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Best Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe

Air Fryer onion rings are better for you, since they aren’t fried in oil, they are also delicious, and SO easy to make at home! You don’t have to leave the house to pick them up, or wait for delivery, which is a huge plus! I also love that you can enjoy this crispy treat without feeling guilty. Cooking them in an Air Fryer means they won’t be greasy, and way less calories, too.

Best air fryer onion ring recipe finished on a wooden board with cups on sauces- kids activities blog

How To Make Onion Rings In The Air Fryer 

Did I mention how easy it is to make onion rings in your Air Fryer? Not to mention how long (or short!) it is to cook onion rings in an Air Fryer…we are talking 25 min MAX–and that’s including both prep and cook time. This is such an easy air fryer recipe using only simple ingredients and doesn’t require deep frying. Don’t get me wrong deep fried onions are good, but they’re not too healthy.

It takes longer to wait for food delivery! Air Fryer onion rings make a great appetizer, for anything from a party, to a night in with the family. These are 100% better than frozen onion rings. Nothing beats homemade crispy air fryer onion rings. Plus you can make small batches if you aren’t making these crunchy onion rings as a side dish.

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This Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe:

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 8-10 minutes
Best air fryer onion ring recipe ingredients- flour, baking soda, milk, seasoning, eggs, onion on a wood board with white and blue towel
You only need some basic ingredients to make this best air fryer onion ring recipe like: onions, eggs, flour, bread crumbs, spices, and milk.

Ingredients – Air Fryer Onion Rings 

Instructions – Air Fryer Onion Rings 

Step 1- Best air fryer onion ring recipe- First, peel and slice onions into ½ inch rings and separate.
Peel and slice onions into ½ inch rings and separate.

STEP 1

First, peel and slice onions into ½ inch rings and separate.

Step 2- Best air fryer onion ring recipe-Add seasonings in a medium bowl, add flour, and spices, and whisk together.
In a medium bowl add flour and seasonings, and whisk together. In a second medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.

STEP 2

Next, in a medium bowl add flour and seasonings, and whisk together.

STEP 3

In a second medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.

STEP 4

Then, in a third bowl add in Panko breadcrumbs.

Step 5- Best air fryer onion ring recipe- Dip the onion rings into the flour mixture, making sure to completely coat them.
Dip the onion rings into the flour mixture, making sure to completely coat them.

STEP 5

Dip the onion rings into the flour mixture, making sure to completely coat them.

Step 6 - Best air fryer onion ring recipe - Shake off excess flour, and then dip them into the egg mixture in a shallow bowl, and completely coat them.
Shake off excess flour, and then dip them into the egg mixture in a shallow bowl, and completely coat them.

STEP 6

Shake off excess flour, and then dip them into the egg mixture in a shallow bowl, and completely coat them.

Step 7- Best air fryer onion ring recipe - Transfer the rings to the panko mixture or the regular breadcrumbs, press them into the breadcrumbs mixture to get them to stick to the onion rings.
Transfer the rings to the panko mixture or the regular breadcrumbs, press them into the breadcrumbs mixture to get them to stick to the onion rings.

STEP 7

Then, transfer the onion slices to the panko mixture or the regular breadcrumbs, press them into the breadcrumbs mixture to get them to stick to the onion rings.

STEP 8

Preheat the air fryer at 350 F.

Step 9- Best air fryer onion ring recipe- Place a single layer of onion rings into the air fryer basket and spray the onion rings with cooking spray.
Place a single layer of onion rings into the air fryer basket and spray the onion rings with cooking spray.

STEP 9

Place a single layer of onion rings into the air fryer basket and spray the onion rings with cooking spray.

STEP 10

Cook at 350 F for 8 minutes, flipping the rings half way through the cooking time. They should look golden brown.

Step 11- Best air fryer onion ring recipe- Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in an oven, if needed.
Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in an oven, if needed.

STEP 11

Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in an oven, if needed.

Notes

If the breading falls off of the cooked onion rings, freeze them for 20 minutes prior to cooking.

Finished Best air fryer onion ring recipe on a wood tray with cups of sauces, white plates, and white and black towels on marble counter
Look how crunchy and delicious they look!

Don’t want a sharp onion taste of a white onion? You can use sweet onions like Vidalia onion. I’d probably not use red onions to make crispy onion rings. Those are better raw or in recipes. So white and yellow onions are the best onions to make these onion rings.

Need a kick? Add some cayenne pepper to your cup of flour. Or use a smoked paprika. You can also use cajun seasoning as well.

Enjoy with your favorite sauce like ranch dressing! These are so much better than deep-fried onion rings.

How To Make Gluten Free Air Fryer Onion Rings

One of the hardest things about shifting to a gluten free diet for health reasons, has been losing out on some of my FAVORITE foods when going out to eat. 

Some restaurants are good about gluten free offerings, but most aren’t, although it is getting better! 

One fear that all people with gluten allergies/ sensitivities/ Celiac disease share is the fear of “being glutened” by a well-meaning person or restaurant that doesn’t fully understand food allergies.

Best air fryer onion ring recipe
Learning how to make gluten free versions of restaurant favorites can be fun, and is a safer way to eat gluten free!

Cross-contamination (especially in a deep fryer) is a serious risk when going out to eat.

If regular breaded items are put down in the fryer before a gluten free item goes down, people with gluten issues can get sick.

This homemade onion rings recipe can be tailored to fit a gluten free diet by swapping out the all-purpose flour for gluten free all-purpose flour, and swapping out the Panko breadcrumbs for gluten free Panko crumbs. 

Check all labels of packaged seasonings, other ingredients, and don’t forget to check the label on any dipping sauces you might use to make sure they are gluten free, too!

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes 8 seconds

Additional Time
2 minutes

Total Time
27 minutes 8 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced into ½ inch rings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk (optional – buttermilk)
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Dipping sauces

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice onions into ½ inch rings and separate.
  2. In a medium bowl add flour and seasonings and whisk together.
  3. In a second medium bowl whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. And in a third bowl add in panko breadcrumbs.
  5. Dip the onion rings into the flour mixture making sure to completely coat them.
  6. Shake off excess flour then dip them into the egg mixture and completely coat them .
  7. Then transfer the rings to the breadcrumbs, press them into the breadcrumbs to get them to stick to the onion rings.
  8. Preheat the air fryer at 350 F .
  9. Place a single layer of onion rings into the air fryer basket and spray the onion rings with cooking spray.
  10. Cook at 350 F for 8 minutes, flipping the rings half way through the cooking time..
  11. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in an oven if needed.

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What is your favorite dipping sauce to serve with your Air Fryer onion rings? I love chipotle mayo! Yum! 



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