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Crispy Oven Baked Low Carb Onion Rings

No need for a fryer to get your crunch on with this epic keto side dish – Crispy Low Carb Onion Rings!

stack of low carb onion rings.

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Yes you read that right, these Oven Baked Low Carb Onion Rings are CRISPY!

If you are as big of an onion ring fan as I am, I bet you’ve made traditional onion rings a time or two. Personally, I have never owned a deep fryer, and the thought of heating a big ol’ pot of oil on the stove makes me TERRIFIED, especially with littles running around.

So in order to make onion rings I would bake them in the oven. They were alright, though never came out truly crispy. It was always a disappointment, though that never stopped me from making them again and again.

If only I had tried these beauties – low carb style – all those years ago… Guys, these Crispy Oven Baked Low Carb Onion Rings are the bomb-digity! You’ll be amazed at how crispy they are and easy to make! I hope you love these crunchy, snacky goodies as much as we do!

Why this recipe works

  1. Breaded with pork rinds for the ultimate crunch experience, these onion rings are super low carb and absolutely delicious.
  2. Fast and easy! Have your snack-on in 20 minutes from start to finish.
  3. No fryer needed! Bake these beauties in the oven for a safer, cleaner way to make onion rings.
low carb onion rings next to lettuce wrapped burgers and garlic aioli.
Lettuce Wrapped Burgers served with Low Carb Onion Rings and Garlic Aioli.

Ingredients

You won’t need a lot to make these delicious Low Carb Onion Rings at home.

  • large onion
  • pork rinds
  • almond flour
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • an egg
  • heavy whipping cream

I am alllll about the dip. My favourites for these Low Carb Onion Rings would either be No Sugar Added Ketchup, Garlic Aioli or Chipotle Mayo!

How to make Crispy Oven Baked Low Carb Onion Rings

Start by heating the oven to 450° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

Crush the pork rinds into a fine crumble. I find using a rolling pin perfect to wack the pork rinds and crush them easily and efficiently. Add them to a mixing bowl and go through to make sure there are no large chunks left behind. Set aside for now.

Place almond flour in a medium sized mixing bowl and add chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and mix until fully combined. Slice the ends off of the onion, then remove the peel. Slice the onion into large rings, about 1/2″ thick, then separate the rings. Keep all the large rings, saving the smaller ones for another recipe; you should get about 12-16 large, sturdy rings.

sliced onion rings next to the prepared almond flour and pork rinds.

Toss each onion ring in the almond flour, then place evenly on a baking sheet. If you get more than 12 rings, you’ll have to divide the slices between two baking sheets.

onion ring tossed in almond flour.

Once all of the rings have been tossed into the almond flour, mix the egg and heavy whipping cream into the almond flour and mix well to create a batter.

all rings tossed in almond flour and placed back on the baking sheet.

Use tongs or a fork to dip an onion ring into the batter, until the whole ring is submerged.

onion ring submerged in the batter.

Take the ring out and allow the batter to drip from the ring, then toss it into the pork rinds until fully coated; place evenly on the baking sheet. Use a separate utensil for each the batter and the pork rinds. If too much batter gets into the pork rinds, they will clump up and be difficult to coat onto the onion rings.

onion ring tossed in the pork rinds after being battered.
onion ring fully coated and placed back on the baking sheet.

Once all of the onion rings have been coated in batter and pork rinds, place them evenly onto the baking sheet(s).

onion rings ready for the oven.

Bake them for 10-12 minutes, until golden and crisp. Serve with Garlic Aioli, No Sugar Added Ketchup or Chipotle Mayo.

onion rings fresh from the oven.

Watch the whole thing go down:

Expert Tips

  1. Make sure the pork rinds have been crushed finelythis will help with the coating process.
  2. Only use large, sturdy onion rings. If they are flimsy slices, they will be difficult to work with and will not hold up well once baked.
  3. To get the most out of your pork rinds, try to shake off as much of the batter as possible before tossing the battered onion rings in the pork rinds.
  4. Have leftover batter and pork rinds? Double dip those beauties! The more batter and pork rinds, the crispier these onion rings will be!

Get your dip on!

Garlic Aioli – garlicky mayonnaise with a hint of lemon? Uhhhh yes please! This delicious dip is perfect for spreading on burgers, chicken, eggs and, of course, makes an excellent dip for these Low Carb Onion Rings – Recipe coming soon!

No Sugar Added Ketchup – a personal favourite, there is something extra delicious about crispy onion rings and ketchup… I like the Heinz no sugar added ketchup and Primal Kitchen makes a great one as well, or you could try to make your own. Check out this recipe from SugarFreeLondoner!

Chipotle Mayo – bring some creamy heat to the picture with just a few simple ingredients. Check out this Low Carb Avocado Fries recipe to get an easy recipe for Chipotle Mayo.

Pile of low carb onion rings next to a dish of ketchup and another dish of garlic aioli.

Dishes that pair perfectly with Low Carb Onion Rings

Besides indulging in these beauties as just a snack, there are a ton of burgers that would pair with these low carb onion rings perfectly. You could even add an onion ring or two to each burger! Here are a few of my favourite low carb burger recipes:

Prosciutto Bocconcini Stuffed Burgers

Crispy Chicken Burger

Lettuce Wrapped Burgers – recipe coming soon!

Greek Turkey Burgers

Chipotle Chicken Burger

Here are some other recipes you may love:

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries

Mexican Low Carb 7 Layer Dip

Tomato Basil Low Carb Flatbread

Italian Chopped Salad

7 Minute Low Carb Baked Tortilla Chips

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stack of low carb onion rings.

Crispy Oven Baked Low Carb Onion Rings

An epic side dish for any low carb meal or the perfect snack, these Low Carb Onion Rings are oven baked and super crispy with an addicting salty crunch!
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • 1 large white or yellow onion
  • 100 g pork rinds
  • cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Heat oven to 450° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Crush the pork rinds into a fine crumble with the rolling pin. Add them to a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Place the almond flour in a medium sized mixing bowl and add the chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and mix until fully combined. Slice the ends off of the onion, then remove the peel. Slice the onion into large rings, about 1/2" thick, then separate the rings. Keep all the large rings, saving the smaller ones for another recipe; you should get about 12-16 large, sturdy rings.
  • Toss each onion ring in the almond flour, then place evenly on a baking sheet(s). Once all of the rings have been tossed into the almond flour, mix the egg and heavy whipping cream into the almond flour and mix well to create a batter.
  • Use tongs or a fork to dip an onion ring into the batter, until the whole ring is submerged. Take the ring out and allow the batter to drip from the ring, then toss it into the pork rinds until fully coated; place evenly on the baking sheet. Use a separate utensil for each the batter and the pork rinds.
  • Once all of the onion rings have been coated in batter and pork rinds, then placed evenly onto the baking sheet(s), bake them for 10-12 minutes, until golden and crisp.
  • Serve with Garlic Aioli, No Sugar Added Ketchup or Chipotle Mayo. See post above for more details about these dips.

Notes

Expert Tips

  • Make sure the pork rinds have been crushed finelythis will help with the coating process. I like to use a rolling pin to get the job done faster and better.
  • Only use large, sturdy onion rings. If they are flimsy slices, they will be difficult to work with and will not hold up well once baked.
  • To get the most out of your pork rinds, try to shake off as much of the batter as possible before tossing the battered onion rings in the pork rinds. If too much batter gets into the pork rinds, they will clump up and be difficult to coat onto the onion rings.
  • Have leftover batter and pork rinds? Double dip those beauties! The more batter and pork rinds, the crispier these onion rings will be!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.
Deduct fibre from the total carbs to get 5.5 g net carbs per 1/2 batch of onion rings. Share with more people to make macros lower!

Nutrition

Serving: 6rings | Calories: 489.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 39.2g | Fat: 38.7g | Sodium: 1270mg | Fiber: 2.9g

21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Booyah! I haven’t had onion rings in a million years because of the heavy batter. You better believe I’m going to be stuffing myself with these.

  2. 5 stars
    This Crispy Low Carb Onion Rings look sooo appetizing! I would love to have this every minute of every day!

  3. 5 stars
    These onion rings look more than amazing! I would eat every single one of them right up!

  4. 5 stars
    What is not to love about this recipe. It’s low carb, quick and easy! I love onion rings but haven’t tried making them with pork rinds. I can’t wait to try this!

  5. 5 stars
    I cannot tell you how happy I am to find a low carb onion ring. Since I am trying to loose pregnancy weight and yet crave for onion rings. This recipe is a savior and I am absolutely making them.

  6. 5 stars
    Super crispy and thick, I love these onion rings! This recipe goes straight into my Pinterest. I’m always looking for traditional recipes made healthier. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 5 stars
    These onion rings are phenomenal! I love that they stay crunchy and can be made right in the oven.

  8. 5 stars
    Ahh I’ve always loved onion rings! They are such a treat especially on a burger…love this low-carb option! 😀

  9. 5 stars
    I’m loving these baked not fried onion rings as a much healthier option. I haven’t cooked with pork rinds yet but these onion rings will make my first attempt perfect.

  10. 5 stars
    They do look super crunchy and I bet the pork rinds make them that more flavorful. Plus they’re baked, so much better for you!

  11. 5 stars
    I haven’t had onion rings in ages but all of a sudden I am dying for them thanks to this recipe. These onion rings have got to be the crunchiest!

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