Using my air fryer is life-changing to the way I cook things. I no longer need to heat up an oven to cook dinner and a lot of times I don’t even need to heat up the stove. I can do thinks like sauté onions in an air fryer.
As a busy mom, it’s amazing. That means less time making dinner and less time cleaning it up. Sometimes it takes more time to figure out how to cook and roast different foods, so they come out perfectly.
Foods like roasted carrots, I managed to perfect within one or two times making in an air fryer, but sautéing onions in an air fryer was a little harder.
I tried numerous times to make them, but they also came out crispy, and that’s not how you want them to taste when going for more of a caramelized onion taste.
Turns out, an air fryer accessory is hands-down incredible to use when cooking foods like onions or peppers in an air fryer.
I’m now up to three air fryers, but I love testing them out for readers to make sure you make the right decision when air frying foods.
How to Sauté Onions in an Air Fryer
First, cut your onions into long slices, cutting off the two ends and peeling the outside layer.
Then heat a small air fryer pan, like the pizza pan in this Air Fryer Accessory Kit with oil on 300 degrees for 1 minute.
This allows the oil to heat up, just like when you sauté or caramelize onions on the stove.
Place the sliced onions inside the air fryer and mix evenly to coat the onions with oil. If there is not enough oil, the onions can burn before they start getting soft.
Cook the onions on 300 degrees for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
After 5 minutes, add a small pinch of sugar to the onions, mix thoroughly and cook for another 7-10 minutes stirring every 2-3 minutes.
I learned the sugar trick a few years back and use it every time I want a sweeter caramelized onion taste in less time.
I absolutely love caramelized onions, but waiting 30-40 minutes for them to cook is painful when you have two kids running around complaining they’re hungry.
As onions cook, their sugar molecules are broken down. This causes them to have a sweeter taste than when biting into a raw onion (don’t ever do that).
You can read more about the science of cooking and caramelizing onions here.
Remove sautéed onions from your air fryer and enjoy with your favorite recipe immediately!
This recipe will create the perfect sautéed onion. I am still working on perfecting caramelized onions in an air fryer and will share that recipe with you once it’s at its best.
What Kind of Onion Can I Sauté in an Air Fryer?
I personally sautéed sweet Vidalia onions in this recipe. They’re my favorite onion to cook with because it starts off with a sweeter taste than a normal cooking onion.
You can also sauté red onions (without adding sugar), cooking onions, yellow onions, and white onions using this recipe.
Other Air Fryer Recipes to Try:
- Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Air Fryer Orange Chicken
- Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 tablespoon oil
- a small pinch of sugar
- Cut onion into long slices.
- Heal oil in an air fryer pan on 300 degrees for 1 minute.
- Place onion slices in the pan and mix evenly to coat the onion with oil.
- Cook onions on 300 degrees for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Add a small pinch of sugar to onions, mix thoroughly, and cook for another 7-10 minutes stirring event 2-3 minutes.
- Remove pan from air fryer and enjoy with your favorite recipe immediately!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.