These baked Crispy Onion Rings are the healthier, yet delicious cousin to the restaurant onion rings that we all adore!

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If there’s one food I get weak in the knees for it’s Crispy Onion Rings. Last week at the farmers market they had sweet visalia onions. I bought a big bunch, came home to slice them into rings and made batch after batch of them. This is a recipe I’ve had on the site for years, but seeing those onions as I scoured the market for dinner inspiration I came head on with an old favorite. This rewind Wednesday is dedicated to the perfect weeknight side dish to a juicy burger for good ole times sake.

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When I was a kid I loved onion rings. Whenever we went to Burger King they were a “must order”. Biting through the crisp fried crust into tender sweet onions is definitely a cherished food memory of mine. Little did I know (or care) at that age, how unhealthy fast food was. Now that I’m a mom though, I’m doing my very best to avoid fast food at all costs!

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It always shocks me that my son, Kenya, will eat both raw and cooked onions like they’re candy. I can’t tell you how many times he has picked raw onions as a snack over, say, raisins, but I guess that’s why we all have different palates and tastes. I figured Kenya would love onion rings if given the chance, but since I’m not taking him to fast food joints any time soon, I tried making some at home for him using sweet onions. To keep them healthy, I tried baking them instead of deep frying the rings.

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I have to say I was impressed with the results and Kenya was simply in heaven. I’m pretty sure the smile on he had on his face as he sat there munching away was the same one his Mommy had back when she was a little girl delighting in a much unhealthier version!

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Crispy Onion Rings

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Large Sweet, Vidalia or Maui Onion
  • 3/4 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tsp salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)
  • cooking oil spray


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut onions into 1/2 inch rounds and separate into rings.
  • Whisk buttermilk and 1 tsp salt into a bowl.
  • Place breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and add another tsp salt.
  • Dip onion rings in buttermilk mixture and then dredge in breadcrumb mixture covering both sides of the onion completely (make sure to use one hand for wet dipping and one hand for dry dipping so you don’t get soggy, clumpy breadcrumbs and messy fingers).
  • Place onion rings on a oil sprayed baking sheet (I lined the cookie sheet with foil for easier clean up).
  • Lightly spray the onion rings with oil cooking spray.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through, until lightly browned.
  • Serve.
  • *After step 5, place rings on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes then place in ziploc bags, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, follow steps 6-9 adding an additional 1-2 minutes baking time.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1520mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. These are amazing and “healthier” like all of your recipes. I cook from many blogs and cookbooks and by far your dishes are the best!!! From mexican pulled pork tacos-very berry muffins-turkey pesto meatballs-beef with broccoli-to side dishes you run the gamut of deliciousness!!!

  2. My 8 year old asked if she could try a raw onion off the cutting board last night and loved it! My brain is still trying to wrap itself around that one.
    We’ll have to see if Vidalia’s are at our market this weekend.
    Thanks for another great recipe.

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  4. I made these Onion Rings last night (along with the homemade Chicken Nuggets, which have been a staple in my family’s dinner rotation for several months). My 4 year old had a riot helping. You rock my culinary world Catherine McCord! So easy and delicious.. Keep these amazing recipes coming.

  5. I’m looking forward to trying this but I still don’t see the egg in the recipe. How many and what do I need to do with it?

  6. My 2 1/2 year old loved eating “rings”! These were excellent with veggie dogs and napa cabbage slaw.

  7. The crust is more savory than sweet. But then again, once you cook onion, they do get sweeter. I’m so happy your family is getting away from fast food!

  8. Doe the crust have a sweet taste? My daughter loves the crust from sonic’s onion rings and they are really sweet. We are getting away from fast food…slowly.

  9. The description says “egg” but there’s no egg in the ingredients list. How many eggs do you use? Thanks.

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