Baked Blooming Onion Recipe

This Baked Blooming Onion is a healthier version of a favorite restaurant appetizer. A Superbowl spread wouldn’t be complete with this Bloomin’ Onion recipe! Make this Blooming Onion Recipe healthier by baking it instead of frying it. It’s just as delicious!

Baked Blooming Onion Recipe

Baked Blooming Onion Recipe

This baked blooming onion recipe is my take on a popular restaurant appetizer that everybody loves. Baked instead of fried makes it a whole lot healthier!

This Baked Blooming Onion is my idea of a classic dish. Growing up in Missouri, the fine dining options were…slim. Don’t get me wrong, there is some delicious food here (hello BBQ!!!), but the options are definitely limited. As a kid, I seriously LOVED Outback Steakhouse (I know, I know). It felt like such a treat every time we went there, and my favorite thing to get was the Bloomin’ Onion!

Kids don’t have to worry about consuming thousands of calories for an appetizer, but my 32 year old body DOES have to worry about it. I still want my blooming onion, but I really don’t want that to be the only thing I can afford to eat for days! That’s why this Baked Blooming Onion recipe is perfect! It’s easily just as tasty, but just a fraction of the calories and fat.

Now that I know how to make a blooming onion at home (just a little bit healthier), I can make this tasty appetizer any time I want!

This Baked Blooming Onion Recipe is a healthier version of a restaurant favorite!

Baked Blooming Onion next to a small bowl of dipping sauce

Bloomin' Onion viewed from overhead

How to Make a Blooming Onion

It was a real game-changer when I realized I could make this Blooming Onion Recipe at home. I no longer needed to use any special occasion as an excuse to go out to eat and spend a bunch of money on this epic appetizer. Now I can make it myself any time I please! And the fact that this Baked Blooming Onion is much healthier the way I make it is even better.

I always wondered how to make a blooming onion when I saw it at the restaurant. It’s almost like a work of art. I was surprised by how easy it actually is to make though. Just follow a few steps and you’ve got this delicious baked appetizer to share.

How to Make a Blooming Onion:

  1. Cut the onion to create that awesome bloomin’ onion shape
  2. Combine Panko breadcrumbs, paprika, & Cajun seasoning in a bowl
  3. Whisk the egg whites together in a separate bowl
  4. Coat each onion petal with egg white and then sprinkle with panko mixture
  5. Work from bottom top top, then add a final layer over the whole thing
  6. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 5 minutes
  7. Bake another 10-15 minutes uncovered

Now the Baked Blooming Onion is crisp and ready to serve!


A Blooming Onion on a wood serving platter

Baked Blooming Onion on a wooden board

This Bloomin’ Onion Recipe is the best Superbowl appetizer!

You can make your man (or woman!) super happy by making this Bloomin’ Onion Recipe for the Superbowl. This crispy, flavorful appetizer is so great for sharing and it will be gone in no time! It makes the perfect addition to any game day menu. And even though it tastes fried, it’s not!

I know that Pat will be propped in front of the TV for the day, only getting up to get more food. I’ll be sure to have healthier options like this for him while he watches the last of the season’s football (hallelujah), and I watch the commercials. It should be a good time.

Baked Blooming Onion Recipe with a tasty Bloomin’ Onion Sauce

I adapted this recipe from one of my VERY favorite blogs, Gimme Some Oven. I’ve talked about Ali before…she is just so good. I got to meet her at a conference earlier this year and she is just as sweet as she is talented. Her photography is some of my favorite on the web, I hope you check her out!

Her recipe includes an easy and delicious dipping sauce to pair with this delish Baked Blooming Onion…get some!


Classic Bloomin' Onion recipe

Blooming onion with dipping sauce

This Baked Blooming Onion Recipe is just too good. I’m craving it right now! And since it’s baked instead of fried, I feel a little bit better about serving it up whenever I feel like it. Make this Bloomin’ Onion Recipe and see for yourself!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make this Baked Blooming Onion Recipe. Enjoy!

Be sure to try these other delicious appetizers too:

Baked Blooming Onion

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, blooming onion
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 127 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
This Baked Blooming Onion is a healthier version of a favorite restaurant appetizer. A Superbowl spread wouldn't be complete with this Bloomin' Onion recipe! Make this Blooming Onion Recipe healthier by baking it instead of frying it. It's just as delicious!


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a large knife to cut off the top about 1/4-inch of the onion until a few of the inside layers are exposed. Be careful to cut the top side, not the root side. Peel the outermost layer of the onion down to the root, leaving the root as is.
  2. Lay the onion cut side down on the cutting board. Then use a knife to section the onion into 16ths, beginning with your knife 1/8-inch away from the root and cutting straight down. You can cut more sections if you have an especially large onion. Once all cuts are complete, turn the onion over and set on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. The onion will fall open, but youâ??ll also want to use your fingers to separate the onion petals and open it completely.
  3. In a small, combine panko, paprika, Cajun seasoning, and salt. Whisk the egg whites together in a separate bowl.
  4. To coat the onion, I started in sections. I would coat each onion petal with egg whites and then sprinkle liberally with the panko mixture. I worked from the bottom to the top in each section, and then turned the onion to work on the next section. I brushed the entire onion with one more layer of egg white and sprinkled the mixture over the entire onion once done with the sections.
  5. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 5 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the onion is tender and the edges are browned.
  6. This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite blogs, Gimme Some Oven. She also includes an awesome sauce that tastes great with this onion!
Nutrition Facts
Baked Blooming Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 491mg 20%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 39.4%
Vitamin C 4.9%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Susie Gall
Wow!! I'm looking forward to making this Bloomin' Onion. Looks delicious and your photographs just keep getting better and better. Terrific job all around.
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
Girl, great photos! And I loveee that dang onion but not how it attaches to my butt. No bueno. This is one I can devour and not feel bad about !
This is so pretty. Your preparation of the onion makes me want to try it! Thanks for sharing. Linda
This looks awesome. It would be a great addition to any Super Bowl party buffet. We are hosting a Snacks for Super Bowl XLIX party. I hope you can run on over and share this. Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda
Heather / girlichef
I have not had a Bloomin' Onion in years - and I know I'm not going to be able to quench my craving now until I make one of these. I love that you but a baked spin on it - it looks SOOOO good!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
Oh! This looks sooo pretty - how festive! I haven't had a bloomin' onion in so long, and I love that this is baked!
    Becky Hardin
    Thanks Patricia! Yes its so nice to indulge in an app like this but not have to feel so guilty!
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T
I love the idea of a baked bloomin' onion! Pinned!
Andrea @ Chocolate & Sea Salt
This just may be on my Super Bowl menu. Looks awesome and I love that it's baked! Pinned :)
Please post the sauce for the bloomin' onion Thanks from Ohio
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Linda, if you click on the link in the article for the Gimme Some Oven original post, she put up an awesome and easy sauce recipe!! Hope that helps!
Could you please let me know about how many carbs
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Tonya, I don't have a way of calculating nutritional info at this time. It's something I hope to add in the future!
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