot of trouble. We used old bay seasoning and they had a good flavor. I liked them more than my husband mainly because I love onion rings. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
As an onion ring lover these onion rings were great. We made them w/ egg beaters and Italian bread crumbs. They came out perfectly crispy and delicious. A nice healthy twist on traditional onion rings! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Fantastic! We used italian romano cheese bread crumbs a little cyanne in the flower and zesty sauce for dipping! We will make these again for sure! -Danielle from Michigan Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Really enjoyed these! And the crumbs didn't fall off of the onions. I'll try this method with oven fries and also baked chicken. Very delicious. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I am not a big onion ring fan but this recipe is very very good. Not your typical battered onion ring but a great alternative and much less calories. Oh and my kids ate them...that says something!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My family LOVED this recipe. I used seasoned bread crumbs because that was what we had on hand and omitted the seasoning. I varied the thickness of the rings and found that the thinly sliced ones are more crunchy and the thickly (1/2 inch) sliced ones are good for a deep oniony flavor. Use a vidalia onion for an extra sweet ring. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This sounds good; I will definitely try it; I love onion rings but they are always so greasy. This sounds like it might let me have them without all the oil calories etc. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I did not try the recipe but since I am lowering my cholesterol I realized that 79mg of cholesterol in the recipe made it twice as much as I am allowed to consume in a day-So sad because I love a good onion ring. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This sounds like a good alternative for fried onion rings so I'll make these soon for sure! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These really didn't take as long as I thought they would to prepare. Only about 15-18 min. My family loved them also. I thought they were a little too crunchy. I used regular seasoned bread crumbs. Seasoned them with seasoned salt and a touch of cayanne. So easy. Will make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These are such a great alternative to greasy onion rings! I LOVE this recipe and I will make these again any time I get the urge to splurge on calories...without having to! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love onion rings and these were almost gross. I used whole wheat flour and bread crumbs and the rings tasted like powdered cardboard. They did get very crunchy. I think the main reason mine were not very good is the lack of fat. I didn't have cooking spray which meant that the coating was very dry and didn't brown properly. When I realized this was happening I tried to fix it by lightly drizzling olive oil over them. Obviously pouring oil on rings sort of blew the idea that they were healthy and since I couldn't evenly distribute the oil it only made them moderately better. I think I will try this again and toy with 3 things: omitting the flouring step (since the flour seemed to be a prominent flavor in the result); Try stronger flavorings (I just did salt and a grated parmesan/romano blend in the crumbs); Have olive oil cooking spray and use it thoroughly. I will definitely use something different for bread crumbs but probably still use whole wheat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
loved these. used a stonger seasoning but they were easy to make and a crowd please at my house Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
These turned out well and were delicious with a grilled sandwich! Next time I may try adding a few tsp melted butter cooled to the egg wash. I think it would give some extra flavor and needed moisture. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
horrible waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy to salty disgusting don't ever try to eat these Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great base recipe I made some slight modifications to start using 2 eggs and 1/2 cup milk adding the seasoning to the flour and using salt-free seasoning. They were nice and crisp and the rings themselves were tender and sweet. I think maybe adding Tabasco sauce to the egg/milk mixture and seasoning to both the flour and bread crumbs should help. Pros: Crispy & not greasy Cons: Need to ramp up the flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Crunchy and Flavorful These onion rings blow any restaurant's out of the water. They turned out crunchy and delicious. I opted to use egg whites/ egg beaters instead of the eggs because of its convenience. I also made my own breadcrumbs by toasting slices in the toaster and pulsing them in the food processor once cooled. I doubled the amount of the breadcrumb mixture because I found there wasn't enough to completely cover each ring. With these changes it is sure to be a success. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
great I loved it!! the rings were even better than in a restaurant!! Pros: crunchy not greasy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Just okay I used sweet vidalia onions and jerk seasoning in the dry mix and egg whites. I probably should have used whole egg to make the coating thicker but it was okay. Next time I'll try different spices but it's a keeper just needs some tweaking. Pros: Crispy but not greasy Cons: Not that flavorful Read More