Outback's Bloomin' Onion is delicious, but you don't always have the time to go out for this crunchy treat. Fortunately, you don't have to go out, because we've got a baked blooming onion that you can make at home. It's a perfect appetizer or game-day snack, and because it's baked, this oven blooming onion is a super easy recipe to make.

Start by placing an onion (we like yellow onions for this recipe) on the cutting board and cut off the top of the onion. Peel off the skin, then turn the onion cut side down. Starting about 1/2-inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way down to the cutting board. Repeat with three other cuts evenly spaced around the onion, leaving you with four cuts total. Continue slicing each section until you have 16 total cuts.

It's best to soak the cut onion in a bowl of water overnight so that the onion opens up. When you're ready to bake it, take the onion out of the water and pat dry. In a small bowl whisk together panko bread crumbs, cajun seasoning, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. Start with the bottom layers of the onion and using a pastry brush, brush each onion petal with the egg mixture until coated. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture and press with your fingers to adhere. Repeat until entire onion is coated.

When the whole onion is covered, place it on a baking sheet and tent the entire baking sheet with aluminum foil. Bake until steamy, about five minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes until the onion is soft and the breading is crispy. Serve the oven blooming onion with our spicy ranch dipping sauce and enjoy!

Oven-Baked Blooming Onion 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

servings

INGREDIENTS

  • For The Blooming Onion
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For The Spicy Ranch
  • 1 cup ranch
  • 1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions

For The Blooming Onion

Place your onion on the cutting board and cut off the top of the onion (the part that does not contain the root) to expose the layer. Peel off the skin and discard.

Turn the onion cut side down. Starting about 1/2-inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way down to the cutting board. Repeat with 3 other cuts evenly spaced around the onion, leaving you with 4 cuts total.

Next, continue slicing each section until you have 16 total cuts. You can achieve this by cutting each section 3 times.

Place onion in a bowl of water and soak in the fridge overnight for the onion to open.

Take the onion out of the water and pat dry.

In a small bowl whisk together panko, cajun seasoning, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk eggs until combined.

Start with the bottom layers of the onion and using a pastry brush, brush each petal with the egg mixture until coated. Sprinkle with panko and press with your fingers to adhere. Repeat until entire onion is coated.

Meanwhile preheat your oven to 400ºF. Place onion on baking sheet and tent the entire baking sheet with foil. Bake until steamy, about 5 minutes. Remove tent and bake until onion is soft and the breading is crispy, about 15 minutes.

For The Spicy Ranch

In small bowl combine ranch, pepper sauce, and chili powder. Serve with Blooming Onion.

Notes

We like to soak our onions in water overnight for the petals to open naturally but you can gently spread them apart with your fingers if you are in a hurry. This Blooming Onion goes great with our spicy ranch, buffalo sauce, ketchup, or honey mustard.

Perfect Pairing

Pair this Blooming onion with another one of our favorite appetizers, Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites

Nutrition Facts
Oven-Baked Blooming Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 1188mg 50%
Potassium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 5%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.