Air Fryer Onion Rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings

From deep fryer to air fryer: You can enjoy crispy, crunchy onion rings without the calories and greasy fat that comes with the deep fried version.

For the batter, I have used spelt flour and chickpea flour. You can use any variety but stay away from basic white flour.

Healthier choices include whole wheat, almond, brown rice, coconut, oat, chickpea, spelt, or quinoa flour.

TIP: Check the nutrition label and look at the fiber content! The higher the better.

The freezing step is crucial; it will help the batter stick to the onions. You can skip freezing and reduce cooking time if your batter is clinging well to the onion rings. 

I don’t normally cook with oil, but you can spray your rings with cooking spray to give them a little more of a golden-brown coat.

Air Fryer Onion Rings

August 6, 2020

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Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 2 + 1/4 cups flour *see notes
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 – 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 Prepare a tray or baking sheet that will fit into your freezer by covering it with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Step 2 Make a flax egg by mixing the ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Step 3 Peel the onions and slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Step 4 Put 1/4 cup flour in a mixing bowl and add the onion slices, tossing to coat completely. Set aside.
  • Step 5 Mix the remaining 2 cups flour with the seasonings.
  • Step 6 Add the milk, starting with 1/2 cup. If too thick, continue adding milk until it is the right consistency to coat the onion rings, but remains thick.
  • Step 7 Remove each onion ring from the flour and coat with batter. Place on the tray. When the tray is full, put it in the freezer for at least 10-15 minutes. You may have to work in batches.
  • Step 8 Heat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Step 9 When the air fryer reaches temperature, transfer the chilled rings to the fryer pan. Fry for 12-15 minutes, checking for doneness after 10 minutes.

NOTES
I have used chickpea and spelt flour. Other healthy choices include whole wheat, almond, brown rice, coconut, oat, chickpea, spelt, or quinoa flour. Tip: If you aren’t sure if a flour is healthy, check the fiber content on the nutrition label. The higher the better.

The freezing step is crucial; it will help the batter stick to the onions. You can skip freezing and reduce cooking time if your batter is clinging well to the onion rings.

I don’t normally cook with oil, but you can spray your rings with cooking spray to give them a little more of a golden-brown coat.

 



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