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Blooming Onion Air Fryer Recipe

blooming onion picture from an air fryer

How to Make a Blooming Onion in an Air Fryer

Do you love the taste of a blooming onion, but hate the hassle of deep frying? Well, have no fear because we are here to help! Introducing the air fryer – a kitchen gadget that can give you that crispy, mouth-watering blooming onion you crave without all the oil and mess. But, can you really cook a blooming onion in an air fryer? Yes, you absolutely can! In fact, it's easy and we’re going to show you how.


  • 1 large sweet onion

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/4 cup milk

Steps to make Blooming Onion Air Fryer Recipes:

  1. Prepare the onion by cutting off the top and peel off the outer layer. Cut off the bottom so that the onion sits flat.

  2. Cut the onion into quarters, making sure to keep the bottom attached.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.

  5. In a third bowl, place the panko bread crumbs.

  6. To assemble the onion, carefully separate the petals and dredge in the flour mixture, then dip in the eggs, and lastly coat in the panko bread crumbs.

  7. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.

  8. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the onion in the basket, covering the top with foil to prevent burning.

  9. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for additional 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Pro Tips and Variations:

  • Make sure to cut off the top and bottom of the onion so that it sits flat in the air fryer basket.

  • Use panko bread crumbs for extra crunch.

  • Experiment with different spices and seasonings in the flour mixture.

  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as ranch, spicy mayo, or ketchup.

  • You can try adding cheese to the petals for a gooey, cheesy variation.

Making a blooming onion in an air fryer recipes is not only easy, but it's also a healthier option. With the right ingredients and steps, you can create a delicious appetizer or snack that will impress your friends and family. So next time you're craving a blooming onion, skip the deep-frying and give the air fryer method a try. You won't be disappointed!

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