Air Fryer Spicy Onion Rings Recipe

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Why Make Air Fryer Onion Rings?

Onion rings are big contenders when choosing fried snacks for watching a game or a movie. They’re also excellent fast-food partners for hamburgers, hot dogs and wings.

Onion rings are more popular than ever, but let’s face it, the frozen kind always ends up soggy and greasy. Make onion rings with an air fryer and enjoy the crispiest rings you’ve tried. Bread them, spray them with oil and fry them for a few minutes. Forget about wasted oil and making a mess — this is a new era for onion rings.

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What Goes into Making Spicy Onion Rings?

Today we’re not only making air fryer onion rings, but we’re also making them spicy with a teaspoon of paprika.

The secret, though, is in the batter. Regular batter is no good for the air fryer, as you can’t air-fry wet things. We’ll add breadcrumbs to the batter to make it thick enough to be air fryer compatible. The rest of the ingredients is easy: milk, flour, baking powder and onion powder.

As for the onions, white and yellow onions are the best for making rings. Yellow onions are sweeter than the white variety, but white onions are a bit firmer.

What Goes with Onion Rings?

Once you pull out a big batch of crispy onion rings from the air fryer, it’s time to get creative.

Onion rings are fantastic toppings for hamburgers and hotdogs, but serving them with a creamy, garlicky dip or a savory tomato-based dish is also delightful. Onion rings, as all fried goodies, are best straight out of the frier, so don’t let them sit for long.

The best part? Air fryer onion rings are crispy and won’t go soggy as deep-fried rings would; that’s the magic of frying without oil!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy454 cal




In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, milk, flour, baking powder, paprika and onion powder.


Preheat the air-fryer to 400°F


Dip the onion rings in the egg mixture and coat them with breadcrumbs.


Spray the onion rings with cooking oil and arrange them in the air fryer basket.


Air fry for 8-10 minutes until golden and crispy.


Serve with dip or ketchup or as a side dish. Onion rings are excellent burger toppings as well!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories454
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat6.9 g78 g8.85%
  • Saturated Fat2.2 g20 g11%
  • Cholesterol87 mg300 mg29%
  • Sodium464 mg2300 mg20.17%
  • Total Carbohydrate81.7 g275 g29.71%
  • Dietary Fiber6.9 g28 g24.64%
  • Total Sugars12.8 g
  • Protein17 g50 g34%
  • Calcium332 mg1300 mg25.54%
  • Iron5 mg18 mg27.78%
  • Potassium700 mg4700 mg14.89%

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