Air-Fryer Onion Rings

These air-fryer onion rings are a great alternative to traditional deep-fried onion rings. The homemade dipping sauce adds to the savory flavor and adds a creamy note to counter the crispy coating.

air fryer onion rings
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • Cooking spray

  • 2 large (10-ounce) sweet onions, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour

  • ¾ cup buttermilk, divided

  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°F for 3 minutes. Coat the fryer basket with cooking spray.

  2. Separate onion slices into rings. Toss the onion rings with onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, flour and 1/2 cup buttermilk in a shallow dish. Place panko in another shallow dish. Dip each onion ring in the egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then dredge in the panko to coat completely; place in the fryer basket. Repeat until the basket is full. Coat the onion rings with cooking spray. Cook, flipping once, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining onion rings in batches as needed.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, chives, parsley and the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle the onion rings with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and serve with the dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

245 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup onion rings & 1 1/2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 245
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Vitamin A 145IU 3%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Vitamin D 12IU 3%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Vitamin K 31mcg 26%
Sodium 299mg 13%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 190mg 4%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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