How to make Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer?

If you love Onion rings, then one of the best ways to make them is to make a bag of frozen onion rings in air fryer.

You can get any brand of onion rings, and they will taste crispy and delicious once you are done frying them in the air fryer.

What shocks me is how I get perfectly crispy fried Onion rings with little to no oil compared to their deep-fried counterparts.

It also doesn’t take long to cook Onion rings in the air fryer. If you make Onion rings for one person, you would be done cooking them in the air fryer in a batch or two.

Making them in the air fryer is quick and easy, and the results are as good as their deep-fried versions, so follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make them and enjoy this guilt-free version of Onion Rings.

Why make Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer?

  • Great Snack: Air-fried onion rings make for a delicious and satisfying snack or appetizer.
  • Easy to Make in Air Fryer: The air fryer simplifies cooking and gives a hands-free option for frying food.
  • Uses Less Oil: Compared to deep frying, air frying uses very little oil, resulting in a healthier alternative.
  • Healthier Option: Since you are using less oil, this makes air fried Onion rings a better snack option
  • Kid-Friendly: The crispy texture and familiar taste of air-fried onion rings make them a kid-friendly option, perfect for pleasing even the pickiest eaters.


1 Bag of Frozen Onion Rings- Any brand of frozen Onion rings would do, so do not be particular about the brand, as your air fryer would do a great job frying it anyway.

1 Spray of Oil- This is completely optional. I have not used olive oil while making frozen onion rings in an air fryer, but you can do so if you want your onion rings to be a bit more crispy.

You can use any oil of your choice. I would recommend vegetable oil, but olive oil or any other oil would be fine in this air fryer recipe.

How to make Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer

Follow these easy steps to make the crispiest air fryer Onion rings ever, and enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauces.

1. Prepare Air Fryer Basket: Place frozen onion rings in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You do not need to thaw the Onion Rings; you can place the frozen Onion Rings directly in the air fryer.

2. Set Temperature and Time: Cook at 200°C (392°F) for 6-7 minutes.

3. Flip Halfway Through: Halfway through the cooking time, pause and flip the onion rings to ensure even crisping.

4. Check for Crispiness:After the total cooking time, check for desired crispiness. If needed, cook for an additional minute or two.

5. Serve Warm: Once crispy, remove the onion rings from the air fryer and serve immediately.

How to store leftover Onion Rings

– Refrigerating Leftover Onion Rings (2-3 days): You can store onion rings in an airtight container or keep them covered with foil and store them in the fridge. Consume within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.

Freezing Leftover Onion Rings (2-3 months): Freeze individually on a tray for 2-3 hours, then transfer to an airtight container or a zip lock bag. Mention the date and month of freezing on the ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2-3 months. 

How to reheat Leftover Onion Rings

To reheat leftover onion rings in the air fryer, place them in a single layer in the basket. Heat at 200°C for 4-5 minutes, flipping halfway for even crispiness.

Keep a close eye to avoid overcooking. Once they’re reheated and crispy to your satisfaction, remove them from the air fryer and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.

Best frozen Onion Rings for Air Fryer

1. Alexia Onion Rings

2. Ore-Ida Onion Rings

3. Nathan’s Famous Onion Rings

4. Farmwise Veggie Rings

5. McCain Onion Rings

Dipping sauce recommendations for Onion rings

1. Ketchup: Classic and simple, ketchup complements the savory taste of onion rings.

2. Chipotle Mayo: Spice things up with chipotle mayo for a smoky and slightly spicy kick.

3. Barbecue Sauce: Sweet and smoky barbecue sauce can add a flavorful contrast to the savory onion rings.

4. Ranch Dressing: Cool and herby ranch dressing provides a refreshing dip that balances the fried crunch.

5. Honey Mustard: Sweet and tangy honey mustard creates a delicious flavor combination with the savory onion rings.

6. Buffalo Sauce: For those who enjoy some heat, buffalo sauce can add a spicy twist to the onion rings.

7. Garlic Aioli: Elevate the experience with garlic aioli for a creamy, garlicky dip.

How to serve Onion Rings?

There are so many ways to serve Onion Rings, and apart from the classic serving Onion Rings with a dipping sauce, you can also serve it as a side dish.

It works well as a side for so many recipes and some of them are-

When it comes to serving onion rings, they’re a versatile side that pairs perfectly with a bunch of dishes. Check out these options:

1. Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Sandwiches: Top your burger or sandwiches with onion rings for an extra crunch, or enjoy them as a tasty side. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this combo.

2. Barbecue Dishes: Pair onion rings with barbecue dishes like grilled chicken, ribs, or pulled pork. The smokiness of barbecue flavors complements the crunchy texture of the onion rings.

5. Steak: Onion rings can be an excellent side dish for steak or other grilled meats. Combining crispy onion rings with grilled meats is a classic favorite.

6. Fish and Seafood: Pair onion rings with fish, chips, or any other seafood dish for a delightful combo.

7. Snack Platter: Create the ultimate snack platter with onion rings, assorted dips, and other finger foods for a fantastic munching experience.

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer

If you want a nice quick appetizer, consider making these foolproof frozen onion rings in the air fryer to get perfect crispy results. This quick and easy method will give you a golden, crunchy exterior while maintaining the savory goodness within.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 Philips Air fryer


  • 1 Pack Frozen Onion Rings


  • Place the onion rings in the air fryer(thawing is not needed) and make sure not to overlap any two rings and place them in a single layer. If you want even cooking of the Onion rings then there should be crowding.
  • Cook at 200°C (392°F) for 6-7 minutes.
  • Pause halfway through to flip the onion rings for even crisping.
  • After the total cooking time, check for desired crispiness; if needed, cook for an additional minute or two.
  • Once crispy, remove the onion rings from the air fryer and serve immediately.
    Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings


1. You can spray oil on the onion rings if you want. I don’t, since the frozen onion rings already have some oil in them.
2. Use a perforated parchment paper as the air fryer process does get a little messy.
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