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Crispy Oven-Baked Onion Rings for One

These easy homemade oven-baked onion rings are crispy, delicious, and way better than anything you’ll find in the freezer section. The crispy baked coating is slightly spicy and makes this a recipe you will want to make over and over. Double the recipe to share! Try dipping these rings in a homemade buttermilk dressing. Serve these golden brown onion rings with an classic single serving egg salad sandwich.

Oval plate with onion rings.

If you enjoy these onion rings you might also like to try my paprika carrots and roasted grape tomatoes. Make all three together for a dinner of sides!

Ingredients Notes

  • Onion: I like the flavor of a Vidalia onion but you can also use a red or brown onion with great results.
  • All-purpose flour: The flour is used as the base for the batter.
  • Seasonings: A mix of cayenne, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Milk: Whole or low-fat milk can be used. If the batter is too thick gradually increase the amount of batter.
  • Egg Whites: This really helps to adhere the coating to the onion rings.
  • Sour Cream: For an extra bit of tang to the batter. Mayonnaise can be substituted.
  • Breadcrumbs: I sometimes use Italian seasoned bread crumbs or more often I use plain regular bread crumbs. In my opinion, Panko crumbs are a little too coarse for this recipe.

Recipe Directions

(Note: please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the complete written instructions.)

Sliced onions on plate.

Step One: Preheat the oven to 425° F.Slice the onions and separate them into rings.

Flour and spices mixed in bowl.

Step Two: In a shallow bowl mix together the flour, cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder paprika, and pepper.

Onion ring batter in bowl.

Step Three: Add milk, sour cream, and egg white to the flour mixture and mix well. Add a little extra milk if the batter is too thick.

Onion rings dipped in bowl of batter.

Step Four: Dip the onion rings into the batter and shake off any excess.

Onion coated with batter on plate.

Step Five: Add bread crumbs to a shallow bowl and dredge the coated onion rings in the breadcrumbs until coated on all sides.

Onion rings on baking sheet.

Step Six: Place the coated onion rings on a parchment-lined prepared baking sheet.

Baked onion rings on white oval plate.

Step Seven: Bake at 425° F for 7-8 minutes, until golden brown. Use tongs to flip over and bake for another 7 minutes. Both sides should be golden brown and crispy.

Serve w

How to store any leftovers

Store any leftover onion rings in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy your onion rings, reheat them in the oven.

FAQ’s

What type of onion should you use for onion rings?

You can make onion rings with yellow, white, or sweet onions. White onions have a stronger flavor than yellow or sweet onions. I prefer the flavor of sweet onions for this recipe.

Why doesn’t this recipe include soaking the onions in cold water?

I know it’s a classic step, but honestly, I take shortcuts whenever possible, and skipping the soaking step doesn’t make enough of a difference to add the extra time and effort.

Ways to serve onion rings

A favorite dipping sauce for my onion rings is ranch dressing and sometimes ketchup.

Baked onion rings on white oval plate.

Onion Rings for One

These crispy oven-baked onion rings feature tender and sweet onions coated with a blend of breadcrumbs and spices; these rings are baked to a golden crispness in the oven, making for a healthier and tastier alternative to the traditional deep-fried version.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 9 rings
Calories: 544kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Vidalia onion cut into ¼-inch slices
  • ¼ cup All-purpose flour
  • teaspoon Cayenne
  • teaspoon Paprika ground
  • teaspoon Onion powder
  • teaspoon Garlic powder
  • teaspoon Black pepper
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Sour cream
  • 1 Egg white
  • cup Breadcrumbs plain or Italian style

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425° F. Slice the onions and separate them into rings.
  • In a shallow bowl mix together the flour, cayenne, paprika, pepper, and oregano.
  • Add milk, sour cream, and egg to the flour and spice mixture and mix well.
  • Dip the onion rings into the batter and shake off any excess.
  • Add bread crumbs to a shallow bowl and dredge the coated onion rings in the breadcrumbs until coated on all sides.
  • Place the coated onion rings on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes, until golden brown. until they turn a golden brown then flip over and bake another 7 minutes.
    Both sides should be golden brown.

Notes

  • Place the smaller rings inside the larger ones to fit more onion rings on the baking sheet. Make sure the rings don't touch.
  • You can also substitute a premixed Cajun spice.
  • If the batter is too thick, thin out with a little milk.
  • Increase the spiciness by adding a couple of shakes of Tabasco sauce to the batter.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 403mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 39g
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