Crispy Baked Onion Rings.

This is how I make onion rings in the oven, not the frier. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside without getting soggy.

How to Make Crispy Baked Onion Rings. Made in the oven, not the frier. Much healthier! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Like most of us, I made a resolution to keep January on the healthy side. To me that means not saying “no” to any food, but rather watching my portions. Except when it comes to this. I want to eat the whole batch.

Other resolutions? Get more organized, do more DIY stuff (thanks Pinterest), and work on my time management. I’ve been getting to the gym regularly, wearing out my daily planner, and consuming more veggies than I did the entire month of December.

One thing on my planner this month is onion rings. Because everyone has onion rings on their calendar, right?  Such is my life.

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Have I ever told you about my love for onion rings before? To be honest, they’re really just a vehicle for ketchup. I’ll have a little onion ring with my ketchup, please.

True story: my sister almost bought me an “I put ketchup on my ketchup” t-shirt. I wish she had. I’d wear it all the time.

I’m pretty sure we all can agree that onions taste so much better when they’re battered, fried, and dunked in ketchup. I went ahead and healthified this fried favorite to make it taste even better than what you’d get with your burger at a restaurant.

Don’t believe me? Try them. Dare ya.

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I’ve often wondered why onion rings cost more than French fries, but after making these at home, I can now appreciate the work that goes into making the perfect batch!

Fried or not, there are a few things you must know ahead of time before making onion rings. Soaking the onions, applying the perfect amount of breading, some spice, and making sure they’re just crisp enough without getting soggy. Luckily, I cracked the crispy onion ring code in my kitchen yesterday and am happy to share today.

Onion rings are so easy to make a little lighter. And in true form, I’m not sacrificing any of the irresistible taste or crunchy texture in this lightened-up snack!

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There are a lot of step-by-step photos for you today. I want you to make the best-ever crispy baked onion rings that you possibly can! Because this is a recipe you’ll want to make over and over again, I promise.

First, you’re going to get some large onions. I suggest some sweet onions for the best flavor. Slice them thick – about 1/2 inch thickness.

You’re going to give the rings a nice soak in low fat buttermilk. This is something I learned from my mom; it’s how she breads chicken. Here’s why you are soaking the onions in buttermilk: the buttermilk soak will soften your onions, making them tender inside the crispy coating. Furthermore, the buttermilk soak will allow the egg whites and all the breading to adhere easier to the onion slices. (More on breading later.)

The longer you soak the onions, the better. So yes, this recipe takes a bit of planning ahead. I soaked my onion slices overnight. Clearly this isn’t a feasible option for most folks, so anywhere from 4-6 hours would be ok. Just know that soaking them overnight will make them all the better.

Don’t have buttermilk? You can make your own. Measure 1/4 cup of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice in a quart-size measuring cup. Then, add enough milk (1%, 2%, or whole) to the same measuring cup until it reaches 1 quart. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes. The homemade “buttermilk” will be somewhat curdled and ready to use for the soak.

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Get your breading ready. Do not leave any of these ingredients out.

- Whole wheat flour (used because it really sticks to the onion)

- Cornmeal (used for crunch)

- Panko breadcrumbs. Not familiar with Panko? Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for fried or baked foods. It’s available in most major grocery stores near the stuffing.

Here’s why Panko is better than regular breadcrumbs in this recipe: Panko is made from crustless bread and is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes. Panko flakes tend to stay crispier longer than regular breadcrumbs because they don’t absorb as much grease.

You can then flavor the breading with pepper, paprika, salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder. Really, whatever seasonings you prefer. I’ll list what I used in the full recipe below with the option of any said seasonings. The Panko I used was pre-seasoned, but I  made a note of that in the recipe.

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Once the onion slices have soaked in buttermilk, they take a dip in beaten egg whites and then a generous dip into the breading. If you find the breading isn’t sticking, dip again into the egg whites, then into the breading.

This looks about right. ↓

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Place in a single layer on your baking sheet and spray them with some nonstick spray, olive oil spray (which is sold in stores, though you can purchase this handy tool to make your own), or coconut oil spray (I get mine at Trader Joes). You’re doing this to really make sure the breading is soaked in.

Here’s what my onions looked like before baking:

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Now they’re ready to bake. I had 2 batches because onions were enormous. Feel free to halve this recipe and only use 1 onion if you’re making them just for yourself and/or one other person.

Here is the important thing about the bake time: all ovens are different! And everyone likes a different level of crispiness. I baked my onion rings in my oven for 30 minutes, rotating and flipping once, and they were perfectly crisp! Especially after sitting out for about 10 minutes before digging in.

Just bake the onion rings until they’ve reached your desired level of brownness.

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Serve with some Shock Top Raspberry Wheat Beer. Optional, of course. But oh-so-good.

Not optional? Ketchup! Of course if you’re not a fan of ketchup, dip in BBQ, honey mustard (is that weird?), ranch, or whatever zesty dip you’re a fan of.

Kevin left his plain. I know. I mean, I don’t know.

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These baked onion rings are the crunchiest, best onion rings I have ever tasted or made. I’m not just saying/typing that! The outside of the onion rings are light and crispy. The center of these onion rings are incredibly tender, because of the buttermilk soak.

Get ready for your mind to be blown.

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Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside without getting soggy. You won't even realize these onion rings are baked!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 4-12 hours for soaking, 25 minutes for breading

Total Time: 4-12 hours + 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 quart (950ml) low fat buttermilk*
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup (85g) whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 3/4 cup (125g) ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup (60g) panko bread crumbs*
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • nonstick spray like PAM, olive oil spray, or coconut oil spray (found mine at Trader Joes)

Directions:

At least 4 hours ahead of time, place the sliced onion rings into a large dish and pour buttermilk overtop. You don't have to drown the onions, just make sure they are somewhat submerged. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. See my photo above. In this step, you are soaking the onions, which will tenderize them. I strongly suggest soaking them for at least 12 hours for the best taste. I soaked mine overnight.

Once the onions have soaked, remove from the refrigerator. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites. Set aside. In a large shallow dish (I used a pie dish), mix the whole wheat flour, cornmeal, bread crumbs, and the seasonings together until combined.

Remove each ring from the buttermilk and dip in egg whites. Immediately submerge in the bread crumb mixture, mixing around to coat the onion well. If the bread crumbs won’t adhere, dip in egg whites and then the breading again. If you find you need more breading, make more.

Lay each breaded ring on the baking sheets in a single layer. You'll have two batches if your onions were quite large like mine. When all the rings are breaded, spray each with nonstick spray to "seal" the breading, which will prevent the breading from staying raw and allows it to bake onto the onion rings.

Bake each batch for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip each ring using tongs. Spray the other side with nonstick spray. Then bake for 15 more minutes. A note about bake time: all ovens are different! And everyone likes a different level of crispiness. I baked my onion rings in my oven for 30 minutes, rotating and flipping once, and they were perfectly brown and crisp. Just bake the rings until they reach your desired level of brownness.

Allow the onion rings to sit out for 10 minutes before digging in. Enjoy immediately.

*Read above for why buttermilk is used and how to make your own at home.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for fried or baked foods. It's available in most major grocery stores near the stuffing. Panko is heavily preferred opposed to regular bread crumbs because they tend to stay crispier longer. You may buy seasoned or unseasoned and then add more/less seasonings to your breading if preferred.

*Seasoning - you can flavor the breading with the seasonings listed or use more/less pepper, paprika, and salt. The recipe is written as if my breading was not seasoned. Some other seasonings to try? Lemon pepper and/or garlic powder. Whatever seasonings you prefer.

© Sally’s Baking Addiction. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

 

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168 Responses to “Crispy Baked Onion Rings.”

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    Laura@baking in pyjamasposted January 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Gonna give these a try, we LOVE onion rings but not the un-healthyness of them! I could dig in right now, with ketchup of course ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 9:51 am

      With ketchup – I like your style Laura.

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted January 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I really can’t believe these are baked – they look sooo crispy and delicious! So interesting about the buttermilk soak softening the onion – buttermilk is the best. Also, that teeshirt would have been such an amazing present – hilarious!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 9:51 am

      I’m determined to find that shirt and buy it for myself. Let me know if you try these Cate!

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      • lynreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 11:41 am

        a friends 10 yr son gotthis tshirt for christmas!!!

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    Brandyposted January 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Will this still work without the Pam? I don’t like using that stuff – especially spraying directly on my food.

    Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Hi Brandy – the breading won’t “set” on top of the rings and you’ll have some white flour spots on the onion rings when baked. If you don’t mind that, you can try without the spray. Or find some olive oil or coconut oil spray (I’ve seen both at my regular food store and Trader Joes – respectively – recently).

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      • Brandyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 11:28 am

        THANKS Again! I will have to pick one up. :)

      • lynreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 11:40 am

        pampered chef makes a refiilable pump spray bottle.

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    Gayatriposted January 7, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Oh my god these look and sounds amazing!!!! i’ve always been put off by fried onion rings because they just get too greasy, these are perfect! One question though, what can i substitute for cornmeal? Don’t think it’s easily available in India! Can I just use more breadcrumbs?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Hi Gayatri! The cornmeal is used for crunch and really makes these onion rings extra crispy. Since you cannot find it, you could try more bread crumbs and flour – but just know they won’t be as crisp.

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    Aposted January 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Oooh I really want to do this! I love onion rings (almost as much as ketchup) and would totally wear that t shirt.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      glad I’m not the only one!

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummyposted January 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I LOVE onion rings. these look Fantastic!

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    Athlete who can't eat wheatposted January 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I loved your sweet potato fry recipe , so I can’t wait to try these!
    With a whole bottle of ketchup. With these kinds of foods , how can you not?!

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    Shelly @ Pastry Shellsposted January 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

    These are great! I haven’t had onion rings in so long because I didn’t want to eat all of the oil from the fryer! Thank you!

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    Haliposted January 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

    My fiance’s Clint Eastwood-esque 87 year old grandfather has that shirt and wears it proudly! I guess a love of ketchup spans all ages. Can’t wait to try these — they look sooo good!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hahahaha I love it. Consider me jealous!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wiferinposted January 7, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have such a weakness for onion rings, and now I truly appreciate the TLC that goes into a perfect batch. This is a great way to indulge, while keeping healthy new year’s resolutions. Awesome job Sally!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted January 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Onion rings that are healthy AND crispy!? Girl, I love you for these! I haven’t had onion rings in so long as they aren’t so waistline friendly, but I love them! Super pumped to try this! Love the soaking in buttermilk tip!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Hey Taylor! Let me know when you give them a try. Perfect friday night food with friends.

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    Melissaposted January 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Mmmmmm those look so yummy, definitely going to have to give them a whirl!!

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    Madaeposted January 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Yum!!! Can’t wait to make these!

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    Meghanposted January 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I don’t have a deep fryer, so baking recipes are perfect! Healthier and still so yummy :D Once I get home from vacation, I will be sure to try these! I’m currently in Thailand, and my fiancé and I are getting to the point where we really could go for some good American food (I love me some rice and stir fry, but once you have it over a week straight for every meal, you could really go for a nice juicy steak and onion rings haha)

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    • MJreplied on October 31st, 2014 at 5:31 am

      She said, ‘Thailand’, not NZ!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted January 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I love that you are incorporating savory dishes Sally, These onion rings look fantastic! I can’t not try them after seeing you dip them into the ketchup! :D

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    Heatherposted January 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

    These look amazing, I don’t like to deep fry so these will be great. Sprinkled with a little malt vinegar and sea salt sounds yummy to me!!
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I was planning to try with some malt vinegar next, Heather – hope you enjoy!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted January 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Onion rings are a favorite, especially with the amount of onions we grow in the garden so can’t wait to try yours! I posted some crispy hash browns today on the blog so glad to see we’re in the crispy mindset! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Pamela, I must check out your hash browns later today. I’m getting hungry just thinking about ‘em.

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    Jamie | Jamie's Recipesposted January 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

    These look perfect. I am a very picky onion ring connoisseur. Nothing worse than ordering mediocre onion rings with limp mushy breading. I can’t wait to give these a try at home. I love to dip mine in a ketchup mustard mixture or a good buttermilk ranch. Mmmm!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Jamie, the limp mushy coating – I’ve had my fair share of those out at restaurants. Never ordered them again. Let me know how you like these!

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    reneeposted January 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    any way to make these dairy free – any substitute for buttermilk? soymilk?
    BTW, am big fan of ‘your addiction’! your recipes always get compliments, i promise I give you the credit!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Renee – you may certainly sour soy milk by using the same method I do for making homemade buttermilk (described in the post). I’m glad you love my recipes! Thanks for sharing them!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuresposted January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Great tips! I have never make onion rings before, but I should because there so tasty. I am a huge fan of ketchup too!

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    erin @hooleywithazposted January 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    oh my goodness these have me drooling! i’m thinking of when i can plan to incorporate these into my meals next week!

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    Nicole Cleveland-Lyonsposted January 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I love it.. That could be my shirt with basically any condiment/dip! The way I see it most of the time is the chip, fry, etc. is just a vehicle to get the really good stuff to my mouth! Drives my husband nuts.. Particularly over the salsa bowl at a Mexican restaurant :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      It’s gotten to the point, Nicole, that I order my own salsa bowl when we go out for margaritas and chips/salsa. Oh well!

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    Amandaposted January 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I cannot wait to make these and dip them in chipotle ranch.

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    Laurenposted January 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    When ketchup is involved, it’s always the main dish and everything else is the “side dish”. Haha! Please, please, please tell me you tried dipping your pizza in ketchup! SO GOOD!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I have to say, Lauren – I’ve never dipped pizza into ketchup! I usually just get extra pizza sauce. Another favorite of mine.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted January 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

    These look fabulous, Sally! Yes to soaking the onions – makes a huge difference (I learned from my Hubby:) ). Pinning!

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    Anna S.posted January 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I love the savory + lighter detours that you’re taking your oven! I love my breads/coffee cakes/cookies, but with my 30s around the corner, I’m quickly figuring out I can’t eat 3 cupcakes at midnight without seeing/ feeling the results anymore

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Anna, it’s been nice sharing some savory recipes on my blog! I have some more to share soon, too. And 30 is right around the corner for me too. I have to space out my late night pizza and/or midnight snack of cookies these days.

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Bakerposted January 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    These look AMAZING!! I never would have guessed to soak them in buttermilk. Thank you for the great tips. I will be making these ASAP

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    Jessposted January 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    These look so delicious! Love the fact they’re so crispy- without the need for frying in loads of oil. Tasty and healthy- I need to try this recipe out! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Yeah! Let me know if you do, Jess.

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    Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted January 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

    These make me want to cry. Literally and figuratively. Deliciousness and without the added grease. Yum!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Hahahahaha, I’m cracking up Melanie.

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOvenposted January 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Love these! I will admit that I am crazy about the fried-version of onion rings, but now I’m incensed with the idea of baking them instead of frying! And yes yes yes with the buttermilk soak– I use a buttermilk soak whenever I make breaded chicken..It’s amazing what that nice long soak does for flavor!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Sarah, that’s how I bread chicken as well! Makes such an incomparable difference. Hope you try these!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted January 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Man, these look good! I am starving for lunch right now and would like a plate of these…served with a nice big salad, of course :) Deeelish! Love that they’re baked not fried.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      a salad/crispy onion ring combo is exactly what I want for lunch right now Colleen. So good.

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    Gloria // Simply Gloriaposted January 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I love the tip of soaking the onions longer. Makes total sense! Can’t wait to try these. Now, you’ll have to go search for that cool shirt. I’m more of a fry sauce kind of gal. (Mayo and ketchup mixed together…sometimes bbq sauce with the mayo is really good!)
    Have a great rest of your day, Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I’ve had fry sauce before and I must say, I’m not a fan of mayo at all but I’ll have it mixed with ketchup. Thanks for the music suggestions last night Gloria!

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    Beth @ bethcakesposted January 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    These look so crispy!! I get a huge craving for onion rings every now and then. I really don’t eat them that often, but whenever I do I re-discover how good they are. Now if I get a craving, I can just make them at home. And it looks pretty easy! Love your step-by-step photos! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I just made these yesterday BEth and I’m already craving them again. Must make again this weekend. Hope you try them!

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    Karenposted January 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Occasionally I have a craving for crispy delicious onion rings. After seeing this on your blog today, my craving has re surfaced! These look like the most perfect onion rings to try. In fact I will try this recipe on Saturday!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Nice! Karen, let me know how you like them. I’m craving onion rings all over again since we finished them off last night.

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    Katyposted January 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I love onion rings too but certainly can’t stand when you buy them at the store and all that oil just seeps out everywhere. These look so delicious, crispy and perfectly yellowed.

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    Susanposted January 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is perfect! I absolutely love onions and eat about 1/3 of an onion with my dinner daily.

    Susan Susan Loves

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    Lisaposted January 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Definitely going to try these! We had frozen (I know!) onion rings last night and they just were blah. I don’t fry for the mess it makes not to mention it’s not good for you. These will be perfect!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      We always have a bag of frozen onion rings in the freezer, but definitely won’t be buying them again. They don’t compare to these! Let me know how you like these, Lisa.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted January 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    You have no idea how hungry you are making me right now. Onion rings are my weakness, even above french fries. Love the you lightened them up without sacrificing flavor and crunch!

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    Rebecca @ Dorm Room Bakerposted January 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I think that most things are vehicles for ketchup actually haha. My family makes fun of me because I will eat almost anything savory with ketchup. It’s gotten to the point where the ketchup bottle is already on the table when I come down for dinner. As for these onion rings, I think you’ve created another perfect vehicle (although I have been known to eat an onion ring or two without ketchup because I love them that much *gasp*) and I love how they’re baked instead of fried, which makes them that much more alluring.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Rebecca, I laughed reading your comment because my family does the same thing when I’m back at home lol.

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    Lizposted January 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    These look great! Can’t wait to try ‘em. Especially loaded with ketchup! I love ketchup but my boyfriend always makes fun of me when I say it because I say “catch-up” instead. Oh well. It’s still yummy!
    Liz

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    Kate @ Coffee with Kateposted January 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Yummmmmm … like that they’re baked and not deep fried. I am also a ketchup addict. Ketchup on ketchup on ketchup. Kind of gross, yet wonderful :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted January 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    “To be honest, they’re really just a vehicle for ketchup. I’ll have a little onion ring with my ketchup, please.” <— Omg I feel that way about all condiments from mustard to balsamic reduction to any kind of dip. Live in abundance :) I need extra, always. And then extra. And I love the sound of that tshirt. LOL

    You nailed these. I honestly don't love onions enough to actually put the time into recreating the perfect baked onion ring but I can ONLY imagine how hard it was. From the soaking to the breading/coating, to getting it to stick, to the baking time/temp. Something like a 'simple onion ring' isn't so simple when you're trying to crack the code. Great work Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Averie! I love a good balsamic reduction too. Or a peanut sauce on my veggies. All about the condiments!

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    Christina @Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    These look great Sally! I can’t wait to try them! I love that they are baked and not fried. These look pretty easy to make too. Pinned! :)

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    Margaretposted January 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Are you using a yellow onion? These look FANTASTIC and I can’t wait to try them I <3 onion rings and love the baked idea since we don't fry much at home!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      I use sweet/Vidalia onions which are quite mild, not yellow or red – which are fuller flavored.

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    Caley Buxtonposted January 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m SO excited! I LOOOOOOVE onion rings, but I have them only once a millennium or so because they are so unhealthy! These look wonderful, and I could almost taste them from the photographs! Great pictures, by the way…such pretty loops :). My sister is, like you, a ketchup fiend, but I’m a total mustard freak. Especially honey mustard! Onion rings and honey mustard…give it a try! ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Oh Caley. I have a special place in my heart for honey mustard. I love dipping french fries into it. When, of course, I’m not using ketchup. I love making honey mustard dressings for my salads. So good!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted January 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Onion rings are one of those foods that I just can’t quit, no matter how hard I try. Like pizza. It’ll always be my soul-mate. Love that these onion rings are baked but still look every bit as crispy and delicious as their deep-fried cousin. I MUST TRY THEM. And um, Kevin? What’s with the no dip? Condiments are my life. (Pssst, Sally, are you sure you shouldn’t be marrying me?!)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I don’t understand. The man even eats his sandwiches without condiments. I’m the polar opposite. I have condiments with food, not the other way around and *gasp! certainly not without condiments all together. Try these!!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted January 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    MUST MAKE!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted January 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve had onion rings on my list for quite a while, and I’m done waiting. Your recipe and onion rings look absolutely perfect and I’m ready to make it happen ASAP. Thanks for figuring out the perfect crispy recipe Sally–that’s the biggest thing I was worried about, and getting the onions nice and tender. You’re a genius!!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I can’t wait for you to try them Ari. Thanks for tweeting the recipe too!

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    Amyposted January 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    My New Year’s Goal was to cook more, and these are DEFINITELY going on the list of things I’m making. My guy loves onion rings (even more than fries, but not as much as ketchup!) and always orders them from Burger King. Despite his staunch aversion to healthy things, I’m basically positive these would pass. ;)

    P.S. Does that shirt your sister saw come in men’s sizes too?? My guy could get good use out of it…

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:33 am

      I have no clue about the shirt coming in mens sizes, I need to search for one online! And if you make these Amy – you must let me know!

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      • Amyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

        I definitely will! Just have to buy more onions and Panko first. ;) And I really, really hope you get settled in your new apartment smoothly and quickly! I know I’m all the way across the country, but if there’s anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask! :)

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinnerposted January 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    ooooh I love onion rings and I have been craving them big time lately. A baked version is so much better for me!

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    Jennieposted January 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh wow, onion rings I’m allowed to eat?! Amazing!! These are most definitely getting made very soon! Thank you, you’ve made my day :-) x x

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    You know I’m totally skipping over dinner and making this instead, right?

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      Haha I like your style Chung-Ah.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    These onion rings look incredible, I’d never guess they were baked. Love the spiced panko coating!

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    Emilyposted January 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    These look delicious! I made a caramelized onion dip the other day that would go perfectly with these!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      That combination sounds so good Emily! I love caramelized onions.

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    Mary Francesposted January 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Haha, I think I need that shirt. Eh, actually, I need these onion rings! We have a deep fryer, but we have never made onion rings, healthy or not. I’m all for doing these! Your post is SO helpful and even with my habit of making not-so-crispy baked chips, etc., I think I could do this. I KNOW I could eat ‘em, no problem! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:30 am

      My mom has a fryer and I love making fries in it. But yeah, we’ve never tried onion rings in it. I like them super crispy and I fear I couldn’t get them as crispy in the fryer. Oh well, worth a shot when I want the real deal. Let me know if you try them Mary Frances!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted January 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    After reading this post, I want a huge burger, a beer and these onion rings! Yummm…

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    Reeniposted January 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I can’t believe these are baked Sally! They look just like fried! So crunchy and addicting – I could eat my way through the entire batch! Right this very minute.

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    Tieghanposted January 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Haha! My post tomorrow has baked onion rings, but I have to say that I totally did not soak mine! I thought mine were pretty perfect, but I will be trying this next time for sure!!

    And yes to the ketchup. I am a huge condiments girl. Love them!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:26 am

      The soak makes a huge, huge difference Tieghan. Hope you try that next time!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queenposted January 8, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Love that these are baked, onion rings are one of the foods that makes me feel really guilty. Generally cuz I dunk them in ranch. You’d think all the sugar I eat would make me feel guilty but no LOL. So I usually do not order them at restaurants, but now I am going to just have to make them at home! These look great, and so crispy!!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hopeposted January 8, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I used to really love Hardee’s curly onion fries, which as it turns out are not very healthy ;) This recipe is amazing… love how crunchy/crispy they turned out! I’ll definitely be trying.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Yeah! Let me know how you like them when you give them a try Heather.

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    Jessposted January 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Mmmm – I finally think I have mastered oven fries (I don’t know what took me so long), so I’m so excited to add these to the list!! I’ve made fried onion straws before, and I’m so glad you emphasized the long soak in buttermilk – it really does make them so tender and takes away some of that bitter onion flavor. Can’t wait to try these, Sally – a perfect “indulgence” for the new year!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Hey Jess! I have got to try onion strings next. Thanks for bringing that up. I love them on casseroles and such. Kevin does too. Making those sometime soon! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year so far!

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    Becca @ Crumbsposted January 8, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Yum Sally these look so good and much better than normal onion rings!

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    Erinposted January 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh, Sally. You revolutionize the way I think about buttermilk. Genius! These look absolutely delicious. Onion rings are so so addicting but, I agree–the ketchup is basically the most important part. Also so addicting. :) Great job on another savory recipe–seems like people are loving it as much as me!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted January 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love onion rings! Definitely trying these out. I love how you are mixing the savory in!

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    Becca Vposted January 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    If these are even half as good as your sweet potato fries recipe (which I now make all the time), they’re going to be amazing. Thanks for adding healthified comfort food snacks to your blog…love it!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted January 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Baked Onion Rings are now officially on my 2014 resolution list. Need to be made and inhaled as soon as possible. :D

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    Kira - HealthAble Old Soulposted January 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This is SOOOOOO much better for you than frying it! I imagine everyone has to admit they get that craving for onion rings and jojo’s. What a fantastic job well done by baking them and also throwing whole wheat flour in there!

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    Sarah & Arkadiposted January 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    The batter looks fantastic!

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    AKposted January 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Wow these sound fantastic, I can’t wait to try this out!
    P.S. I love your blog, I am a fellow Baltimorean! I am new to this whole blog thing..I hope you can stop by my page if you get a chance. Would love suggestions!

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    laurasmessposted January 9, 2014 at 2:26 am

    It’s been years since I last ate an onion ring. I’ve never made them, but this post makes me want to! Yum. Thanks for healthying these up for us Sally! xx

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    Londonposted January 11, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Sally! You are absolutely THE WORST! I am going to be as big as a BUFFALO crossed with, like, a DINOSAUR! (Secret translation: I HAVE to try this recipe and I love you more than a thousand sticks of butter!!!!!!!!)

    Note: I love butter. A lot. :o) Trying this recipe tomorrow. YES.

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    Jaclynposted January 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    These look amazing – love that they are baked instead of fried! Genius.

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    Laura Dembowskiposted January 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I love onion rings too! Though I’ll always be a bit more of a french fry girl :). Can’t wait to try this healthified version.

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    Lysposted January 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I made these this evening for my fiance and our friend. They both loved them and wished we had more! This is definitely a recipe I’ll be making again in the future. Usually I pair veggie burgers with baked fries but these onions rings are definitely going to go into our regular rotation.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 13th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      These would be so good paired with a veggie burger, Lys! I love veggie burgers. Haven’t made them in awhile. I should make them soon with a batch of these. Thanks for reporting back!

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    Olivia Helmposted January 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Sally! My mom makes the same joke about me and my ketchup! While I don’t have as many bottles and kinds like you showed on Instagram a few years ago, I can’t get enough of the stuff! These easy onion rings look so delicious – and they’re skinny to boot! I almost found myself trying to reach through the screen to try one a couple of times. Definitely adding this to the SBA recipes to-do list!

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    Debposted January 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Made these tonight…soaked for 10 hours. They were AMAZING and EXACTLY as you described. I knew they would be because the first recipe I made of yours, the soft baked monster cookies was…EXACTLY as you said it would be. Even after making only three of your recipes (candy cane kiss cookies) I have total trust in what you say about your recipes. Just stumbled on your blog in November and can’t wait to try more. Oh, and my sis and her family live in Glen Burnie. Thanks for the Yums!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 18th, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Hey Deb! I’m close to Glen Burnie. What a small world! I’m so happy you enjoyed these onion rings. I’m currently soaking slices from a couple onions right now to make tonight. I’m glad you loved a couple of my other recipes too. Those monster cookies are so good. Thanks so much for reporting back!

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    Kimposted January 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Made them and everyone devoured them!! I love your website! Look forward to making more of your recipes. Actually your chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were a complete hit too! That’s going in my recipe book for forever. Love your pics, the instructions and personal helps to pull off a successful treat! Look forward to buying your cookbook.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 20th, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Thank you for reporting back about these onion rings (and the pumpkin cookies), Kim! You’ll have to let me know which cookbook recipe you try first.

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    Kimposted January 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    These were absolutely delicious. Thanks!

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    Nutmeg Nannyposted January 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my, so so tempting :) I cannot wait to make this recipe, both my husband and I love onion rings!

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    Karen | 2teaspoons.composted January 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    These onion rings looked so yummy I just had to make them this weekend. I served them on the side and on top of juicy cheeseburgers and they were fantastic! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 27th, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Nice! Sounds like a wonderful meal, Karen.

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    Joni Wintersposted February 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Can I just say that I am such a fan of yours, Sally! My husband bought your cookbook for me for Christmas, and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I have printed off so many of your recipes, with the intention of trying them all. I’m just like you in that I love healthier versions of anything as long as they still taste good! I also love all of your not so healthy recipes because you use good ingredients and they are fairly simple to make. I am not one to turn down a baked good of any kind! Can’t wait to try these onion rings!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Joni, what a nice comment to read today! I’m so happy you’re excited for my book. It will be here before we know it! Let me know which recipes you try first. Have a great weekend!

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    Katieposted February 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! Got my onions soakin’ now! Can’t wait to devour them during the Super Bowl! Any notes on how far in advance I could bread them before baking?

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    • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Bread them immediately before baking. Otherwise the breading could get soggy. Hope you enjoy them Katie!

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      • Katiereplied on February 1st, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks for your quick response! I’m sure they will be delicious! Oh boy, I can’t wait! :)

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    Boposted February 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Just wanted to say ever since i found your website i’ve been on it EVERY SINGLE DAY looking at all your amazing recipies and seeing what to make for dinner for the boyfriend and I. You are AMAZING!!!! and you’ve made my relationship better :p

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    • Sallyreplied on February 19th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Bo, what a sweet comment!

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    Andreaposted February 22, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hey Sally,
    I’m making these for dinner tonight, currently soaking in buttermilk now… I used to relatively large onions and am thinking I’m going to have left overs. I’m wondering if you think these would freeze well after fully baked?

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    • Andreareplied on February 22nd, 2014 at 7:24 am

      two*

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    • Sallyreplied on February 22nd, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Definitely! I have some in my freezer right now. Freeze for up to 2 months or so.

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    Taiposted February 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    We only buy skim milk, which I have used with vinegar for buttermilk in a banana cookie recipe (peanut butter and chocolate chips are divine in these cookies) with no issues. Since you didn’t mention skim as an alternative for the buttermilk concoction, I’m wondering if using it would have a profound effect on the end result.

    These look delicious and I will definitely be making these! Also very excited to be getting your cookbook!!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Tai, skim milk should be fine when making the DIY buttermilk for this particular recipe. I try to steer clear from it when using the DIY version in cakes and such because I like the extra fat/moisture milk with fat gives to the baked goods. However, soured skim is fine here.

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    Anhposted March 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    These looks amazing, can’t wait to try them out! But I was wondering if I could substitute the Panko for normal breadcrumbs?

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    • Sallyreplied on March 14th, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Definitely! However, be sure to read what I wrote about this substitution. Here’s why Panko is better than regular breadcrumbs in this recipe: Panko is made from crustless bread and is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes. Panko flakes tend to stay crispier longer than regular breadcrumbs because they don’t absorb as much grease.

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    Bethposted March 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    How would these turn out if you used white onions? Do you think it could work? They’re all I have and i’m dying for some onion rings haha

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    • Sallyreplied on March 14th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      That would be fine, Beth. I prefer sweet onions merely because their onion taste is less strong.

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    Kathyposted March 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi!
    If the onions have soaked for 12 hours but I won’t be making the onion rings until later in the day, should I remove the onions or is it ok to keep them in the buttermilk until I am ready to make them?

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      Continue to soak until ready to bake – that’s just fine, Kathy. Enjoy!

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    Debposted March 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Totally took your idea of sealing the crumbs with spray when I pan fry breaded pheasant…use lots less butter! Thanks!

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    Margieposted March 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Just found your site Sally through this Onion Ring recipe and I’m just waiting for my husband to get home so I can begin cooking them! :) I have a question…have you ever made a batch and put them in the freezer. How did everything turn up? Also, what do you do after you freeze them to get them ready for eating? I love making mass batches of things in case of company or for quick meals.

    Thank you!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 24th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Margie! The only way to freezer hess is after they are baked – they freeze perfectly fine. I throw them into the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes to thaw and warm up. Hope you enjoy!

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      • Margiereplied on March 24th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        Thanks for the quick response…with all that I have made for dinner from your site tonight, “it’s a Sally dinner night,” I fear that we won’t be able to finish everything! :)

        Thanks Sally, I am so glad I found your site!

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    Marilynposted March 30, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I actually made these and they were vary good. I will make a couple of changes next time

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    • Marilynreplied on March 30th, 2014 at 1:25 am

      next time i will mix the dry ingredients together, but only use half for the first batch then use the 2nd half for the 2nd batch because the dry ingredient clumps up from the egg. I would use less corn meal and try to use 2 onions per ring. Thank you so much. cant wait to try some of ur other recopies

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    Olivia Helmposted April 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Sally! One quick question – when using the seasoned Pablo breadcrumbs, did you add the listed seasonings? Just a little confused on the instructions!
    Thanks!

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    Olivia Helmposted April 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Also, is the taste the same when using all-purpose flour instead of the white whole wheat flour, or is the difference noticeable? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Olivia – the recipe is written as if the Panko I used was unseasoned. I’ve used both all-purpose and white whole wheat and have never noticed a taste difference.

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    Suhavanaposted April 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

    TRIED TESTED AND ADORED!!!! Absolutely yummy.made a cheesy chilly dip coz the onion rings were too lonely without a dip lol. Thanx Sally <3

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    A_Boleynposted April 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    How long do you beat the egg whites … soft peak, stiff peak? Just until a bit foamy?

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      A light beating – a little foamy is good.

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    Kaitlinposted April 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This recipe looks absolutely stunning! Quick question, if I were to put the onions in buttermilk for around 24 hours, would that be too long? I don’t have time to put them in to soak during the day, I would have to do it the night before, but would that negatively affect the onions?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 28th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      That should be fine, Kaitlin. I’ve done it for that long before because I forgot about them in the fridge. Everything was fine!

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    Betsy Pedersenposted May 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Have you tried soaking onions in a non-dairy milk like almond milk ? Any reason that would not work ?l Thanks

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    Angelaposted May 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I just made your onion rings for dinner for my boyfriend and me and they were a big hit!! So super easy and I was surprised how well the onion cooked! Dipped in my fry sauce (ketchup & mayonnaise ). Thanks for the recipe.

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    Gailposted May 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Just got 20 lbs of vidalia onions so plan a couple nights of onion rings. Can I reuse the buttermilk tomorrow? Anxious to have them for dinner tonight.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 1st, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Yes, I’ve reused the buttermilk the next day. Make sure you cover it tightly when storing in the refrigerator.

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    Alicia Lambertposted June 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Oh man now I wish I had buttermilk (I only drink coconut milk so I can’t even make homemade) and Panko crumbs. Thanks for this, I have an unnatural attachment to onion rings, but have vowed off fried food

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    Angelaposted July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I made these and they were very good! I overcooked a bit but still tasty. Next time I know better. Love the mix of wheat/cornmeal/panko. That worked really well. Also the buttermilk soak worked great. Huge hit even with my non-dieting family!

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    sheaposted August 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Is it ok to use corn meal mix instead of corrnmeal?

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      Cornmeal is best.

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    Sheaposted August 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I made them and I thought the crust was too griity. It was like eating a corn muffin sort of, its hard to describe. The onions were perfect though, I actually soaked them 2 days in plain milk and was worried it would ruin them but I was 2aiting on my dadvto get cornmeal. I was surprised when tge onions were beyond perfection! Most tender onion rings ive ever had.

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    papas restaurant gamesposted October 3, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I wonder if I can pull this off on my own :D i’m not a very good cook if u know what I mean. But I really love onion rings and me and my GF broke up recently, so I guess I need to learn how to cook my favorite snack myself lol

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