Light & Crispy Baked Onion Rings

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I have been craving onion rings.. but I wanted something a little bit on the healthier side!  These were AMAZING because they truly tasted like the real deal.
pile of panko baked onion rings with ketchup in dipping bowl

Before I prepared the onion rings, I soaked the sliced onions in milk for a little while.  This just helps take some of the “bite” out of the onions!  These are super easy to make and were a huge hit with the whole family!  If you prefer more onion in your onion ring, my mom “doubles” up the onions (so there are two slices nested inside one another before breading them).  I like to do them as singles.  Either way, they are delicious! Enjoy!



crispy baked onion rings with panko
4 from 1 vote
Review Recipe

Light & Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Author Holly Nilsson


  • 2 Onions Peeled and Sliced into 1/2" Rings
  • 2 Cups of Milk , divided
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt , Pepper, Paprika

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  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Put sliced onions in a large ziploc bag with 1 cup of milk and let sit at least 30 minutes turning occasionally.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a 1-cup measuring cup and top to 1 cup with milk. Stir & let sit 5 minutes (the milk will thicken).
  4. Mix together soured milk, eggs and 2 tablespoons of flour. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine Panko Bread Crumbs, olive oil and seasonings.
  6. Remove onions from the ziploc bag and drain (I used a strainer).
  7. Place onions in a bag with 1/2 cup of flour and shake to coat.
  8. Separate the Panko mixture into 2 small bowls (this is important because the mixture gets damp and doesn't stick after a while).
  9. One by one, dip each onion into the egg mixture and then into the Panko mixture to coat.
  10. Place on a parchment covered pan.
  11. Bake 10 minutes, flip over and bake an additional 10 minutes until browned and crispy.
  12. Sprinkle with additional seasoning salt if desired and serve with ketchup!
  13. Enjoy!
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  1. Very good flavor, however, 1 onion will use all the recipe. 2 and you will run out.
    Also had trouble getting the onions covered.
    I found if you leave the onions in the milk bag and only pull out a few at a time, shaking excess milk off, it worked a lot better!
    Hubby loved them! Didn’t bother with ketchup…..too good to dip

    1. I haven’t tried freezing this but I don’t think it would work. You could definitely make 1/2 of the recipe to make a little bit less. If reheating them, I would recommend reheating them in the oven.

      1. If you try it with calamari make sure they are frozen. 20 min. will make them tough if not. Try some crushed corn flakes with the bread crumbs or a little corn meal. Each will give a different taste and texture.

  2. Tried it today , and it was AMAZING! It very crispy! I kept the onions in milk overnight in the fridge, this made it soooo good and soft! This is a keeper!

  3. These were great! I did add garlic seasonings, and other seasonings I like. I also used more panko crumbs as well than said, I will definitely make these again. I might also try coconut flour instead of flour next time to give a slight sweeter flavor! Worth the effort and time!