I definitely would say that onion rings are close to topping my list of guilty pleasures. This prestigious list also features Millionaire Matchmaker, the neon orange macaroni that comes in a blue box and pretty much any of the Real Housewives shows.
Funny thing is, I don’t even like onions. Actually, I kind of despise them. Any form of onion that isn’t cooked to death does not have any place on my plate. Depending on where I get the rings and my hormone levels that particular day, I will just pull out the onion itself and eat the coating…yep I just admitted that to thousands of people. Feels pretty good, actually.
Luckily for me, these onion rings are totally edible, even the gross onion part. They are super crunchy, sweet and salty and mostly guilt free! I love making these up to have on the side of barbequed burgers or as a fun and different appetizer.
Crunchy Oven Baked Onion Rings:
Total time: 5 hrs 30 minutes
Total time where you’re actually doing things: 20 minutes
- 1 large sweet vidalia onion
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- Non-stick spray
- More salt to season
Grab your onion, slice off either end and remove the skin. Slice the onion into 1/2 inch slices. Once the whole onion is sliced, separate the slices into rings and discard the very centers.
In a baking dish, spread out the onion and then pour over the buttermilk. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to soak in the fridge for 5-6 hours, longer, or overnight.
Once the rings are soaked and you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and position your oven rack in the center position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Spray the baking rack thoroughly with non stick spray.
Grab three shallow bowls. In the first, place the flour, salt and pepper and mix well. In the second bowl, mix the beaten egg with the water. Place the Panko breadcrumbs in the last bowl.
Start by removing an onion ring from the buttermilk and letting the excess buttermilk drip off. Toss the onion ring in the flour mixture, followed by the egg and lastly the Panko. Make sure that you press the Panko on to the onion ring so it is thoroughly coated.
Once each ring is breaded, place on the baking rack and finish breading the remaining onion rings. Spray the rings thoroughly with the non stick spray.
Bake for 7-8 minutes and then flip them over and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and season to taste with salt. Serve hot and crunchy!