Baked Bloomin’ Onion with Spicy Dipping Sauce


A while back I opted in for the Tastemakers Program with Kikkoman and they asked me to try one of their products.   I agreed to and they sent me a box.   It is a coating mix called Kara-Age seasoned with soy and ginger.  Right on the front it says great for chicken and fish.  Well, I don’t eat that so I needed to come up with an alternative plan.  I gave it a try with a fake meat product and it really didn’t turn out so I had to think up a Plan B.  Well, plan B became a baked bloomin’ onion.

I love those bloomin’ onions but I  didn’t want to fry it with all that oil so I decided to bake it.  Have you ever made a bloomin’ onion?  Just trying to slice it without it falling apart is a challenge, geez.  It took me a couple of tries cutting the onion correctly, lucky thing I use onions in most meals so the onions didn’t go to waste.  To get the seasoned coating to stick to the onion I sprayed it with olive oil spray.  The best way to coat the onion was to place the mix in a large baggie and then put the onion in there and shake it and then bake it.  I have to say it did work but I do think that a bloomin’ onion should be deep fried.   What do you think?  The onions did come out nice and tender though.  The coating mix has a nice ginger flavor to it.

I really hit it though with the dipping sauce.  I made it from vegan mayonnaise and it tastes nearly the same as the sauce that goes with bloomin’ onions from a restaurant.  Delicious.

For the Onion:

1 large onion whole-vidalia

package Kara-Age soy-ginger seasoning mix

olive oil spray to coat the onion

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cut off the top portion of the onion about 1/2 an inch and peel.  I left the root part on.  Turn the onion with the cut side down on a cutting board.  Start about 1/2  inch from the root and slice all the way down making 13 even cuts.  Turn the onion back over and gently spread the pedals.  Spray the onion with the olive oil spray.  Place the coating mix in a large baggie and then put the onion in and gently shake to coat.  Remove and place in a baking dish.  Bake 45-60 minutes.

Spicy Dipping Sauce 

1/2 cup vegan mayo

1/2 tablespoon horseradish

1 tablespoon ketchup

dash cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.






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21 Responses to Baked Bloomin’ Onion with Spicy Dipping Sauce

  1. Certainly looks very appetizing. I must try this! Have never had baked onions – surprising? Not much in my country. But I have heard a lot about them, and this photograph is making me want to taste it now! Spicy dip sauce to go with it- must be great. Thanks for the recipe.
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  2. What a great idea–yum!

  3. I watched a special on Food Network once that talked about the Bloomin’ Onion – they said that the onions are grown especially for Outback and they have a specially designed machine that cuts them for them. Their super secret blend has like 50 different spices too! I love the idea of baking it though – it would be so much better for you.

    • Suzi

      Thanks for stopping by Jen. I really wish I had that machine, you have to be really careful trying to cut the onion. I love that onion fried though even if it is not quite so healthy.

  4. I have never tried making one of these but have always wanted to. This looks really incredible. Love Kikkoman.

  5. I love the idea of a baked onion. I’m such a huge fan of the fried blooming onion but it’s obviously not something I eat very often. I’ll have to give your dipping sauce a shot

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  7. Terry

    looks very good I do love onions, nice sauce too.

  8. That is really stunning! What a great idea to make that to incorporate your free goodies!

  9. I have been hooked on that seasoning mix since it was first introduced. I always have some on hand! Great to stop in and see a unique use for that product. I love onion rings, but I know the deep fry is not a good thing-so your baked version of a bloomin onion is the healthier way to go. I will need to try this as well as the sauce recipe-yum!

  10. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try!

  11. This really is a wonderful idea and your pictures of it are wonderful. I’m new to your blog, so I tooksome time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Suzi

      Thank you for stopping by Mary. I am so glad that you did enjoyed the site. I will be by to visit you shortly. Have a great day.

  12. It’s really good that you baked it instead of deep frying ;) Love the dipping sauce !

  13. Ann

    What a GREAT idea to make a baked onion! I never – in a zillion years – would have thought of that! LOVE the sauce, too! One of my favorites!

  14. Jen

    Ohhhhh, bestill my heart! I CANNOT wait to try this!

  15. Nope, I’ve never heard of bloomin’ onion before and I’m so glad I did it. You will see me practicing every time I use onion from now on…. ;-) You are right, I use onion all the time, so it’s going to be hardcore practice…kind of looking forward to using onion tonite. =) It’s really beautiful!

  16. Love this recipe! I’m a huge onions fan. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  17. I love these recipes! I absolutely cannot wait to try this blooming onion and spicy dipping sauce :)

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