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Crispy, Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings

Crispy, Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings is a quick and easy recipe prepared with a seasoned buttermilk batter, a Vidalia onion, and breadcrumbs. These fried rings are crunchy, kid-friendly, and are best served with a Bloomin’ Onion dipping sauce. Cook time for frozen onions rings is included. If you are looking for a recipe with no breadcrumbs, swap for pork rinds and substitute flour for almond flour.

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The air fryer is a great device to enjoy all of my favorite down-home fried favorites without all of the guilt. These onion rings will pair great with my Air Fryer Cheeseburgers and Air Fryer Homemade French Fries.

This is also a recipe you can tailor to your dietary needs. How many carbs are in onion rings will depend on how you choose to prepare them. I have plenty of tips below!

all purpose flour, panko breadcrumbs, vidalia onion, egg, buttermilk, and seasoning on a flat surface

What Type of Onion is Used to Make Onion Rings

I recommend you use a Vidalia onion. You can use white or yellow onions to make onion rings. White onions usually have a sharper taste than yellow onions. I recommend you use an onion on the sweeter side.

I also search for the largest onion I can find. If you frequent a farmer’s market, this may come in handy. You can read more about How to Make Onion Rings here.

collage photo of sliced onions, onion ring batter, and uncooked onions in an air fryer

How to Make and Cook Onion Rings in Air Fryer

  1. Slice the onion into thick 1/2 inch round rings. Remove the stem.
  2. Set up a cooking station with flour, an egg, buttermilk, and seasonings in one bowl. Place Panko breadcrumbs in another.
  3. Dip the onions into the buttermilk and flour mixture and then the breadcrumbs. Place them on a plate.
  4. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  5. Place the onion rings in the air fryer basket.
  6. Air fry.

battered uncooked air fryer onion rings on a white plate

battered uncooked air fryer onion rings on a white plate

How Long to Cook Onion Rings in Air Fryer

I like to cook the rings for 10-12 minutes. Cook them until they are crunchy and golden brown.

cooked onion rings in an air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

370 degrees is perfect for me. 400 degrees will sometimes cause the breading to burn in spots.

mayo, horseradish, and seasonings for onion ring dipping sauce

dipping sauce for air fryer onion rings

How to Keep Onion Rings Breading Intact 

Can you do a batter in an air fryer? Absolutely! It’s no secret that buttermilk works well in a dish like this. Try my Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings, you will love them!

My real secret is to freeze the onion rings for a few minutes. As you bread the onion rings you will notice they are STICKY. It’s really easy for the breading to come off even as you are handling them.

Freezing them for a small moment will keep it intact and help prevent it from coming off on the air fryer basket.

air fryer crispy onion rings in a bowl with a red wrapper

How to Cook Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer

How long to cook frozen onion rings doesn’t vary much from homemade. Cook the onion rings for 14-15 minutes on 400 degrees.

air fryer crispy onion rings in a bowl with a red wrapper

How To Reheat Onion Rings in Air Fryer

I store leftover rings in a sealable bag in the fridge. I reheat the onion rings in the air fryer on 370 degrees for 3-4 minutes.

air fryer crispy onion rings in a bowl with a red wrapper

Air Fryer Onion Rings Tips

  • Keep a moist kitchen towel nearby to wipe your hands while breading. They will get sticky!
  • The buttermilk and flour batter will be very thick. This is normal. The thick batter will help produce thick and crunchy onion rings.
  • You can make your own buttermilk using 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon. Read more about How to Make Buttermilk here.
  • You may have leftover batter after breading the onion rings. The serving sizes suggested reflect the amounts used for a 12oz onion. The servings required in the recipe may vary depending on the size of your onion.
  • Cook in batches. Believe me this will save you time and frustration. If you stack the onion rings, they will sometimes stick to each other and will require a longer cook time. If you want gorgeous rings, make them in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
  • You can use normal breadcrumbs instead of panko if you wish. Seasoned breadcrumbs will also work.
  • If you want to cut the carbs in this recipe you can substitute breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds and use almond flour in place of all-purpose flour.

person holding air fryer onion ring

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Crispy, Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings

Crispy, Homemade Air Fryer Onion Rings is a quick and easy recipe prepared with a seasoned buttermilk batter, a Vidalia onion, and breadcrumbs. These fried rings are crunchy, kid-friendly, and are best served with a Bloomin' Onion dipping sauce. Cook time for frozen onions rings is included. If you are looking for a recipe with no breadcrumbs, swap for pork rinds and substitute flour for almond flour.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer homemade onion rings, air fryer onion rings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
freezing 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large vidalia onion (peeled) Mine weighed 12oz.
  • 1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste The breading will be very bland without salt. Be sure to season.
  • cooking oil spray I use olive.

Optional Dipping Sauce

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 1/2 -2 tablespoons ketchup I use unsweetened and 2 tablespoons
  • 1-2 tablespoons creamy horseradish If you are a fan of horseradish, you may enjoy 2 tablespoons. Start with 1 taste, repeatedly and adjust as necessary.
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Cut the stems off both sides of the onion. Cut the onion into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Onions are very wobbly. Be careful while slicing and use a mandolin if necessary. Try to stabilize the onion before you slice.
  • Add the flour to a bowl large enough to dredge the onions. Season the flour with the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Add the buttermilk and egg to the seasoned flour. Beat and stir to combine.
  • Add the panko breadcrumbs to a separate bowl large enough to dredge the onions.
  • Dredge the sliced onions in the flour buttermilk mixture and then the panko breadcrumbs. Keep a moist kitchen towel handy for you hands. They will get sticky.
  • Place the onion rings on a plate. After breading the onions, freeze the onion rings for 15 minutes. This is an optional step, but highly recommended. It helps keep the breading intact.
  • Place the onions in the air fryer. Do not stack them. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Spray with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes on 370 degrees. I found that my onion rings did not need a flip. Check in on yours to determine both sides are golden brown and crisp. Flip if necessary.

Optional dipping Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir.

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Notes

Air Fryer Onion Rings Tips

  1. Keep a moist kitchen towel nearby to wipe your hands while breading. They will get sticky!
  2. The buttermilk and flour batter will be very thick. This is normal. The thick batter will help produce thick and crunchy onion rings.
  3. You can make your own buttermilk using 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon. Read more about How to Make Buttermilk here. 
  4. You may have leftover batter after breading the onion rings. The serving sizes suggested reflect the amounts used for a 12oz onion. The servings required in the recipe may vary depending on the size of your onion.
  5. Cook in batches. Believe me this will save you time and frustration. If you stack the onion rings, they will sometimes stick to each other and will require a longer cook time. If you want gorgeous rings, make them in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
  6. You can use normal breadcrumbs instead of panko if you wish. Seasoned breadcrumbs will also work.
  7. If you want to cut the carbs in this recipe you can substitute breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds and use almond flour in place of all-purpose flour.
How to Make the Onion Rings Low Carb
Omit the buttermilk, flour, and breadcrumbs. Replace with 1 1/2 cups crushed pork rinds and 2 tablespoons of blanched almond flour. Instead of using 1 egg in the recipe, use 2 eggs.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g
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Rhonda

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

I wondered whether or not you've tried these with dairy-free milk - I typically use almond milk in my recipes. Also, you mention to omit the buttermilk, but don't say what to use instead (unless the pork rinds, optional flour and an addt'l egg does the trick. ? Thank you for this recipe! It sounds amazing!

staysnatched

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Item 3 of the notes lists what to use: You can make your own buttermilk using 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon. Read more about How to Make Buttermilk here.

Anastasia Nightingale

Friday 18th of September 2020

Absolutely ADORE this. They turned out so good, and the tip about putting them in the freezer was awesome. I own a book blog, so I usually subscribe to other book blogs, but this will be the first recipe blog I subscribe to. ?

staysnatched

Saturday 19th of September 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jean

Monday 24th of August 2020

What will carb count be Keto style?

staysnatched

Monday 24th of August 2020

I'm not sure. I recommend using the macro calculator of your choice to determine the information.

Amanda

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Loved these healthy onion rings! Only thing I’d recommend is make the sauce with it or add a little extra paprika in your batter. They were crunchy while having the onions soft.

staysnatched

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Thanks for sharing your tip!

Erin

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Loved this recipe! I appreciated all the tips including freezing them to help the batter stick. My husband loved them and can’t wait for football season to make these for game day snacks. Thank you for the great recipe!

staysnatched

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!