Homemade French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer

French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer - healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #airfryer #recipe #onions // plantpowercouple.com

Hi, I’m Brittany, and I don’t like onions…unless they’re fried onions, or in this case air-fried onions!

Yep, that’s right: Your favorite holiday topping can now be made (pretty) healthy with the help of our new favorite kitchen gadget.


Air-fried onions.  Yea, you’re gonna like this one.

French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer - healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #airfryer #recipe #onions // plantpowercouple.com

Do you have an air fryer yet?!?!  We got ours as a gift from a good friend and have been looooving it!  Air fried tofu, taquitos, french fries, croutons, ravioli! We’ve even put air-fried doughnuts to the test.

Basically, whatever you would like to eat deep-fried can just as easily be made in the air-fryer with all the deliciousness but muuuuch less oil…or no oil at all, whatever your fancy!

And now, we’re adding air-fried onions to that list.

For those of you who don’t know, french fried onions are those crispy little curls of deliciousness that typically top green bean casseroles and the like on your holiday table.  Now you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?  They’re the best.

French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer - healthy, easy, and delicious! #vegan #airfryer #recipe #onions // plantpowercouple.com

But unfortunately, like most deep-fried things, they are addictive yet pretty heavy on the tummy.  They are for me at least.  So, when T made a quick version in the air fryer a few months ago with all the taste but none of that heavy bloated feeling, I knew we had to perfect this for the blog!

And the recipe we’re sharing with you guys today is pretty killer: easy to make, delicious, and rather healthy compared to their oil-laden counterparts.  Win-win-win!!

You can take these air-fried onions beyond green bean casseroles, of course.  We’ve used them to top salads, chili, soups, and even warm dips!  Let your creativity run wild; everything tastes better with these crispy swirls of yumminess on top!

If you make these air-fried onions, let us know how it goes and what you do with them!

We’re super pumped to hear your ideas!  Tag us in your beautiful photos on Instagram (we’re @theplantpowercouple, with the ‘the’).

Homemade French Onions in the Air Fryer

These french fried onions are made in the air fryer and perfect for all your holiday meals or to top salads and soups any old day!

20 minPrep Time:

30 minCook Time:

50 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • enough unsweetened plain soy or almond milk to cover
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the onions to a shallow dish or bowl and pour the soy milk over them until they are just covered. Let soak for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While the onions soak, grab a mixing bowl. To it, add the flour, sea salt, and black pepper. Whisk until combined.
  3. Remove the onions from the almond milk. You can save this to add to soups or other savory dishes later. Toss your onions with the flour mixture, one small batch at a time to get a nice coating.
  4. Lightly spray the air-fryer basket and the flour-coated onions with oil. Add the onions to the basket and place in the air fryer.
  5. Cook the onions at 350F for 30-35 minutes, stopping to shake the basket every 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your onion and air fryer, you may want to do this in two batches.
  6. Remove the onions from the air fryer and let cool before eating. Use them to top all your holiday dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and basically your entire life!

Notes

NOTE: Not all air fryers are the same, so the cooking time may need to be adjusted slightly. You do want to be sure you're using an air fryer with a fryer basket. We use and love this one by Cook's Essentials.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 936
  • % Daily Value*

  • Total Fat: 5 g 7.69%
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g 10%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
  • Sodium: 3239 mg 134.96%
  • Potassium: 302 mg 8.63%
  • Total Carbohydrate: 191 g %
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Vitamin A: 0.12%
  • Calcium: 48 mg 4.8%
  • Iron: 12 mg 66.67%
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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9 thoughts on “Homemade French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer

    1. Hi, Carly! We haven't tested this recipe in an oven, but I'm sure if you adjusted the time / temperature a bit, it would work! I'd think you'd also want to flip them halfway through.
  1. I made these according to the directions but it took less than half the time and they taste a little burnt. They are super crispy though.
  2. Ugh ok so like WoW!!!! 🤯 lol. This was a total disaster for me. I did everything according to the recipe down to measuring and leveling and measuring out teaspoons. But what I had when I opened my air fryer was a pretty wildly looking flour mess. I mean.....thank God everyone is in bed and this was just something I tried with one or two onions bc my hubby bought way too many veggies at the farmers market yesterday. I, just glad it wasn’t supper. So here is what I think the problem is. Idk when this recipe was put out....I need to check the date, but they are forever updating appliances as quickly as they are updating electronics it seems. So, I think it’s just a matter of the device people are using. I, am using the “power air fryer oven” that was an infomercial. It was advertised shortly after the “power grill “ .....I know I’m missing something there. But I first bought the grill. Was very impressed so I then bought the air fryer. But this particular air fryer does not have a “basket” as I seen you keep referring to. It has “racks” and layers of like 6 where I can slide the metal racks in and out of. It also has a rotisserie device in it and can do dehydration as well as the air frying etc. So when I opened up the air fryer after the recommended time, (and I also followed the recipe to the tee), what I had was a lot of very floury onions. They were not doughy or wet or soggy which was cool. But there was nothing appealing about them. I couldn’t, nor would I even try to, serve them to my dogs. But,,,,,,,I totally am NOT suggesting this was a crappy recipe. I seriously just think it is the device that was used. I know that with the proper device this would have turned out great. And that’s why I went ahead and tried to do it. So please don’t take offense to what I am saying, bc I totally think this would have been awesome. Again,,,,on the right machine. Sooooo.....I say all that to say this....,,I modified it and I tried it on another setting but still used ur advice on the seasonings. Well kinda. Lol. I added garlic powder and some Adobe. But Idk if they even came out ok bc they are still in the air fryer. So fingers crossed 🤞 and hoping to not waste no food. Be aware that not all air fryers are the same and they all don’t do the same Thing. Read the entire recipe BEFORE u start cutting up food. Bc God knows we don’t need to be wasting food. 🙏💯
    1. Hi, Julie! Wow, that sounds like quite a kitchen adventure. I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe, but that is a great point about using different air fryers. I just added a note to the recipe card about this. Thanks for pointing it out!

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