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Air Fryer Onion Rings

by Karly

We made crispy AIR FRYER ONION RINGS from scratch in less than 20 minutes! They are coated with a homemade seasoned breading and air fried until crispy! Homemade onion rings don’t get better than this!

Close up of a woman holding an onion ring dipped in ketchup

The best part of going out to eat is the selection of appetizers, am I right?

I mean sure, I usually can’t eat my full meal that I order anyway, but I’m still asking for a pile of onion rings to come out 10 minutes before the rest of my food.

Now we can make onion rings in the air fryer, at home, from scratch, in minutes. These rival any restaurant onion rings too! So crispy and delicious!

Now, the important question…what do you dip your onion rings in? I’m a ketchup girl, but I’ll accept ranch dressing as well! But I’m always looking to expand my dipping horizons!

How to Make Onion Rings in the Air Fryer:

Raw onions cut on a cutting board

Slice the Onion – Slice your onion into rings. We like them somewhere around 1/4 of an inch thick.

Make the Breading – Grab three shallow dishes. In the first add flour, salt and pepper and stir to combine. In the second add egg and water and whisk until smooth. In the last dish add panko, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Stir this to combine also.

Bread the Onion Rings – Take your onion rings one by one and dip them into the flour dish, flipping to get all sides covered. Then dip the same way into the egg bowl, and lastly into the panko bowl. Feel free to press the onion into the panko dish to be sure the breading sticks to the onion ring.

Coated raw onions in an air fryer basket

Cook – Spritz your air fryer basket with oil. Place the onion rings in a single layer in your air fryer basket and spritz the onion rings with oil. Work in batches if you have to, and if you have a rack you can use that to cook more onion rings at a time. Cook at 380 degrees F for 10 minutes flipping them after 5 minutes.

Close up of onion rings cooking in an air fryer


What makes a good onion for onion rings?

Get a large sweet onion for this recipe. Try to get one that is dry and firm on the outside without soft spots.

I have a small air fryer and cook in batches, how do I keep them warm and fresh while cooking the rest?

Keep the already cooked onions in an oven set at 200 degrees F on a baking sheet while cooking the rest.

Should I soak my onions in cold water before breading?

Sometimes you’ll get an especially strong onion and soaking it in water for an hour before cooking will help to make it a bit sweet and milder. That said, we pretty much always skip this step and haven’t’ regretted it yet. If you do choose to soak your onions, be sure they’re completely dry before breading.

Close up of onion rings in an appetizer basket

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Make it easy to slice your onion rings!

Start by cutting off the tips of your onion and then peel the papery skin off the onion. Next cut a very thin slice off one of the sides. You will do this to keep the onion from rolling around while you cut it. Now put that part you just cut flat on your cutting board and start slicing your onion rings.

What dips can I use for onion rings?

We tend to stick with ketchup for a classic onion ring dip, but ranch dressing is another go to.

Feeling fancy? Mix together 1/4 cup mayo, 2 tablespoons ketchup, and a teaspoon of vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste and start dipping away!

Onion rings in an appetizer basket with a cup of ketchup

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Close up of cooked onion rings in an air fryer basket
Onion rings in an appetizer basket with a cup of ketchup

Air Fried Onion Rings

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

We made crispy AIR FRYER ONION RINGS from scratch in less than 20 minutes! They are coated with a homemade seasoned breading and cooked with ease!


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Olive Oil


  1. Slice the onion into rings.
  2. Add the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to a shallow dish and stir with a fork to combine.
  3. Add the egg and water to a second shallow dish and stir well with a fork until smooth.
  4. Add the panko, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and remaining salt to a third dish and stir to combine.
  5. Spritz or brush the basket of the air fryer with oil. 
  6. Dip each onion ring first into the flour, then the egg, then the panko, making sure that the onion is fully coated in each. 
  7. Arrange onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If you have a rack, place the rack in the air fryer to make a second layer of onion rings. Spritz onion rings with oil.
  8. Air fry at 380 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.


We've found that one large onion will easily serve 4 of us as a small appetizer or 2 of us for a good sized snack.

If working in batches or doubling the recipe, keep the onion rings warm in a 200 degree oven on a baking sheet while finishing the remaining batches.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1380mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g

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Mary Meyer January 21, 2022 - 12:37 am

Love my onion rings. Better than French Fries any day. Wonderful recipe.

Karly January 21, 2022 - 6:41 am

So glad you enjoyed this one, Mary! 🙂

Ralph Weeks January 20, 2022 - 11:55 pm

Hi Karly…can I use gluten free flour or almond flour ?

Karly January 21, 2022 - 6:43 am

Hi Ralph! We have a recipe for almond flour onion rings on our low carb site here: https://thatlowcarblife.com/keto-onion-rings/ That one uses a mix of almond flour and grated Parmesan for the breading. 🙂

As for gluten free flour, that would likely work, but then you’d still have the Panko to deal with, so not sure it’d be the best option?

Wally Hollinger January 8, 2022 - 7:58 pm

Just got my Air Fryer for Christmas and looking forward to using it . Karly send me all kinds of recepies to use in my Air Fryer

Karly January 9, 2022 - 6:59 am

You got it, Wally! 🙂

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John Sedlock July 29, 2021 - 5:00 pm

I liked this recipe as it addressed “racks”. I have an air fryer oven with racks and most of your recipes address air fryers with baskets. Personally, I have had no real issues using these recipes in my oven, however I usually skip the “cook half way and turn” step. Please try to include any adjustments involving racks vs basket if needed in future recipes. Otherwise I love the recipes and continue the great work!!! Thanks, John

Karly July 30, 2021 - 10:27 am

Hi John! The oven style will pretty much work the same way as the basket style. We actually used a rack in our basket air fryer for these, just so we had multiple layers. But you should be able to cook any of these recipes in an oven style air fryer without adjustments. I always flipped food when we used our oven style air fryer, but if it works for you not to, that’s just fine too. 🙂


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