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baked onion rings in white plate with dipping sauce on the side

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

These crispy baked onion rings have all the crunchy texture and flavor of being deep fried.  Vidalia onion slices are soaked in buttermilk then coated with a saltine cracker, potato chip, and bread crumb coating and baked to perfection.  You'll love this easy no-fry recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large Vidalia Onion, sliced into ⅓ - ½ inch rings
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 10 saltine crackers
  • 3 large handfulls of kettle cooked potato chips
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oil

Instructions

  • Soak the sliced onions in buttermilk, salt, cayenne pepper, and seasoned salt for at least 2 hours.
  • Drain onions, reserving buttermilk. Mix beaten egg with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, place flour and set aside. Crush the saltines and potato chips into a medium crumb. Combine with panko in a separate bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 375 and add oil into a cookie sheet with sides. Place cookie sheet into oven to let oil heat up.
  • Bread rings by first placing into flour, then into buttermilk/egg mixture, then into crumb mixture. Set onto a clean platter.
  • When all rings are breaded, place into hot cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Check frequently as the cooking time will depend on your particular oven.
  • Flip over and cook on other side until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Make-Ahead: Soak onion rings overnight. 
  2. Buttermilk: Use real buttermilk and not regular milk.  Buttermilk is much thicker than regular milk and will help the coating stick better to the onions.
  3. Breadcrumbs: Use Panko breadcrumbs and not regular bread crumbs.  Panko bread crumbs are much harder and crispier than regular bread crumbs.
  4. Freezing:  You can freeze leftover baked onion rings for up to 2 months. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.