There is a good reason. The Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion (or “Bloomin’ Onion”) is a very popular restaurant favorite. It consists of one large sweet Vidalia onion which is cut to resemble a flower, breaded and deep-fried. It is served as an appetizer with a tangy dipping sauce at Outback Steakhouses — and they claim it is the most popular appetizer in America.
Now you can make it at home, anytime for a fraction of the cost with Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes Blog’s Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Recipe.
Outback Steakhouse claims to be the dish’s inventor. However, the owners of Scotty’s Steak House in Springfield, New Jersey claim to have invented this dish in the 1970s. The dish was a charter feature of the Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain when it opened in 1988, and remains prominent on its menu. Its popularity has led to its adoption as an appetizer at various other restaurant chains, most notably Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, where it is best known as the “Texas Rose.”
All versions of the blooming onion are usually served with a restaurant-specific signature dipping sauce.
Despite the implied association with Australian cuisine due to Outback Steakhouse’s branding, the dish is unknown in Australia and rarely served outside of the United States.
Servings 8 servings
Calories 267 kcal
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
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 the 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 the 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 a 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!
You’ll find it helpful to watch the video for this recipe before making it.
For the dipping sauce, you can mix Thousand Island dressing with creamy horseradish sauce, adjusting the amount of horseradish depending on how much heat you want.