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Coconut Baked Onion Rings

These coconut baked onion rings are a crunchy onion ring recipe that tastes just like coconut shrimp.

Last Saturday, the day we got to the resort, we had an hour to kill while we waited for our room to be ready to check-in so we decided to scope out the place.

Which basically meant two things: figure out where we were going to spend all day laying in the sun for the next 4 days and where we were going to eat.

Sun + food and I’m a happy girl.

Coconut baked onion rings

We wandered around looking at the pool which we never even went to since the beach was right outside our room and finding the main buffet area which left a bit to be desired. Unless birds flying around while you eat is your thing.

That’s when we decided the a la carte restaurant that jutted out into the turquoise water with open air seating, waterfalls and lounge chairs was probably a better idea for dinner even if it was an extra charge.

baked coconut onion rings

So that’s exactly where we went for dinner the first night and besides the complexities of trying to explain that we didn’t like the house wine and wanted a bottle of something else but wanted the house wine taken off the bill in Spanish to our waiter, it was delicious.

But ever since the table next to us ordered coconut shrimp which came out exactly 2 minutes after I placed my order, I’ve been craving it like woah.

baked onion rings

These coconut onion rings are exactly like coconut shrimp just minus the shrimp, minus the fryer and unfortunately, minus the turquoise water and 75 degree nights.

They’re crunchy, crispy and delightfully delicious. Enjoy them as a side dish, an appetizer or even just a snack. Use our guide on how to cut an onion like a pro and get these slices in your oven!

Coconut Baked Onion Rings

These coconut baked onion rings are a crunchy onion ring recipe that tastes just like coconut shrimp.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1/2 a large yellow onion sliced into rings
  • 1/4 cup almond meal + 2 tablespoons separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • Place coconut flakes plus the 2 tablespoons of almond meal in a shallow dish and mix together.
  • Place 1/4 cup almond meal in a separate shallow dish with salt & pepper and mix together.
  • Pour egg whites into a small bowl.
  • Take one ring at a time and coat with almond meal first, then dip into egg whites and then coat in the coconut flakes. Place onion ring on baking sheet and repeat with remaining rings.
  • Bake for 8 minutes and then remove from the oven and carefully flip. Bake for another 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with preferred dip. I mixed plain greek yogurt and sriracha together.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 374mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Appetizers
Keyword baked onion rings, coconut baked onion rings, gluten free coconut baked onion rings


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Coconut Onion Rings | Food Ramblings

Friday 31st of May 2013

[...] same week that I saw the BBQ Onion Rings on one blog, these amazing Coconut Onion Rings were on Running to the Kitchen. It was fate- I had to make them. You can never have too many onion rings, [...]

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Friday 1st of March 2013

[...] dying to try coconut onion rings from [...]

Laurie {Simply Scratch}

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Gina... you are so SMART! I have to make these... I love onion rings and coconut shrimp... now I just need to work on the whole turquoise water and 75 degree nights-thing.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Friday 22nd of February 2013

lol everything but only one thing right? Totally the same. Now I'm craving onion rings and turquoise waters.

Anne @

Friday 22nd of February 2013

Sooooo I actually have an aversion to onions (well, more like my stomach has an issue with them) but I think this method will be duplicated in my kitchen soon on top of other veggies like butternut squash or sweet potatoes. YUM!