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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!

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

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.


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

Grilled Blooming Onion

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WW Freestyle: 1
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Grilled Blooming Onion: Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified!
Servings: 3
Calories: 111


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Blooming Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 311mg13%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 Responses
  1. lynn bauman

    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. Michelle

    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. Kelly

    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. Maggie

        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.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

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

    1. Katerina Petrovska

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

  4. 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. Gary

      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’.

  5. mjskit

    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!

  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    I totally have to try this Kate! I love that it’s a healthy version of one of our favorite appetizers. And the foil…I think you did pretty darn good cause foil is a SERIOUS pain in the butt to photograph 🙂 Pinned!

  7. Deanna

    Foil frustrates me too, I can never pull it out of the box right lol.

    Have fun today, I just went through my kiddos birthday party last weekend! I invited my friends too 🙂

  8. Sandy C

    There is nothing wrong with your photos. I’m sure there is nothing wrong with the others so please share. You are your own worst critic. I am so doing these with vadalias but in the oven. yum.

  9. A_Boleyn

    Shiny, shiny aluminum. 🙂

    I recently saw someone making the giant Outback version and the cutting technique to get it to ‘bloom’ is so simple that it was embarrassing. However, I think I’d go for the full Monty treatment with battering and deep frying and only have it once a year or two rather than baking since I enjoy the crispy, crunchy bits.

  10. zerrin

    I think the photos with aluminum foil gives the feeling that it’s right from the oven, which makes me more tempted. So don’t worry about the photos, they are doing their job just perfectly. This is definitely an amazing side!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      That was the idea – leave the foil on so it looks more homey. 🙂 But it was really, really hard to take photos because of that foil… I just couldn’t get it to work. I may need to upgrade to a better, more professional camera. 🙂 THANK YOU!! xo

  11. Laura Dembowski

    You may not like these pics, but they are more than enough to get me to want to make this. I mean, a healthy blooming onion – it does not get better than that.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks, Laura! 🙂 Normally, I would not have shared it. I have tons of recipes that I haven’t shared because the photos are just horrible. But, I had to share this. This stuff is way too good, even if the pictures are a bit blahhhh. 🙂

  12. How to Philosophize with Cake

    Wow what a great idea! Never thought of grilling an onion like that, but it sounds delicious. 🙂

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