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Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

One thing I love about air fryers is the ease of cooking frozen foods. These Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings are no exception.

They’re the perfect addition in the summer to a grill night and even complement a nice quick winter meal as well.

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Air Fryer Onion Rings with Ketchup on a white plate

You can cook them in less time than it takes to preheat your oven! Oh, and did I mention there is no oil needed? They’re right up there with air frying Hot Pockets (which are amazing, by the way).

The first time I made these frozen onion rings, I started them about 20 minutes before dinner was ready. You know, the amount of time it takes for an oven to preheat then bake them.

Thankfully, I like to keep an eye on my food as it cooks in my air fryer and 4 minutes later they were done!

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I was amazed at how fast they cooked, but then they were ready 15 minutes too early. I ended sticking them back in the air fryer to reheat right before dinner and they were cooked to perfection.

I’ve included both original cooking time and reheating time for cooking these delicious air fryer frozen onion rings.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Onion Rings (on a white plate)

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How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees. Preheating allows your air fryer to cook evenly, which is even more important when cooking from frozen.

Grab your favorite brand of onion rings out of the freezer. Place 6 to 7 ounces of frozen onion rings right into your air fryer. This ended up being half a bag of the Alexia Onion Rings.

I made this recipe right in my Cosori Air Fryer. It has a square basket and is great for cooking more than enough food for my family of 4. You can read more about the Cosori air fryer here.

Cook the onion rings for 4-5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Remove from air fryer and enjoy immediately by themselves or with your favorite dipping sauce (hello ketchup!).

Onion Rings inside air fryer

What Are the Best Frozen Onion Rings?

I personally love cooking with the Alexia Frozen Onion Rings. They don’t require any oil and crisp up to perfection inside the air fryer.

If you have another favorite brand, feel free to drop it in the comments below!

Air Fried Onion Ring in hand bitten into

I Used a Different Brand and They Look A Little Dry While Cooking. What Do I Do?

Not all brands are created equal.

Most frozen foods (in the US) are cooked with oil already included. The oils already cooked into the food are all that is typically needed for air frying.

While most frozen foods do not need added oil in an air fryer, sometimes they need a little boost.

Simply spray the onion rings with vegetable or olive oil using an EVO Oil Sprayer. You can use this at the beginning of cooking or even in the middle.

Please stay away from any PAM-like sprays as they can actually ruin your air fryer.

Onion Rings on a white plate with ketchup in front

How Do I Reheat Onion Rings in an Air Fryer?

If you’re anything like me, you had a huge appetite going into dinner or just overestimated how much your family could eat.

I do it all the time.

Thankfully, air fryers are amazing at heating up food while keeping it crispy.

Preheat your air fryer 350 degrees then place the onion rings inside and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed.

Reheating them at a lower temperature allows the insides to reheat while making sure the outside doesn’t get too crispy or burnt.

If you notice the onion rings are starting to get a little dry while reheating, just spray them with a few sprays using your EVO Oil Sprayer (this thing is amazing) and it will bring the moisture right back.

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Air Fryer Onion Rings with Ketchup on a white plate

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Samantha Erb
An easy way to make frozen onion rings crispy without any added oil.
4.36 from 78 votes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 303 kcal


  • 6 ounces of frozen onion rings about 1/2 a bag of Alexia onion rings


  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees for about 3 minutes.
  • Place onion rings in the air fryer, stacking if needed.*
  • Cook air fryer onion rings for 4 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.**
  • Remove from the air fryer and enjoy immediately.



* do not stack onion rings more than halfway full
** allow for more cooking time if making more onion rings at once


Serving: 1gCalories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 589mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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44 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings”

  1. I too have a Corsori Air Fryer and use it for a lot of things. We use Nathan’s onion rings but I’ll have to try the Alexia Onion Rings. Great to compare!

    • Hi Anne, I am not sure what could have happened. We make our onion rings like this all the time. It’s possible it was the brand of onion rings used that needs a little oil added or you could try dropping your temperature down to 350 degrees and cook from there.

    • It could have been your onion rings. I haven’t tried them in the air fryer, but if our onion rings started to thaw and refreeze, they did the same thing in the oven.

    • Sorry to hear, Margie. What brand of frozen onion rings did you use? Some require a little bit of oil on top if they look a little dry when cooking.

  2. Recent time, I try many recipe with my new Air Fryer, Everything came out so greatly, yours also. I love your sharing much, easy to follow! Thank you much for this post!

  3. For those of us who aren’t familiar yet with our air fryer, we rely on folks who are willing to take the time to post helpful information like this so as for me, I’m grateful.

    • I’m so glad it’s helpful, Beryl! It’s always nice to know you can make something the first time without worrying about if it will turn out good or not!

  4. So helpful and I’m snacking on these as I’m typing this. These Alexia onion rings are the bomb. Thank you as this was my first thing I cooked in my mini air fryer.

  5. Are you supposed to spray the basket before or after you pre heat when cooking with the air fryer. Recipes never say and I’ve tried to look for an answer but no luck…..Thank you and these look delish!

    • Hi Carin, I usually don’t recommend spraying the actual basket. If you do need to, spray the oil (not PAM) right before adding the food inside.

  6. I have a small 3 qt air fryer and they cooked a little quicker. Probably because my air fryer was small. The onion rings cooked amazing! Wow, i’ll never cook them in any other way.


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