Battered Onion Rings for Your Air Fryer
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I bet delicious, crunchy onion rings were first on your list to make once you bought your air fryer. They are easy to make and they get lots of crunch from the panko breadcrumbs.
Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 cup (113 g) whole wheat flour (*use brown rice flour)
  • 2 tbsp (14 g) organic cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp (2 g) salt
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1⁄8 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) vegan beer or nondairy milk
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) aquafaba (page 22)
  • 1 cup (62 g) panko breadcrumbs (*gluten-free)
  • 1 large sweet onion (150 g), sliced
  • ¼-inch (6-mm) thick and separated into rings
  • Spray oil (**optional)
  1. Mix the flour, starch, salt, garlic, cayenne if using, paprika and black pepper in a medium-size mixing bowl. Once combined well, add the beer and aquafaba and mix again. Add the breadcrumbs to a flat pan.
  2. Dip a few onion rings into the batter, let the excess drain off, then press in the breadcrumbs. Layer into your air fryer basket. Repeat until your air fryer basket is about half full, alternating layers so only a couple of edges overlap.
  3. You can add some water to your batter if it starts to thicken too much.
  4. Spray with oil, if desired. Cook at 330°F (166°C) for 5 minutes, then cook at 370°F (188°C) for 5 minutes more, or until brown and crispy. Repeat until all the onion rings are cooked.
Note: You can use a piece of perforated parchment paper under the onion rings to make cleanup easier and prevent sticking.

*gluten-free option
**soy-free, no oil added option

This sample recipe is reprinted with permissions from Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer: 75 Incredible Comfort Food Recipes with Half the Calories by Kathy Hester.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 400 Fat: 2.6g Carbohydrates: 87g Sodium: 1270mg Fiber: 10g Protein: 12g
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