Take a trip to the Outback in your own kitchen with this homemade, super easy recipe for blooming onion bites!
These petals have all of the flavor of our favorite blooming onion but the individual pieces are easier to cook (and eat) at home. Make a batch just in time for the big game or movie night— we even included the recipe for the sauce!
What is a Blooming Onion?
A blooming onion is an onion that is cut into wedges (most of the way through) and battered and deep-fried. Think of it as a big huge onion ring.
While we love ordering this appetizer to share with a crowd at a restaurant, they can be large and difficult to handle at home.
We love cutting the onion into individual petals:
- they’re easier to cut with no special tools required
- they’re easier to deep-fry and don’t require as large of a pot of oil
- we love how the entire strip of onion is evenly coated and crispy
- they’re great to serve a crowd, it’s easier for people to grab a few petals rather than trying to pull off of the big onion
Ingredients and Variations
Fresh sweet onions are coated in a seasoned batter and then deep-fried in oil and served with its own special sauce.
ONIONS Red onions have a mellow flavor while yellow onions are far more pungent. We think the best choice is sweet onions like Walla Walla.
BATTER Flour, egg, and milk create the perfect crispy batter coating.
SEASONINGS This recipe has a long list of seasonings and they add great flavor. Feel free to swap them out with your favorite seasoning mixes from taco seasoning to cajun seasoning.
Oil for Frying
We like to use an oil that has a high smoke point like canola oil, which means it can reach the perfect temperature (~400°F) that results in a quick cook and a crispy exterior.
Peanut oil is a great choice with a really high smoke point and vegetable oil will work too! Just be sure to make sure the oil is heated to the right temperature before frying or else the battered onions will simply absorb the oil and become soft.
How to Make Blooming Onion Bites (overview)
Blooming onions are so easy to make and you’ll love the flavor and crunch!
- Prepare the dip pre recipe below and set aside (this can be done up to 48 hours in advance).
- Cut onions into wedges. Prepare the breading mixture and toss onions to coat.
- Dip in the egg mixture, then back into breading mixture (flour/egg/flour).
- Deep fry in oil until browned and crispy. Drain and serve with dipping sauce.
How to Make Blooming Onion Sauce
Our sauce is deliciously creamy and it’s almost like an aioli dip. Delicious with fries, too, and super simple to make:
- Mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Feel free to add more or less cayenne pepper for a spicier sauce.
How to Reheat Blooming Onion Bites
- Heat the oven to broil and place blooming onion bites in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil them about 3 or four minutes until they are crisp again.
- Or bake in the oven at 375°F about 5-7 minutes or until heated through.
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Did you make these Blooming Onion Bites? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below!
Blooming Onion Bites with Dipping Sauce
- 1 large sweet onion or 2 medium onions
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup water
- oil for frying
- seasoned salt
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 teaspoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon horseradish mayo sauce or regular horseradish
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all dip ingredients and set aside.
- Cut the onion in half vertically and make slices down the onion to make wedges. In a bowl, toss flour and seasonings except seasoning salt. In a second bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and water.
- Ensure onion slices are separated and place the onion wedges in a large freezer bag. Add about ¾ cup of the flour mixture and shake well to coat.
- Using a fork, gently lift out about 6 onion wedges and put them into the egg mixture. Using a fork, remove them from the egg mixture and into the flour mixture in the bowl. Toss to coat. (So it’s Flour. Egg. Flour.)
- Place on a rack while coating all of the onions. Gently tap the rack to remove excess flour before frying.
- Heat deep fryer or a couple of inches of oil in a pan to 360-375°F. Place the onions into the deep fryer or oil in small batches for about 6 minutes or until browned and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd them.
- Remove from oil, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Serve hot with dipping sauce.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Once you cut the wedges do you separate all the pieces before putting in the batter?
Hi Beth, we separate the onion slices in step 3!
Delicious!! Perfect!! Addictive!!
Will make again and again, in fact we are making a second batch on day two with smaller strips to top burgers with the sauce used on burger. Can’t wait.
Bloomin’ onion burger??? That’s an amazing idea, thank you for sharing!
This recipes looks like the type of ring’s batter that I have been searching for. I will be serving up a mess of it soon.
Yay Suzie! So glad to hear that! Have fun serving up that mess of it!
I made them and my family loves them. Will definitely put in my sides rotation
I am so glad they loved them Thelma!
Blooming Onions are the BUSINESS!! Now I’m craving some. I use a similar seasoning combination when I season my onions.
These onion bites with the dip look so addicting. I can totally see myself devouring them in no time at all! My husband would love them too!
Yum! My husband would go crazy over these! I definitely have to try making this!
Mine sure did Shanika!
So easy to make at home! Looks delicious and is sure to be a big hit!
Oh, YESSS! Gotta have the bloomin’ onion bites! I’ve actually never tried to recreate this myself, so glad now I don’t have to! ;-)
You’ll enjoy it Catherine!
How do I make this eggless?
I haven only made this recipe as written.
You might try buttermilk as the wet stage and see how that works.
Just found your site Holly, it looks great!
I’m gonna try this receipe but when I print it prints too light.
This was a wonderful recipe, worked perfect!! Thank You!
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Could I make these ahead of time? If so how do I reheat??
These are best made right before serving!
Thanks for sharing this recipe! This seems like it would be easier than trying to do an entire bloomin’ onion, since you don’t need as much oil or space. I’ve added this to my list and will have to give it a shot.
Just made these! Everyone loved them and they are all gone!
Oh wow! I made these tonight for my wife and son, and it was a big hit! This recipe is a keeper!!!!
I’m so glad you loved them! :)
Unclear prep instructions. Oh, how I wanted to try to make these…. :(
Which part is unclear Anne? I will see if I can help you out.
Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)
Sounds delicious. Could you use almond flour instead of regular flour?
I’ve only tried the reicpe as written Tasha. Let us know if you try it!
My husband would love these, thanks!
Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!