Blooming Onion Recipe

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Blooming Onion Recipe Description

Bloomin Onions are perfectly delightful at restaurants. But, have you ever tried to make your own Blooming Onion? It’s not hard. The Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion recipe is what you’re striving to recreate. Is it possible to make one even better? Who knows!?

This recipe has enough batter for one large onion. If you are making more than one, multiple the ingredients in the recipe accordingly.

Important: Using a sweet onion is important in making the blooming onion.

Did You Know? The average American consumes over 22 pounds of onions a year. That’s a whole lot of blooming onions!

Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Ingredients

1 Large Vidalia or Walla Walla sweet onion

1 egg

1 cup milk or buttermilk

1 cup flour

1/2  teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon cumin

vegetable oil for frying

Blooming Onion Dip Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons ketchup

2 Tablespoons creamed horseradish

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon dried parsley

Recipe Directions

  1. Place vegetable oil in a deep fryer, enough to allow the onion to float.

  2. Begin heating the oil to 350 degrees, as you prepare the blooming onion.

  3. Cut off the top of the onion and peel off the outer skin.

  4. Cut the bottom end to make it flat, but do not cut off beyond the core, or the onion will fall apart.

  5. Place onion on a cutting board. Make cuts into the onion down to about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Again, do not cut completely through. 

  6. Gently pull apart the petals.

  7. In a bowl, beat together the egg and buttermilk.

  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the Blooming Onion dry ingredients (above):

  9. Dip the onion into the buttermilk mixture. Make sure it coats all the sides and inside of the onion.

  10. Put the dry ingredients into a plastic food bag. Put the onion inside the bag, and gently turn the onion to coat it.

  11. Dip the onion into the buttermilk again.

  12. Coat the onion with the dry ingredients a second time.

  13. Fry the onion, right-side up, in vegetable oil until a golden brown. About 10 minutes.

  14. While the onion is frying, mix the dip ingredients in a small bowl.

  15. Remove Blooming Onion, and allow to drain on paper towels.

  16. Serve hot.

Tip: After you have done this a few times, experiment with other spices, if desired.  

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