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Air Fryer Publix Onion Rings Panko Crusted

a bag of publix onion rings panko crusted

Crusted Publix Air Fryer Panko Onion Rings


Introduction

Publix Onion Rings Panko Crusted are elevated to a new level of crunch and flavor in the air fryer, creating a side dish or snack that's irresistibly crispy and golden. This recipe takes advantage of the air fryer's ability to cook with less oil, offering a healthier version of the classic onion ring without compromising on taste or texture.


The panko crust provides an extra crispy exterior, while the onion inside becomes perfectly tender. Served with a spicy aioli or your favorite dipping sauce, these onion rings are sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a treat for yourself.



Ingredients List

  • 1 package of Publix Onion Rings Panko Crusted

  • Cooking spray (optional, for extra crispiness)

  • For the Spicy Aioli:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or hot sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Salt to taste



Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C) for about 3-5 minutes, readying it for optimal crisping.

  2. Prepare the Onion Rings: If desired, lightly spray the panko-crusted onion rings with cooking spray to enhance their golden color and crunch.

  3. Cook: Arrange the onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't touch to allow for even cooking. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the onion rings are golden brown and crispy.

  4. Prepare the Spicy Aioli: While the onion rings are cooking, mix together mayonnaise, sriracha or hot sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

  5. Serve: Serve the crispy panko onion rings hot, accompanied by the spicy aioli for dipping.

a plate of air fryer publix onion rings panko crusted

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • These onion rings are perfect for pairing with burgers, sandwiches, or as a standalone snack during game day or movie night.

  • For a lighter aioli, substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise, adjusting the seasoning as needed.

  • Ensure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to achieve the best crispiness on all sides of the onion rings.



Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • For a garlic aioli, add more minced garlic to the sauce and reduce or omit the sriracha for a milder flavor.

  • Experiment with different dipping sauces, such as a ranch dressing spiced up with chipotle peppers or a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.

  • Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese over the onion rings immediately after cooking for a cheesy twist.



Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Crispy Panko Onion Rings cooked in the air fryer offer a delicious, crunchy snack or side dish that's easier and healthier than traditional frying methods.

  • The spicy aioli provides a creamy, flavorful complement to the crispy onion rings, making for a delightful taste experience.

  • A serving of these onion rings, excluding the aioli, is approximately 250-300 calories, depending on the serving size and any additional toppings.



Conclusion

The Crispy Panko Onion Rings recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a classic favorite with a healthier twist, thanks to the air fryer. Whether you're serving them up as a snack, a side, or a party appetizer, these onion rings are sure to impress with their perfect crunch and delicious flavor.


The spicy aioli adds an extra layer of taste that elevates this dish from simple to extraordinary, making it a must-try for onion ring aficionados and casual snackers alike.

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