Baked Blooming Onion

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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 treat ourselves to their 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!

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Baked Blooming Onion

A healthier and baked version of the classic blooming onion.

Ingredients:

For The Blooming Onion:

  • 1 large Vidalia onion (or any yellow 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

Directions:

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.

(Update: I have had readers give the tip that if you soak your sliced onion in cold water overnight, it will open up naturally on its own.)

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Baked Blooming Onion | gimmesomeoven.com

Baked Blooming Onion | gimmesomeoven.com

Baked Blooming Onion | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Rachelle — May 19, 2013 @ 11:58 am (#)

    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.

  2. Zimchris — June 13, 2013 @ 6:42 pm (#)

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

  3. Ashley — June 13, 2013 @ 11:31 pm (#)

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

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 28, 2013 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    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.

  5. Amanda — September 29, 2013 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    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.

    • Janice — February 1, 2014 @ 4:11 pm (#)

      Texas sweet or Florida sweet would also do. Vidalia are fro.m Georgia

  6. Alyssa — October 1, 2013 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    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!

  7. jess c — October 5, 2013 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    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.

  8. Georgina — October 8, 2013 @ 2:19 pm (#)

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

  9. Jodi @ Garlic Girl — October 28, 2013 @ 2:15 pm (#)

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

  10. Afner Hernandez — November 20, 2013 @ 11:38 pm (#)

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

  11. Kim — December 29, 2013 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    I’m sure this will be just yummmy.

  12. Monica — January 19, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    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”.

  13. Sandi — January 23, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

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

  14. Hollie — January 28, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — July 19, 2014 @ 4:04 pm (#)

      Probably too much goo. I found it was easier to brush it on (although it does take an extra minute or two).

  15. Kelvin — January 28, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    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!!

  16. Donna Eschedor — January 28, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

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

  17. Bernadette — January 28, 2014 @ 3:24 pm (#)

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

  18. Taylor — January 28, 2014 @ 5:03 pm (#)

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

  19. Kathie — January 28, 2014 @ 10:30 pm (#)

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

    • Pao — January 29, 2014 @ 9:56 am (#)

      You can just leave them out. I used olive oil instead.

  20. JDM — January 31, 2014 @ 12:36 pm (#)

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

  21. Valerie Taylor — February 2, 2014 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    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.
    Instagram.com/ValerieJTaylor
    I hope you get alotta new followers.
    Valerie

  22. PJ — February 4, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#)

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

  23. Teresa - SassySuburbanite — February 6, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

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

  24. Jenn — February 8, 2014 @ 4:41 pm (#)

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

  25. Zana@GreenTravelReviews — February 9, 2014 @ 10:15 pm (#)

    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.

  26. Frank cobb — February 23, 2014 @ 7:32 pm (#)

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

  27. Sandra — March 11, 2014 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    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!

    • Jackie — March 14, 2014 @ 7:24 am (#)

      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?

    • Ali — July 19, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#)

      This is another alternative to help the onion “bloom”, but it’s not required.

  28. Carol — June 5, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

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

  29. Vienna — October 22, 2014 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    We tried this last night. We used too large of an onion so it didn’t cook all the way through. Th e breading didn’t stay on too well either, am going to try a different way to get the breadino to stay on and may use bread crumbs instead. Love that you can bake it. Also I am wondering what spices you use for the ketchup Mayo dipping g sauce. 

  30. Jill — October 26, 2014 @ 4:04 pm (#)

    I just made this for a football gathering and it was a flop. It was kind of tasteless. The breading needed some kind of fat, like butter. The panko was too bulky and it didn’t caramelize or brown like it would if it had butter or oil in it. It was a flavorless baked onion with flavorless chunks of breading, many of which were wet and mushy. Did not work for me.

  31. sue whatley — November 7, 2014 @ 8:50 am (#)

    These are great!!!!!

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