This is how you make blooming onion: the fantastic flower-shaped snack

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Fan of onion rings and Indian bhaji ? Then you will  absolutely love blooming onion  . For those who don’t know this yet: such a ‘blooming onion’ is a notched onion that is fried in a layer of batter. Fan-tas-tic, especially with a good dip.

You often eat a  blooming onion  as a starter in a restaurant, but it is also very suitable for a good drink at home.

Where does it come from?

The  blooming onion is also called onion mum , and it has been around since the middle of the last century. However, it was not until a few decades later that the idea came up to fry the onion instead of eating raw onion flour. And to be honest, that’s quite an improvement.

The American chain  Outback Steakhouse  became super popular because of the onion, but now it is also spreading all over the world. In the Netherlands we don’t see it very often on the cards of restaurants, but that is becoming more and more.

How do you make a blooming onion?

You basically make a  blooming onion from one onion; so make sure you pick a really big one! It is best to use a sweet onion. Peel the onion, but keep the top on, so that all the skirts stay together. Then cut them from one centimeter from the crown, so that when you turn it over you get a real flower.

Doesn’t your nicked onion look like a flower yet? Don’t worry, that’s coming! Now put your onion in ice water for about half an hour. This opens up the onion more and really ‘blooms’ it. The ice water also ensures that the taste of the onion becomes milder and sweeter.

Mix 100 grams of flour in a bowl with some salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika powder. Sprinkle this flour mixture over the onion. In another bowl, mix 1 egg with 100 ml of buttermilk and stir in the ‘floured’ onion. Make sure there is enough of the mixture everywhere. Repeat this flour-egg procedure one more time.

Then all you have to do is fry the onion! Do this for about six minutes; three on one side and three on the other. Let the  blooming onion  drain on paper until you serve it.

And that’s how you eat it

With dip, of course! Outback Steakhouse  ‘s ‘OG’ has its own dip, which you can copy too. For that, you can try this copykat recipe , for example.

Not such a fan? There are of course a lot of other sauces you can try out besides your blooming onion . Garlic sauce and aioli, for example, always do well, but if you’ve set your sights on barbecue sauce, we won’t stop you. One thing is for sure: snacks are better with sauce. Point out 

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