These pepper rings are breaded in panko bread crumbs and are so easy to make for a quick snack or a crunchy appetizer.

Crispy bell peppers are a healthy snack, and when there is a craving for a little extra crunch, try this breaded and air fried version. A few Panko bread crumbs and a little time in the air fryer are all it takes. This recipe makes an impressive snack or appetizer that is excellent with dip.

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A Fun Twist on a Classic Onion Ring

  • This is such a nutritious snack. Bell peppers are high in nutrients like vitamin C. They are also low in calories.
  • Onion rings are always a treat, but pepper rings make a great alternative — or accompaniment!
  • Adding a breading of panko bread crumbs and some spices gives sweet red, green, or yellow bell peppers an extra delicious crunch.

ingredients assembled to make crispy bell peppers including bell peppers, bread crumbs, eggs, flour, oil, and seasoned salt

Ingredients and Variations

BELL PEPPERS: Confused about which bell peppers to pick for this recipe? Remember that the colors of the pepper will affect the taste.

    • Green is the least ripe, so they are less sweet.
    • Red is the sweetest (and most nutrient-rich) of the peppers.
    • The yellow and orange fall in between those two.

So if the aim is a sweeter result, choose the reddest peppers. Or mix and match for a range of flavors and colors. They can be sliced into strips if preferred.

BREADING: The simple breading mixture is made with Panko. It’s the best choice for breading because it crisps up so nicely in the air fryer and stays crunchy for longer than other types of breadcrumbs.

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How to Make Pepper Rings in the Air Fryer

For a simple snack in minutes follow these easy steps!

  1. Whisk the egg in a bowl and prep breading ingredients in another.
  2. Cut bell peppers into rings (or strips).
  3. Roll in flour, dip into the egg mixture and press into the bread crumbs.
  4. Cook (as per the recipe below) and enjoy!

Can You Roast Peppers in An Air Fryer?

Bell peppers roast beautifully in the air fryer. The thin skin browns nicely and air frying releases their natural juices. So whether they are made breaded or air fried whole or sliced, the air fryer is a quick and easy way of cooking these healthy vegetables.

process of cooking crispy bell peppers in an air fryer tray

Tips for Crispy Breaded Peppers

  • Make sure the bell peppers have been patted dry with a paper towel after washing so that the batter and breadcrumbs adhere.
  • Cut the peppers into ½-inch rings (or sticks). The thickness of the cut will help to ensure there is a perfect balance between peppers and breading. (Don’t forget to remove the seeds.)
  • Remember not to crowd the pepper rings. Crowding makes them less crispy.
  • If there are a lot of peppers being cooked, then cook in batches. When the batches are finished, then toss all the cooked peppers into the basket to be reheated for 2-3 minutes before serving.
  • Make a tasty dip to go with them. What would breaded vegetables be without a dip? Try this easy microwave buffalo sauce, or make a quick onion ring dip with sour cream and french onion soup mix.

More Pepper Recipes in the Air Fryer

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Crispy Air Fryer Pepper Rings

Bell Peppers in a crispy breading make a great snack, side dish, or appetizer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 2 large bell peppers any color
  • cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 eggs


  • cup Panko bread crumbs
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons oil any light tasting oil


  • Whisk eggs and salt in a small bowl (or freezer bag).
  • Combine breading ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Cut bell peppers into ½" strips and season with salt. Toss with flour.
  • Dip into the egg mixture and then into the breading mixture gently pressing to adhere.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place peppers in a single layer in the basket. Cook 9-11 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining vegetables.


Nutrition information may vary and accounts for use of half of the egg/bread/flour mixtures.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2001IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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