Best Ever Blooming Onion


  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • Chipotle, Thousand Island or other dipping sauce, optional


Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 50 mins
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, spices, salt and pepper. Reserve.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut off ½-inch from the pointy end of the onion while leaving the other end of root intact. Then remove the papery skin.
  • Place the onion cut-side down on a cutting board. Starting ¾-inch from the root, cut vertically downward all the way to the board using a sharp knife.
  • Repeat vertical cuts downward about 1/2-inch apart on the edge, taking care not to overlap with previous cuts. You should get 10-15 cuts in total.
  • Turn the onion over and gently open up the “petals” of the onion with your fingers until it resembles a flower. Set aside.
  • Dip the onion into reserved flour mixture to cover completely. Then gently shake off excess flour.
  • Gently dip into reserved egg mixture to cover completely. For best results, let the onion soak in the batter for 10 minutes.
  • Return onion to the flour mixture one more time and cover completely.
  • Place the onion on a plate and freeze for 30-60 min to set.
  • Fill a deep fryer or medium saucepan with 3 inches of oil and heat to 350°F. Line a plate with paper towel and set aside.
  • Fry onion for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Then turn it over using a slotted spoon and cook several minutes more until golden brown.
  • Remove onion to a prepared plate. Serve with optional dipping sauce
and enjoy!

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