Baked Onion Rings with Chipotle Ranch

by Tonya Staab
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Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are mine.

Baked onion rings with chipotle ranch are the perfect accompaniment to seafood night, a backyard barbecue, or summer entertaining.

baked onion rings in a soup and cracker bowl with chipotle ranch dressing

It’s summer and we are grilling a couple of times a week. I like to mix up what we serve for each meal though, with a few staples on rotation. The kids are not big fans of salad, so I like to add something a little different for each meal.

This past weekend I served steak with grilled corn, salad, and baked onion rings with chipotle ranch dipping sauce. This steak and burger seasoning is one of our favorites for grilling meat.

fresh and easy steak and burger seasoning

While the corn and steak were being grilled outside, I whipped up the baked onion rings and homemade chipotle ranch inside.

directions for making baked onion rings

Print our recipe below.

Baked Onion Rings with Chipotle Ranch

Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.3/5
( 3 voted )


Baked Onion Ring

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • approx 1.5 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)
  • pinch of salt

Chipotle Ranch

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro
  • 1 pkg ranch dressing dry mix blend
  • pinch salt


  1. Combine all ingredients for the chipotle ranch in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. 
  2. Slice onion into rings and place in a bowl or shallow dish. Pour buttermilk over the onions so they are covered and refrigerate for about an hour.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 450F.
  4. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  5. Combine the Panko bread crumbs, Italian-style bread crumbs, and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  6. Coat each of the buttermilk-soaked onion rings with the bread crumb mixture and place it on the baking sheet, making sure each is separated. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Time depends on how brown or crispy you prefer them. I don't like them to be too dark, I prefer them just browned so pulled them out a little earlier at about 9-10 minutes.

Recipe: by Tonya Staab

Tip: Be careful not to get the bread crumb mixture too wet when coating the onion rings, it won't stick if it does. You may want to separate half of the mixture into separate bowls.

What to pair with baked onion rings

  • Fish and chips
  • Grilled meats with salad
  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
baked onion rings with steak, corn, and salad



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Yzfrenchaccent July 29, 2013 - 4:11 pm

How long do you bake the onions at 450 degrees?

Tonya Staab July 31, 2013 - 4:46 pm

That information would have been really helpful wouldn’t it. I’m not sure why that step wasn’t on the post but thanks to you I have fixed that. I baked them for roughly 10 minutes, I like them just browned and not too crispy.

samantha July 31, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Thank you!


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