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Mini Bloomin Pearl Onions

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These perfect fried Baby Blooming Onion bites served up with a homemade dipping sauce of choice are a bite-sized blessing.

These seasoned and breaded little bites using the tiny pearl onion are a take on a traditional fried onion petal that packs excellent flavor in a miniature bite. 

fried bloomin onion recipe from tiktok.

Why you will love making Baby Bloomin’ Onions

A fun little appetizer recipe – These little bites of goodness are not only adorably cute but incredibly delicious!

Short a large outback steakhouse bloomin’ onion itself, this viral tiktok appetizer recipe is bite after bite of perfectly seasoned breading and the vibrant taste of an onion. 

Great for football parties – Mini Pearl onions are great to serve up at football parties and make a perfect pairing alongside dip recipes and other finger foods.

Easy to grab and serve one by one (or by the handful), bite-sized blooming onions pair with various dipping sauces. 

ranch dipping sauce on a fried onion.

Would we make fried Maui Onions again? 

These tiktok mini blooming onions are a delight and one we would make again with a few minor changes. The original recipe was way underseasoned, and these are best (due to the fryer) in having super-seasoned flour. 

Get in there and be generous with herbs and spices. Do not be afraid to try other non-suggested spices as well!

Important note on timing:

If you like a harder, crunchy onion, you follow the instructions to flash fry till outside is golden brown, just a few minutes.

If you want a soft onion like an ring onion, it needs lower frying for a longer amount of time – as long as 25 minutes for the “mushy” onion. If you do it too hot the outside could burn, and if you don’t cook them long enough, the onions will be too hard. This is a low and slow fry allowing a cook.

Simple Ingredients

  • frozen pearl onions – Thaw frozen onions in a bowl of cold water overnight before making this dish. The cold water helps not only defrost the onions but takes out some of the “bite” of the onion taste. Dry thoroughly before moving on to the breading. 
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • Seasoning – cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Dipsranch dip recipe or a tiktok yum yum sauce recipe.
mini pearl onion recipe.

How to make Fried Mini Onion Bites

  1. Remove onions from cold water and drain. Pat dry. Set aside.
  2. Mix eggs in a shallow bowl. Set egg mixture aside.
  3. Mix flour and spices in a separate deep bowl and mix.
  4. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat.
  5. Dredge onions first into eggs and then into flour mixture. Shake excess flour off the coated onions. 
breaded pearl onions with egg wash and flour mixture.
  1. Place into cooking oil and fry onions for about 25-30 minutes, slow and low, if you want them soft occasionally stirring, until the outer layer crispy and golden brown with a soft and tender onion on the inside. If you want a denser crunchy onion, simply batter the thawed onions and flash fry till the outside is golden brown. It pays to test the onion before putting the whole batch in the hot oil and see what texture you prefer on the inside.
  2. Drain Bloomin onion bites on paper towels. Optional: Season with salt while still hot. 
  3. Serve with ranch dressing.
mini blooming onion from tiktok recipe.

tiktok fried pearl onions recipe.
4.82 from 11 votes

Mini Bloomin’ Onion (TikTok Viral)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Mini Pearl Onions smothered with egg wash and seasoned flour is a perfect little Mini Bloomin onion in every bite!

Ingredients
 

  • 14.4 oz. frozen pearl onions thawed in bowl of cold water overnight
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • .5 tsp. black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Remove the thawed onions from the bag and place them in the bowl with cold water. Let sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Drain water from onions and completely pat dry.
  • Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix all-purpose flour and spices in a separate bowl and mix them together. 
  • Dredge onions first into the egg wash and then into flour seasoning. Shake off any excess flour.

Frying for a Crunchy Onion

  • If the onions are at the texture you are happy with on thaw, which is a harder crunchy onion, all you need to do is flash fry them in hot oil for 4-5 minutes or until the outside batter is golden brown. Drain grease and serve.

Frying for a soft onion (like the inside of Onion Ring)

  • Heat vegetable oil over low to low-medium heat. 
  • Place battered mini onions into cooking oil and fry slowly for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until crispy and brown on the outside with a soft and tender onion on the inside. Yes – 25 minutes. You must keep the oil temperature from getting too hot and regulate it as needed so its cooking more than its flash frying. This is how you get completely soft mushy onions on the inside.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with dipping sauce.

Notes

Thaw frozen onions in a bowl of cold water overnight before making this dish. The cold water helps not only defrost the onions but takes out some of the “bite” of the onion taste. Dry thoroughly before moving on to the breading. 
The biggest deal with this recipe is the TYPE of inside onion texture you prefer. The frying can be done slow and low or with a fast flash fry. 
It pays to test the onion before putting the whole batch in the hot oil and see what texture you prefer on the inside.
 

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12 Comments

  1. Could these be baked?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      In theory, yes. But I havent tested it out so I do not have any instructions to give you. The main thing is making sure the outer layer fries.

  2. How do you “premake” the onions? Then let them cool, then flash fry them? I’m afraid that’s a new one for me and I’m anxious to make these.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Perhaps my terminology could have been more precise. I was trying to imply that you can use the instructions on the bag of frozen onions to go ahead and premake them according to instructions so they were tender and then fry. That way the entire process could be a bit quicker.

    2. I’m sorry, I also still don’t understand the premake concept even with the clarification…do you mean pre cook the plain onions and then battering them so you are only frying long enough to brown the batter?

    3. Trisha Haas says:

      yes

  3. Could you Sous vide or microwave them before coating them thus reducing the amount of frying time?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      I think as long as you like the texture of the onion, its a great solution!

  4. Georgia Lynn Grau says:

    Can you thaw in the morning if your not using until evening

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Yes, just drain excess water very well.

  5. Tabitha Palmer says:

    I wanted to love these. The breading texture was good but it had very little flavor. I probably would double the salt and other seasonings if trying this again.

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