Get Ready to Make a Bloomin’ Onion!

Anytime of the year is perfect for a Bloomin’ Onion Appetizer!  What could be a  better to start a party than a Bloomin’ Onion!  I’ve made this recipe several times and it gets rave reviews every time! Outback Steakhouse serves abouut 40,000 of these Bloomin’ Onions every day!

What is a Bloomin’ Onion? It’s a giant onion that’s cut to resemble a flower. Then it is deep fried to perfection. The unique cut ensures that every bite will be crispy, crunchy and super delicious! You won’t believe how easy this is to make and of course…how easy it is to eat!

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Bloomin’ Onion

Bloomin' Onion
Make a Bloomin’ Onion for Your Next Backyard BBQ!

This is easy to make and is like the Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse.  You don’t need any special tools to cut the onion – just a sharp paring knife will work.  Here is a great tutorial: How to Slice a Bloomin’ Onion.  Now…here is the recipe.  Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients because most of the ingredients are seasonings.

 Bloomin’ Onion Recipe

Bloomin’ Onion
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Vickie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 servings
Here is the easy recipe for a Bloomin’ Onion. This is a great recipe for your next Backyard BBQ!
  • 1 large, sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 gallon corn oil (for frying)
  1. To slice the onion, cut off 1/2 inch from the pointy stem end of the onion (the top) and peel. Place the onion cut side down.
  2. Starting 1/2 inch from the root end, make a downward cut all the way through to the board. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion.
  3. Continue slicing between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts.
  4. Turn the onion over and use your fingers to gently separate the outer pieces. (The onion will begin to look like a flower at this point)
  5. Whisk the flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and 1/2 tsp. black pepper in a bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and 1 cup water.
  7. Place the onion in a separate bowl and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour.
  8. Lift the onion by the core and pat off the excess flour.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, fully submerge the onion in the egg mixture (spoon on top if necessary).
  10. Remove and let the excess egg drip off, then repeat the flouring process.
  11. Refrigerate the onion while you heat the oil.
  12. Heat the oil to 400 degrees.
  13. Using a wire skimmer, carefully lower the onion into the oil, cut side down.
  14. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays close to 350 degrees.
  15. Fry about 3 minutes, then turn the onion over and fry until golden, about 3 more minutes.
  16. Drain on paper towels.
  17. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the dip.

 Bloomin’ Onion Dip

This dip can be made the day before your party and it will keep for several days in the fridge.

Bloomin' Onion

Bloomin' Onion Dip

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

You can make this a day or two before your BBQ.


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (don't use a substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon drained horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

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Products I love to use when making this recipe:

For a change of pace, serve your Bloomin’ Onion with Yum Yum Sauce!

I LOVE this wire skimmer — it’s perfect for dipping the large Bloomin’ Onion out of the oil.  

Need a new Deep Fryer?  Here are a couple that I like:  Single Basket Deep Fryer    Double Basket Deep Fryer

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