Air-Fryer Crispy Fried Onion Recipe

Air-Fryer Crispy Fried Onion Recipe 

This super easy recipe to prepare air fryer crispy onions at home. There is no need to deep fry onions in a ton of oil to get the crispy caramelized taste and texture. A healthy alternative to deep-fried onions to use in different dishes like Indian biryanis, curries, soups, or salads.

I love the taste and texture of fried onions to add to different dishes. Especially in Indian cuisines, such as chicken biryani or vegetable biryani, caramelized onions are a must-have ingredient to get the classic deliciousness in the rice dish. Not only biryanis but curries like lamb korma curry (mutton korma) is incomplete without it.

Air Fried Crispy Onion – Make crispy fried onions in an air fryer with just a hint of oil. No need to deep fry them to get the crispy caramelized texture and flavors.

Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Cook Time: 25 minutes 

Total Time: 30 minutes 

Servings: 1 or more 

Ingredients For Air-Fryer Crispy Fried Onion Recipe 

⭐2 medium to large yellow onions (or around 1 lb)

⭐1 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions For Air-Fryer Crispy Fried Onion Recipe 

⭐Peel and cut onion into thin round slices.

⭐Drizzle oil over the slices and then gently separate the rings.

⭐Place the onion rings in the air fryer basket. Fry them initially at 300F for 10 min. Gently mix the rings at a 5 min interval.

⭐Now lower the temperature down to 240F and continue heating the rings. After every 5 min gently mix the rings. It will take 15-18 min @240F to get the desired color and texture.


◾You may use either red or yellow onion. However, note that the red onion would result in a darker color of the fried onion.

◾Cooking times may vary depending on the quantity of the onion in the air fryer. The time stated above is for ~1 lb onion. If you have a slightly larger batch, simply keep frying and checking every 5 min interval at 240F till you get the desired color and texture

Helpful Tips!

◾If you are using a red onion, you may get dark brown fried onions in the end. Yellow onions result in a golden brown color after frying.

◾Cut onion slices as even as possible. Or else you may get uneven color and texture after frying them. A mandolin slicer is a perfect tool for getting even slices. This will also speed up the cutting process.

◾Drizzle the oil before separating the onion rings from the slices. It will help to distribute the oil evenly.

How To Store Fried Crispy Onions?

Let the onion strings cool down completely before storing. Then place them in an air-tight container and store them in the refrigerator.

How Long To Store?

I have successfully used these fried onions for up to one week if stored in an air-tight container and in the refrigerator.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.2g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 2.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 10.3g | Sugar: 19.3g | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

Leave a Comment