If you love onion rings, you’ve got to try this healthier recipe for homemade baked onion rings. It’s a delicious breaded appetizer idea for a party or game day.
Skip the typical fried fare and try this recipe for Homemade Baked Onion Rings the next time you need an easy appetizer idea for a dinner party.
One of my favorite types of parties is where you just serve hearty appetizers. Everyone brings one or two to share so the work isn’t overly taxing on the host plus you get so many delicious goodies to try.
The problem with hearty appetizers like onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders though is that they’re often deep-fried or high in fat making you quickly feel full and bloated. As a healthier alternative, I thought it would be really fun to try making Homemade Baked Onion Rings rather than deep frying them.
I originally shared this recipe for Homemade Baked Onion Rings a few weeks ago on Belle of the Kitchen. Each month, Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen and I trade recipes to bring you new ideas for the kitchen around a common theme. We thought appetizer recipes would be great for February! Be sure to check out the Roasted Red Pepper Dip that Ashlyn shared as her appetizer for February. I made it for our Super Bowl party a few weeks ago and can assure you – it’s amazing!
Homemade Baked Onion Rings are lightly breaded and baked at a high temperature until they’re golden brown. This makes the onion rings good and crispy without all the extra grease.
How to Make Gluten-Free Onion Rings
You can easily make these gluten free. All you need to do is swap the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. Almond flour is a wonderful alternative. And instead of bread crumbs, just add some parmesan cheese.
Are Onion Rings Keto?
These exact onion rings are not keto. The flour and the breadcrumbs make the carb count too high.
But if you want, you can make a few adjustments. Use almond flour and parmesan cheese instead. This will give you more protein and fewer carbs.
Homemade Baked Onion Rings
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice the onions 1/2 inch thick and separate the layers into rings.
- Dip each ring into the batter and then place the ring on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Flip the Homemade Baked Onion Rings over and then bake for 10 more minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Serving Suggestions for Homemade Baked Onion Rings
These are incredible all on their own. But if you need a few extra suggestions, hare are my favorites.
- Serve them warm. Homemade Baked Onion Rings are best served warm. If they cool down, just heat them back up in the oven.
- Pair with a dipping sauce. Serve them with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce. I’d recommend trying ranch dressing, french onion dip or honey mustard to give the Homemade Baked Onion Rings some added flavor.
- Add parmesan cheese. Throw a little parmesan cheese in your batter for Homemade Baked Onion Rings to give them a little different flavor. You could also play around with the combination of spices. Using a little cumin or chili powder in the batter would give the Homemade Baked Onion Rings a little extra kick.
- Keep them warm during a party. To keep the Homemade Baked Onion Rings warm for your party guests, leave some on a baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees. Then just replenish your appetizer platter as necessary.
Healthy Appetizer Ideas
You could also serve the Homemade Baked Onion Rings alongside other healthier versions of appetizers –
For parties in the winter, we usually like to offer guests a crockpot of chili alongside the hearty appetizers. Ashlyn has recipes for both a Beef Slow Cooker Chili and a 30-Minute Vegetarian Chili you could easily make and serve in crockpots. Our Sweet and Buttery Cornbread recipe always goes unbelievably great with chili too.
What are you planning to serve at your next party with friends? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas.
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Originally published February 2016. Updated February 2018.