Onion rings are a popular appetizer at many restaurants, and with this recipe, you can satisfy your craving at home.
This is an actual recipe from a former employee of a popular drive-in restaurant. Sweet and tender on the inside, crispy and crunchy on the outside — just like the pros make!
- 1¼ cups panko bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ heaping teaspoon sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 yellow onion, sliced into ½-inch rings
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Tartar Sauce, optional, for dipping
On a rimmed tray, mix the panko, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. In a small shallow bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Place the flour in another small bowl.
Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
Dip each onion ring into the flour, then tap to remove any excess flour. Dip it in the egg, coat with the panko mixture, and then place on a large plate.
Drizzle the onion rings with olive oil and transfer them right into the air fryer basket in a single layer with a little space between each ring. Don’t overcrowd the basket. Work in batches if necessary. Air fry for 8 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Repeat with remaining onion rings. Serve with tartar sauce, if desired.