If nachos and French onion soup had a baby, it'd be this no-fry version of Outback's famous 'Bloomin' Onion.' Though easier to make and way less messy, it tastes every bit as good. Maybe better, since every bite is cooked perfectly crispy. This came out so well, I didn't even think about making a sauce, but anything that pairs well with onions would be good scattered over top of these 'onion nachos.'


Recipe Summary

25 mins
20 mins
20 mins
1 hr 5 mins
1 "bloomed" onions


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Slice off the top of 1 onion to create a flat bottom. Slice into quarters through the center of the root end. Peel off the skin. Repeat with the second onion.

  • Bring a heavily salted pot of water to a boil. Boil onion quarters until layers start to soften and separate, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and place, cut-sides down, on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let drain and cool.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and 1/8 cup olive oil; toss with a wooden spoon until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Mix until completely combined.

  • Cut root end off the onions and separate the petals. Coat a 10- to 12-inch round pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Arrange onion petals in concentric circles around the pans. Do not overlap petals by much. Scatter bread crumbs into the petals. Sprinkle remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top, and add a drizzle of olive oil.

  • Broil until browned and crispy, 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before garnishing with parsley and serving.

Chef's Notes:

You can also roast this at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

You can use any kind of onion, but, visually, red works best. I ended up using petals from about 2 onions, but you might use more depending on the size of your pan.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 8.5g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 2.8mg; sodium 101.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
So good! Chef John is a 'Bloomin" genius…lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
So good! Chef John is a 'Bloomin" genius…lol Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great! I've never tried the original blooming onion dish but this is like a healthier alternative to onion rings or like he mentions in the vid French onion soup turned into a solid bite. The proportions of the ingredients seem a bit off as I had far from enough to spread over all the onions but that's a trivial adjustment to do. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The panko mix alone is to die for, and with the salty onion petals - fantastic! I used the broiler, but the panko got very brown very quickly, so I think I will bake it in a 400 degree convection oven next time. Also I pre heated my gas broiler, and it reached 400 degrees and turned off before I could finish laying out the onions! While my guys said that these are not a substitute for a blooming onion or onion rings, as the onions stay soft while the panko is crispy; they are delicious in their own rite! A tasty new way to get your zinc - so important these days! Read More