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.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2010


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Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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.


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; protein 7g; carbohydrates 29.2g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 3.1g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 69.8mg; vitamin a iu 102.2IU; vitamin c 2.7mg; folate 85.8mcg; calcium 86.1mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 18.3mg; potassium 136.4mg; sodium 557.6mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 3 stars
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
Rating: 5 stars
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: 4 stars
horrible waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy to salty disgusting don't ever try to eat these Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I agree that the texture was weird. They were not good at all! My advise don't make this!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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
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: 1 stars
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: 4 stars
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: 1 stars
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