Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Air Fryer Frozen Onion rings on a small red plate

Onion lovers unite! I am still enjoying my air fryer lid, and after the success with air fryer French fries, I knew I needed to try another: air fryer frozen onion rings.

Onion rings are a real favorite in this house, so I knew I’d meet no resistance trying them out!!

Ingredients needed

Just like for French fries, only 2 ingredients needed:

  • Frozen onion rings
  • Cooking spray
Air Fryer Lid for Instant Pot

And equipment – I have the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid. (and if you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, you can buy this as a combo.)

How to cook frozen onion rings in the air fryer

This process exactly matches the one for French fries, with one exception. I have found the cooking spray step to be more important for the onion rings. It is somewhat optional for French fries, but if I omit the spray for the onion rings, they always stick to the basket.

Therefore, spray the basket, then add the frozen onion rings. No need to thaw first.

Set the lid to air fry for 18 minutes and start the program. The lid will signal after about 10-11 minutes to turn the food. Just remove the lid, shake the basket a few times, then replace the lid. The cycle will automatically resume and then signal when it is finished.

Air Fried Onion Rings on a small red plate

So easy.

Please note that my results are specific to the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid, and Ore-Ida onion rings. Expect slight variation with different types of air fryers and different brands of onion rings. But the beauty of this method is, it is so easy to make small adjustments. Maybe start with a 17-minute cycle, then add a minute or two after if the onion rings seem under done.

I also make a half bag at a time, which is 8 ounces of onion rings.  When I “over-pour” French fries, I find they need more time. So, I would expect the same of onion rings, but I have never tried it. Not yet, anyway. 😎

Why I love using the Air Fryer

Sometimes I think our weather has 2 seasons: Grilling season and “too cold to grill.” If it’s grilling season, you probably don’t want to heat up the oven to make onion rings. Air fryer: great solution.

Too cold to grill? Your oven is probably busy with other things! Again, the air fryer wins the day!

Air Fryer Onion Rings Pin

If you like onion rings, you will LOVE making them in an air fryer!

Air Fryer Frozen Onion rings on a small red plate
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5 from 20 votes

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Frozen Onion Rings cook up perfectly in an air fryer!!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Sula


  • 8 ounces frozen onion rings 1/2 bag
  • Cooking spray


  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Add onion rings loosely to basket.
  • Set air fry program for 18 minutes. Remove lid and shake basket when the lid signals to turn food.
  • When cycle is complete, check onion rings for crispness. Repeat with another 2-minute cycle if crispier rings are desired.



Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 390mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

What to serve with air fried onion rings

The sky is really the limit here, isn’t it? Onion rings can complement so many meals, here are a few ideas to start with:


20 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been obsessed with my air fryer lately, so I can’t wait to try making these onion rings! They look great!

  2. 5 stars
    I have a slightly different air fryer lid but these onion rings still turned out perfect! Do you know what’s crazy? I had never bought frozen onion rings until I found your recipe, now I have to buy them again ASAP!

  3. wow, That’s amazing!!!! Didn’t imagine that onion rings could be cooked in air-frier. This is perfect for indulging in delicious comfort food during my diet. :)) Thanks for sharing

  4. 5 stars
    I love using the air fryer since I hate using oil to fry, not only due to the added fat, but the mess it leaves in the kitchen. This recipe is soooo easy. Oh, and bonus! I don’t have to heat up the oven.

  5. 5 stars
    I love onion rings and if its from an air fryer better! I try to avoid oil most times, this is great!

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