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Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

by Karly

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings come out crispy and ready to eat in under 10 minutes! Just as easy as ordering take out and your onion rings are hot and fresh in minutes!

Close up of a stack of onion rings

The first thing you need to know is that you can totally make air fryer onion rings from scratch. They are still pretty easy, and they are definitely delicious!

But, hey, sometimes you’re in a rush and the only way you’re eating is if a) someone else cooks for you or b) it comes from the freezer and takes zero prep. I feel ya.

When making onion rings from scratch you are trying to make a crispy breading that works well in the air fryer. When you use frozen rings, they are already prebreaded and precooked. You are basically just trying to heat them up again without losing the once-crisp breading. The air fryer is perfect for this!

Once every few months we have a dinner where we clear out our freezer of the odds and ends…a half bag of frozen fries, those 5 leftover pizza rolls, a handful of nuggets from the depth of the freezer…the kids LOVE this meal, as you can imagine. 😉

Other times, we use convenient freezer foods, like frozen onion rings, to make dinner just a bit easier and we make the main dish from scratch. These air fryer frozen onion rings go perfect with our air fryer turkey burgers, air fryer sliders, or air fryer brats!

Close up of an onion ring in an air fryer basket.

How to Make Frozen Onion Rings in the Air Fryer:

Choose your onion rings- You’ll find a few brands selling frozen onion rings in your grocer’s freezer. We recommend trying a few to find your own personal favorite. We’re big fans of Nathan’s Famous Onion Rings and Alexia Onion Rings. Both turn out pretty perfect in the air fryer!

Air fry your rings – Spritz the air fryer basket with oil spray, or brush oil on your basket if you don’t have a spray mister. Add your onion rings to the basket in a mostly single layer, cook in batches if needed. Air fry for 8 minutes at 380 degrees F.

PRO TIP: Don’t overcrowd your basket or you’ll have soggy spots on your onion rings. Anywhere the rings touch each other is an opportunity for the batter on the rings to get soggy or just not crisp up all the way. While we do let them touch a bit, we don’t just dump the whole bag in and cook all at once.

An air fryer basket with onion rings in it.


Do I need to thaw the onion rings before air frying them?

Nope! Put them in the air fryer straight from the freezer!

What dip is good with onion rings?

Ketchup, ranch dressing, or you can use a special onion ring dip which consists of ketchup, mayo, and a tiny bit of horseradish.

Close up of onion rings on a small black plate

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Overhead view of onion rings in an air fryer basket.

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Close up of onion rings on a small black plate

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Yield: 4 servings

Air fryer frozen onion rings come out crispy and ready to eat in under 10 minutes! Try this for the ultimate convenience appetizer!


  • 8 ounces frozen onion rings
  • Oil spray


  1. Spritz air fryer basket with oil spray. Add onion rings in an even layer in the basket and spritz rings with oil spray. Work in batches if necessary.
  2. Air fry at 380 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until onion rings are as crispy as you’d like. 
  3. Serve hot.


All brands cook a bit differently, but we've found 380 for around 8-9 minutes to be the sweet spot. Just keep an eye on things and pull them from the air fryer when they're as crisp as you'd like.

Subsequent batches of onion rings will cook faster than the first, as the air fryer will already be hot. Start checking at the 7 minute mark for doneness.

Serve with ketchup or your favorite dip.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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