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Baked “Fried” Onion Rings & Pickles

Homemade Healthier Fried Food Fake Out

I have a weakness for onion rings.  My husband loves fried pickles, so I decided to come up with a healthy version while still getting my fried food fix.

Just doing a google search for “baked fried pickles” returns 4,400,400 results.  Or check out a Pinterest Search using the same phrase yields thousands of mouth watering results. Using the same concept mixing the egg & flour to make a wet batter I decided to add my own spin with the added spices.

I LOVE “frying” this way.. It’s healthy, much cleaner & quick.  In the restaurant we did NOT have a fryer so we “oven fried” our fried dishes for a healthier option to some favorites like Croquettes, eggplant parmigiano & fried chicken.  The Secret Ingredient to achieve this: PANKO – Breadcrumbs won’t get crispy enough – Panko does.  Crispy, crunchy, YUM!  Panko is a must have in your pantry.

Crispy, Crunchy, Goodness

Baked “Fried” Onion Rings & Pickles


  • 3-4 large pickles sliced approx. 1/4 in thick
  • 2-3 large vidalia onions, sliced 1/4 in thick
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 – 2 cups seasoned panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Slice the pickles & onions into slices 1/4 inch in thickness. Lay sliced pickles on a paper towel and lightly pat dry to remove excess moisture.
  2. In one bowl, add the flour & eggs and beat them together. Add worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder & smoked paprika.
  3. In a separate bowl (or ziplock bag) add the panko
  4. Coat each pickle chip & onion with the seasoned flour/egg mixture then coat each piece with the panko.
  5. Arrange on a cookie sheet in an even layer.
  6. Bake @ 425 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes or until desired “crunch" is reached.

Serve the pickles with Ranch Dressing for dipping.  But they are delightful just plain.

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