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Grilled Blooming Onion

Grilled Blooming Onion: Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified!

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Hardest thing about this recipe?? THE PHOTO! Oh my gahhhhsh! I had NO idea that aluminum foil would make my eyes spin. Never, ever am I going to use aluminum foil, again. In a photo, that is. Blah. Sorry if your eyes are hurting… :-/


Happy Sunday!! You look lovely!

Wanna know what I’m doing today? Throwing a birthday party for my now 2-year old.

In just a few, short hours this house will be filled with screaming kids and MY friends. That’s right. It may be HER birthday party, but I’m throwin’ it, and if she can have her friends over, well then, so can I!

I sound like a brat… It must have something to do with my dissatisfaction with these pics.

Grilled Blooming Onion | | Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified! | #recipes #appetizers #healthy

So how do we feel about this blooming onion?? I happen to LOVE it!

Long time ago, when the docs told my dad to sloooooow down on the fried food, we had to find a quick way to healthify his favorite steakhouse appetizer – onion blossom. I think he was willing to ignore the doctor just because he couldn’t imagine life without the blossom. True story.

My mom’s attempt to bake it instead of frying it, just did not cut it. The next best thing was to throw it on the grill. She did, he loved it, and we all lived happily ever after. Wanna join? Make this!

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I’m thinking you should probably make this for Father’s Day, too. ALL dads love this stuff. It’s a fact. Yes, it is. Ask your dad.

Now I’m gonna go and tend to the kids… and make myself a large pitcher of the oh-so-good Bambus Cocktail Drink. Lawd knows I’ll need it.


Grilled Blooming Onion | | Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified! | #recipes #appetizers #healthy

Grilled Blooming Onion

Katerina | Diethood
Grilled Blooming Onion: Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified!
4.67 from 3 votes
Servings : 3
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 large white onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons your choice of steak sauce , hot sauce, soy sauce, etc...


  • Heat the grill.
  • Cut onion into 6 to 8 wedges, stopping 1/2-inch short of the bottom. Do not cut through to the bottom - leave bottom intact.
  • Cut out a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Place onion on foil and slowly open up the onion a bit, pulling the wedges apart.
  • Drizzle onion with olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add cheeses in the open center of the onion.
  • Drizzle the entire onion with sauce.
  • Wrap it up tightly and grill for 30 to 35 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  • Remove from grill and slowly open up the foil.
  • Serve immediately.


RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD You can serve this as an appetizer or as a side dish.


Calories: 111 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 16 mg | Sodium: 311 mg | Potassium: 88 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 180 IU | Vitamin C: 3.5 mg | Calcium: 158 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg | Net Carbs: 6 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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26 comments on “Grilled Blooming Onion”

  1. I tried this for the very first time, and my husband and I were totally blown away with the taste! They were very flavorful and very yummy.I am glad that I made 1 for my husband (steak sauce and bacon flavored hot sauce) mine was soy sauce and hot sauce. These were so good 1 would not been enough! We took the sauce that was left at the bottom of the foil and put it on our hamburgers! Took the hamburgers over the top of the yummy meter. Will be making again very soon. FYI I used more olive oil than the reciepe called for so that is why I had extra sauce at the bottom of the foil.

  2. I live in an apartment, so no grill for me. What would the temp and baking time be if I did this in the oven?

  3. I absolutely NEVER take the time to comment on food blogs but I HAD to comment on these. My family absolutely gobbled these up. Since we love onions, love the bloomin’ onion AND have heart issues in the family, I was SUPER excited to find this and tried it that night. I used one onion per person thinking that was enough but clearly I was wrong… they actually fought over them they were so good. The rest of the meal was ignored! I used sweet onions and drizzled homemade steak sauce and homemade comeback sauce before grilling along with a little olive oil, s/p and cheeses including some parmigiana. I have a feeling I will have to drastically increase my onion purchases! Also can’t wait to try these out while camping. Thank you so much for this recipe.

      1. Loved the flavor but had a hard time keeping the onion in one piece, separated in sections. It fell apart and all the cheese was stuck to the bottom on the tin foil. I used Worcestershire sauce and will try again.

  4. So would this work the same do you think if I put the foil wrapped onion ball in hot coals while camping?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Claire! Yes, that would work for sure! Cooking time might differ a bit, but nevertheless, it will work.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Michelle!! Usually, I reach over for the Steak Sauce. But, I have made it with hot sauce, too. It’s delicious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    I adore this blooming onion! So smart that you grilled it! I want to be just like you when I grow up!!

    1. I stick a garlic clove in a bit of the core I dug out at the top, butter, olive oil, salt, pepper and Remoulade sauce to top it all off. Grilled for 30 minutes on gas grill at medium high temp.
      Wrapped in foil tends to steam it if you don’t go high enough heat and long enough to brown it a little.
      I use an apple slicer to begin the cuts and complete the cuts to near-bottom. I use it to begin the cuts and then pull it up, turn it a few degrees and do another partial cut to make it more like a ‘bloomin onion’.

  6. This is what summer is all about! I love grilling blooming onions and can make a meal out of them. I need to try your recipe. It looks MUCH better than the one I’m using which is just butter and a bouillon cube. Love the addition of the cheeses to yours. Great recipe!

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