Oven Baked Onion Rings

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If you’re in the mood for something sinful, fried and oh-so-good but bad for you, go gobble up a funnel cake (I won’t judge). But, if you have the good sense to whip up something in your home that’s delicious and fried-tasting but not all that bad for you, have I got just the thing!

These oven baked onion rings are not quite the same as what you get at carnivals and greasy spoon joints, but they are pretty darn close and they don’t pack nearly as many calories as your typical breaded and deep-fried onion ring. They’re very easy to prepare, and they serve as an indescribably tasty sidekick to a burger hot off the grill, or as a snack by themselves.

With these little babies, you can have your onion ring and look good in those spring clothes, too!

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups Ritz crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 large Vidalia onions peeled

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet slightly with oil and set aside.
  • Place Ritz crackers into a food processor and process into crumbs, or place in a sealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer to a shallow bowl, add cayenne, and set aside. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper and set aside. Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings.
  • Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, then add onions, and shake to coat. Dip onions 1 at a time into the buttermilk mixture, then into cracker crumbs and place on baking sheet.
  • Spray cooking spray evenly over rings and bake for 20 minutes, or until coating is crisp. Season with salt and serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Great recipe with the Ritz crackers. Baked much lighter.

  2. Baked onion rings in a fun and new way! Great. I like that. I just started an online cooking show, please check it out!

  3. Your baked onion rings look so tasty & aprt too!

    MMMMM,…

  4. They look absolutely delicious! I will definitely be trying this one. Great work!

  5. Two words : Love. It. Simple and flavorful = an excellent, more healthful recipe. Cheers!

  6. The onion rings look awesome! Great job!

  7. Damn those look good! Always looking for a non-fried alternative to my favorite foods :)

  8. We’re always looking for a healthy twist to comfort foods like onion rings. These look great to have for a Friday night family dinner. This will be on the books for this weekend!

  9. Awesome, looks so crispy and yummy

  10. These looks so amazing and then I was even more impressed when I read “baked”…awesome.

  11. very crrispy n chruncy..very nice golden color

  12. These look great! Looks like you’d never know they were baked…which is always a good sign. Love the Ritz cracker idea!

  13. Oh I lovvveee onion rings! but all that oil just puts me off. will definitely be trying this :)

  14. I love onion rings! I’m so glad to find a baked version.

  15. I just tried another baked onion ring recipe and it was a COMPLETE failure! I was going to give up but I got excited when I saw this pic on Foodgawker. I’m gonna have to try your version!

  16. These onion rings look perfect!! I love that you used the oven.

  17. Wowee, onion rings are one of my favorite dishes in the whole wide world and yours look amazing! I’ll be sure to try it soon

  18. Gorgeous!
    I love, LOVE onion rings and love that these are baked. Will be trying soon!

  19. ritz cracker! great idea~ thank god i have some in my pantry :)

  20. TheJollyTomato says:

    Loved this recipe! The kids enjoyed helping out, especially the cracker-crushing part, and this is one of the few ways I have gotten them to eat onions! I included this in Jolly Tomato’s Fun Food Saturday (Whole Lotta Shakin’ edition) here: http://bit.ly/b1KhnP
    Jeanne @JollyTomato

  21. Hi Jeanne,

    I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed making these! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

    Georgia

  22. Gorgeous!
    I love, LOVE onion rings and love that these are baked. Will be trying soon!

  23. Wowee, onion rings are one of my favorite dishes in the whole wide world and yours look amazing! I’ll be sure to try it soon

  24. ritz cracker! great idea~ thank god i have some in my pantry :)

  25. I just tried another baked onion ring recipe and it was a COMPLETE failure! I was going to give up but I got excited when I saw this pic on Foodgawker. I’m gonna have to try your version!

  26. Oh I lovvveee onion rings! but all that oil just puts me off. will definitely be trying this :)

  27. These onion rings look perfect!! I love that you used the oven.

  28. I love onion rings! I’m so glad to find a baked version.

  29. These look great! Looks like you’d never know they were baked…which is always a good sign. Love the Ritz cracker idea!

  30. Baked onion rings in a fun and new way! Great. I like that. I just started an online cooking show, please check it out!

  31. Great recipe with the Ritz crackers. Baked much lighter.

  32. These looks so amazing and then I was even more impressed when I read “baked”…awesome.

  33. very crrispy n chruncy..very nice golden color

  34. We’re always looking for a healthy twist to comfort foods like onion rings. These look great to have for a Friday night family dinner. This will be on the books for this weekend!

  35. Damn those look good! Always looking for a non-fried alternative to my favorite foods :)

  36. The onion rings look awesome! Great job!

  37. Awesome, looks so crispy and yummy

  38. Two words : Love. It. Simple and flavorful = an excellent, more healthful recipe. Cheers!

  39. They look absolutely delicious! I will definitely be trying this one. Great work!

  40. Your baked onion rings look so tasty & aprt too!

    MMMMM,…

  41. I have never ever made onion rings before but we all LOVE them at my house! I would definitely get mom of the year if I made these. :)

  42. Very tasty and definitely lighter than the deep-fried ones, but still had a nice flavor and crunch! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Delicious and healthy! Thanks!

  44. So yummy! I really enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for sharing. :)

  45. Anonymous says:

    I just made these… they came out AWESOME!!! I was skeptical at first since I love onion rings but they were really good!

  46. Anonymous says:

    This recipe is a keeper. The rings turn out crispy and taste great. Didn’t have the Ritz crackers on hand, so used Club crackers.
    Will definitely make them again.

  47. Made these twice this weekend! Delicious and simple! Turned the oven down a little bit so they didn’t get too dark. Heaven! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  48. question as good as these look , would it work and still turn out the same with water instead of buttermilk, saltine crackers instead or ritz, and no chycanne pepper. hard to get buttermilk and rits on a fixed income, and not to big on the pepper, barely even use it in my deviled eggs

  49. Sorry, water will not work as a substitute for buttermilk (water is too thin and will not hold the breadcrumbs). You could always try Saltines instead of Ritz crackers.

  50. Jack the maintenance guy says:

    I saw someone asking about substitution in the recipe so I have to ask, You say water will not work and I can understand that easily, but could you use egg whites in place of the buttermilk or would they burn in the oven? Thanks for posting this recipe also, you rock!

  51. Sometimes its safer to just take a step back and understand that not everybody shares your beliefs

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