Air Fryer Onion Rings [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Air Fryer Appetizers Recipes Side Dishes Snacks Vegetarian

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Onion Rings are double-crusted and flavored with parmesan, paprika, and other seasonings before getting air-fried to crunchy, golden perfection. Dip them into sauces, serve with entrees, or use them as toppers for burgers, hotdogs, and more!

Enjoy these with other air-fried dishes like juicy Air Fryer Salmon, Air Fryer Fried Chicken, and Air Fryer Pork Chops!

Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings are the lighter version of everyone’s favorite restaurant-style appetizer. However, this one goes beyond the usual salt-and-pepper seasoning. 

The crumb coating has Ranch seasoning, parmesan, plus spices that make every crunchy bite so full of flavor! Finally, that incredible crust hides a thick-cut onion that’s both sweet and tender. 

Can you cook onion rings in the air fryer?

Yes, but you’ll have to make a few adjustments as we do in this recipe. For instance, we don’t just cover them with a wet batter like usually done for beer-battered onion rings. Instead, we also double-roll it in crumbs and panko to form a thicker crust.

The reason for this is that the hot, circulating air will make delicate wet batter splatter around the basket. In contrast, rolling it twice in crumbs creates a sturdier coating while making sure the rings get crunchy in the AF.

What do you need to make air fryer onion rings

  • Onions: We prefer using sweet varieties like Vidalia or Walla-Walla.
  • Egg wash: Combine buttermilk with a couple of eggs. This will allow the panko to stick to the slices.
  • First coating: Whisk bread crumbs with regular flour, salt, a dash of Ranch seasoning, plus spices like cayenne and paprika.
  • Second coating: Mix up plain panko with parmesan and some oil.
  • Cooking spray: Prevents the pieces from sticking together, and helps them crisp up.

How do you make air fryer onion rings from scratch

  1. Dip. Take a ring and dip it into the egg-buttermilk wash. Then, dredge it in the spiced breadcrumb-flour mix. After that, dip it again into the wash before finally dredging it in the parmesan-panko mix. Repeat for all the pieces, then spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Cook. Air-fry at 350F between 12 to 15 mins.
  3. Serve. Enjoy immediately with your favorite dips.

Recipe variations:

  • Change the seasonings: Spice it up with your favorite seasonings! Cajun is always a hit, while taco seasoning is another delicious twist. You can also use herbs like oregano, thyme, or Italian seasoning. Old Bay is a must-try!
  • Fry: Don’t have an air-fryer? Deep-fry it instead!
  • Gluten-free: Use GF bread crumbs, panko, and flour.
  • Spicy: Double the amount of cayenne.
  • Keto: Use cornstarch instead of flour, and sub with keto crumbs.
  • Use zucchini: You can also use this AF method for slices of zucchini.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to serve:

Pair these perfect, crunch appetizers with different sauces! Dip them into Big Mac Sauce, Honey Mustard, ketchup, Chipotle Sauce, refreshing tzatziki, or Yum Yum Sauce!

As a side dish, they’re amazing with fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A copycat nuggets, and Beer Battered Fish.   

Finally, these onion rings are excellent toppings for tacos, burgers, salads, burrito bowls, hotdog sandwiches, and more! 

How long do you air fry onion rings?

Depending on the wattage of your unit, it can take anywhere from 12 to 15 mins. Check it at the 12-minute mark to see if it needs more time.

Can you use batter in an air fryer?

We don’t recommend it. You need a sturdy coating that can handle the circulating hot air without flying all over the basket. In addition, the lack of hot oil means the food won’t develop that crispy, outer shell that makes fried batter so good.

Can you cook frozen onion rings in the air fryer?

Sure! Just add a few more minutes to the cooking time. Spray the frozen pieces with a little oil, and air-fry at 350F for 14-16mins., or until crunchy and golden.

How to store leftovers:

Cool them first. Otherwise, the heat will create steam inside the container and render your leftovers soggy. Store in the fridge, and try to finish them within a day or two. Reheat by air-frying at 400F until hot.

Can you freeze leftover onion rings?

Yes. But we don’t recommend it, because it won’t be as crispy and delicious as freshly air-fried. What we suggest is that you flash-freeze the coated, raw slices and store them for up to a month. Then, just air-fry the portions you want to eat!

Recipe tips:

  • Don’t have buttermilk? We have an easy homemade substitute right here!
  • Slice the onions into thick rings, so there’s a nice balance between the onions and the crunchy coating.
  • Make sure to pre-heat, so the rings start frying up the moment you close the basket. This prevents them from getting soggy.

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Air Fryer Onion Rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings are double-crusted and flavored with parmesan, paprika, and other seasonings before getting air-fried to crunchy, golden perfection.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ranch seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Peel the onions and cut them into ½ " thick slices. Separate slices gently so you don't break them.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, salt, ranch, paprika, and cayenne pepper, stir.
  • In another medium bowl whisk the egg with buttermilk.
  • In a third medium bowl, toss together breadcrumbs, oil, and parmesan.
  • Dip each onion ring into the egg mixture and then into the flour mixture. Dip it back into the egg mixture and finally into the panko bread crumb mixture pressing a bit.
  • Arrange them on a baking sheet in one layer. Spray each with cooking spray.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • Place onion rings in the air fryer in a single layer and cook for 12-15 minutes or until crisp on the outside and golden.
  • Remove from the air fryer and repeat with the rest of the onion rings.



  • If you don't have buttermilk, just mix the same amount of milk with about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Let it sit for 20 minutes and you will have buttermilk!
  • Slice the onions into thick rings, so there’s a nice balance between the onions and the crunchy coating.
  • Make sure to pre-heat the air fryer, so the rings start frying up the moment you close the basket. Otherwise, they will be soggy.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 2mg
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These look so amazing. I love onion rings. I have been wanting to try them in the air fryer too. I'll have to try out this recipe.



Another reason why I need to buy an air fryer. Onion ring is one of my favorites and will like a healthier option.



I love onion rings they're really tasty. This sounds like a great lower calorie option.



I have got to get an air fryer and if they make crunchy onion rings, I'm in for sure!!


Chef Dennis

These Air Fryer Onion Rings are making me crave! I am so excited to make this for my family.



I really do need to get an airfryer. These onion rings look so tasty!!



I love onion rings. These onion rings look so crispy and not greasy.


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