Air Fryer Sautéed Onions: Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

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Air Fryer Sautéed Onions

Sautéed onions are a versatile and flavorful addition to many dishes, from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and salads. Traditionally, sautéing onions involves using a stovetop and a skillet, but with the advent of air fryers, this process has become even easier and more efficient. I’m excited to guide you through the simple steps to make mouthwatering sautéed onions using your air fryer. With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can elevate the taste of your meals in no time!

Air Fryer Onion Ingredients You Need

bowl of sauteed onions and salt

To make this delectable side dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 onion (any kind, but preferably white or yellow)
  • Avocado oil in a reusable oil sprayer
  • Salt, to taste

Can You Air Fry Onions?

1. Prepare the Onion and Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 380˚F/193˚C for 5 minutes. After the air fryer is heats up, lightly spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil using a reusable oil sprayer. This step will prevent the onions from sticking to the basket during cooking.

Then, get a fresh and firm onion. Peel off the outer skin and cut the onion into thin strips or slices, depending on your preference. The key is to create uniform pieces for even cooking.

2. Load the Onions into the Air Fryer

Place the sliced onions into the prepared air fryer basket. Ensure that the onions are spread out evenly for proper circulation of hot air, which will result in crispy and perfectly sautéed onions.

3. Season the Onions

Lightly spray the onions with avocado oil to enhance their caramelization and impart a delightful flavor. Then, sprinkle the onions with salt according to your taste preference. Be mindful not to oversalt as the flavor intensifies during the cooking process.

4. Air Fry the Onions

Now it’s time to let the air fryer work its magic! Slide the basket into the preheated air fryer and set the timer for 10 minutes at 380˚F/193˚C. Remember to stir the onions halfway through the cooking process to ensure even browning.

bowl of sautéed onions

How do I know when Onions are Done in the Air Fryer?

After 10 minutes, open the air fryer and check the sautéed onions. They should have a rich golden-brown color and a tantalizing aroma. If you desire a darker shade, you can cook them for an additional minute or two.

What do I serve with sautéed onions?

Once the sautéed onions are done, transfer them to a serving dish, and they are ready to be savored! These caramelized delights can be used as a garnish for burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. They add depth of flavor to salads, pastas, and fajitas. Get creative and experiment with different dishes to find your perfect pairing!

Can I make sautéed onions ahead of time?

To save time, you can pre-cut onions and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, ready for sautéing whenever needed. To ensure and preserve fresh quality and taste, I recommend sautéing the onions when you need them.

easy sautéed onions in the air fryer

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What type of onion can I air fry?

Feel free to experiment with other types of onions, such as red onions or sweet onions, to discover new flavors and textures.

How do I make sautéed onions more sweet?

For a touch of sweetness, add a sprinkle of brown sugar or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the onions before air frying.

How do I make sautéed onions more savory?

For a savory twist, toss in some minced garlic or your favorite herbs and spices before air frying.

Do I have to use oil for sautéed onions in the air fryer?

If you are looking for a healthier sautéed onions option, you may be considering to omit the oil. While this is possible and we try to use  a minimal amount of oil in our recipe. We recommend to not omit the oil. The oil is a heat conductor and helps to tenderize the onion and get the nice golden sauté look and taste.

You can try substituting avocado oil with olive oil or any other oil with a high smoke point.

air fryer onions

Final Thoughts

Air fryer sautéed onions are a game-changer in the kitchen. They require minimal effort and deliver maximum flavor, making them a delightful addition to any meal. With just an onion, a bit of avocado oil, and some seasoning, you can create a versatile side dish that will impress your family and guests alike. So, the next time you fire up your air fryer, don’t forget to give these sautéed onions a try, and let their irresistible aroma and taste elevate your dishes to new heights!

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air fryer sauteed onions

Air Fryer Sautéed Onions

Sautéed onions are a versatile and flavorful addition to many dishes, from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and salads. Traditionally, sautéing onions involves using a stovetop and a skillet, but with the advent of air fryers, this process has become even easier and more efficient.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 people
Adjust Servings: 4 people

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the onion however you prefer. I like to slice the onion in thin slices.
  • Spray the air fryer basket and place the onions inside in a single layer.
  • Lightly spray the onions with oil and sprinkle on salt.
  • Air fry at 380 °F for 10 minutes, stirring at the halfway point to ensure even browning.

Nutrition

Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g
Ingredients: Onion
Meal Type: Side Dish, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Categories: Vegetables, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

  • While I have not tried your exact recipe, I have been making onions in the air fryer since I bought it. I love it, it’s so easy and they taste delicious! Right now, my favorite thing to do is cut up summer squash and onions and herbs and oil them up and salt and pepper them up and throw them in the air fryer 380 for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through. Delicious!!!

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