Air Fryer Onion Rings

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Air fryer onion rings are crispy and oh so good. Thinly sliced onion rings dipped in a batter and panko crumbs.

So many different things can be made in the air fryer like french fries, hard boiled eggs , tator tots and even turkey meatballs

Onion Rings On A Plate


I would highly recommend investing in an air fryer for your home. We use ours all of the time. They make cooking fast, easy and with minimal clean-up.

Be sure to check out this printable cooking times and temperatures sheet I made for quick reference. Print out a copy to keep in your kitchen.


What you need

This recipe needs a few items you might already have in your pantry. 

All-purpose flour – This used for the batter base. 

Cornstarch – Gives the coating a nice, light texture. 

Seasoned salt – Used for seasoning but you can substitute with salt and pepper.

Milk – You could also use buttermilk or even water for this recipe. 

Panko crumbs – This is the outer coating that sticks to the batter. It adds a nice crunch. Feel free to use regular breadcrumbs. 

Onion – I like using a sweet Vadalia onion or yellow onion. 

Bowl of flour, cornstarch, onion, milk, seasoning

How to make

Scroll down for full printable recipe, ingredients and video. 

  • Begin by making the batter. Mix together flour, cornstarch, seasoning and milk. 
Flour, cornstarch, salt, milk
  • Dip onion ring into batter and then in Panko crumbs. Make sure to fully cover the ring. 
  • Spray basket with oil and place them in a single layer in fryer basket. Spray the top of rings with oil to help brown. 
  • Cook at 380 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to flip the rings over half way through cooking. 
Rings of onions and bowl with batter and panko crumbs

Do you preheat?

The purpose of preheating is to get the machine warm. I usually only do this when I am cooking meat to ensure I get a proper cook throughout the meat. 

I did not preheat for the recipe and they turn out great every time. 

Can you freeze?

Yes! Once they have cooked and cooled, place on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. Once the rings have frozen, place them in an air tight, freezer safe bag. They are good for up to 3 months. 

Frozen onion rings in air fryer

If you have a bag of frozen rings, place them in the fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes. Make sure to flip them over half way through cooking time. 


  • Cut the onion into about 1/2-inch rings. 
  • Don’t stack the rings in the basket. You want them to be in a single layer so that they are able to crisp up and cook evenly.
  • You can add extra seasoning immediately after they have finished cooking. I usually add a pinch of salt to finish them off.
  • Try serving them with a side of this zesty onion ring dipping sauce for extra flavor.

What is the best air fryer?

There are many great options on the market. Choices depend on how much food you will be cooking and the needs of your family. 

  • I use the Corsi Air Fryer that is 5.8 quarts. It has a digital touchscreen and includes a recipe book filled with many things to make. They also have a smaller, 3.7 quart version.
  • The OMORC is a great, large option that is priced reasonably. 
  • The Ninja Air Fryer works well. This model is 4 quarts.
  • I also have friends who use the PowerXL and really enjoy how it cooks. 
Onion ring being dipped in ketchup

More easy air fryer recipes

***If you make this recipe, please feel free to leave comment and rating below. 

Onion rings on plate
5 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Onion Rings

By Heather
Easy air fryer onion rings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 onions
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs


  • Remove outer part of onion. Cut into 1/4 inch rings.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, seasoned salt and milk until combined to make a batter.
  • Dip individual onion ring into batter and then into a bowl of Panko crumbs. Place on a plate until ready to cook.
  • Spray basket with oil. Place rings in air fryer basket. Spray the top of onion rings with cooking spray. Cook at 380 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Make sure to flip the rings half way through cooking.


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Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try these in the air fryer. Panko crumbs make everything extra crunchy and delicious! We like ours dipped in fry sauce. 🙂