Rows of onion rings on red backdrop

Baked Onion Rings

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Makes 3 Dozen

This week we’re making all of our fav fried foods. It’s the end of Summer and we’re heading to festivals, county and state fairs, and throwing end of summer dinner parties. We’re channeling some of that love for fried festival food by making our own versions.

Onion rings are the perfect fried food that you somehow feel better about eating – because onions are vegetables, right?!

Well, we can’t say these baked onion rings are the healthiest, but they sure are more guilt-free!


Check out our other festival-inspired fried foods like these Fry Toppings and Vegan Mozzarella Sticks.


2 large sweet onions, sliced 3/4” thick


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup beer

2 Tbsp cornstarch


2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp paprika

sea salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 425°.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and thinly coat with non-stick spray.


In a large shallow bowl (a pie pan works!), mix together your all-purpose flour, beer, and cornstarch. Whisk through until all lumps are gone.


In another large shallow bowl, mix together panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, and sea salt.


Line up your batter, coating, and baking sheet in that order.

Use one hand to dip an onion ring into the batter and fully coat.

After excess has dripped off, place the ring into the coating bowl.

Use the other hand to sprinkle coating over the entire ring.

Carefully remove the ring and place it on the baking sheet.

Continue the process with all of the onion rings.

Place the baking sheet in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes + Serving Tips

After a few minutes of cooling, serve your onion rings immediately.

You might be able to store these for a day in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven, but for best results (who likes soggy onion rings?) eat right away!