Instant Pot Onion Rings

Homemade onion rings coated with bread crumbs on a white bowl

This is one of the best Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid and it's super easy!

No need to deep frying the onion rings, since the Air Fryer Lid do all the work.

Homemade onion rings coated with bread crumbs on a white bowl

These homemade Instant Pot Onion Rings are the best party snack and you can have them in only 10 minutes total.

Recipe Video

Can I make it without Air Fryer Lid?

Yes you can. The best option for you is to make the onion rings in the oven to add a little crisp.

Bake them at 425 °F for 13 minutes or until golden brown.

If you really want to make them in your Instant Pot by using the pressure cook function, you can do it by following these steps.

  1. Prepare the onions rings as mentioned in the recipe card.
  2. Take your instant pot and place a trivet in it.
  3. Pour a cup of water into the bottom of the pot.
  4. Place a parchment sheet on the trivet.
  5. Transfer the onion rings onto the sheet.
  6. Cover the pot and set it to high pressure for 2 minutes.
  7. When cooking time ends, do a quick release and serve.

Please note you won't get crispy onion rings that way.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Can I double up the recipe?

Of course, for a bigger crowd use more onion and make more batches.

Place them in one layer for the best results, but if you need to make more you can place a few more on top as you can see in the photo below.

You can make around 10 onion rings at a time, for a 8-quart Instant Pot.

How to serve

Add melted butter on the top of crispy onion rings to get everyone's attention in the room.

You can also enjoy these delicate, crispy Onion Rings with dips & sauces. Some ideas:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out What to Serve With Onion Rings for 21 delicious recipes.

How to make

Gather the necessary ingredients.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Take a bowl, toss the flour, salt, paprika, baking soda, and mix.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Take onion rings and coat with the flour mixture.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Add milk, black pepper, egg, and whisk.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Take onion rings and coat with the egg mixture.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Then coat with bread crumbs.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Cover each onion ring with the mixture and then bread crumbs.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Once all is done, transfer them to the fryer basket in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Cover the pot with an air fryer lid and air fry at 375 °F for 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

Dish out and enjoy with dips and sauces.

Instant Pot Onion Rings

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Homemade onion rings coated with bread crumbs on a white bowl

Instant Pot Onion Rings

A perfect appetizer with a deliciously crispy texture…
4.64 from 25 votes
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Course: Appetizer, party, picnic
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread crumbs, fried onions, Instant Pot Onion Rings, kids, party
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Corrie


  • ½ onion rings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray for the air fryer basket


  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt, paprika and baking soda.
  • Add milk, black pepper and egg, and whisk.
  • Coat the onion rings with the flour mixture.
  • Dip the onion rings in the milk mixture. Then coat the onion rings with the bread crumbs.
  • Place the air fryer basket inside the Instant Pot and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the onion rings inside the air fryer basket in one layer.
  • Cover the pot with the air fryer lid and AIR FRYER at 375 °F for 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 172kcal Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 7g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 737mg Potassium: 140mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 140IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 139mg Iron: 2mg


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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot Onion Rings

  1. 5 stars
    I need to make something like this for a child's birthday party but need to make about 4 times more. Can the recipe be quadrupled, and cayenne pepper powder be added for some spice?

  2. 4 stars
    some of us 'poor folk' don't have air fryers or instapots...i appreciate the alternative methods like oven baking or stove top frying/cooking.

  3. reliable but i was confused when the recipe said "baking powder" when the instructions said "baking soda"

  4. Is it baking soda (what all the steps say) or baking powder (what’s in the ingredient list and video)? Thanks!

    1. Sorry about the inconsistency, I actually forget which I used, but I know you could actually use either baking powder or baking soda for this recipe and they will still turn out great.

      1. I think the previous comment might be when to put the onions in the milk mixture. But there's a we got it.

    1. You need to add the milk and such to the flour mix after you first coat the onion rings in the dry ingredients...then add the wet stuff, make batter and dunk the onion rings.

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