Air Fryer Caramelized Onions –I know what you’re thinking. Why make caramelized onions in the air fryer when you can easily make them in a skillet? Well, the truth is the air fryer saute onions come out so much better and take less time! So good!
I can’t believe how much time I save cooking with my air fryer. It is so great not having to heat up the oven or even the stove anymore, and once you get used to using your air fryer, you will find that it’s truth earth-shattering!
If you have only used your air fryer for making Frozen French Fries, you have been missing out. Today’s recipe for sautéing onions will open all sorts of possibilities for using your air fryer!
And nothing is better for slow-roasting vegetables than the air fryer!
Oh, so good, fast, and absolutely foolproof!
If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes, some of my favorites are INSTANT POT VORTEX PLUS BROCCOLI PARMESAN, AIR FRYER BEETS, AIR FRYER SPAGHETTI SQUASH, and AIR FRYER HASSELBACK BACON AND BLEU CHEESE POTATOES.
Can You Air Fry Onions?
Yes, you can definitely air fry onions! Air frying onions is a fantastic way to achieve caramelized and flavorful results with minimal effort. Here’s how you can air fry onions:
How To Cook Onions In The Air Fryer
Sautéing onions is a crucial component of many dishes. Let’s say you’re making some chicken sandwich but no onion.
That would be pretty sad!
But it doesn’t have to be that way because now you can sauté onions in your air fryer!
Peel and slice the onion and put it in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil and mix until all onions pieces are coated with oil.
Note: When coating the onion, separate the different layers of each slice, so all pieces are well coated with oil.
Add the salt, and garlic powder. Mix until the spices are evenly spread. Transfer to your air fryer and cook at 330 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 20 to 25 minutes, mixing every 5 minutes or until the onion of softened and slightly golden.
Note: Mixing every 5 minutes helps the onion to cook more evenly. Depending on the Air Fryer you used, make sure to look every 5 minutes, stirring each time.
What Types of Onions Are Best For Sauteing?
If you’re unsure what type of onions to buy for sauteing, here are some great suggestions.
There are three main types: yellow, white, and red.
The yellow onion is used for most recipes because it has a sweeter flavor than the other two varieties. White onions have a peppery taste which can be good in dishes such as soups or sauces that need spice; however, they aren’t usually used when cooking meats since they don’t cook down into a very soft texture the other two types do. Red onions are pretty mild and can be substituted with one if needed but are often preferred by people who like less intense flavors.
How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Onions
If you have been looking for a way to make crispy onions without oil, try cooking them in the air fryer. Air frying is a healthy alternative that will give your food that crispiness you crave. In just minutes, you’ll be able to whip up delicious dishes like Copycat French’s Fried Onions!
To make crispy fried onions in your air fryer, dice the onions up, and then set the temperature to 250 degrees F, air fryer setting for 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure that all of the onions are coated with olive oil, and remember to shake the basket several times during the cooking process.
What Can I Use Sauteed Onions On?
You can use them in soups or stews, on top of salads or pasta dishes, or even with grilled vegetables.
How to Store Caramelized Onions
Caramelized onions are a great way to add flavor and moisture when cooking. They can easily be stored for later use by refrigerating them in an airtight container, which should last about 3 to 4 days.
Another great option is to freeze these, which will last about two months. Place the room temperature onions into a freezer bag.
More Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes:
- AIR FRYER BEETS
- AIR FRYER SPAGHETTI SQUASH
- INSTANT POT VORTEX PLUS BROCCOLI PARMESAN
- AIR FRYER HASSELBACK BACON AND BLEU CHEESE POTATOES
- AIR FRYER ROASTED CARROTS
Air Fryer Caramelized Onions
- 1 medium onion, sliced (approximately 3 cups, ¼ inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Peel and slice the onion and put it in a large mixing bowl.
- Add olive oil and mix until all onions pieces are coated with oil. *NOTE* When coating the onion, separate the different layers of each slice so all pieces are well coated with oil.
- Add the salt and garlic powder. Mix until the spices are evenly spread.
- Transfer to your air fryer and cook at 330 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, mixing every 5 minutes or until the onion of softened and slightly golden. *NOTE* Mixing every 5 minutes helps the onion to cook more evenly. Depending on the Air Fryer you used, make sure to look every 5 minutes, stirring each time.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!
- Air Fryer
- Cooking Spray, optional
- Parchment Paper, optional