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Air fryer onion rings

Gluten free air fryer onion rings

Air fryer onion rings - these onion rings are game changers and so foolproof even your non gluten free friends/family won't know the difference.
Course Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 254kcal
Author Charla


  • 2-3 large onions spanish onions, if possible, sliced about ½ inch thick

For the batter

  • 1 cup of gluten free flour 130g
  • ½ cup of almond milk + 1tbsp of lemon 4 oz/100ml
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of himalayan pink salt

For the breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup of GF breadcrumbs GF panko works best (130g)
  • ¼ cup of gluten free flour 30g
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • 1 onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic granules or powder
  • ½ tsp of turmeric optional, for colour


  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil and set aside.
  • Place the sliced onion rings in a medium sized bowl
  • Start by preparing the buttermilk, pour the almond milk and lemon into a medium sized bowl and allow it to congeal for 5 minutes.
  • Add all of the listed ingredients for the batter in the bowl with the buttermilk and beat into a smooth batter then place it directly next to the onion rings.
  • In another bowl add all of the ingredients for the breading and thoroughly combine so the seasoning is evenly mixed in. Leave a teaspoon in the bowl as you will need this to transport the onion ring into the basket. Then place this bowl next to the bowl of batter.
  • Place your air fryer basket towards the end, next to the breading bowl.
  • Take each (use a pinching motion with index finger and thumb) onion ring and dip in the batter, you may need to dip a few times to ensure the batter is completely applied. Double check the batter has adhered and shake off any dripping batter before moving onto the next step.
  • Still holding the battered onion ring in a pinching motion, place the onion ring on the breading. Now spoon the breading onto the ring (DON'T ROLL), toss the breading inside the inner rim too. Flip the onion ring over if you need to ensure it's fully coated. It should stick without dislodging and shake off any excess crumbs
  • Place the spoon inside the onion ring and carefully place it on the spoon so it balances.
  • Carefully lower the onion ring into the fryer basket and repeat with the rest of the onion rings.
  • Spray the top of the onion rings
  • Place the basket in the air fryer, set the unit 190C/375F for 8-10 minutes. Turn half way through


  • Use gluten free panko breadcrumbs, they make the crispiest coating ever. Alternatively, GF cornflakes (crushed) or fine cornmeal, or regular breadcrumbs works too.
  • I only use the 3-4 layers per onion ring as the centre is too small to form decent rings. Reserve the inner layers for cooking another dish,
  • If the breadcrumbs are white add ½ tsp of turmeric to authenticate them.
  • Cooking time may vary depending on your model. I have a Philips XL which takes 8-10 minutes to become crispy so use the cooking duration as a baseline.
  • Double, triple check that the batter/breading has stuck, if there's not enough on the onion ring, recoat again but don't over saturate or let the batter drip before coating or the breading will clump. So shake off any excess batter that's dripping.
  • Serve immediately or the same day for best results. I like to make these when I know for sure that I'm going to eat them. They aren't as crispy or hold up well the next day, so cook what you need at any given time and eat straight away.
  • You can veganise the recipe by using flax eggs instead.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg