Baked Panko Onion Rings

I know very few people who don’t like fried foods. Some may not admit it, but secretly they love the salty fried stuff. And how can you resist it, really? That crispy, crunchy goodness coating something delicious and steaming hot inside. Yum. In the South of my childhood we ate lots of fried foods – fried chicken, fried fish, fried okra, country fried steak, french fries. I could go on. Oh, man was it good! But over the years, of course, we’ve learned that there are more healthful ways to eat. You’d have to have been living in a cave in the backwoods to not know the dangers of ingesting too much fat. And salt. Of course, salt goes right along with the fried foods. Salt and fat. They’re what make food taste good. Too bad our bodies haven’t evolved into salt-and-fat-fighting machines that would allow us to indulge in all the wonderful fried foods we’d like to enjoy.

Way back years ago before people became so health and diet conscious, our old family doctor used to give some really wonderful advice to his patients. He told them, “If you ever find yourself in a restaurant where you’re not sure how clean the kitchen is, just order something deep fried. Hot grease will kill anything.” I just love that :-)

One of my favorite fried foods is onion rings. When they’re done just right, all golden and crispy and piping hot, I’d choose a platter of them over most anything else I can think of. But, like all those other delicious old fried things, I know they’re not good for me so I only indulge occasionally. Recently, I’ve seen several recipes for baked onion rings on the internet and, since I know I shouldn’t eat the fried ones often, I really wanted to give the baked option a try. After researching quite a few different ones, I settled on trying this one from For the Love of Cooking blog. It called for using panko bread crumbs instead of the traditional type. I wasn’t quite sure about the panko so I tried both types and found that she was right! The panko gives the baked onion rings a very nice crispy coating. BeeBop gave them a thumbs up, too!

2 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onions
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups panko crumbs
Cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Baked Panko Onion Rings

Peel the onions and cut them into thick, approximately 1/2-inch slices. Separate the slices into rings.

Baked Panko Onion Rings

Set up your breading station with three bowls. In one bowl place the flour, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. In the second bowl, beat together the eggs and milk and in the third bowl, place the panko crumbs.

Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.

Coat the onion rings by dredging them first in the flour. Remove from the flour, shake off any excess and drop into the egg and milk mixture. Remove the onion ring from the egg mixture allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl and then place the coated ring into the panko crumbs. Toss lightly in the crumbs to coat.

Onion rings ready for the oven

Place coated onion rings on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all onion rings are coated. I was trying both the traditional and the panko bread crumbs in the photo above. The ones on the lower part are traditional and the panko are in the upper part of the photo.

Spray the prepared onion rings lightly with cooking spray. Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each onion ring carefully using a spatula or tongs. Replace the sheets in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until crispy and browned.

Enjoy!

Baked Panko Onion Rings
 
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An oven-baked crispy crunchy onion ring.
Ingredients
  • 2 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onions
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Peel the onions and cut them into thick, approximately 1/2-inch slices. Separate the slices into rings.
  3. Set up your breading station with three bowls. In one bowl place the flour, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. In the second bowl, beat together the eggs and milk and in the third bowl, place the panko crumbs.
  4. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Coat the onion rings by dredging them first in the flour. Remove from the flour, shake off any excess and drop into the egg and milk mixture. Remove the onion ring from the egg mixture allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl and then place the coated ring into the panko crumbs. Toss lightly in the crumbs to coat.
  6. Place coated onion rings on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all onion rings are coated.
  7. Spray the prepared onion rings lightly with cooking spray. Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each onion ring carefully using a spatula or tongs. Replace the sheets in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until crispy and browned.
  8. Serve immediately.

–Original recipe from For the Love of Cooking Blog
http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com


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Comments

  1. says

    Oh, yum, Lana and I love you doctor’s advice! I’ve become such a fan of panko –it’s so consistently crisp and light — but never thought to try it for onion rings. What an excellent idea to make this wonderful favorite even better.

  2. says

    I’m right up there with you on loving fried onion rings, vidalia ones especially…. will have to give this one a try, I know it must be good if BeeBop liked it…

  3. says

    I love onion rings too but am so often disappointed. I always ask if on the menu, ‘Or these made fresh on the premises?’ and most often the answer is no. I can buy heavily breaded terrible ones at the grocery store, thank you very much!

    So, I will succumb once in a blue moon and make a batch. I could say I serve them with something lean but in truth…if I make them I don’t need anything else.

    I’m anxious to try this recipe; I’ve grown very fond of using panko in any recipe where I once might have used bread crumbs (it’s easy availability now helps) so I’ve got the ingredients and nothing on the menu for dinner..til now!

  4. says

    I use panko insated of breadcrumbs all the time and love it. Especially for fish it even give it this great light tecture that is just lighter and neede for fish. Very nice!

    • says

      You know, since I made this recipe I’ve thought of all kinds of variations. A little thyme or rosemary in the breading. A little cayenne, or some hot pepper sauce in the egg step. You could go in lots of different directions with it!

  5. says

    well, well, well Lana . . . lookie at what we have here . . . my second love – the perfect onion ring!! panko in lieu of the usual is perfect because for me, the ‘crunch’ is what it’s all about! well that and the dipping sauce . . . sigh

    • says

      I should have included the recipe for the dipping sauce which was way in the background of the photo. It was pretty much just a remoulade. And I’m making myself hungry now writing about it.

  6. Sharon says

    If you’re familiar with Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, you’ll appreciate this comment. Last week I visited a featured restaurant (Joe’s Farm Grill) in Arizona. Guy absolutely loved the onion rings and we did too. They were coated in Panko and fresh minced rosemary and deep fried. They were the best rings we have ever munched on. I’m going to give it a try with your recipe. Maybe I’ll even add a little fresh parmesan to the coating mixture. Thanks for giving me the idea. I sure enjoy your blog.

  7. says

    I confess. I am one of those people that don’t deep fry at home. I eat deep fried food when I go out (and for takeaways) but if a recipe calls for a deep fry, I move onto the next recipe. Great to see a oven recipe for onion rings. I do love a crispy onion ring!

  8. says

    I love that your doctor told you to eat fried food!!! I don’t oven make fried food at home, but I LOVE onion rings… especially when they’re made with panko :) These look so delightful!

  9. says

    I love onion rings! But I have been avoiding eating a lot of fried foods lately, but this look amazing and a bit healthier than deep-frying. I’ll have to try them. Thanks!

  10. says

    This is a terrific side dish. I alwaus have onions and panko on hand. My daughter will be thanking both of us when I try this out on her! Thanks Lana!

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