Healthy Crunchy Onion Rings

Mr. Prevention put a CostCo membership on his Christmas list. Since he’s so hard to buy for, this is what I got him for Christmas (so romantic, I know). For a household of 2, I’m not sure that there’s too many deals to be had. Truth be told, I enjoy CostCo for all the samples. ;)

Mr. Prevention enjoys CostCo for the plethora of frozen food options. His most recent selection was Alexia’s sweet potato fries (which I approve of). He quickly threw 3-pound bag in our cart along with the one other item (maple syrup) stating, “When you make gross onion rings tonight, I’ll make these for me.”

It’s hard to believe that anyone would pass up onion rings…for frozen anything. I love, love, love onion rings! But still, I was surprised at all with his selection or substitution.

P.S. Of course, he really liked the onion rings. Wrong again…

onionrings1 With Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, lightened up onion rings would be the perfect compliment to any game day spread.

Finger food without the grease! Or guilt.

When I first planned to make homemade onion rings, I had planned to use a recipe that involved heating oil on a baking sheet and baking the onion rings in the oil. That recipe is Cook’s Illustrated and has PHENOMENAL reviews. I knew they would be great, but I dug a little deeper into my stockpiles of old recipes and decided to omit the oil all together and bake to a crispy perfection on wire racks.

I ended up combining the two recipes and used aspects from each that I felt would yield the best results. While these were my first attempt at a onion rings, I don’t see any reason to try any other way!

It’s the last day of January – crazy! But, come back tomorrow for a fun announcement and a great, heart-healthy recipe!

Workout then off to work and to teach!

Be well,


  1. I love it! What a great superbowl appetizer. Mmm!

  2. Every time my boss goes to costco, he likes to tell tales of how much money he saved.

    And I believe it’d be great to have for pantry items. But unless I’m throwing a party, there’s no need for me to stuff my refrigerator with 5 lbs of this and 10 lbs of that…

  3. Don’t mess with my heart woman! These look amazing and crunchy and delicious. Great. Now I want onion rings for breakfast.

  4. I made these same rings…and yes…quite a bit of work…but they really were yummy.

  5. Awesome! I’ll have to make them soon. I know Andy would love them!

  6. They look so yummy – I may have to make them for the super bowl this weekend. Neither my hubby nor I have any interest in the game but we both love the food part of it….lol

  7. We have had a Costco membership for ages, but we never use it – because, like you, everything always seems so much when you’re a family of 2 (or 2.5 in our case, but the baby doesn’t really count yet.)

  8. We’re a family of two (plus a pup) and Costco is our favorite place to shop. They have wonderful produce and we buy our meat in bulk and then freeze what we don’t use right away. Milk and eggs are the best price around. And their electronics, and wine…I could go on and on!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Apparently I need to look a little closer! I wish I had room to store all the eggs – I did notice they were a great deal! :)

  9. My in-laws gave us their extra costco card – we haven’t been there yet!

    We also have a BJs membership – we buy beauty products, Naked Green Juice, tuna, clams and sometimes produce (like bananas when I need to restock my frozen banana stock).

    I love onion rings – so delicious!

  10. I LOVE onion rings!
    These look just delicious!! I love how you decided to change around recipes and come up with something even healthier!

  11. Haha…we belong to Costco, and I agree– not that practical for just a two-person household! We DO get our frozen berries there for smoothies though, and it’s much more cost effective than buying them at the regular!

  12. Oh man, these look amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to make these!

  13. Hey Nicole! I just got back from vacation and am catching up on my blog reading! I am a huge fan of onion rings and I know I would really go crazy for your lightened up version…definitely the perfect pary food for this weekend!

  14. Those onion rings look amazing! I can’t wait to make them.

  15. LOL. I’m totally laughing at what your husband said in Costco. I give my husband a couple years before he’s like that too. My hubby’s still somewhat polite when he tells me he doesn’t think he’ll like what I’m making, so he says basically the same thing, but tries to disguise it, haha. That being said, we both looooove onion rings. I can’t wait to try baking some!!

  16. I love onion rings. Like, a lot. I get unreasonably excited when I see them on a menu, and I HAVE to have them. I’ve been meaning to make my own forever, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

    And Costco – I freaking love it there. My parent’s passed on one of their memberships to me (they both had one, and always go together so there was no point in having two), and it’s been the highlight of my life ever since. They sell giant bags of quinoa so cheap. I love it.

  17. Looks like a great recipe! I usually don’t get onion rings because they are so greasy, these look great. You think Mr. P would learn you have awesome recipes ;)

  18. I wanted to let you know that I made your Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas and my family loves them. I have three little kids and they requested them for dinner tonight. Even better is I prepare my chicken with the sauces in the crockpot so all I have to do is put it all together and bake in the oven. Thanks for all of your great recipes.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Kellie: I’m so happy to hear they were a hit! I love the idea of cooking the chicken in the crock – I’ve got to try that time-saving tip! Thanks! :)

  19. I love onion rings– even more than fries. I love them so, so much. Your pictures are making me go mad with onion ring cravings! They look perfectly crunchy despite not being deep-fried.

  20. What a great idea to combine 2 recipes together. They are a perfect dish for superbowl sunday! Our food lovers would love to hear about this! Please feel free to share this on our community board!

  21. I am definitely not showing my husband this – he’d nag until I made them and a cook I’m not! But maybe I’ll be nice and get him some alexia sweet potato fries ;-)

  22. Those are some really nice looking onion rings!

  23. WHOA, Nicole, on your halibut fish sticks recipe, you were NOT KIDDING about these delicious-looking onion rings! This meal may become your hidden Ace, we think!


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