How to Make a Chili's Awesome Blossom

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Chili's Awesome Blossom

Similar to preparing an Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion or Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom, learning how to make a Chili's Awesome Blossom takes a bit of practice and good technique. Just like the other copycat recipes, the Chili's Awesome Blossom features a full sweet onion that is sliced, coated in batter and deep fried until crispy and golden brown.

The onion is served whole and, depending on size, is usually large enough to serve as an appetizer for four people. The Chili's Awesome Blossom copycat recipe includes a creamy dipping sauce spiced with horseradish and crushed red pepper.[1]

Chilis-awesome-blossom.pngCreative Commons photo by Sarah Marriage
Offered by Chili's
Customer service phone 800-983-4637[2]
Served as Appetizer
Main ingredients Onion, flour, cooking oil[3]
Cooking method Frying[3]
Similar to Bloomin' Onion, Cactus Blossom

Chili's Awesome Blossom Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Oil, for frying[3]

Awesome Blossom Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika[4]

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Chili's Awesome Blossom Recipe

  1. Combine flour, seasoning salt, black pepper and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Slice the root and about one inch of the onion at one end. Peel the skin from the onion, keeping the other root intact.
  3. Make 12-16 vertical slices into the cut end of the onion, cutting in a clockwise manner as you would a pie, while leaving about one inch of uncut onion near the root end.
  4. Soak the onion in a bowl of ice water for around 30 minutes. This step allows the onion to open and "bloom." Drain the onion and pat dry well.
  5. Heat the cooking oil in a deep fryer or large deep pan to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use enough oil to cover the height of the onion.
  6. Transfer the flour mixture to a large, re-sealable plastic bag. Place the onion in the bag and shake to coat with the flour mixture.
  7. Place the buttermilk in a large bowl. Dip the onion in the buttermilk to coat well.
  8. Return the onion to the flour mixture and shake again to coat. Immediately place in the hot oil. Make sure the hot oil completely covers the entire onion.[5]
  9. Fry for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Allow to cool on paper towels. When cooled slightly, remove the center portion of onion petals.
  10. Mix the ketchup, sour cream, seasoning salt, crushed red pepper, horseradish and paprika in a small bowl. Serve with the Awesome Blossom.[3]

How to Cut an Onion for an Awesome Blossom

While the recipe in this video is for a Bloomin' Onion, the cutting instructions it provides also apply to an Awesome Blossom.


For optimal blossoming, place the cut onion in a pot of boiling water for about a minute before applying the batter. Then submerge it in the ice water bath.[6]

To make a lighter version of this classic appetizer, grill the onion rather than frying it in buttermilk. Slice the onion in the way described above then sit in the middle of two pieces of foil, roughly 16 inches long. Sprinkle the onion with seasoning and dot the "leaves" with butter. Pull the foil around the onion and twist the top closed to seal it up. Grill the onion on a charcoal grill for about 25 minutes, or until soft.[7]

Also See: How to Make a Bloomin' Onion, How to Make a Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom, How to Make a Lonestar Steakhouse Texas Rose, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites


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