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Baked Onion Rings


Cornflakes and a hot sheet pan are the secrets to the crispiness of these onion rings.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009


  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia, quartered crosswise and broken into rings (discard small center rings)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a food processor, pulse cornflakes and breadcrumbs until fine crumbs form, then transfer to a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, flour, and cayenne and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Dip onion rings in egg mixture (letting excess drip off) and dredge in cornflake mixture; place on a large plate. Pour oil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven and heat 2 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and tilt to coat evenly with oil. Arrange onion rings on sheet. Bake, turning once, until onion rings are golden brown, about 16 minutes. Season with salt.

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  • luvpat
    3 JUL, 2015
    I love these rings, and the thing of it is that they are baked & you'd never know they weren't deep fried. I once ate the whole tray by myself. I love the cornflake & breadcrumb taste too. It's a 5 star as far as I'm concerned.
  • thatnametaken
    29 JAN, 2011
    These are very tasty and healthier than their deep fried counterparts. I had a problem with the dredging though - the cornflake mixture gets lumpy after ring #5 or so and the remaining rings are very hard to coat as a result. to address this issue, I seperated the cornflake mixture into two bowls instead of just the one.
  • Coleman Boys Mama
    4 NOV, 2010
    WOW!!! Eating these makes you think they are straight from a diner!! But to know they are baked with very little oil is fantastic! And they were super easy...was able to pull them off on a weeknight and still got dinner on the table in about 40 minutes. Will be making these again and again!
  • MarthaandMeBlogger
    12 OCT, 2010
    These are amazing. You almost cannot tell they're not the real thing! You can see how mine turned out here:
  • gardenergirl
    3 JUN, 2009
    These were wonderful! They were every bit as good as deep fried ones. Like the previous poster, I would not use olive oil because of the high heat. I used vegetable oil. I also added more cayenne pepper because we like spicy seasoning. This recipe is a definite keeper.
  • CSidoti
    29 MAY, 2009
    These rings have a great flavor and crunch, but I do not recommend Olive Oil in a 450 degree oven unless you do not mind a lot of smoke. I use grapeseed oil or another oil that has a higher smoke point.