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Bite-Sized Blooming Onions

Bite-Sized Blooming Onions

  • Author: Alyssa
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Explore how to make bite-sized blooming onions with our easy-to-follow guide. Perfect your cooking skills and impress at your next party with these crispy, flavorful treats!


  • 2 pounds cipollini onions – the star of the dish, adds sweetness and texture.
  • 2 large eggs – helps bind the flour and spices to the onions.
  • 1 cup buttermilk – softens the onions, ensuring a tender bite.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour – creates the crispy coating.
  • 1 tablespoon paprika – gives a mild, sweet spice.
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt – enhances the overall flavor.
  • 1 tablespoon pepper – adds a slight heat and depth.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder – provides a robust garlic flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper – offers a spicy kick.
  • Vegetable oil for frying – necessary for cooking, gives a crispy finish.
  • For the Onion Dip:
    • ¼ cup mayo – base for the dipping sauce.
    • ¼ cup sour cream – adds creaminess to the dip.
    • 1 tablespoon ketchup – provides tanginess.
    • ½ teaspoon paprika – for a mild spice in the dip.
    • Pinch of salt and pepper – seasons the dip.


  1. Prep the Onions: Start by slicing off the root end of the cipollini onions, cutting as little as possible. Peel them carefully. Using a sharp knife, vertically cut the onion into eighths, ensuring not to slice through completely.
  2. Soak: Place the onions in a mix of buttermilk and eggs, letting them marinate for at least 5-10 minutes to soak. Optionally, you can prepare this step a night before to deepen the flavors.
  3. Coat: Mix flour, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Remove onions from the buttermilk mixture, dust them heavily with the flour mix, ensuring coverage in all sections.
  4. Fry: Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Fry the onions for about 4 minutes until golden brown. Ensure they are spread out to avoid clumping.
  5. Drain and Serve: Remove the onions from the oil, let them drain for a minute on paper towels, then serve immediately with the prepared dipping sauce.


  • Oil Temperature: Keeping the oil at the right temperature (350 degrees F) is crucial for the perfect fry.
  • Preparation: You can cut and soak the onions up to a day in advance, which can help streamline the cooking process during party preparations.
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 4 min
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American