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Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings

These Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings are the healthier version of an old favorite. Thickly cut onions are coated with Panko for super crunch!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Finished onion rings on a white serving plate.

These crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings coated with Panko breadcrumbs are a delicious and healthier way to enjoy onion rings. They are super crunchy, easy to make, and taste great!

One of my favorite sides for a burger, hot dog, or barbecued pork is onion rings. Who doesn’t love them? They’re a real guilty pleasure!

Finished onion rings on a white serving plate.

What could be better than a crispy, delicious onion ring? How about a crispy, delicious onion ring that you can make at home in your air fryer? With just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of time, you can have the perfect appetizer or side dish to share with family and friends. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start cooking!

Finished onion rings on a white serving plate.

What You’ll Love About This Recipe 


  • They’re delicious. They taste almost exactly like deep fried onion rings without all the oil. And the crispy coating is so good!
  • They’re easy. Slice an onion, dredge it in some flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs and toss them in the fryer. 
  • Better for you. Let’s face it. Everyone loves fried food. But there’s no doubt that it isn’t healthy. This is a way to have something you really enjoy made in a way that’s a bit better for you.

Ingredients You’ll Need


Ingredients needed to make crispy air fryer onion rings.
  • Onions (You’ll need one large onion. A yellow onion would work, but I highly recommend you use sweet onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla. They tend to be juicier and have a milder flavor.)
  • Panko (You could probably use any breadcrumbs with this recipe, even homemade. However, Panko breadcrumbs will give you the most crispy crunchiness.)
  • Smoked Paprika (I use it for a little smoky background flavor. It’s totally optional.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings


Sliced onion and knife on a wooden board.

Before you being, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees and slice the onion into 1/2-inch rounds.

Make a Breading Station

Make a breading station using three shallow bowls, pie plates, or dishes.

In the first, combine the flour, smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

In the second, add the egg and water and lightly beat together.

In the third, stir together the panko and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Bread the Onion Rings

To bread the onion rings: 1) dredge them first in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. 2) next, dip the floured onion rings in the egg mixture allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl, and 3) dredge in the panko mixture being sure to press the breadcrumbs onto the onion rings to adhere.

As each onion ring is coated, place it on a flat surface (such as a rack, a baking sheet, a sheet of parchment, or foil) and coat both sides well with cooking spray or oil.

Air Fry the Onion Rings

Working in batches, place the onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. There should be a little space between each one. You can place smaller onion rings inside larger ones as long as the sides don’t touch.

TIP: If your air fryer has a rack accessory, you can cook two layers of onion rings at the same time.

Air fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides (about 10 minutes total), turning them over halfway through cooking.

Keep cooked onion rings warm on a tray in a very low oven while the remaining ones cook.

Serve 6-7 onion rings per person with a delicious burger or dipping sauce of your choice. I highly recommend my Comeback Sauce on the side!

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Onion ring being dipped into comeback sauce.

Serving Suggestions


Onion rings are fantastic as a side dish with your favorite summer cookout main dishes. However, they’re also great on their own as a snack or appetizer! Serve them with catsup, mayo, tartar sauce, tomato jam, or – our favorite – Comeback Sauce!

Storage and Reheating Information


Onion rings are one of those foods best eaten hot and fresh. If they get cold before you’ve finished them, you can reheat them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes at 380 degrees.

You can also freeze the cooked, cooled onion rings. I suggest a rigid plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Freeze for up to two months. Reheat without thawing in the fryer at 380 degrees for about 4-5 minutes.

Questions


How thick do I slice the onions for making onion rings?

You’ll need to slice the onions about 1/2-inch thick. For safety, use a good, sharp knife and take your time.

Which onions are best for onion rings?

You can use yellow onions for making onion rings if you like, but my preference is sweet onions. My personal favorite, of course, is Vidalia onions. They’re one of our most famous Georgia agricultural products.

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Recipe

Finished onion rings on a white serving plate.

Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings

These Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings are the healthier version of an old favorite. Thickly cut onions are coated with Panko for super crunch!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizers, Side Dishes, Snacks, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 162kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces onion (1 large sweet onion) cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds, separated
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray (or olive oil in a mister)

Instructions

  • Before you being, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees and slice the onion into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Make a breading station using three shallow bowls, pie plates, or dishes. In the first, combine the flour, smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well. In the second, add the egg and water and lightly beat together. In the third, stir together the panko and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • To bread the onion rings: 1) dredge them first in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. 2) next, dip the floured onion rings in the egg mixture allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl, and 3) dredge in the panko mixture being sure to press the breadcrumbs onto the onion rings to adhere.
  • As each onion ring is coated, place it on a flat surface (such as a rack, a baking pan, a sheet of parchment, or foil) and coat both sides well with cooking spray or oil.
  • Working in batches, place the onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. There should be a little space between each one. You can place smaller onion rings inside larger ones as long as the sides don't touch.
  • Air fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides (about 10 minutes total), turning them over halfway through cooking.
  • Keep cooked onion rings warm on a tray in a very low oven while the remaining ones cook.

Notes

Tips: 
  • If your air fryer has a rack accessory, you can cook two layers of onion rings at the same time.
  • You can use yellow onions for making onion rings if you like, but my preference is sweet onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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