Oven-Fried Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce

Note: I have since updated this recipe with a version that eliminates some of the problems that readers have had with this one. Please go to the Oven-Fried Onion Rings, Take II post to check it out!

I adore onion rings. Love them, really. Although I hardly ever order them in place of French fries, I jump at the chance to get them as an appetizer. And now that Lent has rolled in and fish fries are in full swing, I love ordering onion rings to much on alongside that battered and fried cod sandwich. (I never claimed to be a health fanatic, now did I?) I wonder how many times a variation of the word “fry” was uttered in those first two sentences? It seems like a lot. Well, you’ll be happy to know that these are absolutely fabulous, flavorful onion rings that taste just like the best of restaurant appetizers, and they were not deep fried. They were pseudo-fried, in the oven. We’ll get to the details in a minute, but first – every good onion ring needs a spicy, kicky dipping sauce to go along with it. Sort of like the old saying that “behind every good man is a good woman”? Same thing. I did a little digging and found a copy cat recipe for the dipping sauce that is served at a certain chain restaurant alongside a certain blooming onion. The recipe rocks – it tastes just like the original. Now, on to the details of how you bake these beauties up…

Some how, some way these taste ridiculously good without being deep fried. The trick to this is a spicy flour coating (cayenne, anyone?) and thick batter (why hello, buttermilk), a roll in the hay with some potato chips, and then (the real trick) is that you coat a baking pan with oil and put it in the oven to heat up before you put the onion rings on it. When you pull it out of the oven the oil is piping out and as soon as you put the onion rings down, they start to sizzle. It’s really comparable to pan frying; it traps in all of the flavor and then the bake in the oven allows the onion to get dark and just a tad caramelized. The combination of the flavors, slight caramelization, the crunch, the kick from the dipping sauce, and you will be hard-pressed to find an excuse for not making onion rings at home. I’m sure I’m going to find some excuse (how about any Olympic event?) to make them as a snack again very soon.

What is your favorite restaurant appetizer?

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Oven-Fried Onion Rings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2 medium (or 1 large) sweet onions, sliced ½-inch thick

¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ cup buttermilk
1 egg
¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

1½ cups crushed potato chips (kettle-cooked chips, if available)

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Dipping Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons horseradish
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Combine ¼ cup flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a bowl.

3. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, egg and additional flour, whisking until a smooth batter is formed.

4. In a third bowl, place the crushed potato chips.

5. Prepare the onion rings by first dipping a ring into the seasoned flour, then into the batter (let the excess batter drip off), and then coat with the crushed potato chips. As you finish the rings, place them on a large plate. Repeat with all rings.

6. Cover a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Drizzle the vegetable oil on the parchment-lined sheet and place in the oven for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the sheet from the oven and tilt to evenly coat with oil.

7. Working quickly, place your onion rings on the baking sheet and return to oven. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip onion rings and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.

8. While baking, prepare your dipping sauce! Combine all Dipping Sauce ingredients and refrigerate.

(Recipe for Onion Rings adapted from Not Without Salt, Recipe for Dipping Sauce adapted from CopyKat.com)

Oven-Fried Onion Rings

2 medium (or 1 large) sweet onions, sliced ½-inch thick

¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ cup buttermilk
1 egg
¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

1½ cups crushed potato chips (kettle-cooked chips, if available)

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Combine ¼ cup flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a bowl.

3. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, egg and additional flour, whisking until a smooth batter is formed.

4. In a third bowl, place the crushed potato chips.

5. Prepare the onion rings by first dipping a ring into the seasoned flour, then into the batter (let the excess batter drip off), and then coat with the crushed potato chips. As you finish the rings, place them on a large plate. Repeat with all rings.

6. Cover a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Drizzle the vegetable oil on the parchment-lined sheet and place in the oven for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the sheet from the oven and tilt to evenly coat with oil.

7. Working quickly, place your onion rings on the baking sheet and return to oven. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip onion rings and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.

8. While baking, prepare your dipping sauce!

(Adapted from Not Without Salt)


Dipping Sauce

½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons horseradish
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate.

(From CopyKat.com)

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66 Responses to “Oven-Fried Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce”

  1. TaraTakesTheCake on February 22, 2010 at 12:08 am

    crushed potato chips? :-/ if you are going to bake instead of fry why replace all the fry oil calories with potato chip oil calories? i maybe ill sub them out for corn flakes cause the recipe looks great otherwise!

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  2. Michelle on February 22, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Haha good point Tara! Although I didn’t necessarily do them in the oven to save calories as much as I did it to save time, a mess, and that lingering fried smell in the house ;-)

    Cornflakes would make a good substitute, and I think panko bread crumbs would as well.

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  3. a little bit of everything on February 22, 2010 at 1:05 am

    These look delicious! I too love a good onion ring – or several. Bet you can’t eat just one…

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  4. Sana on February 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I too hate the mess of deep frying anything and these look so good! Am going to make them today!

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  5. Becka on February 22, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Oooh, these look good! Ideal as I don’t have a deep fat fryer, and with the 6 Nations on at the moment I see an excuse for slipping off the diet next weekend ;o)
    Just one question – why the baking parchment? My baking sheets are all non-stick, would I still need the parchment? :o/
    Thanks!

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  6. Meghan on February 22, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I’m a huge onion ring fan as well. It’s very hard for me to see them on a menu and not order them! I’ve tried oven baked onion rings before and never had any luck but I will have to try this one – I think the hot oil in the oven might help a lot.

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  7. Emily Ziegler on February 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Those onion rings are simply beautiful!

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  8. Katrina on February 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Oh my, check out that goodness! Looks delish!

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  9. amanda @ fake ginger on February 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Oh man, making these as soon as I get some chips!

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  10. Michelle on February 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Hi Becka,

    If your pan is nonstick you should be fine without the parchment. If you didn’t have a non-stick, the oil could cook off and you might be trying to pry pieces of onion ring off the pan! Enjoy the onion rings :)

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  11. ashley on February 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

    so funny that you posted this today! just last night while i was cooking dinner, i was thinking i wished i had made some baked onion rings. they look so good!

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  12. Margaret on February 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

    UUHH!!! I wish I had had this last nite when I was FRYING Onion Rings (but then I was frying catfish, too.) Next time (maybe 2nite) I will try these.

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  13. Eliana on February 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    These look incredible Michelle. I love how crisp they got and that lovely color. As for my fav restaurant app – one of them is fried calamari. Love dipping those crispy nibbles into yummy sauce.

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  14. Married to an Aussie in OK on February 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Ohhh I am SUCH a sucker for good onion rings. Sonic’s no longer cut the mustard with me, but Buffalo Wild Wings has some good ones. Now that I’m not eating out (that’s what *I’M* giving up for Lent), I’ll have to make these to get my fix!

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  15. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride on February 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’m digging the dipping sauce! It looks similar to the sauce you get with a fried onion from Outback Steakhouse.

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  16. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    um, are you kidding me? these look amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! i think i might try them with red onions for dinner… :)

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  17. Allison Raines on February 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look great and I can’t believe they aren’t fried! I’m most certainly making some tonight. They look like the bloomin’ onion from Outback Steakhouse, which is my fav appetizer.
    Also wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog, thanks for all the great recipes! =)

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  18. Cookin' Canuck on February 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I can’t believe those aren’t deep-fried! They look so crunchy and delicious. The horseradish in the dipping sauce is a really nice addition.

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  19. Mary Poppins in Heels on February 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    The second I stop drooling, I will write a profound comment. Until then, however, I’m going to sit here, looking at the picture and, well, drool…
    :)

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  20. Aimee on February 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I have seen many recipes for oven fried onion rings and this, by far, is the best one and the only one I think I shall attempt! Awesome!

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  21. RJ Flamingo on February 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Oh. My. I hardly ever have potato chips in the house, but your panko suggestion, on the other hand… gee – I think I actually have all of this on-hand now. Just love me some big, fat, crunchy onion rings!

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  22. bridget {bake at 350} on February 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I love this idea! I never fry…not because I’m against it per se…it’s just having all of that oil on hand and the mess, etc.

    Your pictures are literally making my stomach growl. YUM!!!

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  23. Lori @ RecipeGirl on February 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Wonder how they’d taste using a spiced potato chip, even Salt & Vinegar chips?? They’d either be really good or really weird. I guess you’d have to leave out the added spice if you did that.

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  24. incrediblecrunchyflavor on February 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    wow yum!! i’m definitely going to try these!

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  25. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on February 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    These look wonderful! I love onion rings! Yum :)

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  26. BethieofVA on February 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    YUMMY!! I was thinking panko instead of chips, too. They look fantastic!

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  27. Andi on February 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    My dad is crazy about Dill Pickle chips so we always have them on hand, I think it might add an interesting twist! Going to try them out with burgers this week.

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  28. Kerstin on February 23, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Onion rings are my absolute favorite too! These look amazing and I’ll definitely have to try them.

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  29. Ally on February 24, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I’m not going to lie – I left this recipe open on my computer for two whole days, just staring at the photo. I’m definitely going to try these, perhaps with crushed corn flakes as one person suggested.

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  30. Barbara on February 24, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Sounds like a good plan for all the crumbs in the bottom of the chip bag!

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  31. Dot on February 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Such a great idea! I would never have thought of oven frying onion rings…
    I’ve shared your post here on the Foodwhirl facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Foodwhirl/278068522470

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  32. kamaile on March 6, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I love a good onion ring. These sound fabulous! The potato chip idea is very intriguing.

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  33. Elizabeth on March 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    OMG! that looks. . . i want that, i, wow.. i’m hungry lol. they look like the best onion rings i have ever seen. something has changed over the years that i now love these things. i love fried but i’d rather bake. this is a to do recipe for sure!

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  34. Rings on March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    omg! Those onion rings look SOOOOO good. I might mix it up with the sauce a little, as the sauce here is not really my style, but those onion rings look so good, I want to lick my screen!

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  35. Nan on March 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous. My husband is an onion ring junkie and will be thrilled with these. Gonna give them a go!

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  36. maggie on March 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi, I am a Chinese customer,I saw your website, Do you know the vegetable parchment paper? I want to buy the vegetable parchment paper,but I don’t find it where to buy it,Can you tell me the vegetable parchment poper’s company website?thanks very much!

    Reply

  37. Julie on March 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I made these last night and was really disappointed! I followed the instructions just right, and after about 5 rings, the kettle chip crumbs got so soggy they wouldn’t stick to anymore rings, so I dumped them out and crushed up fresh ones, but the same thing! They wouldn’t stick once they got a little wet. I shook off as much batter from each ring as I could, but it didn’t help – I only ended up getting about 10 rings before I gave up. Also, I found that the time and temperature were WAY too hot and long for my oven. Also, I thought the kettle chip flavor and texture was way to overpowering for these….

    Bummer! I really wanted these to be good since they weren’t deep fried, but no luck for me.

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    • andrea on June 10th, 2010 at 12:11 am

      I agree, I too was very disappointed. They look/sound easy to make, but much more difficult to make a successful batch of rings. Although the chips didn’t stick to the rings, we decided to bake them regardless. The overall outcome in taste was okay, but presentation was awful. The rings did not look anything like the delicious photos. There has to be a trick…any suggestions?

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      • Michelle on June 18th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

        Hi Julie and Andrea,

        I am sorry you both were disappointed. After receiving a lot of similar feedback, I did a new version of the recipe with a couple of changes that I think really improved the recipe. Using saltines along with the chips helps to neutralize some of the grease, and grinding them together in a food processor makes them much easier to use as a coating. You can see the new recipe here:

        http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/06/16/oven-fried-onion-rings-take-ii/

        I hope you’ll give the new recipe a try and let me know what you think!

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  38. Jackie on March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I tried these tonight with roasted chicken. I had to comment and say how good they were!!!!!!!! My husband and I ate them all! They taste the the Outback Bloomin Onion, but not as greasy, soooo delicious, thank you!

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  39. Treedle on March 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Wow were these delicious! I avoid all the mess and trouble of hauling out the deep fat fryer whenever possible and rarely do onion rings at home because of that, even though my crew loves them! These were easy and I honestly think they were better than any I have ever had before! I had some wonderful huge sweet onions to use and the crunchy crust was just terrific! and Yes … we dipped too!

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  40. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on March 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thank you sooo much for posting a healthier version of this! My diet is grateful!

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  41. kristin on March 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I had the same problem as Julie. After realizing the chips weren’t gonna stick anymore, I dumped them and used panko breadcrumbs instead. They worked SO much better. They looked better and tasted better. Otherwise, great recipe! Thanks!

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  42. Dot on March 16, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Hi! Just to let you know, this is the spotlight recipe on foodwhirl today.. thanks for sharing it!
    http://foodwhirl.com/spotlight/spotlight-oven-fried-onion-rings

    Reply

  43. pita bread on March 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’m glad I made a deal with myself, that if I eat healthy, I’m allowed one, let’s call it “less healthy”, snack a week. These onion rings are it this week, yum.

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  44. Mai on April 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Hi- I tried the recipe. They were very good. They were crisp on the outside and tender inside. I had the same problems as a few others did with soggy chips. I think the crumbs were to big to stick. Next time, I will pulse the chips in the food processor and add bread crumbs. Also, the parchment paper burned at 450 degrees. I will use foil next time. Also, I only baked them for eight minutes. Four minutes on each side.

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  45. Meaghan Luby on April 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    i made these myself and posted them here on my blog! http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com/2010/04/onion-rings.html

    thanks so much for posting this recipe! it was amazingly delicious as well as easy!!!

    Reply

  46. Tracy on April 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Love onion rings! I could just reach through the screen and grab one of these. :-)

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  47. Michelle on May 1, 2010 at 9:56 am

    The buttermilk and potato chips in the onion ring batter sounds wonderful!

    Reply

  48. Maggy @ Three Many Cooks on May 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This sauce is perfect for onion rings – can’t wait to try it out!

    Reply

  49. Shelly on June 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I can’t wait to try these! And, I think this is the third recipe I’ve found to try since your site redesign. I love it!

    Reply

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  54. Angela on September 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    YUMMM!!! :)

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    Can’t wait to try making these in the oven!

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