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Fried Bloomin Onion

Today, we’re diving into a culinary adventure that’s as visually impressive as it is delicious – AB’s Ultimate Fried Bloomin’ Onion Spectacle. Picture this: a golden-brown blossom of crispy petals, ready to be plucked and dipped into a savory sauce. This appetizer is not just a dish; it’s a showstopper that’ll elevate your culinary skills and delight the taste buds of anyone lucky enough to gather around your table. So, roll up your sleeves, sharpen your knives, and let’s embark on a journey to create a masterpiece that’s guaranteed to steal the spotlight.

The Fried Bloomin’ Onion is not your average appetizer; it’s a culinary spectacle that brings excitement to any gathering. Imagine the gasps of delight as you unveil a perfectly fried onion, its petals beckoning with promises of crispy perfection. It’s the dish that transforms an ordinary evening into an extraordinary one, inviting friends and family to share not just a meal but an experience. So, why should you make this dish? Because your taste buds deserve a front-row seat to this symphony of flavors and textures.


For the Bloomin’ Onion:

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for extra heat)

Step-by-Step Guide:

Make the Bloomin’ Onion:

  1. Prepare the Onion:
    • Cut off the top (stem end) of the onion.
    • Peel the onion, leaving the root end intact.
    • Make four evenly spaced vertical cuts into the onion, starting from the top and stopping before reaching the root, creating petals.
  2. Create the Bloomin’ Onion Batter:
    • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
    • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
  3. Coat the Onion:
    • Dip the onion in the wet mixture, ensuring it gets between the petals.
    • Let the excess liquid drip off.
    • Roll the onion in the flour mixture, making sure to coat it thoroughly. Gently shake off any excess flour.
  4. Double Dredge (Optional):
    • Repeat the process of dipping the onion in the wet mixture and then in the flour mixture for an extra crispy coating.
  5. Preheat the Oil:
    • In a large, deep pot or a deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (180°C).
  6. Fry the Bloomin’ Onion:
    • Carefully lower the coated onion into the hot oil, petals facing up.
    • Fry for about 3-4 minutes until the exterior is golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to turn the onion halfway through for even frying.
  7. Drain Excess Oil:
    • Remove the fried bloomin’ onion from the oil and let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Prepare the Dipping Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using). Adjust seasoning to taste.
  9. Serve:
    • Place the fried bloomin’ onion on a serving plate.
    • Serve with the prepared dipping sauce in the center.
  10. Enjoy:
    • Pull apart the crispy petals, dip them in the sauce, and savor the deliciousness!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  1. Select the Right Onion: Choose a large onion for a visually impressive bloomin’ onion.
  2. Crispy Petals: Separate the petals before dredging to ensure even coating and maximum crispiness.
  3. Even Frying: Use a slotted spoon to carefully turn the onion for even frying.
  4. Check Oil Temperature: Ensure the oil is at the right temperature before frying to achieve a golden-brown exterior.
  5. Serve Immediately: The bloomin’ onion is best enjoyed fresh out of the fryer for optimal crispiness.


  1. Spicy Kick: Add extra cayenne pepper or chili powder to the flour mixture for a spicier kick.
  2. Cheesy Bloomin’ Onion: Sprinkle shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese over the onion before frying for a cheesy twist.
  3. Herb Infusion: Mix dried herbs like oregano, thyme, or rosemary into the flour mixture for added flavor.
  4. Garlic Lover’s Delight: Incorporate garlic salt into the flour mixture for a garlicky punch.
  5. Beer-Battered Bliss: Replace buttermilk with beer in the batter for a beer-battered version.
  6. Sweet Onion Surprise: Use sweet onions for a milder and sweeter flavor profile.
  7. Zesty Lemon Zing: Add lemon zest to the flour mixture for a refreshing twist.
  8. Bacon Lover’s Dream: Top the onion with bacon bits before frying for a savory delight.
  9. Smokehouse Sensation: Infuse a smoky flavor by adding a pinch of smoked paprika to the flour mixture.
  10. Jalapeño Infusion: Mix finely chopped jalapeños into the flour mixture for a spicy kick.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Remoulade Sauce: A tangy and spicy remoulade is a perfect companion.
  2. Ranch Dressing: The classic choice for a cooling dip.
  3. Blue Cheese Dip: Ideal for those who love a creamy, tangy kick.
  4. Honey Mustard: A sweet and savory option for dipping.
  5. Barbecue Sauce: A smoky barbecue sauce pairs well with the crispy petals.
  6. Garlic Aioli: A garlic-infused mayo adds richness and flavor.
  7. Chipotle Mayo: For a smoky and spicy kick, serve with chipotle-infused mayonnaise.
  8. Sweet Chili Sauce: The sweet and spicy flavors complement the crispy texture.
  9. Sriracha Mayo: A spicy mayo with a hint of sriracha for an extra kick.
  10. Cilantro Lime Dip: A refreshing combination of cilantro and lime for a burst of freshness.

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