I prefer onion rings to French fries any time I have the choice. I love the crispy crust with the slightly sweet interior of the onion. They are the perfect side dish to any burger.
These Air Fryer Onion Rings start off with sweet onions, are breaded and air fried, then served with a quick French fry dip. No need to raid your freezer for this bar-food favorite when you have these homemade air fryer onion rings as an option!
Why Make Onion Rings in the Air Fryer?
There are three great reasons for making these onion rings in the air fryer.
- It’s perfect for smaller portions! You can make just a few onion rings (enough for two people) in just a few minutes.
- No grease to clean up.
- The air fryer is healthier than the traditional deep-frying method even when you spray them with a little oil, which I recommend to help get a crispy coating.
If you need onion rings to feed a crowd you can either air fry them in batches or go the traditional deep-fried route. If you opt for deep fried we have some favorite fryers you might want to check out or you can do it in a deep pot and follow our recipe for deep fried Onion Rings. Anyway, you make an onion ring is a good way to me!
What Onions Work Best for Onion Rings?
I prefer Vidalia or yellow onions when making onion rings. They have a naturally sweet flavor that everyone resonates with when biting into an onion ring. In a pinch, you can use plain white onions, although they won’t have that sweetness to them.
I would avoid red onions for this recipe; they have too much of a bite to be a good frier onion.
How to Make Crunchy Onion Rings in the Air Fryer
I have a few tricks for making crispy onion rings in the air fryer:
- Add a little cornstarch to the flour. It helps the breading stick to the onion.
- Use panko breadcrumbs. They are super crunchy and work great in an air fryer recipe.
- Spray the onion rings with a little nonstick spray or sprayable olive oil before placing them in the air fryer. This little bit of fat helps them get golden brown and crispy.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Onion Rings?
These are a great game day snack or a side dish for any burger or wrap. Basically, if you are making some pub food, then onion rings can and should be on your table!
Dip Ideas for Onion Rings
I like to use a simple fry sauce for my onion rings which is a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup. I like to use 1/3 cup of mayo to 2 tablespoons of ketchup, but you can adjust the ratios to your liking. But, if a mayo and ketchup mix isn’t your thing, you can serve these with Honey Mustard Dressing, Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, Blue Cheese Sauce, or Ranch!
Reheating Instructions for Onion Rings
What’s so great about making onion rings in an air fryer is that you can ideally just make as many onion rings as you’re going to eat.
But, if you do have some leftovers, they keep fine in the fridge for a few days. Reheat either in your air fryer or in a 350°F oven until they get crispy again, probably 8-10 minutes!
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More Air Fryer Sides for Dipping
- Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
- Air Fryer French Fries
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries
- Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower
Air Fryer Onion Rings
- For the onion rings
- 3 medium sweet yellow onions
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 4 cups panko breadcrumbs
- Nonstick spray, for cooking
- Minced parsley, garnish (optional)
- For the easy fry dip
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
Prepare the onion rings:
Cut the non-root end of the onions off and peel onions. Slice onions into 1/4-inch thick slices and separate each slice to make rings. For thicker onion rings, you could cut them up to an 1/2-inch thick slices.
Make the breading station:
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until smooth and cohesive. Into a third medium-sized bowl add the panko.
Bread the onion rings:
Dip onion rings in the flour mixture to coat well, then into the egg mixture, making sure to shake off any excess, and finally into the panko bowl to fully coat with breadcrumbs. Use your dry hand to pack on the panko so it sticks well. Transfer breaded onion rings to a plate.
Air fry the onion rings:
Spray the air fryer basket and the onion rings with non-stick cooking spray. Place onion rings in a single layer in the basket. Air fry the onion rings at 350°F for 5 minutes, then flip the onion rings, and air fry for another 5 minutes on the second side. Remove onion rings and repeat until the rings are all air fried.
Make the fry sauce:
In a small bowl combine the mayo and ketchup to make the fry sauce.
Serve the onion rings:
Garnish onion rings with parsley, if desired and serve while warm. You can keep air fried onion rings in a 200˚F oven while you finish cooking the other batches. Serve onion rings with the fry sauce or your favorite ring dip.