Baked Panko Onion Rings

I know onion rings aren’t for everyone and honestly they’re not even always something I like. They have to be cooked just right. I don’t like them too thick and they can’t be super juicy either. I like them more on the thin and crispy side. Those sadly are hard to find but some places do them right. I’ve tried to duplicate fried onion rings a couple of times and was never happy with the results.

This weekend I made a split batch of onion rings for testing purposes. One half was coated in a spiced flour mixture and the other half was coated in a spiced panko mixture. The other difference, one was fried and the other baked. I had such high hopes for finding a fried version I’d like but it was another disappointment. It wasn’t right at all. The baked version was awesome though, so I had to recreate and tweak it a bit the following day so I could share with you!!

You need these. If you’ve never had baked panko onion rings, you need to make them. The thickness and juiciness can be adjusted to your liking, as well as the spices. I like mine with a bit of a kick. Without is fine too but I like the spicy after bite. They left my kids requesting bread to cool off their mouths. The funny thing is, they still totally loved them. Even better than the bite or the ability to tweak to your own liking… seriously… the crunch! Have you ever used panko breadcrumbs before? If not, you’re missing out! You need these in your life. They’re amazing. They change up a good recipe or food to an awesome one in a pinch. I’ve used these on chicken, mac and cheese and now onion rings. I’ll never go back to basic onion rings or breaded chicken again. Never!

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Baked Panko Onion Rings

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion
1C panko breadcrumbs
1/4C plain breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne  (optional)
2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a wire rack.

Cut top and bottom off of your onion. Remove outer ring and skin. Cut rings to your desired thickness. Set aside.

In one small bowl add breadcrumbs and spices. Stir well to distribute spices. In a second small bowl beat eggs. Add several onion rings to eggs. Coat well. Transfer one ring to panko mixture, toss breadcrumbs onto ring. Remove and gently place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onion pieces.

Bake for 10 minutes or until desired crispness, watching carefully to not burn.


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16 Responses to “Baked Panko Onion Rings”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    All of your onion ring talk is killing me you know? Killing me. Now I need some panko crumbs.

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    Elle — November 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    You know, I love almost any kind of onion ring. It would be difficult for me to recall an onion ring I didn’t like! But I don’t like deep frying, so these would be perfect for me!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Mmm, these look perfect!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — November 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Huge fans of panko here. We particularly like sprinkling it on top of mac n cheese before baking for a nice crunchy topping.

    Love that these are baked and not fried. Means I can eat more and not feel bad about doing so :)

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    Michelle O — November 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Oh wow! These look incredible. I love onion rings and I love panko. I am totally trying these. Great for football Sunday! YUM

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m craving onion rings now. Gah.

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    Aggie — November 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    these really do look perfect. I’ve made them once like this a long time ago and really don’t get why I don’t make them more often!! Love!

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    Cathy @ Savory Notes — November 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Oooo, these look good. I’m so glad they’re baked, and not fried. And they’re spicy! Yum! Sounds all around delicious.

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    Tracey — November 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Onion rings are one of my favorite occasional indulgences. I’m not picky, I love them all :) That said, your version looks fantastic and since they’re baked I could justify LOTS of them!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    These onion rings look awesome! Plus I love that they are baked, not fried :)

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    Anna — November 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This is something I want to try at home too. How do you make them crisp and crunchy?

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    Nikko — November 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Brilliant recipe!

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    Carroll @Vanilla Lemonade — November 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Onion Rings…Great Guiltless way to satisfy!

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    Carolyn — November 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Ooo, wow, those look like perfect onion rings!

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    Donna — April 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    This looks like a good recipe to try since I love onion rings but not all the fat. I need to make sure I understand the recipe instructions, though. Do we mix the bread crumbs and panko crumbs together and then coat the onion rings with them after dipping them in the eggs? Also, do the eggs stick well to the raw onions? I’ve had difficulty getting other wetting agents to fully cover and stick to the raw onion rings.

    • Rachel — April 10th, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

      Allow a handful of onion rings to soak in the egg while working on other rings, when you run out, add more to the egg. Yes, it will stick. And yes, egg coated onion rings go into the breadcrumb/panko mixture :) Enjoy!

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