If you want to enjoy hot, crispy onion rings without having to worry about it hurting your diet, this air fryer onion rings recipe is the answer!
It’s easy to make onion rings at home in your air fryer that taste just as good or even better than traditional deep-fried onion rings.
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||7-10 minutes|
Tools and Ingredients
- Air fryer
- 1 large onion
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
Cut the onion into 1/4 inch slices and separate into rings.
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Dip each onion slice into the flour until well-coated.
Add the egg and milk to the flour and whisk until it’s well-combined into a batter. If the consistency isn’t quite right, add a little extra milk or flour.
Spread the bread crumbs on a plate.
Dip each flour-coated onion ring into the batter, then dip into the breadcrumbs. Make sure each ring is well-coated with bread crumbs.
Put the rings in the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 380° F. Cook for 5 minutes.
Check the rings and use tongs to turn them over to ensure even browning. Cook for another 3-5 minutes, until the rings are golden brown or to your desired level of crispiness.
Tips and Considerations
The best onions to use for onion rings are either sweet onions or yellow onions. White onions are a little bit too strong for most people when it comes to onion rings.
Try adding a few tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for a more flavorful breading. You can also add a little pepper and other spices if desired. Garlic powder and parmesan go well together.
You can spray the onion rings with a little bit of cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer to achieve a taste that is closer to the deep-fried original.
If you’re looking for a lower-calorie version, you can skip the flour batter. Just dip each onion ring into an egg white and then into the breadcrumbs. This will result in onion rings that are even healthier, though the taste might be a bit different.
This air fryer onion rings recipe works best when making a smaller serving size. To make onion rings for a larger group, you’ll need to make them in shifts. The cook time is pretty short, though, so this shouldn’t slow you down too much.
The exact cooking time will vary depending on how thick your slices are and how well done you like your onion rings. If you prefer them pretty well-browned and crispy, expect it to take a full 10 minutes. If you don’t want them to be extremely crispy, they may need only 7 minutes or so. Just be sure to check on the rings after five minutes.