|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 26g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Total Carbohydrate 62g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A Bloomin' Onion is a fun snack to make for the family or as a crowd-pleasing party appetizers. The air fryer cuts the fat and creates a lighter blooming onion because it cooks with hot air instead of oil.
This version cooks perfectly on the lowest level of the Instant Vortex Plus, an oven-style air fryer. If using a basket-style air fryer, try a temperature of 350 F for about 20 minutes to avoid charring the tips of the petals.
As with most breaded foods, preparation can be a bit messy. Make sure you have bowls and utensils ready before you begin and you'll find it much more manageable. The spicy sauce gets its zesty flavor from a bit of horseradish. If you aren't a fan of horseradish, feel free to replace it with an equal amount of Dijon or whole grain mustard.
For the Spicy Dip:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash black pepper
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
For the Onion:
sweet or yellow onion
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup buttermilk (or milk)
- 1 cup plain fine breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to blend. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Cut the top off the onion and remove the outer peel.
Place the onion on a cutting board, cut-side down. With a sharp knife, make a cut about 1/2-inch from the root.
Make three more evenly spaced cuts around the onion. You will have 4 evenly spaced portions. Make sure you leave the root intact.
Make 2 to 3 cuts in the center of each quarter. You should have 12 to 16 cuts, depending on the size of the onion.
Turn the onion over and separate the petals slightly.
Place the onion in a bowl of ice water and let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Remove the onion to paper towels to drain.
Place the onion in a bowl and sift the flour over it while gently separating the petals. You might have to do this a few times to get good coverage. Gently turn the onion upside-down to shake off any excess.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk. Place the onion in a bowl and pour the egg mixture over it, gently separating the petals. Remove the onion to a wide, shallow bowl.
Combine the breadcrumbs and Old Bay seasoning; sprinkle over the onion petals.
Set the air fryer temperature to 375 F and preheat the following the manufacturer's directions. Spray the tray with cooking oil spray and add the onion, root-side down. Cook for 15 minutes.
Serve the blooming onion immediately with the dip.
- To vary the flavor, replace the Old Bay seasoning with Cajun seasoning or seasoned salt.