how to cook frozen onion rings in air fryer

How to Cook Frozen Onion Rings in Air Fryer?

Have you ever tried cooking frozen onion rings in your air fryer? If not, then don’t worry. I will tell you an amazing recipe that you will love.

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 mins.

You can use the frozen onion rings as a side dish or for a quick munch, as it doesn’t takes a lot of time. You can cook them in as less as 7 mins and can have them with your favorite sauce or ketchup.

So, without any further let’s move towards the recipe:

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Ingredients Required

Not much, just a pack of your favorite brand frozen onion rings .


Tips for cooking frozen onion rings

1-    I would recommend preheating your air fryer. This is not compulsory, but better to have to ensure even cooking.

2-    If you have a preheat function in your air fryer, just press the button and let it preheat for 3-4 mins. Or else, if not , simply turn the air fryer on for 3-4 mins.

3-    I always preheat my recipes at 400 F. You can do the same, or else 350 F will also work.

Step–By–Step Guide

1- The Basics

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, take out your favorite brand’s frozen onion rings from the fridge. No need to thaw them; you have to cook them in frozen form.

2- Preheating the air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400 F or 350 F for 3-4 mins.

3- Recommended Air Fryer

The best air fryers, as per my experience, are the Cosori air fryer max XL or Chefman air fryer. You can also use a different model; it’s up to you.

4- Cooking Process

Once your air fryer has preheated, place 6-7 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 6-7 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 375 F and the timer to 7 mins.

Keep a check as well because, if left unchecked, onion rings can burn as well. 

During cooking, don’t forget to flip the onion rings after 2 mins. Instead of flipping, you can shake the basket and toss them as well. After 7 mins, your onion rings will be ready to be served.

Can you reheat onion rings in an air fryer?

Yes, of course, you can. This is the best feature of an air fryer that allows dishes to be reheated in small intervals of time. Unlike microwave oven, air fryer does don’t makes the onion rings soggy when reheated. 

You can reheat the frozen rings for 2-3 mins at the same temperature used for preheating, i.e., 400 F.

Now the question is, once you have reheated onion rings, can you reheat them again for the second time? 

Hmm.. Yes, you can, but try to avoid reheating again and again because the more and more you reheat, it will actually start to lose taste and crispiness.

Nutritional Values

According to eatthismuch, below are nutritional estimates for servings of 6 onion rings:

304 Calories

31g Carbs

(28.9g net carbs)

18g Fat

3.8g Protein

*These are estimates and cay vary.

What to do if onion rings taste dry?

It can happen. As there are different brands of onion rings, and each can have a slightly different composition.

But anyways no need to worry about it. Next time you cook them, use 2 tsp. of oil or use an oil spray. But use it during the middle of the cooking process, when onion rings are half way done in the air fryer. This is very useful for getting rid of a dry taste.

What are various brands of onion rings?

There are multiple 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, 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 tip that I follow is simple. Add 2 tsp. of oil before cooking them in the air fryer. Secondly, increase the cooking time for another 1 min. These tips have worked for me for a long time; you can also try them; and enjoy extra crispiness.

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.

Can you store onion rings?

The answer is yes; you can store cooked onion rings in your refrigerator. Just cover them and put them in your fridge. And don’t store for more than 2 days. 

But personally speaking, I am not a big fan of storing food once it is cooked. It will lose its nutritional value; the more you store, the less healthy it will become.

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