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Easy Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe

All the flavors of going out to eat in the comfort of your own home. Check out this Easy Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe that will knock your socks off.

Air Fryer Blooming Onion with sauce

One of our favorite special appetizers, when we go out to eat at Outback Steakhouse, is a Blooming Onion. Those things are a meal all by themselves. Those little bits of fried onion with that sauce are insanely delicious! Check out how easy it is to make this Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe! It eliminates the mess of frying the big onion and makes this appetizer something you can enjoy anytime!

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How to Cut Onion

How to cut a blooming onion

While you can buy those blooming onion cutters online, all you really need is a sharp kitchen knife.

  1. Start by cutting off 1/2 inch from the top of the onion, then peel the outer skin from the onion. 
  2. Place the onion cut-side down. Starting about 1/2 inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way through to the board. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion. 
  3. Make 3 additional cuts between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts. 
  4. Turn the onion over and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the petals to relax. Prior to breading use your fingers to gently separate the outer pieces.

Breading & Air Frying

Breading an onion blossom

Now that your onion is cut it is time to work on the breading.

  1. In a bowl place your flour and spices.
  2. Whisk them together and set aside.
  3. In another bowl beat together eggs, milk, and water.
  4. Place the onion in a clean bowl, cut-side up, and pour the flour mixture on top. Using a large spoon to coat the onion with the flour mixture, especially between the onion petals. Turn the onion over and pat off the excess flour. Reserve the bowl of flour.
Breading blooming onion and air fryer prep
  • Transfer the onion into the egg mixture and coat evenly. Remove and let the excess drip off.
  • Then transfer back into the reserved flour mixture and repeat the flouring process.

At this point you can put your onion in the fridge while you preheat your Air Fryer to 350 degrees F.

  • Use some aluminum foil to create a sling for your onion. You are going to sit the onion on it and use it to raise and lower it from your air fryer basket. Keep this in mind while you are cutting and folding it.
  • Set your onion on the sling and spray your onion with cooking oil (vegetable oil). Don’t be stingy.
  • Place it in the air fryer and let it cook for 25 minutes at 350. Remember to stop the air fryer 2 or 3 times during the cooking process to give it another little spray with the cooking oil. This will create that crispy fried texture without actually frying it.
onion blossom in air fryer

When it is done carefully use the foil to pull your onion out of the air fryer basket and place it on a serving plate.

Sauce

Blooming onion with dipping sauce and beer

Can you even enjoy an Air Fryer Onion Blossom without the special sauce? This sauce deserves a post of its own, but this is going to have to do for now. To make this Copycat Outback Blooming Onion Sauce you need.

All of the measurements are in the recipe card below. Simply whisk them all together. This dipping sauce is better if it has time to sit for all of the flavors to incorporate. I like to make it first and let it sit in the fridge for a while first.

Gluten Free

Gluten Free Blooming onion

One of the big perks to making this Air Fryer Blooming Onion at home is that you can make it gluten-free! Just make the simple substitution of using your favorite gluten-free flour instead of regular. As always, double-check your other ingredients to make sure there is no hidden gluten.

Storage

If you have any onion or sauce left you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. It is best reheated in the air fryer to restore the crispness.

Air Fryer Blooming Onion

All the flavors of going out to eat in the comfort of your home. This Easy Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe that will knock your socks off.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:25 mins

Ingredients

For the Onion

  • 1 sweet onion large
  • 2 ½ cups flour or gluten free flour mix
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying

Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon dried oregano
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

Sauce

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients into a bowl, then cover and place into the refrigerator.

Cutting the Onion

  • Slice the onion to make it bloom.
    Start by cutting off 1/2 inch from the top of the onion, then peel the outer skin from the onion.
  • Place the onion cut-side down. Starting about 1/2 inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way through to the board. 
  • Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion. 
  • Make 3 additional cuts between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts. 
  • Turn the onion over and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the petals to relax. Prior to breading use your fingers to gently separate the outer pieces.

Breading & Air Frying

  • Whisk the flour, paprika, cayenne, cumin, thyme and oregano in a large bowl.
  • In a seperate medium deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and 1 cup water.
  • Place the onion in a clean bowl, cut-side up, and pour the flour mixture on top. Using a large spoon to coat the onion with the flour mixture, especially between the onion petals. Turn the onion over and pat off the excess flour. Reserve the bowl of flour.
  • Transfer the onion into the egg mixture and coat evenly. Remove and let the excess drip off, then transfer back into the reserved flour mixture and repeat the flouring process.
  • Place the onion into the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes to 350ºF.
  • Remove the onion from the refrigerator and spray generously with cooking oil (vegetable).
  • Create a sling with alluminum foil and place it in the air fryer basket. Set the onion on top of the foil sling. This will make it easier to remove with it is done.
  • Set the timer for 25 minutes and cook. Stop the air fryer two or three times during the cooking process and and spray with additional cooking oil.
  • Remove onion using the aluminum foil sling and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the dip.

Gluten Free

  • Make as listed but substitute gluten free flour in the place of all purpose flourr.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 968IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this recipe! The instructions were perfect. I eat a plant based diet so I used soy milk with 1Tblsp of lemon juice (to make it buttermilk) and Just Eggs instead of real eggs.

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