Last updated on July 14th, 2020 at 04:31 pm
This Air Fryer Blooming Onion is an EASIER and HEALTHIER way to enjoy your favorite restaurant appetizer at home. CRISPY and JUICY, it will be the hit of your next party!
Try it with this Blooming Onion Dipping Sauce!
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I know that if you haven’t been living under a rock your whole life that you have heard of, or most likely eaten, a Blooming Onion.
A large, fanned out onion that is perfectly seasoned, coated, and then deep fried to crispy perfection.
An appetizer that NO ONE CAN RESIST!
Who created the blooming onion?
Originally created at Outback Steakhouse, similar recipes are popping up everywhere.
Chili’s has the Awesome Blossom or Onion Peels from Applebee’s. You don’t have to wait until you visit one of these restaurants, I am going to show you how to make this famous bloomin’ onion in an air fryer.
Usually deep fried, this air fried version is better for you and makes less of a mess in the house which is always a plus.
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To get this blooming onion in air fryer recipe started, we need to talk about the most important part of the dish, THE ONION itself!
What kind of onions does Outback use?
As long as it’s big it will work, right? Not always true.
Yellow and white onions are very strong in flavor which can be a bit much for some.
I prefer to use large Vidalia onions because they are milder and sweeter. Meaning they are perfect for more people to enjoy.
Now that you have all your ingredients ready, let’s get started.
The most important part of the recipe is how to prepare the onion so it “blooms” correctly.
How do you cut an onion for a bloomin’ onion?
I would be sarcastic and say “very carefully” but there is a technique that will get you the perfect onion bloom.
How do you open a blooming onion?
- 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. DO NOT CUT THROUGH THE ROOT.
- 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.
Now that the onion is open it’s time to bread it to get that crispy coating.
If any of the “petals” are stuck together, gently separate them so the onion can be in “full bloom.”
How is a blooming onion made?
STEP ONE: Make the dredges and washes. Whisk the flour, and spices in a large bowl. In a medium deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and 1 cup water.
STEP TWO: Bread the onion. Place the onion in a clean bowl, cut-side up and separated. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the onion getting in between the layers.
Turn the onion over and gently pat off the excess flour reserving the bowl of unused flour.
STEP THREE: Egg wash the onion. Transfer the onion into the egg mixture and coat evenly. Remove and let the excess drip off.
STEP FOUR: Second coat of breading. Place the wet onion into the reserved flour mixture and repeat the flour process. Place the onion into the refrigerator to set it.
STEP FIVE: Prepare the onion for frying. Preheat the air fryer to 350F for 10 minutes to 350ºF. Remove the onion from the refrigerator and spray generously with cooking oil.
STEP SIX: Air fry the onion. Place the onion bloom in air fryer basket cut side up (on a piece of foil if desired).
Air fry for 25 minutes, spraying the onion with cooking oil a few times as it cooks. Remove onion and season with salt and pepper.
Can you freeze a Blooming Onion?
No you can’t, not that you will have any left once you pull it out of the air fryer! LOL;)
Why is bloomin’ onion so bad for you?
Because they are usually deep fried which makes it soak up a lot of extra oil. That’s probably why I can’t stop eating them and my waistline hates me.
This version is much better for you as you use the air fryer which doesn’t need oil other than the tiny spritz on it.
Air fryer blooming onion calories
Making this in the air fryer cuts the calories significantly which is why I love it so much. Remember that calories shared with friends don’t really count 😉
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Take Two Tapas Tips for Blooming Onion
*Make sure you coat the individual layers of onion in flour to maximize the crispy outside.
*You can get 12-20 slices depending on the size of the onion.
*Slicing the onion is dangerous so make sure you are doing it on a flat surface like a cutting board for stability.
*Give the onion plenty of time to open so each onion petal gets coated.
*You can substitute some or all of the milk for beer in the egg wash for a slightly different flavor.
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other air fryer recipes to make
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts
- Street Corn Empanadas
- Chicken Tenders
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Fried Pickles
- Pretzel Bites
Easy Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe
- 1 large sweet onion
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 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 *optional
- Oil for spritzing
- Blooming Onion Dipping Sauce
- Make the dredges and washes. Whisk the flour, and spices in a large bowl. In a medium deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and 1 cup water.
- Bread the onion. Place the onion in a clean bowl, cut-side up and separated. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the onion getting in between the layers. Turn the onion over and gently pat off the excess flour reserving the bowl of unused flour.
- Egg wash the onion. Transfer the onion into the egg mixture and coat evenly. Remove and let the excess drip off.
- Second coat of breading. Place the wet onion into the reserved flour mixture and repeat the flour process. Place the onion into the refrigerator to set it.
- Prepare the onion for frying. Preheat the air fryer to 350F for 10 minutes to 350ºF. Remove the onion from the refrigerator and spray generously with cooking oil.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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