Crispy Onion Rings Recipe & Tips to Reheat Onion Rings

This easy onion rings recipe is so good when served fresh and still delicious when you need to reheat leftover onion rings to enjoy the next day.

Enjoy a crispy texture when you reheat onion rings with the best method and say goodbye to soggy onion rings forever.

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How to Store Leftovers to Reheat Onion Rings

There are many ways to reheat onion rings but a lot of them will end up in a soggy mess if you don’t store the leftovers properly.

The most important thing to remember when storing onion ring leftovers is that you don’t want them to sit in excess moisture when stored.

Piling them into a container is the wrong method and will result in soggy onion rings, no matter how you reheat them!

For best results, follow a few simple steps to enjoy delicious rings the next day.

  • Allow the onion rings to cool completely before storing and only store the cold onion rings in a single layer.
  • Storing onion rings on top of a wire rack can help to elevate the homemade onion rings and keep the outside of the rings from getting soggy.
  • Placing a napkin, kitchen towel, or paper towel layers underneath the onion rings is also a good idea. This way they won’t have as much moisture pooling up around them, preserving the crispy texture of the onion rings.
  • Be sure to store onion rings in an airtight container until they are ready for the reheating process.
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How to Properly Reheat Onion Rings

If you made a large batch of onion rings, storing them with the intention of heating up the leftovers is a great option.

This is the easiest way to save time the next night when you want some fast food from your own kitchen. No need to heat up extra oil a second time, one time is all this deep fried food requires, even the next day.

A popular method for reheating most foods is using the microwave which is a good option for some foods but this not an appropriate method for reheating onion rings. You are sure to get soggy onion rings that have completely lost their crisp.

The good news is that there are many different ways to heat up leftovers with good results.

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Can You Reheat Onion Rings with an Air Fryer?

Yes, in fact, this is my preferred method for reheating onion ring leftovers. Air-fried onion rings are heated to perfection using the dry heat that builds inside of the warm oven.

The air fryer basket or trays, depending on your style fryer, will keep the onion rings from losing their outside layer of crispiness since they don’t have to lay against a baking tray.

Cook for 3-5 minutes and if you need more time, cook and check in 20-second intervals until done.

This is the air fryer that I use for reheating all of my leftovers.

Can You Reheat Onion Rings with a Toaster Oven?

Yes. this method works well because a toaster oven can reach high temperatures and doesn’t need any excess oil to enjoy the texture of fried onion rings.

Place on wire rack and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

What is the Oven Method for Reheating Onion Rings?

You can enjoy delicious onion rings reheated in your convection oven. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Place onion rings single file on top and cook for about 10-12 minutes.

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Can You Store Uncooked Onion Rings?

When planning on heating up onion rings a second time, I make as much batter as I need on the first night. This way I don’t have to do all of the steps required for making batches of onion rings twice.

If you prefer to use your deep fryer the second night, you can store raw onion rings without cooking them the night before.

Just be sure that the onions rings are not touching each other and it is recommended to store on a wire rack on top of a baking tray lined with aluminum foil to catch any drippings.

How to Make Crispy Onion Rings

I started out with a couple of small onions, cutting off the ends and then slicing rings with the larger center portion of the onion.

This is the best way to have the standard size and look of traditional onion rings. 

whole onion

If you want to avoid throwing away all of the small rings, go ahead and use them, other than appearance I don’t think there is anything wrong with using the entire onion.

Keep in mind I planned on taking pictures of mine so of course, I had to make them as perfect looking as possible which meant wasting at least a quarter of each onion.

raw onions

After I sliced the raw onions into perfectly shaped onion rings, I then dipped them in a powdery mixture made up of flour and seasonings.

The next step is to dip the powder coated onion ring in a liquid mixture consisting of milk and egg, then place it on a rack to allow all of the excess liquid and drip off of the onion rings.

onion ring batter

Once all of the rings are drained, dredge the onion rings in breadcrumbs. This part gets kinda sticky and the breadcrumbs tend to clump up so keep the container nearby in case you need to add a little more.

The amount needed will depend on how many onion rings you were able to get out of your onion.

Fry the coated onion rings in a deep fryer with the hot oil preheated to 375 degrees for about 2 minutes or until they reach the desired texture, this should not take more than two to three minutes.

Drain the onion rings on a paper towel and serve immediately.

If you are looking for a basic deep fryer that won’t break the bank, this deep fryer is a good one for beginners.

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More Easy Recipes to Try

This easy-fried green tomatoes recipe is inspired by the delicious fried green tomatoes served at the world-famous Whistle Stop Cafe. You’ll love this creamy sauce for fried green tomatoes or any dish that pairs well with a flavorful creamy sauce with a bit of a kick.

These Crispy Baked Potato Wedges are the perfect side dish for burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and can even be a delicious meal, all by themselves. Baked in the oven to a perfect crisp, this varaition on traditional french fries will be a new family favorite.

Seasoned to be savory, drizzled with molasses to enhance the sweetness and cooked to a crisped perfection, these skillet potatoes are the perfect side dish to enjoy anytime. You can serve these potatoes for breakfast with a couple of over-easy eggs, it is the perfect thing to sop up that runny yolk.

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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Onion Rings Recipe

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 small onions
  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic
  • Dash of Italian Seasoning


    Preheat a deep fryer to 375 degrees
    Beat an egg and add a cup of milk to a bowl.
    In another bowl combine Flour, Paprika, Baking Powder, Italian seasoning, Pepper, Salt, and Garlic Powder.
    In the last bowl pour about a cup and a half of Italian Breadcrumbs.
    Slice the onions into onion ring shapes, tossing the smaller portions of the onion.
    Roll the onion slices in flour, trying to coat them as best as you can.
    Then soak each onion in the egg bath, then place on a rack to drip.
    Once onion rings have dripped excess liquid, dredge in breadcrumbs then fry for about 2-3 minutes.
    Drain on a paper towel and then serve immediately.

The Hobby Wife

The Hobby Wife

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