Air Fryer Blooming Onion Recipe

Creating a Blooming Onion in an air fryer offers a healthier alternative to the deep-fried classic, allowing you to enjoy this crispy, savory treat with less oil without compromising on taste or texture. The air fryer circulates hot air around the onion, resulting in a golden, crunchy exterior and tender interior, mimicking the deep-fried version’s appeal. This recipe details how to prepare a Blooming Onion using an air fryer, ensuring a delightful appetizer that’s sure to impress guests with its visual appeal and irresistible flavor.


For the Onion:

  • 1 large sweet onion (like Vidalia)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Cooking spray (for spraying)

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


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