Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Baked onion rings

Who knew the words crispy and baked could go together so well? These Crispy Baked Onion Rings are proof that they do!

Who knew that the words crispy and baked could go together as perfectly as they do when I describe these baked onion rings? I’m talking the same type of perfect pairing as peanut butter and chocolate…they just go together so well!  I’ve been itching to make some homemade o’rings at home, but really didn’t want to take the fried route. When this baked recipe turned up, I knew I had to try it!

On the 4th of July, while most people were likely grilling burgers and all kinds of yummy stuff, I was in my kitchen, with the oven on, carefully prepping these onion rings. While a bit of a hassle to prep (by hassle, I mean I had flour all over the counters, and me, and the floor, and seriously messy hands… but that probably won’t happen to you), these onion rings turned out so crispy and delicious that I don’t think you’ll ever think about frying again. And because they were so gosh darn good, you’ll likely forget about the hassle it was to make them as soon as you take your first bite and hear a real CRUNCH!

Originally from Cook’s Illustrated (CI), I tweaked this recipe just a smudge, and got fantastic results. CI calls these oven-fried onion rings because you do start with a small amount of oil on a baking sheet. It’s simply amazing that a small amount of oil can “fry” these onion rings so well in the oven. I served these babies with some homemade onion ring sauce and they turned out to be the perfect side dish for slow cooker pulled pork (recipe coming soon)!

Note: These do not heat up well, so plan to enjoy them as soon as they come out of the oven…. which is not difficult….!

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Baked onion rings 2

Prep Time: 30mn
Cook Time: 15mn
Total Time: 45mn


  • 1/2 cup flour, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk – room temp.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 30 saltine crackers
  • 4 cups kettle cooked potato chips (I used Lay’s)
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rings
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons creamy horseradish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees and adjust the oven racks to lower and middle positions.
  2. In a shallow baking dish, place 1/4 cup flour
  3. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Whisk to combine. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup flour, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce.
  4. Using your food processor, pulse the potato chips and saltine crackers until you have a very fine, crumbly mixture. Place half of this mixture in a shallow baking dish and set the other half to the side. When you’re half-way through coating the onion rings, add the rest of the crumbly mixture to the pan.
  5. Slice onions into 1/2 inch thick rings. Discard any small pieces of onion.
  6. Line a plate with wax paper. Begin coating the onion rings by first dipping each onion in flour. Then dip the onion ring in the batter, allowing any excess to drop off. Finally coat the onion ring with the potato chip/saltine coating. Use your fingers to press the coating to the onion. Place each coated onion ring on the wax paper lined plate.
  7. When you’re about halfway through coating the onion rings, prepare two rimmed baking pans by drizzling each with 3 tablespoons of oil.
  8. Place the oil coated pans in the oven for 8 minutes. While the oil is heating, finish coating the rest of the onion rings.
  9. After 8 minutes, the oil will start to smoke. Remove the pans from the oven and *carefully* tilt each pan so that the oil coats the surface. Divide the onion rings among the two pans.
  10. Bake the onion rings for about 8 minutes, then switch the pans around and bake for an additional 8 minutes or until they are crispy.
  11. Place the baked onion rings on a paper towel lined plate for a minute or two while you prepare the sauce.


  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the dipping sauce ingredients together and mix well. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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  1. Don’t worry, I wasn’t grilling on the 4th of July either! :) I don’t really like spicy, do these taste spicy since hot sauce is an ingredient?

  2. Baked, but ironically the recipe
    calls for fried potato chips in the recipe so…from a caloric or even a ‘health’ standard, I don’t really see any difference between the regular fried o rings and these puppies.

    • I didn’t claim that they were healthy. :) However, I have to imagine that they’re a littler “healthier” than cooking them in a pot of oil.

      For me, the difference is that I don’t have to heat a huge pot of oil, and have the smell lingering around the house… something I despise. You’re still indulging with these babies, no doubt about that! :)

  3. i will like to know these recipe

    thank you

  4. Unless you really enjoy cooking like yourself, it seems like a lot of unnecessary work for simple onion rings.

  5. I enjoy your recipes keep them comming. I have learned to ignore the killjoys.

  6. I can’t wait to try this :)

  7. How important is the buttermilk to this? I never have it. I remember somewhere you could turn regular milk into buttermilk maybe??? These look delicious and no mess or smell

    • You can make a substitute for buttermilk… Just sour some milk with a tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar.

    • Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then, add milk until the amount reaches one cup. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. The milk should look curdled. Stir and you have homemade buttermilk!

  8. They sound delicious.I love a good onion ring. Especially when they don’t have to be fried. Can’t wait to try them.

  9. Debby Rondeau Lagace

    Oh Ashley this sounds and looks so good, love onion rings!

  10. Kaitlyn Elizabeth Barattini

    i swear this is perfect that you post this now not even 24 hrs ago i was thinking i need to find a great zesty sauce for oinion rings…! awesome!!! thanks gurl u never let me down!

  11. Was just wondering if u thought panko would work in place of chips/cracker breading….?

  12. Ashley Simpson Whitmore

    These turned out fabulous! I wish I had some right now!

  13. Nice!! Can’t wait to try a baked version now. These look awesome.

  14. Thank you!! We are having onion rings tonight (not homemade, but Alexia brand), so I just made this sauce. Awesome!!

  15. I like both” but good onion rings are my favorite” I love Outbacks Blooming Onion

  16. I got excited but realized if you coat them with fried potato chips you might as well fry them.


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