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Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Prep: 3 hr 10 min
Cook: 17 min
Total: 3 hr 27 min
Servings: 1

Craving something salty and crispy but need it healthy? Try this delicious snack or appetizer, a healthy and vegan way of creating a blooming onion using an air fryer instead of deep frying.

Author Neesha Vegan Fitness & Health
by Neesha Vegan Fitness & Health
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Blooming Onion (1 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Mixing bowls, air fryer
  • 1 large white onion
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • (optional) 1 tbsp corn starch
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tsp Korean, Italian, Mesquite, Cajun, or other spice mix to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 5-6 sprays avocado oil
Recipe Directions


  • Peel onion, make sure not to remove the onion root. Carefully cut onion in 4 quarters, then cut each quarter in half for a total of 8 areas. Make sure not to go too close to the root as it will break the onion. Transfer onion in an ice bath for about 2-3 hours. Make sure onion is fully submerged in the water. This will help cut down the bitterness of an onion.
  • After 2-3 hours, carefully remove the onion from ice bath and place it on a clean kitchen towel. Gently squeeze out all the water as much as possible. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, corn starch (if using), garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, Korean spice, and salt. Add the water to this mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Now carefully place the onion into this bowl and with a spoon or spatula coat the onion with the batter. Do your best to coat the entire onion and all the pieces.
  • Carefully remove the onion from the bowl and transfer to a large plate. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs on top of the onion evenly. Carefully transfer the onion to an air fryer basket. Lightly spray with the avocado oil, about 5-6 sprays. Air fry at 400°F or 200°C for about 15-17 minutes.
  • Once ready, remove from an air fryer, transfer to a plate and enjoy it with your favorite dipping sauce.

Corn starch is optional but recommended to use to make the onion crispier.

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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Blooming Onion
Servings: 1
Information per serving:
Energy: 428 kcal
Carbohydrate: 84.8 g
Protein: 11.5 g
Fiber: 5.1 g
Sugar: 8.1 g
Fat: 4.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 0.5 g
Omega-3: 0 g
Omega-6: 0.3 g
Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 17.2 mg 4% DV
Folate: 32.8 µg 8% DV
A: 286 IU 41% DV
B1: 0.1 mg 13% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 6% DV
B3: 1.2 mg 8% DV
B5: 0.4 mg 9% DV
B6: 0.2 mg 19% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 6.9 mg 9% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 0.9 mg 6% DV
K: 5 µg 6% DV
Calcium: 44.3 mg 4% DV
Copper: 0.2 mg 22% DV
Iron: 1.4 mg 8% DV
Magnesium: 31.1 mg 10% DV
Manganese: 0.7 mg 37% DV
Phosphorus: 123.6 mg 18% DV
Potassium: 330.5 mg 7% DV
Selenium: 22.6 µg 41% DV
Sodium: 421.2 mg 28% DV
Zinc: 0.8 mg 10% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Where possible, we use non-fortified ingredients to calculate the nutrition. We do not include optional ingredients. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

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