Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

This toothsome Instant Pot Blooming Onion is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!

Today we gonna make it on the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid and get a light and healthy snack.

Orange cut like a flower with spice mix on top on blue plate

And believe me,  even after skipping the deep fry, this yummy snack still comes out as addicting as ever.

What is Blooming Onion?

The Blooming Onion is an appetizer consisting of one large onion that’s cut to look like a flower.

It's seasoned, battered, and deep-fried to crispy perfection.


Instant Pot Blooming Onion Recipe Video

Can I freeze the Blooming Onion?

Yes. You can keep it in the freezer for 2-3 months.

But to be honest - It's much better to eat fresh.

Next week when you want another one, just make it again using your Instant Pot...

How to serve

Break off a piece with your fingers and dip in the sauce.

Impress your guests with this easy Instant Por recipe...

You can make some dino nuggets in the air fryer and serve together for a complete kid-friendly meal 🙂

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Can I make it in the oven?

Yes. Bake at 400 °F for 20 minutes in the oven.

Can I make it in an air fryer?

Yes. Air fry at 300F for 20 minutes. You can also check out Air Fryer Blooming Onion for full instructions + video guide.

What else can I try?

Pour melted butter instead of oil before frying the blooming onion.

Do I have to make & use blooming sauce?

No.  You can use a store-bought one.

But we recommend you make your own to enhance the taste.

How to make Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Let's get started with gathering our ingredients.

For blooming onion:

Take an onion and cut in the shape of a flower.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Take ANOTHER bowl, add flour, dried thyme, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and mix.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Now take ANOTHER bowl, add eggs, milk, and whisk.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Get your flower-cut onion and dip in the prepared mixtures.

Soak in the milk mixture first.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

After that do it with a flour mixture.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Now take a foil sheet and place the onion on it.

Pour some oil on it and wrap the sheet.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Place a steamer in your Instant Pot and put the wrapped onion into it.

Cover the pot with Air Fryer Lid and set to Air Fry at 390 °F for 25 minutes.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Dish out and enjoy 🙂

You can serve as is, with ketchup or with the dipping sauce below.

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

For blooming sauce

Take a bowl, add sour cream, garlic powder, ketchup, mayonnaise, dried oregano, black pepper, paprika, and salt.

Mix it and keep it aside.

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Instant Pot Blooming Onion

Instant Pot Blooming Onion

An impressively crispy and flavorful appetizer for your next party…
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dip and Sauces, party, Side Dish
Cuisine: modern
Keyword: fried onions, Instant Pot Blooming Onion, onion
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 onion cut as you like
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Dipping sauce - Optional

  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon ketchup
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, add eggs and milk and whisk.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, dried thyme, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Soak the onion in the egg mixture.
  • Cover them with the flour mixture.
  • Place the onions in aluminium foil.
  • Spray or pour some oil on top and wrap with the foil.
  • Place the air fryer basket inside the Instant Pot and place the foil with the onions on the bottom.
  • Cover with the Air Fryer Lid and Air fry at 390 °F for 25 minutes.
  • Open the lid and serve 🙂

Dipping Sauce - Optional

  • In a bowl, mix sour cream, garlic powder, ketchup, mayonnaise, dried oregano, black pepper, paprika and salt.


Calories: 2076kcal Carbohydrates: 284g Protein: 56g Fat: 78g Saturated Fat: 21g Polyunsaturated Fat: 30g Monounsaturated Fat: 21g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 405mg Sodium: 1340mg Potassium: 1400mg Fiber: 13g Sugar: 36g Vitamin A: 2535IU Vitamin C: 32mg Calcium: 550mg Iron: 19mg


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