Homemade Onion Rings


  • 2 large onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably panko)
  • Cooking spray or oil mister


  1. Prep the Onions:
    • Peel and slice the onions into rings, separating the layers. Discard the smallest inner rings as they might not cook evenly.
  2. Set Up Coating Station:
    • In one bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
    • In another bowl, place the beaten eggs.
    • In a third bowl, add the breadcrumbs.
  3. Coat the Onion Rings:
    • Dip each onion ring into the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
    • Then dip the ring into the beaten eggs, letting any excess drip off.
    • Finally, coat the ring in breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place the coated ring on a plate or tray.
  4. Preheat Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  5. Air Fry the Onion Rings:
    • Lightly grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray or use an oil mister to coat the onion rings.
    • Place the coated onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t touch or overlap.
    • Cook the onion rings in batches if needed.
    • Air fry for about 8-10 minutes, flipping the rings halfway through, until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Once the onion rings are cooked to your desired crispiness, carefully remove them from the air fryer and place them on a serving plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
    • Serve the onion rings immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, or aioli.


  1. Onion Selection: Use large onions with firm and tight layers for the best results. Sweet onions like Vidalia or yellow onions work well.
  2. Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs are preferred for their extra crispiness, but you can use regular breadcrumbs as well.
  3. Cooking Time: Cooking times may vary based on the air fryer model and the thickness of the onion rings. Keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
  4. Batch Cooking: Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook the onion rings in batches to ensure they cook evenly.
  5. Coating Variations: Feel free to experiment with the coating by adding different spices or seasonings to the flour or breadcrumbs mixture for added flavor.
  6. Oil Spray: Using a cooking spray or oil mister helps achieve a crispy texture without excessive added oil.
  7. Dipping Sauces: Get creative with your dipping sauces for a variety of flavors to complement the onion rings.

Enjoy your homemade air fryer onion rings – a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried versions!

Of course! Here are some additional tips, variations, and ideas to enhance your air fryer onion rings experience:


  1. Prevent Sticking: Make sure to coat your onion rings with cooking spray or use an oil mister to prevent them from sticking to the air fryer basket.
  2. Even Cooking: Arrange the onion rings in a single layer without overcrowding the basket. This ensures even cooking and a crispy texture.
  3. Shaking or Flipping: If you notice uneven browning, give the basket a gentle shake or flip the onion rings halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Serve Immediately: Air fryer onion rings are best enjoyed right after cooking to maintain their crispiness. If you need to cook multiple batches, consider keeping the first batch warm in a low oven while you finish cooking the rest.
  5. Reheating: If you have leftover onion rings, you can reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to regain their crispiness.


  1. Seasoning: Experiment with different seasoning blends to add a unique twist to your onion rings. Try Cajun seasoning, Italian herbs, or a touch of cayenne pepper for some heat.
  2. Batter Coating: Instead of the traditional flour-egg-breadcrumb coating, you can make a light batter using flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and water or beer. Dip the onion rings in the batter before coating with breadcrumbs.
  3. Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs to make a gluten-free version of onion rings.
  4. Cheesy Onion Rings: Sprinkle grated Parmesan or other shredded cheese over the onion rings during the last few minutes of cooking for a cheesy twist.
  5. Onion Ring “Bloomin’ Onion”: Arrange the onion rings in a way that they stack together to resemble a blooming flower. This creates a fun and visually appealing presentation.
  6. Sweet Onion Rings: Use sweet onions and add a touch of brown sugar to the flour mixture for a hint of sweetness.

Serving Ideas:

  1. Burger Topping: Serve onion rings on top of your favorite burgers for added crunch and flavor.
  2. Snack Platter: Create a snack platter with a variety of dipping sauces, such as honey mustard, chipotle mayo, or sriracha aioli, for a tasty appetizer.
  3. Side Dish: Serve air fryer onion rings as a delicious side dish with sandwiches, wraps, or grilled meats.
  4. Salad Topping: Crumble crispy onion rings over salads to add a unique and flavorful crunch.
  5. Party Food: Make a batch of onion rings for your next game day or movie night gathering.

Remember, cooking is all about experimentation, so don’t hesitate to get creative and tailor the recipe to your preferences. Enjoy your crispy and delightful air fryer onion rings!

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