Have you ever tried cooking frozen onion rings in your air fryer? If not, then don’t worry. I will tell you an amazing way that you will love.
I have some special love for frozen foods and frozen onion rings are no exception. They cook fast, tastes amazing and no prep is required. You can have them ready in as less as 5 minutes.
When I first tried them, I was amazed at how fast they cooked. The color, taste and texture was all amazing, thanks to air fryer.
Air fryers have made life so easy for many housewives, cooks and food lovers. With a few simple steps, you get your loved dish ready in few minutes. Especially when it comes to frozen foods air fryer can do wonders. Whether you are making frozen popcorn shrimp, dumplings or frozen mozzarella sticks, air fryer is a one fit solution for all.
How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
Do you ever find yourself craving the irresistible crunch and savory flavor of air fryer onion rings? If you’re like me, you’ll be delighted to discover that you can enjoy these crispy treats without the guilt of deep frying. Yes, you heard it right! No messy oil and no extra fat.
A pack of Alexia frozen onion rings
1- Choose brand of onion rings
Air fryer recipes are not too complicated. It’s just a matter of the correct time and temperature and a few simple steps.
So, first, choose your favorite brand of frozen onion rings and store them in fridge. You can cook straight from fridge, no need to thaw.
Preheat your air fryer to 400 F.
Once the air fryer is preheated, place 7-8 onion rings in the air fryer basket.
The number of rings you will add depends upon your basket size. Cosori max xl air fryer has a square basket and can accommodate up to 7-8 onion rings easily. Normally I don’t use any oil with frozen recipes. And I will also recommend you not use any oil here.
Set the temperature to 350 F and cook for 5 mins flipping halfway through.
And that’s it, air fried crispy onion rings are ready. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Notes & Tips
1- I would recommend preheating your air fryer. This is not compulsory, but it works well for even cooking.
2- If you have a preheat function in your air fryer, just press the button and let it preheat. Or else, simply turn the air fryer empty for 3-4 mins.
3- Place the onion rings in single layer with little space between them.
4- I always preheat for frozen food recipes at 400 F. You can do the same, or else 350-375 F also works fine.
5- During cooking, don’t forget to flip the onion rings.
You can try onion rings with any of your favorite dipping sauce. I love to try onion rings with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce and hot sauce.
Some other classical options are ketchup, honey mustard, buffalo sauce and sweet chili sauce.
Reheating & storage
You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for three days in an airtight container or bag.
For reheating, you can use air fryer or microwave oven. I prefer air fryer because it prevents the onion rings from getting soggy.
You can reheat the frozen rings for 2-3 mins in air fryer at 350 F.
Now the question is, once you have reheated onion rings, can you reheat them again for the second time?
Well you can, but try to avoid reheating again and again because the more and more you reheat, it will start to lose taste and crispiness.
What to do if onion rings tastes dry?
It can happen. As there are different brands of onion rings, and each can have a slightly different composition. Other main reason of dried taste is over cooking or cooking at high temperature. So, stick to recipe guidelines and your onion rings wont taste dry.
You can follow any of below to overcome dry taste in onion rings.
Mist with Oil: Although I don’t use oil for onion rings but you can use if they taste dry. Before cooking, lightly mist the onion rings with cooking oil using an oil spray. This will help to add moisture and improve their texture when you heat them up again.
Add Cheese: Cheese is another creative idea, melt some cheese on top of the onion rings. This not only adds moisture but also extra flavor.
Cook onion rings for 4 minutes and then add cheese over them and cook for another 1 minute. Cheddar, mozzarella, or even a creamy cheese sauce can work wonders.
What are various brands of onion rings?
There are various brands of onion rings in the market, each claiming its own uniqueness. Better give each brand a try; you will know yourself which one is best to use.
According to mashed.com, below are some of the best onion rings brands:
- Nathan’s Onion Rings
- Alexia Onion Rings
- Member’s Mark Onion Rings
- Cavendish Farms Onion Rings
- Brew City Onion Rings
How to make onion rings crispy?
The simple tip is to cook them at right temperature for the right time. For this recipe cook at 350 F for 5 minutes only. Secondly, cook them straight from fridge. Don’t let them thaw or else you wont be getting crispy texture.
Can you cook onion rings in the oven?
Yes, sure, you can. But keep in mind that cooking any recipe in the oven takes twice of time as compared to air fryers. So you have to bake onion rings for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
- Pack of Alexia frozen onion rings
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 F.
- Take frozen onion rings from fridge and add straight to air fryer basket.
- Arrange onion rings evenly without over lapping them. A medium size air fryer can accommodate 5-6 onion rings easily.
- Cook at 350 F for 5 mins flipping halfway through. Avoid shaking the basket, instead flip the onion rings with silicone tongs after half time.