Crispy and “better for you” air fried onion rings – a quick and easy snack that goes great with some delicious comeback dipping sauce!
The other day I randomly got a strong craving for some crispy onion rings. Then I figured, why not make them in my air fryer? I’m always looking for new ways to use mine. I tend to mostly make brussels sprouts, fries, cauliflower gnocchi and fried pickles in there. I plan on sharing more air fryer recipes on here because it’s by far my favorite gadget. If you’re on the hunt for a good air fryer – click here for mine. It would make a great Christmas gift for the cook in your life.
Some of my other favorite air fryer recipes:
Anyway, more about this recipe! It did take me a few tries to get this one right. At first, I tried to make it super healthy by using almond and coconut flour. Then I tried almond meal instead of breadcrumbs. As well as Trader Joe’s gluten-free rice crumbs. The crust just felt apart with these methods and the texture wasn’t very crispy.
So, good ol’ fashioned flour (or all purpose gluten-free flour) and breadcrumbs (also can get gluten-free ones if needed) will have to do! It’s all good – they’re still much healthier than the deep fried ones you’d get at a restaurant.
Now let’s move on to what’s really important. What to dip them in. I made my take on comeback sauce which I’ll list in the recipe notes. This is my go-to when I need a delicious homemade dipping sauce. I also have it in this recipe paired with my everything crusted chicken fingers. I would also suggest ketchup, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, ranch – you can’t go wrong with any of those yummy choices.
This recipe is so easy. And very quick to cook thanks to the air fryer. The longest part is the breading part.. but it’s not hard at all. If anything a little tedious but once you get a bite of that crunchy onion ring.. you’ll know it’s all worth it.
Feel free to comment or e-mail me any air fryer recipes you’d like me to create 🙂 I’m always looking for new ideas!Print
1 large yellow onion, sliced 1/2-inch thick and separated into rings
1.5 cups panko breadcrumbs or regular/gluten-free breadcrumbs, I prefer panko but both work!
about 1/2 cup flour or all purpose gluten-free flour
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice (just make sure it’s not flavored)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
salt to taste
In a shallow bowl, add flour and paprika. Mix to combine.
In a second shallow bowl, whisk your eggs and milk.
And finally in a third shallow bowl combine the breadcrumbs, olive oil, salt and oregano. Mix to combine.
How to make the comeback sauce
Combine 1/2 cup mayo, 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp hot sauce, pinch of dried mustard, pinch of garlic powder, pinch of paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.