Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe

Air Fryer Onion Rings Recipe

The Air Fryer Onion Ring recipe is a real appetizer and fits with every major dish or can be used to kill light hunger. The fryer cooks the onion rings with a crispy and crunchy outer and tender juicy from inside. During the current pandemic situations of Covid-19, such homemade Air Fryer recipes are great to enjoy. 

When perfectly seasoned and made in a fryer, these rings turn out very healthy and amazingly delicious. You can serve or enjoy them with any of your favorite dipping sauces. If you are a passionate lover of this recipe, must try it using your Air Fryer. 

Why Do We Love It?

Just like many other Air Fryer recipes, this recipe is quite easy to make and the fryer gives it a perfect finish with fewer calories. The post-cooking cleaning is surprisingly easy and effortless as compared to deep frying and it is just due to the less amount oil used to make this recipe. You would be surprised when you get the same restaurant-like taste at your home. That’s why we love to cook them in an Air Fryer!

Which Onions Suit Well to This Recipe?

The sweet onions are best for the Air Fryer ring recipe as they don’t have any sharp pungent odor. There are dozens of varieties of sweet onions such as Maui, Vidalia, Walla Walla, or Texas, etc. In case you can’t find these kinds of onions, a standard yellow onion is also a good option. 

How to Make Air Fryer Onion Rings?

Fresh Rings


  • 1 large sweet onion ( Of your choice )
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • Non-stick spray (olive oil)

Step by Step Procedure

Preheat the Fryer 

Start the preparation of the recipe by preheating the fryer at 375°F for 3 to 5 minutes.

Cut the Onions Into Slices

While preheating the fryer, peel and cut the sweet onion into 1/2 inch thick slices and separate them into rings. This would save you time.

Prepare Mixtures

Take three bowls to make dredging mixtures. Put the all-purpose flour paprika, garlic powder, and salt in one bowl. Blend the eggs and buttermilk in the second bowl, and mix the panko breadcrumbs, salt, and oil in the third bowl. 

Pat & Dredge the Rings

Using a paper towel, pat the onion rings gently to dry them. Moving on, use a fork to dredge them in the flour mixture, then dip in the buttermilk mixture, and finally season with panko mixture. 

Note: Freezing them for 15 minutes would result in perfect sticking of seasoning.

Shift Them to Fryer Basket

To avoid sticking, spray the fryer basket with a non-stick spray or oil. Shift the seasoned rings into the basket carefully. Avoid overcrowding, however, you can arrange them in such a way that large rings sit outside and the smaller ones inside them. But make sure that there is enough space between the rings.

Cook for 12 to 15 Minutes

Air fry the seasoned onion rings at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes until they turn tender, crispy, and golden brown. To make them crispier, you can spray the additional oil after 7 minutes. 

Take Out & Serve

After the given time is passed, your crispy onion rings are ready with amazing taste. Take them off with a spatula or fork. Let them rest for 2 minutes and then serve or enjoy them with any of your favorite dipping sauces, honey mustard, or ketchup.

Frozen Onion Rings

Frozen Onion Rings are quite easy and simple to make in an Air Fryer. Proceed in the following way;

  • Take out the frozen onion rings from the packing.
  • Put them in the fryer basket.
  • Cook them for 13 to 16 minutes at maximum temperature i.e 375°F or 400°F. 
  • Then take out the rings and let them stay for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Finally, these are ready to be enjoyed or served. 

Tips For Perfection

  • Try every possible choice to choose sweet onions for a perfect taste.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket as this attempt may ruin the taste. Rather go for multiple batches or purchase a large-size air fryer.
  • The oil increases the crispiness but at the same time increases the mess. So, keep this in mind.
  • If panko breadcrumbs are not available, simple breadcrumbs can be a replacement.


Your versatile Air Fryer serves perfectly to give the onion rings a perfect crunchy finish. Once you tested these health-friendly tender onion rings at home, you would not bother to rush to restaurants! Along with this recipe, you can cook and enjoy healthy blooming onions in the fryer that comes out very crispy.