This appetiser looks so impressive, but is so easy to make thanks to your air fryer! A delicious, crunchy onion is battered and fried for a restaurant-style snack that’s ready in less than thirty minutes.
The key to success with this dish is creating the perfect batter-dip ratio so that each petal of the onion is lightly coated and crisp. Try serving it with a creamy dipping sauce like ranch or honey mustard–it’s sure to be a hit at your dinner do.
This beloved appetizer was once only found in restaurants, but now you can make it right in your own kitchen with minimal effort.
With a few simple ingredients and your trusty air fryer, you can have this delicious treat ready to enjoy in no time!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Large yellow onion
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup milk of choice
- Spray oil of your choice (olive oil or avocado oil work great!)
- Dip of your choice (ketchup, ranch dressing, etc.)
Preheat your air fryer to 300°F.
Cut the top off of the onion and peel away the skin. Slice the onion into 8 wedges, leaving it attached at the root end.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until blended.
Place 2 tbs of the flour mixture into the wet mixture and whisk
First dip the onion carefully into the dry mixture, then the wet mixture and back into the dry mix.
When you are doing so make sure each petal is evenly coated.
Get an a4 piece of foil and fold it up to make a sling that you will lower the onion into the air fryer on.
Place the onion in the air fryer basket, spray generously and cook for 22 minutes.
When done cooking, remove from air fryer and serve.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
For this recipe, it’s best to use a large onion so that it can be sliced into eight sections that fit easily into the air fryer basket.
You can also experiment with different spices and herbs such as garlic powder or oregano for added flavor and complexity.
If you don’t have any all purpose flour on hand, feel free to substitute for corn starch instead!
A large onion works best for this recipe due to its ability to produce 8 even slices that fit well into an air fryer basket.
When it has reached a golden brown color and is crispy on both sides – usually around 22 minutes in an air fryer preheated between 300F depending on manufacturer instructions – then you’ll know it’s finished cooking!
Absolutely! You can choose from your favorite condiments, including ketchup, ranch dressing or honey mustard. Experiment and see what you like best.
Yes, you can use pearl onions for a blooming onion in the air fryer. Just make sure that the onions are cut into 8 wedges and lightly battered with your desired ingredients before placing them in the air fryer basket. Cook at 350°F – 400°F depending on manufacturer instructions until golden brown and crispy – usually around 12 minutes.
Unfortunately no, frozen onion rings will not work with this recipe as they would not be able to achieve the same crispy texture as fresh onions when cooked in an air fryer. For best results, stick to using freshly cut yellow onions!
When cutting the onion, be sure to leave the root end intact so that all of the slices remain connected. This will ensure that your onion remains in one piece throughout the cooking process.
Yes, you can also bake or deep fry your blooming onion. To bake, preheat oven to 425°F and place batter-coated onions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp on both sides – flipping halfway through if desired. To deep fry, heat oil at 350°F and carefully submerge battered onion into oil. Fry for 4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy – flipping halfway through if desired.
Leftover blooming onions can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through before serving.
There are so many delicious vegetables that can be cooked in an air fryer! Potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and more all make a great addition to any meal when prepared in an air fryer.
Yes, you can absolutely double this recipe to feed a larger crowd. Just make sure that your air fryer is large enough so all of the onion rings fit in one layer without overlapping.
Yes, be sure to cut the onion evenly into 8 wedges and not too thick – around an ⅛-inch in thickness is ideal. This will ensure that your blooming onion cooks evenly throughout and remains crispy on both sides.
You can use whatever type of sauce you like! Try out different flavors and combinations to find your favorite – including ketchup, ranch dressing or honey mustard. Experiment and see what you like best.
Yes, air fryer blooming onions are a much healthier alternative to the traditional deep fried version. The air fryer allows for a crispier texture without all the extra fat and calories associated with deep frying. Plus, it’s easier and quicker to make in the air fryer than it is to prepare using traditional methods.
Air frying makes creating delicious recipes like Blooming Onions easier than ever before while still providing amazing results! Try experimenting with different spices, herbs or flours to make each batch truly unique! With minimal effort, you can enjoy restaurant quality meals right at home without compromising on taste or texture.
Air Fryer Blooming Onion
- Preheat your air fryer to 300°F.
- Cut the top off of the onion and peel away the skin.
- Slice the onion into 8 wedges, leaving it attached at the root end.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until blended.
- Place 2 tbs of the flour mixture into the wet mixture and whisk.
- First dip the onion carefully into the dry mixture, then the wet mixture and back into the dry mix.
- When you are doing so make sure each petal is evenly coated.
- Get an a4 piece of foil and fold it up to make a sling that you will lower the onion into the air fryer on.
- Place the onion in the air fryer basket, spray generously and cook for 22 minutes.
- When done cooking, remove from air fryer and serve.