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'Fried' onion rings

Total Time
50 min
15 min
35 min
O, the delectable onion ring! Yes, you can indulge in this all-American favorite, the secret is to oven-"fry" the onions. And yes, they can be every bit as tasty as long as you apply well-seasoned coatings and bake in a hot oven. Garlic powder, dry mustard and salt are given the first run at flavoring the onions, which are then coated in seasoned breadcrumbs before sliding into the super hot oven. Just over a half hour later, you'll have crusty golden rounds to serve alongside a grilled sandwich or burger, or one of our flank steak recipes hot off the grill. You can use a variety of onions - red, sweet, Spanish - for a batch of rings with an array of flavors for added fun.


Olive oil cooking spray

3 spray(s)

All-purpose flour

¼ cup(s)

Garlic powder

¼ tsp

Dry mustard


Table salt

¼ tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

2 large, Spanish, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and separated into rings

1% low-fat buttermilk

½ cup(s)

Seasoned breadcrumbs

1 cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, dry mustard and salt. Add onions and toss to coat.
  3. Pour buttermilk into another large bowl, add onions and toss to coat (use your hands for the best result).
  4. Place bread crumbs in another large bowl, add onions and toss to coat. Transfer onions to prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve hot. Yields about 1/2 an onion per serving.
  6. Flavor Booster: Give onion rings more crunch and fiber by using homemade multi-grain bread crumbs. Place 2 slices of toasted multi-grain bread in a food processor or blender and mince using on/off pulses.