These scrumptious baked onion rings are a much healthier version than their traditionally fried counterparts, but they are just as delicious, if not better.

There is so much you can do with these onion rings; they are super simple to make.

Baked Onion Rings served on a white plate

Why you’ll love these baked onion rings

  • Healthier option: Baked onion rings are a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried versions. They contain less oil and, as a result, fewer calories and less saturated fat.
  • Crispy texture: I adore this recipe, giving you a wonderful crunch without deep frying.
  • Less mess: Deep-frying can be messy and needs a lot more clean-up. Baking onion rings is a tidier and more convenient cooking method.
  • Great flavor: Baking allows the onions’ natural sweetness to shine through, giving them a rich, caramelized flavor.
  • Customizable seasonings: You can easily customize the herbs and spices in the coating to suit your taste preferences. I recommend that you play around and develop your version of this recipe. 
  • Kid-friendly: Many children love the taste and texture of onion rings. Baked versions can be a hit with kids while offering a healthier option for their favorite snack.

Ingredients and substitution notes

  • Sweet onion: Choose large, sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla for the best flavor and texture.
  • Panko bread crumbs: You can use regular Panko breadcrumbs or opt for gluten-free Panko if you need a gluten-free option.
  • Cornmeal: This adds a delightful crunch to the onion rings. It can also be substituted with gluten-free cornmeal for a gluten-free version.
  • Dried parsley: Adds a subtle herbaceous flavor to the coating.
  • Dried basil: This imparts a mild herbal note to the breading.
  • Paprika: For a hint of smokiness and color to the onion rings. You can use sweet or smoked paprika, depending on your preference.
  • Cayenne: Adjust the amount to control the spiciness to your liking.


  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour for the batter. If you prefer a healthier option, whole wheat flour can be substituted. Note that when using whole wheat flour, add a few extra tablespoons of water. For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free flour blend, like rice flour or a commercially available gluten-free flour mix.
  • Olive oil for spraying: It helps achieve a crispy texture without deep-frying. 

Baked Onion Rings Recipe variations and add-ins

  • Garlic Parmesan onion rings: After baking, sprinkle the hot onion rings with grated vegan Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for a savory, cheesy twist.
  • Smoked paprika and chipotle dip: Pair the onion rings with a chipotle-infused mayonnaise dip for a smoky and slightly spicy flavor profile.
  • Asian-style fusion onion rings: Try adding soy sauce, ginger, and sesame seeds to the dry mixture and serve with a soy-ginger dipping sauce.
  • Zesty ranch onion rings: Mix ranch seasoning into the dry mixture for a zesty ranch flavor. Serve with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.
  • Gluten-free options: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour to create a gluten-free version of baked onion rings.
  • Herb-infused onion rings: Add fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, or oregano to the dry mixture for a more herbaceous and aromatic flavor.

Top tips

  • Uniform slicing: Slice the onions into similar thickness rings to ensure even cooking. A thickness of about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) is ideal.
  • Soak in ice water: I love doing this if I have extra time. Soak the onion rings in ice water for about 30 minutes before coating. This helps to mellow the onion’s sharpness and makes them more tender.
  • Dry thoroughly: Drain and thoroughly pat the onion rings dry with paper towels after soaking. Excess moisture can prevent the breading from adhering properly.
  • Preheat the baking sheet: This helps to start the cooking process immediately and ensures a crispy texture.
  • Evenly coat with oil: Use an oil sprayer to evenly coat the onion with a thin layer of olive oil. This promotes browning and crispiness without using excessive oil.
  • Keep an eye on them: Watch the onion rings closely during the last few minutes of baking to prevent overcooking and burning. Baking times can vary depending on your oven.
  • Serve immediately: Baked onion rings are best enjoyed right out of the oven when they are crispy. Serve them hot for the best flavor and texture.

Make ahead of instructions and storage

Making ahead of time:

Follow the recipe instructions for coating and baking the onion rings as usual. You can bake them until they are almost fully cooked but slightly underdone to ensure they stay crispy when reheated.

Allow the partially baked onion rings to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. This helps prevent condensation and sogginess during storage.

Storing fresh onion rings:

For longer storage, refrigerate the baked onion rings in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, use an oven or toaster oven to crisp them up.

Serving suggestions 

There are so many delicious ways to serve your baked onion rings. Here are a few of my favorite ways. I recommend adding them as a crispy layer to your veggie burgers for extra flavor and crunch.

Sometimes I’ll serve my baked onion rings with an assortment of dipping sauces, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, or vegan aioli.

Elevate your sandwiches, like this plant-based deli meat sandwich, by adding a layer of baked onion rings for extra texture and flavor. Another fun idea is to serve baked onion rings over a garden salad to add a satisfying, crunchy element. Try them with this pear, pecan, and greens salad.

Baked onion rings are a perfect for family nights, guys! You’ve got to try them.

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Baked Onion Rings served on a white plate

Baked Onion Rings

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  • Author: Chef Ani


These scrumptious baked onion rings are a much healthier version than their traditionally fried counterparts, but they are just as delicious, if not better.


  • 1 large sweet onion

Dry Mixture:

  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs (use gluten free Panko bread crumbs for gluten free onion rings)
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour  (If using whole wheat flour, add 2 tablespoons extra water & use gluten free flour for gluten free onion rings)
  • Olive oil for spraying


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. In a small bowl mix together bread crumbs, cornmeal, salt, parsley, basil, paprika, and cayenne.
  3. In a separate bowl make a batter by mixing together the water and flour.
  4. Cut one onion into rings 1/3 inch thick and separate.
  5. Using a fork dip the onion rings into the batter and then coat them with the bread crumb mixture.  Place on lined baking tray.  Spray the onion rings with olive oil or use a pastry brush and dab a small amount of oil onto the rings.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes, flipping the onion rings half way through. Serve plain or with your favorite dip!