Air Fryer Fried Onions

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These fried onions couldn’t be simpler to make in the air fryer! All you need to do is add onions to your air fryer and in just minutes you will have perfectly fried onions. Delicious!

hand holding air fryer basket with fried onions inside

Air Fryer Fried Onions

These air fried onions are so good! I love to top everything with them.

And with only 10 minutes cooking time that is completely hands off, you can make them all the time!

These air fried onions are perfect for topping burgers, steaks, sandwiches, wraps, adding to stir-fries or just eating as a side dish. The air fryer is ideal for making fried onions!

air fryer basket with cooked fried onions

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are a staple in many kitchens around the world! They form the basis for a wide range of meals.

Onions were even used in ancient times to treat certain bodily dysfunction, such as headache, heart disease, and even mouth sores!

But if you are looking for another reason to add onions to your diet, check out these amazing nutrition benefits!

Onions are very low in calories and have no fat or cholesterol. But they contain a solid amount of vitamins, minerals, and not to mention, fiber!

Onions are especially high in Vitamin C, which is important for your immune system and helps your body absorb iron.

In addition, onions contain Vitamin B9 and B6, which are good for your metabolism, production of red blood cells, and nerve function. The vegetable is also good for you because of the potassium it contains, which is a mineral many Americans need more of.

Furthermore, onions contain a lot of antioxidants! These antioxidants are important for helping to prevent inflammation which can lead to many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

hand pulling out air fryer basket with fried onions inside

How to Prepare Air Fryer Fried Onions

To make these fried onions in the air fryer, you will only need a couple of ingredients!

Most importantly, 2 large onions. I recommend the yellow variety as they are sweeter than the white.

You will also need olive oil, salt, and pepper.

interior of air fryer basket with fried onions

The first step in preparation is to peel and chop the onions into slices, as shown in the photos.

Next you will place them in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle on about 1 tablespoon of olive oil or as much as desired. This will help the onions to brown. Then you will sprinkle on the salt and pepper as desired.

close up of air fried onions

Next, add the onions to the air fryer basket in a single layer as much as possible.

Then set the temperature to 400F and the time to 10 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, take out the basket and stir up the onions to promote even browning. You can use a spoon or spatula to do this.

Then return the basket to the air fryer and let it finish cooking.

If after 10 minutes your onions are not quite brown enough for your liking, you can put them back in the air fryer for an additional 3-5 minutes.

When you are satisfied with your onions, remove to a serving plate. Enjoy!

plate filled with air fried onions

How to Serve Air Fried Onions

Yum! These delicious air fried onions can be used with so many different dishes! You can add them to a gravy with meat, top some eggs, or even mix into pasta. The possibilities are endless!

If you need some suggestions for recipes, why not try one of the following:

fork picking up some air fried onions from a plate

More Air Fryer Recipes

I hope you enjoyed this easy recipe for air fryer fried onions! Make sure to try some of my other go-to air fryer recipes too. See some of my favorites below!

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Air Fryer Fried Onions

These fried onions couldn't be simpler to make in the air fryer! All you need to do is add onions to your air fryer and in just minutes you will have perfectly fried onions.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: onions
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 53kcal

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  • Peel the onions and cut into thin slices.
  • Add the onions to the bowl and drizzle on the olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix.
  • Add the onions to the basket of the air fryer.
  • Set the temperature to 400F for 10 minutes and let cook.
  • After 5 minutes of cooking, remove the basket and use spatula to stir up the onions.
  • Return the basket to the air fryer to let finish cooking.
  • If your onions are not brown enough, you can cook them for an additional 3-5 minutes.
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Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. David Bernard Bailey
    David Bernard Bailey says:

    5 stars
    thank you. my previous recipe called for 25 to 30 minutes at 300 degrees, tossing every 5 minutes. what a burden.


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