Air Fryer Onion Rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings are a quick option when you want to make this favorite appetizer without the hassle of deep frying. So good!

onion rings piled on a round wooden board with paper towel on top; little condiment bowl with ketchup in it to right; onion to left; burgundy cloth in the background with cutting board on it with an onion and sliced onion rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings require so much less oil to cook, which makes them a bit better for you. However, if you don’t have an air fryer yet or want a good old-fashioned deep fried onion ring, you should check out our recipe for Homemade Onion Rings.

No matter which way you make them, they are the perfect side for burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, or as a party appetizer with a variety of dipping sauces. 

How To Bread Onion Rings

The crucial part of preparing onion rings for cooking is to bread them properly so the breading stays on when they’re cooked.

You’ll want to set up three bowls. In the first bowl, make a mixture of flour with salt, sweet paprika, baking powder, and black pepper. Then take half of that mixture and transfer it to another bowl and mix with milk and egg. The third bowl will have a combination of panko breadcrumbs with oil.

Dip each onion ring in the flour mixture, then dip it in the second bowl with milk and egg. Finally, dip each ring in the third bowl with panko breadcrumbs. 

Yes, there’s a lot of dipping involved but the outcome of crispy onions is worth the extra effort because you will end up with thick crunchy onion rings.

Tips For Cooking Them In The Air Fryer

After each ring is dipped in all three mixtures, they’ll go into the air fryer (we like this one). The air fryer really comes in handy because you don’t have to watch the onion rings quite as closely as you do when you deep fry. Also, this means no hot oil burns. Win!

You can set the air fryer timer and check the onion rings about halfway through the cook time. Once the first side is golden, you’ll flip them to cook on the other side. You might need to cook the onion rings in batches as you don’t want to crowd the rings in the basket.

How do you keep the batter from falling off the onions?

Make sure to dip each onion in the flour mixture first. This will prevent the batter from sliding off the ring. Also, make sure to fully dip each onion ring into all three mixtures.

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Air Fryer Onion Rings

onion rings piled on a round wooden board with paper towel on top; little condiment bowl with ketchup in it to right; onion to left; burgundy cloth in the background with cutting board on it

Air Fryer Onion Rings are a quick option when you want to make this favorite appetizer without the hassle of deep frying. So good!

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 22 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • Cooking oil spray

Instructions

  1. Peel onion and slice into circles so you have whole rings. Separate each ring and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, sweet paprika, baking powder, and black pepper.
  3. Take out half of the flour mixture and place in another bowl. Add milk and egg, mix together, and set aside.
  4. Prepare a third bowl with panko breadcrumbs and oil. Mix together.
  5. Dip each onion ring first in flour, then the batter, and finally in panko breadcrumbs.
  6. Place a few onion rings in the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking oil and cook for 8 minutes at 400°F. After 4 minutes check to make sure onions aren’t burning. If they are golden, flip them so they get crispy and golden on the other side as well. You may want to cook the onion rings in batches.

Air Fryer Onion Rings
Air Fryer Onion Rings

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.