Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Recipe Intensity: Moderate


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch)
  • Cooking spray or oil spray
  • Dipping sauce of your choice (e.g., ranch dressing, spicy mayo)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Peel the onion and trim the top off, leaving the root intact. Cut the onion vertically into quarters, stopping about 1/2 inch from the root end so the petals remain connected at the base.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  4. In another bowl, beat the eggs until well combined.
  5. Place the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  6. Dip the onion into the seasoned flour mixture, making sure to coat it well, especially between the petals.
  7. Dip the coated onion into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
  8. Coat the onion with breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the surface.
  9. Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil spray to prevent sticking.
  10. Place the coated onion in the air fryer basket, root side down.
  11. Air fry the blooming onion at 375°F (190°C) for about 15-20 minutes, or until it is golden brown and crispy. Check halfway through cooking and rotate the basket if needed for even browning.
  12. Once done, carefully remove the blooming onion from the air fryer and transfer it to a serving plate.
  13. Serve the air fryer blooming onion hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the onion and the efficiency of your air fryer. Keep an eye on the onion towards the end of cooking to prevent over-browning.

Enjoy your crispy and flavorful air fryer blooming onion as a delicious appetizer or snack!

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