Air Fryer Onion Rings — There is nothing I love more than crunchy, hot onion rings. Unfortunately, it’s not always the healthiest option to order them at a restaurant or buy store-bought ones. For this reason, I decided to try making my own homemade onion rings with an air fryer! These are so easy and delicious that you’ll never want to eat traditional fried onions again. You can make these for your next party or just as a snack anytime – they’re perfect for game day watching!
You won’t be able to stop at just one bite of these Air Fryer Onion Rings! They’re extra crispy and seasoned perfectly, so you’ll want them both as a snack or party appetizer. These easy recipes are perfect for game day because it’s healthier than deep frying while also being much quicker – in under an hour from start-to-finish (including cooking time)!
“Fried”, crispy onion rings are the perfect healthy but delicious snack or side dish. Tender and crisp treats will be enjoyed by everyone at your next party!
Air Fryer Onion Rings are really extra crispy, and they are the perfect side dish or appetizer for any meal. If you never had homemade onion rings, they do take a little bit of work, but I think the end product is worth it!
These come out nice and crispy and are such a nice treat for the entire family. If you were wondering about they would come out as good as the deep-fried version, I am here to tell you, yes, they do. But, without the added fat and calories, they are amazing.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Onion Rings
- All-Purpose Flour
- Black Pepper
- Panko Breadcrumbs
- Parmesan Cheese
- Olive Oil Spray
How To Make Air Fryer Onion Rings
Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil. In one small bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg, use a fork, and mix well.Then, in another small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
Dip the onions into the flour mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, and finally the panko mixture.
As you coat the onion rings, place them into the air fryer basket. Then set your temperature to 400 degrees F., Set the timer for 5 minutes, then flip them over and do another 5 minutes. Spray the batter with cooking spray, to really help them crisp up.
Repeat until they are all done.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Type of Onion Is Used To Make Onion Rings?
You can really use any variety, but white onions tend to crisp up better. But I have also used sweet onions as well, and they came out amazing. My kids prefer sweet onions.
If you want to use sweet onions, I will opt for a Vidalia, Texas, or Walla Walla, as they tend to hold their shape during the air fryer process.
How to Slice The Onion Rings:
Start by cutting the onion rings into about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Make sure to separate them from each other. Otherwise, they will be too thick.
Remember to separate each onion before you attempt to break it, as it will eventually fall apart. I always separate them into rings as I prepare them.
How To Long To Cook Onion Rings in Air Fryer
The exact timing will depend on a few factors: What air fryer do you own, and how you like your air fryer onion rings? But, If you like them crunchy, cook them longer. If you like them softer, cook them for less time.
If you love air fryer crunchy onion rings, make sure you coat them well with olive oil spray. Otherwise, the air fryer will have a hard time producing crispy onion rings.
How To Cook Frozen Onion Rings In Air Fryer
How long to cook frozen onion rings is about 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees F, air fryer setting. Just remember to shake the basket several times during the cooking process.
Shaking the basket is one of the best ways to make sure that all frozen foods are properly cooked, all the way through, and the food is hot.
How To Keep Onion Rings Breading Intact
This is one of the hardest parts of getting your air fryer dishes. When you use a deep-fryer, the coating will stick because you are sticking it into a vat of oil. For the air fryer, it requires practice.
If you are having a hard time making the breading stick place them into the freezer and wait until they are solidly frozen.
How To Reheat Onion Rings In Air Fryer
Easy this is a great way to re-crisp them. Add the onion rings and air fry for about 4 to 6 minutes at 370 degrees F, air fryer setting.
Remember to check about halfway through the cooking process, and make sure they are hot before removing them.
How To Make Homemade Onion Rings KETO (with no bread crumbs)
If you want to make these KETO Friendly or low-carb-friendly, you can substitute the ingredients with pork rinds and almond flour.
The Trick To Perfectly Air Fried Onion Rings
Olive oil. If you do not spray the onion rings batter, the bread crumbs, they will never come out crunchy. It’s key to great air fryer cooking.
The best oil to use is olive oil; I strongly recommend buying a refillable sprayer since propellant oils will cause the basket to peel.
Some Tips For Making the Best Air Fryer Onion Rings
- Shake the excess coating off the onion rings. Otherwise, it will get messy really quickly. I usually run the water and rinse my hands several times during the coating process.
- Do not crowd the air fryer basket. Only do a single layer, so they are all perfect air fryers.
- Spray your basket with olive oil so the coating does not stick.
- Remember to spray olive oil, your onion rings so they crisp up.
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Air Fryer Homemade Onion Rings
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- 2 large onions, cut into rings
- Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil.
- In one small bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg, use a fork, and mix well.
- Then, in another small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.
- In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
- Dip the onions into the flour mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, and then finally the panko mixture.
- As you coat the onion rings, place them into the air fryer basket.
- Then set your temperature to 400 degrees F., Set the timer for 5 minutes, then flip them over and do another 5 minutes.
- Repeat until they are all done.
- Air Fryer
- Parchment Paper, optional
- Cooking Spray, optional