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bloomin onion bites on a parchment paper covered cutting board with a white bowl filled with dipping sauce
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Bloomin Onion Bites with Dipping Sauce

Bloomin onion bites are a bite-sized, less intimidating version of the Outback favorite. This appetizer features perfectly seasoned, breaded onion pieces fried to perfection and served with a zesty dipping sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 303kcal


For The Onion Bites

  • 1 large sweet onion or 2 medium onions
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each thyme and oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oil for frying

For The Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all dip ingredients and set aside, preferably in the refrigerator.
  • Cut the onion in half and make slices down the onion to make wedges. In a bowl, toss flour and seasonings except seasoning salt. In a second bowl, whisk eggs, milk and 1/2 cup water.
  • Ensure onion slices are separated and place the onion wedges in a large ziploc bag. Add about 3/4 cup of the flour mixture and shake well to coat. Using a fork, gently lift out about 6 onion wedges and put them into the egg mixture. Using a fork, remove them from the egg mixture and into the flour mixture in the bowl. Toss to coat. (So it's Flour. Egg. Flour.)
  • Place on a rack while coating all of the onions. Gently tap the rack to remove excess flour before frying.
  • Heat deep fryer or a couple of inches of oil in a pan to 360-375 degrees. Place the onions into the deep fryer or oil in small batches for about 6 minutes or until browned and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd them. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels.
  • Serve warm with chilled dipping sauce.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg