Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe


Indulging in the crispy satisfaction of fried foods often comes at the cost of feeling weighed down. But what if we told you there’s a way to relish the delectable taste of a Blooming Onion without the excess guilt? Enter the world of Air Fryer Blooming Onion – a quick, easy, and restaurant-quality appetizer that will elevate your snack game to new heights.

Ingredients Needed:

For the Blooming Onion:

1 large white onion (the unsung hero)

Dry Mix: Flour, paprika, garlic, thyme, and oregano

Wet Mix: Milk and eggs

For the Dipping Sauce:

Condiments: Mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and creamy horseradish sauce

Spices: Paprika and cayenne pepper

Making the Blooming Masterpiece

Step 1: Blooming Brilliance Begin by peeling the onion and cutting off the top, leaving the root intact. Slice the onion into quarters, creating a stunning “blooming flower” effect. Soak the onion in water for 10 minutes to allow the petals to separate.

Step 2: Dredging Dance Whisk together the milk and eggs in one bowl and the flour and spices in another. After patting the onion dry, dredge it in the flour mixture, followed by the egg mixture, and a final coating of the flour. Ensure each petal is well-coated for maximum flavor.

Step 3: Air Fryer Alchemy Line the air fryer basket with tin foil to prevent sticking and place the onion on top. Spritz with cooking spray and cover with foil to avoid over-browning. Cook at 340°F for 10 minutes, then increase to 360°F for 10-12 minutes. Remove the top foil and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until your desired level of crispiness is achieved.

Step 4: Dipping Divinity While the Blooming Onion works its magic, mix up the dipping sauce. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, creamy horseradish sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Spoon it into a bowl and place it in the center of your blooming masterpiece.

Tips for Success

Opt for a white onion for the best flavor, though Vidalia onions work well too.

Fry one onion at a time for perfect petal perfection.

Use tin foil to prevent sticking and control browning.

What’s the Buzz about Air Fryers?

Air fryers are the trendsetters of modern kitchens, revolutionizing the way we approach fried delights. These compact appliances function as mini convection ovens, circulating hot air to achieve the coveted crispy texture without drowning our favorite foods in oil. It’s a game-changer for lovers of fried treats, offering a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.

Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe

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Course: AppetizersCuisine: American


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Crispy, Salty, and Oh-So-Satisfying!


  • For the Blooming Onion:
  • 1 large white onion

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ⅓ cup milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Olive oil spray

  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons creamy horseradish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Peel the onion and cut off the top, leaving the root intact. Cut the onion into quarters and then into 3 equal pieces for a total of 12 sections.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, paprika, garlic salt, thyme, and oregano. Coat the onion in the flour mixture, ensuring all petals are well-coated.
  • Whisk milk and eggs in a separate bowl. Dip the entire onion in the egg mixture, then back into the flour mixture for a second coating.
  • Cook at 340°F for 10 minutes, spray with more olive oil, then cook at 360°F for 10-12 minutes. Remove the top foil and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until desired crispiness.
  • While the onion cooks, prepare the dipping sauce. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup, creamy horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and cayenne.
  • Once the onion is done, transfer to a bowl, carefully remove the middle for snacking, and place the sauce in the center. Serve immediately.


  • If the onion doesn’t naturally spread into petals, soak it in cold water for 10 minutes to encourage separation.
  • Nutrition includes 1/4 of the onion and 2 tablespoons of dipping sauce per serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 305kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
  • Sodium: 1984mg
  • Potassium: 249mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Calcium: 78mg
  • Iron: 3mg

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