One of the highlights of visiting an Outback Steakhouse is having a blooming onion brought out to you, drenching that in sauce, and biting into it. The crispy exterior and tender cooked onion underneath make for a lovely combination.
This is usually a dish that’s been fried, but I want to show you how to make a blooming onion in the
This kind of dish is one that when you take a look at it you may think it is too complicated to make yourself. It definitely looks intimidating, but I think you’ll find it surprisingly easy to make. Even those who are experienced chefs should be able to pull this one off. I’ll break down the process for you step by step. If you still feel intimidated by it, just read through this article and the process for making it to see if it looks like something you can handle.
Blooming Onion Oven Baked Recipe
- 1 large onion
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- Kosher salt
- Heat up the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Prepare your onion by peeling off the outer layer and then slicing off the stem and then setting the onion down on its flat side. Start from the root and cut into one- inch slices, cutting downwards. You can get about 12 to 16 sections out of a large onion. Make sure you're not cutting all the way through the onion, because you want it to open out into a blooming onion. Turn the onion over and pull the sections out to create a petalled look.
- In a bowl, mix together a tablespoon of water and your eggs, using a whisk to mix them thoroughly.
- Take another bowl and mix together bread crumbs and all of your spices, seasoning with kosher salt.
- Take your onion and dip it into the egg mix, and then dip it into the bread crumb mix. Make sure you coat the onion fully, and you can use a spoon to pour crumbs over the onion.
- Place the onion onto the baking sheet and allow it to bake for 18 to 20 minutes. You know it is baked when it is tender and golden colored.
The blooming onion can be made in the
If you want to imitate the fried texture and taste of the restaurant version a little bit more, you can drizzle the onion with oil before cooking it in the
Making Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Sauce
- 2 tbsp of ketchup
- ⅔ of a cup of mayonnaise
- ½ tsp of paprika
- 1 tsp of horseradish
- ½ tsp of garlic powder
- ¼ tsp of dried oregano
- Kosher salt
- In a bowl, mix together ketchup, horseradish, garlic powder, dried oregano, mayonnaise, and paprika. Once these are combined, season with salt.
For best results, serve the sauce cold and the blooming onion hot. You can tear the blooming in off in pieces, pulling off a pedal at a time, and dipping it into the sauce.
Some people prefer another sauce with their blooming onion, like ranch sauce or honey mustard.
Tips for Making the Blooming Onion
Make sure you buy very large onions for this dish. The larger the onion, the more blooming onion you’ll get. Small onions will be tougher to cut into small sections and you will be more likely to cut through them when you just mean to open them into a petal formation.
You also want to get onions that are fresh. Look for ones that have no dark brown or black spots on them.
If, when you cut the onion, pieces fall off and do not stay as part of the larger blooming onion, that’s not a big deal. You can simply bake them with the rest of the onion and serve them up with it as well.
It’s okay to bake multiple blooming onions at once, and if you have very large onions, you may want to adjust the cooking time and increase it by just a few minutes. If you have only small onions to bake, and you’re only baking one blooming onion at a time, you may need to adjust the cooking time and lower it by a few minutes.
If you don’t have any bread crumbs, you can make your own homemade substitute. You can use crackers that you have broken into small pieces and then use a rolling pin to crush them down to crumb size. You can also use bread to make homemade bread crumbs. Simply bake the bread until it is almost burnt or toast it until it is almost burnt and then crush it down into small pieces. Baking works better than toasting, because it makes your bread harder and firmer and easier to crush.
You might want to season your homemade bread crumbs, whether you use bread or crackers. Simply use some Italian seasoning or a mix of herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley.
If you want to make this in your