Baked Blooming Onion

April 15, 2013 by Ali

Baked Blooming Onion |

One of my favorite memories with my grandma back in the day was going to dinner at Chili’s. My mom would order a salad, my sister would order chicken fingers, and my grandma and my dad and I would all order the baby back ribs, which inevitably brought on a rendition of everyone singing the famous jingle (with bar-be-que sauce!).

But before we dove into our messy main courses, every now and then we would get the treat of ordering the famous “awesome blossom”. Or as other restaurants call it, a blooming onion. I found out later that this deep-fried onion topped the charts at the time for the most unhealthy thing you could order at the restaurant, but boy was it good!!! We all loved dipping those onion petals in that heavenly sauce — so much so, that we were often completely full before our entrees arrived! Oh, to have the metabolism of a kid. :)

I admit I haven’t had a blooming onion in at least a decade. But when I recently posted a lightened up version of another restaurant favorite, it reminded me of the famous awesome blossom. And I got to thinking what it would take to lighten it up! Sure enough, my favorite way to “oven-fry” other dishes worked like a charm with this dish, and my baked blooming onion was born! Just coat an onion with a heck of a lot of seasoned panko, bake it in the oven, and you’re good to go!

It is definitely different than the deep-fried effect. But the panko made this blooming onion crispy, flavorful, and made for a really fun appetizer to share with friends. And I guarantee that everyone will be so impressed with how you got the onion to “bloom”! Definitely a timeless treat, made all the better when it’s not loaded with a gazillion calories. Enjoy!

Baked Blooming Onion |

Baked Blooming Onion

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 blooming onion


    For The Blooming Onion:
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Cajun or blackening seasoning (**see alternate seasonings below**)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • optional sides: ketchup, spicy dipping sauce (see below), ranch dip, honey mustard
  • For The Spicy Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or mayo)
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. horseradish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. oregano


To Make The Blooming Onion:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a cutting board, use a knife to cut off the top (not the root) 1/4-inch of the onion until a few of the inside layers are exposed. Peel the outermost layer of the onion down to the root, but leave the root intact.

Lay the onion on the cutting board so that the flat side (that you just cut) is facing downward. Then use a knife to section the onion into 16ths, beginning with your knife 1/8-inch away from the root and cutting straight down. Once all cuts are complete, turn the onion over and set on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Then use your fingers to gently spread apart the petals. If any of your cuts did not go all the way through, you can use a paring knife to be sure that the entire onion is cut into 16ths.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the Panko, Cajun seasoning and salt until combined.

In a separate (additional) bowl, whisk the eggs until combined.

Beginning with the lowest (bottom) layers of the onion, brush the top of each petal with the egg mixture until coated, then immediately sprinkle with the Panko mixture. Repeat until all petals are coated. (The panko won't totally "stick" when the egg is wet, but just press it on with your fingers.) It is kind of tedious, but worth it!

Carefully form a tent with aluminum foil over the baking sheet until the onion is completely enclosed. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove tent and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the onion is soft and the tips are lightly crisped.

Remove and serve with desired sauces.

To Make The Spicy Dipping Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

**Instead of the Cajun seasoning, you could substitute in Italian seasonings or whatever you love best. Just taste a pinch of the dry seasoning before applying it to the onion to see if it needs to be seasoned with salt and pepper.

(c) 2013 Gimme Some Oven. All rights reserved.

Baked Blooming Onion |

Baked Blooming Onion |

Baked Blooming Onion |

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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101 thoughts on “Baked Blooming Onion

  1. Love that there is a way to make this without oil!

    - Carol

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a beautiful large sweet onion that Just insisted it wanted to become a BLOOMING onion. I started looking for recipes–looked and looked and was about to give up because all the recipes called for deep frying. Then I found your recipe! The onion is soaking in ice water as I type. We will be chowing down very soon!

    - Sandra

    • I read your remark about the blooming onion. I have never made this dish, but read that the onion is to be soaked in ice water before preparation. However, I didn’t see this step in this recipe’s instruction. Should it be done anyway?

      - Jackie

  3. It looks stunning, I must put it on my menu.

    - Frank cobb

  4. You’re my hero. I LOVE blooming onions but have no idea how to make one myself. Especially appreciate the healthy take on this as well. Thanks for sharing.

    - Zana@GreenTravelReviews

  5. Just made this with my pita pizzas amd it was delish! Husband was very impressed. Thanks!

    - Jenn

  6. I am in love with the blooming onion, but am trying not eat less fried foods. Thanks for this.

    - Teresa - SassySuburbanite

  7. great and easy!! oh and healthy. Altered it a bit to be no carb and was still great

    - PJ

  8. Ohhhh,I’m all about healthy recipes! I can’t wait to try this for our SuperBowl party this afternoon. Thanks for the great idea. I can’t wait to tell all my friends that it’s actually healthy!!
    I even shared it on my Instagram page…and sent everyone to this page for the recipe.
    I hope you get alotta new followers.

    - Valerie Taylor

  9. Ha! Autocorrect… PANKO mixture, not Pablo mixture. ;-)

    - JDM

  10. what can i use as a substitute for the eggs to coat the onion? i just don’t like eggs at all ;(

    - Kathie

  11. I just got the panko breadcrumbs! I’m making it tonight. So excited!!

    - Taylor

  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this — love onions, love the presentation and love that it’s baked. Thank YOU!

    - Bernadette

  13. This is the best the best Blooming Onion takes a little time but well worth it.

    - Donna Eschedor

  14. This looks like it’s going to be good. I’m going to make one tonight to try it. Then I’ll make another for the Super Bowl!!

    - Kelvin

  15. What happens if you dip the whole onion in the egg mixture? Too much goo?

    - Hollie

  16. Giving this a bash tonight for dinner club…. will post feedback!!! Can’ wait to taste the finished product!!!

    - Sandi

  17. I wish the comments were more helpful. Want to know how it turned out for others, if they liked it or not. mostly it’s just inane “looks pretty” or “can’t wait to try”. Yeah, we can all see how nice it looks, now if someone can just let the rest of us know how it’s worked out for them. I would have been more apt to trying this over others if people spent less time making flattering remarks about the photos.

    With apologies to Ali, it’s not your fault, I’m just frustrated by the glut of unsubstantial comments. With so many different recipes out there user comments can be helpful when they offer more than “it looks so pretty”.

    - Monica

  18. I’m sure this will be just yummmy.

    - Kim

  19. This is just great, baked not fried and the variety of seasonings are incredible… trying this ASAP.

    - Afner Hernandez

  20. I love that it’s baked! I’ve had deep fried before, but now I’m going to try this. Beautiful photos.

    - Jodi @ Garlic Girl

  21. Go on Google and type in how to cut onion for blooming onion
    you will find how too. enjoy

    - Georgina

  22. I thought your cutting instructions were great, mine came out lovely. I left mine in for the whole 15 and sprinkled more crumbs on it half way thru when the moisture started coming out. It was great. Iixed hot sauce with sour cream and Cajun seasoning.

    - jess c

  23. Could we get a few more pictures to show how you cut it? Maybe even a video? That would be helpful! I so want to try this, but I’m worried I’ll mess up the cuts!

    - Alyssa

  24. Are there any other onions that would work besides a vidalia onion? I can’t seem to find a vidalia onion at my local grocery store.

    - Amanda

  25. I haven’t had one of these in YEARS!! But it used to be my favorite appetizer ever! Love that you found a way to lighten it up, and my husband will love that you made the sauce.

    - Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

  26. Mmmm this just looks super yummy! I can’t wait to try it (mine is in the oven as I’m typing this)

    - Ashley

  27. Made this tonight ……very scrumptious ….thank you from UK

    - Zimchris

  28. Thank you for a wonderful recipe – can you tell me if you think this would work with another onion type as we dont have vidalia onions in Australia.

    - Rachelle

  29. Yummy!! I just made this but I was lazy and dipped the whole onion in the egg and spread the petals as I sprinkled it with the panko mix. Then…….put it in the treager BBQ-ER!!!

    - Laura

  30. this looks freaking awesome!

    Trisha x

    - Trisha Jones

  31. I used to order the Chili’s bloomin’ onion until I saw how many calories and fat were in it! I’ll eat this one up with no guilt!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  32. this is just brilliant – this is my guilty pleasure but im sure the baked ones are totally delicious

    - dixya@food, pleasure, and health

  33. I remember an episode of Will & Grace where Grace has an onion blossom. I’ve been wanting one ever since. Thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely giving this a try.

    - Stacie Michelle

  34. These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them. You should think about doing a video for cutting the onion…just saying ;-) It would be much easier to understand. Thanks for the recipe! I’m drooling over here!

    - Nicole

  35. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier bloomin onion Ali! Guess what? I used to work at Chili’s! LOVING the baked version my friend.

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  36. This looks YUMMY!!!!

    - imluvinmycurls

  37. Gaaahhh! I want this whole onion.

    - Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

  38. I can’t wait to try this!

    - Mary Ann

  39. Oh wow, I love blooming onions :) this looks fabulous, I love the idea of baking it instead!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  40. Blooming heck, this is awesome, and not even fried!! Winner..

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  41. This is so gorgeous! I haven’t had a blooming onion in ages but Ive always loved them! I never thought to try to make them at home, but now youve inspired me!

    - Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

  42. I’ve…actually never had a bloomin onion! But I already know I’d choose this baked version over deep fried anything any day!

    - Joanne

  43. Loving this, Ali! It is gorgeous!

    - Rachel Cooks

  44. have not seen anything like this before. very creative, indeed.
    and will definitely have people amazed and impressed – i am too!

    - Nisha

  45. AH-MAZING! This is just so stunning – too pretty to eat, actually!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  46. That is THE most beautiful Bloomin’ Onion I’ve ever seen! Love that it’s baked, too! Great idea, Ali! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  47. What a creative recipe! Such a great alternative to regular onion rings or an onion loaf. Looks great!

    - Nicole

  48. I ate one too many bloomin’ onions when I was young. Seriously am loving this baked version. I’m craving one all over again! I have had one in AGES!!

    - Julie @ Table for Two



  50. Love love love this, Ali! Can’t wait to try it!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  51. This looks beautiful and tasty ! Thank you Ali for the diet version !

    - Frenchpapilles

  52. This looks incredible! I love blooming onions, and the fact that this is baked totally makes it healthy. :) The spicy dipping sauce sounds delicious, too.

    - Ashley

  53. I seriously just tried to bite my computer screen. Sad but true.

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  54. Oh my… loving this baked version of a childhood favorite *mine too by the way!

    - katie

  55. Oh my stars! I must make this as soon as possible!

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

  56. I’ve always wondered how to make one of these to perfection! Looks divine! Can’t wait to give it a whirl. ;)

    - Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe

  57. This is such a great appetizer. Love that you used panko!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  58. This onion is totally sexy. Words can’t describe how delicious this onion looks. Gimme!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  59. My jaw just dropped to the floor. I MUST have this!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  60. This is sooo freaking fun!!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  61. This looks great & I love that it’s baked. Now I’m singing the baby back ribs song, too!

    - Leah | So, How's It Taste?

  62. This is beyond brilliant Ali! For cereal! I had a fried blooming onion a couple years ago at a fair and it just made me feel horribly guilty and greasy. This makes me sing, I can dip and devour sans guilt!

    - Megan {{Country cleaver}}

  63. Oh my gosh I think I am in LOVE! I adored these blossoms as well but too found out that they were extremely unhealthy. Thank you for making my life NOW complete with making a baked version.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  64. WOW! I LOVE that you baked this! Definitely pinning to try!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  65. This looks SO good! My husband and I love blooming onions and he has mentioned several times that I should make one. I haven’t because of the amount of oil it would take to fry and entire onion! I love that this is baked.

    - Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

  66. Whoa does this onion look GREAT!

    - marla

  67. I love healthy copycat recipes! This is definitely going to be tried at my house. I love onions! I bet it tastes amazing!

    - Masha

  68. what a beautiful onion!!! I also remember the bottomless chips and dip at Chili’s during the teenage years

    - Ali's Mom

  69. Truly amazing. This definitely brings back childhood memories!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  70. This is like a piece of art! It is beautiful! And looks so good!

    - Tieghan

  71. This looks amazing!

    - Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers

  72. Onions are one of my favorite foods ever, and yet I’ve never had a blooming onion. How is that possible?! :) Luckily I can remedy that thanks to you – this looks so good!

    - Tracey

  73. I’ve never heard of a blooming onion before but goodness me it sounds delicious!

    - Kathryn

  74. Hey,
    do you turn the onion back over to put the breadcrumb mixture on? or do you back it with the root up? Just curious? Looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

    - Kristin

  75. What a genius idea!! And I love the spicy yogurt topping!!!!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  76. Gorgeous and I seriously want to chow down on that right now! I tried to make one years ago and it was the biggest disaster ever – fairly comical too.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  77. I have such a similar memory with my grandma, but set at the Outback! We’d go all in with shrimp on the barbie, a super buttery sweet potato (still love), and the over-the-top bloomin onion. Love how you brought it home, but in a much healthier way.

    - Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    • I can’t believe this!! I just put the ingredients into a recipe calculator and all the ingredients, including the dip, if you use non fat greek yogurt, is only 511 calories. That is for a LARGE onion!!! I can’t wait to try this later today!! Thank you SO much!!!

      - Karla