Air Fryer Onion Rings are your new favorite way to enjoy this classic appetizer!! Simple onions are cut into rings and coated with spiced almond flour mixture to create a delicious crispy appetizer! This healthy version is grain-free, Paleo, Whole30, and Keto friendly but loved by all.
Full disclosure: I have never watched more football in my life than I have the past month. My little guy loves it, and quite honestly, I’m enjoying our cozy couch snuggling by the fire watching a sport that I always liked…. but not loved. It’s certainly no baseball, but I’m enjoying it so much more watching my little 9 year old so into it. We’ve watched lots of college bowl games, and have made our way to the last round of NFL playoffs.
Cutting right to the chase, we’re also REALLY enjoying football food! Even being on a round of Whole30, we’ve managed to have fantastically delicious appetizers and meals like my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Tots (family favorite for sure), “Cheesy” Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Instant Pot Turkey Chili, Buffalo Chicken Casserole with Cauliflower Rice, and now these Air Fryer Onion Rings.
Why Onion Rings in the Air Fryer?
Let me just tell you, the Air Fryer has become one of my secret weapons for healthy eating in the kitchen. YES, it absolutely does make everything crispy and cooks food faster. But even better, it makes my kids eat even more vegetables and have a new love for different veggies. So when we were trying to come up with some more ideas for fun football appetizers, it was my kids who actually suggested this! The result? Perfectly crispy onion rings that have ingredients I love!
How to make Air Fryer Onion Rings:
We’ll start with simple ingredients:
- 2 large yellow or white onions
- 2 eggs
- almond flour
- Italian seasoning
- olive oil or avocado oil that you can brush or spray
We start by slicing the onions into 1 inch thick pieces, then separate the rings. In a shallow bowl, combine the almond flour and salt with seasonings. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper, just to spread out the onion rings as you dip and coat them.
In a separate shallow bowl, you will whisk the eggs. Dip each onion ring into the egg, then the almond flour mixture. Ensure that you even get the inside of each ring. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with all rings.
A few tips here, to help the mixture stick to the onion rings. First tip, make sure your hands aren’t wet from the previous onion ring. So wipe your hands in between each ring. Also, we will refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before placing in the air fryer!
Place the onion rings in the basket, it’s okay if some of them are stacked. We cook for 6 minutes at 390 in the air fryer, spritz with a little avocado oil or olive oil, and cook another 4-5 minutes. That’s it!
Can I make in the oven?
Don’t have an air fryer? No worries!! You can keep them on the baking sheet (still let them refrigerate), and cook at 425 for 20 minutes.
Gobble these up while they are hot!!! They will not hold well or refrigerate well. I served with my new favorite barbecue sauce: Primal Kitchen. You can also dip in a ranch dressing or even my Avocado Cilantro Dressing.
Air Fryer Onion Rings
- 2 large yellow or white onions
- 2 large eggs
- 1.5 cups almond flour
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Avocado oil or olive oil spray
Prepare the onion rings by first lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Slice the onion: being by slicing the ends off the onion. Peel off the outer layer. Now slice into 3/4 inch - 1 inch slices. Pull apart the individual rings. Pat dry if they are wet.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together both eggs. In another shallow bowl, stir together almond flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, and sea salt.
Dip each onion ring in the egg mixture first, then the flour mixture. Ensure to get the insides of each ring. Also, wipe your hands or use tongs after dipping each onion ring in order to prevent the flour mixture from falling off. Transfer the pan to the fridge and let sit for at least 30 minutes. This helps to keep the coating on the onions.
When ready to cook, preheat the air fryer at 380 for about 5 minutes. Then add the onion rings, it's okay to stack some of the rings, and cook for 6 minutes. Open the air fryer and spray with the avocado oil or olive oil. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until nice and crispy. Serve hot with your choice of sauce.