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Air Fryer Onion Rings
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Homemade Vegan Air Fryer Onion Rings

This homemade onion ring recipe is made in the air fryer and does not use eggs or buttermilk. It's vegan-friendly and delicious!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Air Fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 310kcal
Author Ligia Lugo


  • 2 cups panko (regular breadcrumbs would work, and almond flour for a low carb version too)
  • ¾ cup chickpea flour
  • 3 large onions
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cornstarch + 2 tbsp (separately)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Start by chopping the onions in thick slices, about 4-5 slices per onion. Then separate each ring(the internal layers of the onion) by pressing from the centre, leaving 2 of them together if they’re too thin. This will assure a soft onion ring when cooked.
    Air Fryer Onion Rings
  • Prepare the chickpea egg by mixing the chickpea flour with water, and 2 tbsp of cornstarch. Then add smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder. Whisk well to avoid clumps. This should result in a thick batter, if it is not the case you could always add more cornstarch to thicken.
    Onion rings mix ingredients
  • Place ½ cup of cornstarch in a small bowl, this is going to be the first step for the onion rings. Take one ring and coat it with cornstarch, shake it to throw away the excess.
    Onion Rings dip in cornstarch
  • Then place it in the chickpea egg. Make sure to perfectly coat it.
    Onion rings dip in batter
  • Finally, dip in the Panko.
    onion rings dip in Panko
  • Place each ring in the Air Fryer basket without overlapping, you may need to cook them in batches.
    Onion Rings place in air fryer pan
  • Cook them in the AirFryer at 400 F for 8-10 minutes.
    Onion Rings air fried


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg