Make Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Recipe at home tonight for your family.  Our Secret Restaurant Recipe for their Bloomin’ Onion and Creamy Chili Dipping Sauce tastes just like Outback Steakhouse’s.

We wanted to start our new Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes Blog off with a bang! 😉

Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Recipe is one of the most popular family favorites on the internet.

There is a good reason.  The Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion (or “Bloomin’ Onion”) is a very popular restaurant favorite.  It consists of one large sweet Vidalia onion which is cut to resemble a flower, breaded and deep fried. It is served as an appetizer with a tangy dipping sauce at Outback Steakhouses — and they claim it is the most popular appetizer in America.

Now you can make it at home, anytime for a fraction of the cost with Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes Blog’s Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Recipe.

Outback Steakhouse claims to be the dish’s inventor. However, the owners of Scotty’s Steak House in Springfield, New Jersey claim to have invented this dish in the 1970s. The dish was a charter feature of the Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain when it opened in 1988, and remains prominent on its menu. Its popularity has led to its adoption as an appetizer at various other restaurant chains, most notably Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, where it is best known as the “Texas Rose.”

All versions of the blooming onion are usually served with a restaurant-specific signature dipping sauce.

Despite the implied association with Australian cuisine due to Outback Steakhouse’s branding, the dish is unknown in Australia and rarely served outside of the United States.

Outback Steakhouses Blooming Onion Recipe


  • Large Vidalia or Texas Sweet Onion


  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic — minced
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 24 ounces Beer

Seasoned Flour

  • 2 cup Flour
  • 4 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoons Cayenne pepper


  1. Mix cornstarch, flour, and seasonings until well blended.
  2. Add beer and mix well.
  3. Cut about 3/4 inch off top of onion and peel. Cut into onion 12 to 16 vertical wedges, but do not cut through bottom root end. Remove about 1 inch of petals from center of onion.
  4. Dip onion in seasoned flour and remove excess by shaking.
  5. Separate petals and dip in batter to coat thoroughly.
  6. Gently place in fryer basket and deep-fry at 375 to 400 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over, and fry an additional 1 1/2 minutes.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Place onion upright in shallow bowl and remove center core with circular cutter or apple corer.

Serve hot with Creamy Chili Sauce (Recipe Below).

Outback Steakhouse’s Blooming Onion Creamy Chili Dipping Sauce Recipe


  • 1 pint Mayonnaise (we always use Duke’s)
  • 1 pint Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  1. Mix well.

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