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Air Fryer Onion Rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings are just as crispy and delicious as the deep fried version with a fraction of the calories. I’m sharing my best tips for crunchy onion rings that are impossible to resist.

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Onion rings are great to serve with bacon mozzarella burgers, fried chicken strips and fried shrimp for a family favorite meal. Serve these crispy air fryer onion rings with blooming onion sauce, barbecue sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Onion Rings on a platter


Air Fryer Onion Rings ~ Extra Crispy Onion Rings

Homemade onion rings are so easy to make. Skip the frozen isle and try this easy air fryer recipe for a quick and easy snack or as a side dish for your favorite comfort foods.


Ingredients Needed:

  • Onions: Any variety of sweet onions will work: yellow onions, Vidalia onions or Walla Walla onions
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Large Egg
  • Milk
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil

onion rings with sauce on a tray

How to Make Air Fryer Onion Rings:

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Line another rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack.

sliced onions on a parchment lined baking sheet

  • Peel and slice onions and separate into rings. For this recipe we used 2 onions. We used the large and medium rings and saved the smaller onion slices for another recipe.

3 bowls - one with egg wash, one with flour, one with breadcrumbs, seasonings, flour

  • Add 1/2 cup of the all purpose flour to a shallow bowl.
  • Add egg and milk into a second bowl and beat together.
  • In a third bowl, combine another 1/2 cup of flour with bread crumbs, garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

collage: breading onion rings

  • Dredge each onion ring into the bowl of flour, coating all over.
  • Dip in egg wash, making sure the inside and outside are coated.
  • Dredge through the seasoned breadcrumb mixture, coating on all sides.
  • Place in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. If your baking sheet gets full, you can add another layer of parchment paper and place more onion rings on top.
  • Place breaded onion rings into the freezer for 5 minutes while you preheat the air fryer at 400°.

breaded onion rings sprayed with olive oil

  • Remove onion rings from freezer. Spray with olive oil or vegetable oil, turning and coating both sides.

onion rings in an air fryer basket

  • Add onion rings to the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, not touching.

air fryer basket with golden brown onion rings

  • Cook for 5 minutes at 400° until golden brown.

wire rack with crispy onion rings

  • Remove onion rings with a pair of tongs to the wire rack. This will keep them crispy.
  • Repeat with remaining onion rings.

dipping onion ring into sauce

Oven Method

If you don’t have an air fryer, these crispy onion rings can be made in a conventional oven. Cook onion rings on a wire rack lined baking sheet at 425° for about 7 – 10 minutes. 

You might also like our classic Fried Onion Rings recipe for burger night. 

Tips for the Best Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings:

  1. Adding Panko breadcrumbs to the breading will add texture and crunch to the onion slices.
  2. Popping the coated onion rings into the freezer for just five minutes will help the breading stick to the onions and not come off while in the air fryer. This is the real secret to well coated, crunchy onion rings.
  3. Preheating the air fryer for 5 minutes will speed up the cooking time and make the onions rings crispier.
  4. Coating the breaded onion rings with oil will make them crispy, make sure that they are well coated for the best results. This method uses much less oil than deep-fried onion rings. Use olive oil or vegetable oil, non-stick cooking spray is not recommended for air fryers.
  5. Cook in small batches with the onion rings separated so that they don’t stick together.

onion rings on a platter with dipping sauce

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You might also like our Outback Steakhouse copycat Blooming Onion appetizer recipe. They are surprisingly easy to make at home and are just as delicious as the restaurant version.


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Air Fryer Mini Pizzas are the ultimate kid friendly dinner. Everyone can choose their own toppings and the mini pizzas cook in 4 minutes!

Cornflake Chicken is our version of air fryer chicken tenders that cook up super crunchy and so delicious great to serve with homemade onion rings or homemade french fries.

Air Fryer Pretzel Dogs make a quick and easy dinner or great to make ahead for an after school snack. 

closeup of onion rings on a platter

Add this easy recipe for Air Fryer Onion Rings to your must try list. They are sure to rival your favorite restaurant version without the guilt. The best addition to your game day appetizers or as a side dish for your favorite meals.


Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Onion Rings

platter of onion rings on a black and white check napkin

Air Fryer Onion Rings are just as crispy and delicious as the deep fried version with a fraction of the calories. I'm sharing my best tips for crunchy onion rings that are impossible to resist.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 sweet onions
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2- 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Blooming Onion Sauce for dipping


  1. Peel and slice onions into 1/4 inch slices and separate into individual rings.
  2. In a shallow bowl add 1/2 cup all purpose flour.
  3. Add 1/2 cup all purpose flour to another shallow bowl with Panko, garlic, smoked paprika, pepper and salt. Mix well.
  4. In a third small bowl, whisk egg and milk together.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and another baking sheet with a wire rack, set both aside.
  6. Dredge onion rings into flour coating both the inside and the outside.
  7. Dip into egg mixture, coating all over.
  8. Dredge through breadcrumb mixture until well coated.
  9. Place on the lined baking sheet in a single layer. If you need a second layer, just top the first layer with another piece of parchment and place onion rings on top.
  10. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  11. Place the breaded onion rings on the baking sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer at 400° for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove onion rings from the freezer and spray with oil, coating both sides well.
  13. Cook onion rings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, not touching at 400° for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Remove to the wire rack lined baking sheet and continue with the remaining onion rings.
  15. Serve immediately with Blooming Onion Sauce or your favorite dipping sauces.


Conventional Oven Method:

Cook onion rings on a wire rack lined baking sheet at 425° for about 7 - 10 minutes. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

Nutritional information is for the onion rings only, does not included dipping sauce. Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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