This is such an incredible appetizer. The flavor of the battered onion combined with the sauce makes for one addictive and unforgettable recipe!
The Blooming Onion is one of my favorite appetizers to order from Outback Steakhouse and Texas Roadhouse. Combine it with the dipping sauce and you have a flavor explosion that is just delicious and unforgettable.
This homemade version is pretty special. I have tinkered with several recipes to come up with this one that I feel is the perfect blend of spices.
This would be a big hit for any party and is a total crowd pleaser! Just make sure to read through ALL the “cutting onion” directions before beginning. It took me a couple onions to get the hang of slicing it ;)
- vegetable oil for frying, enough for onion to float in a deep fryer or large pot
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoons pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large sweet onion
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons cream-style horseradish sauce
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Heat oil on stove to 360 degrees. Heat enough oil to cover onion.
- Mix eggs in a large bowl and set aside
- Mix flour, salt, cayenne, paprika, pepper, and cumin in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Slice the top and the bottom off and peel off papery skin.
- Using a narrow knife CAREFULLY core the middle of the onion, 1 inch in diameter. Remove the center of the onion.
- Using a very sharp knife slice the onion several times to create petals. ONLY slice ¾ of the way down. Do not go farther or your onion will fall apart. (Believe me I know, I had to practice on two onions to figure this out.)
- Cut the onion 90 degrees and slice it again to make an x across the first slice. Keep slicing sections in half, VERY carefully until you have 16 sections, or petals.
- Gently spread petals apart.
- Dip onion in the egg mixture, doing your best to make sure the onion is completely coated.
- Transfer the onion to the flour mixture and coat each petal as best as you can.
- Repeat the process one more time.
- Fry the onion right side up for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towel and serve with sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine mayo, ketchup, horseradish, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper and mix well.