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Air fryer blooming onion

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash salt & pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • Cooking spray

Chipotle aioli dip

  • 1/2 cup calorie wise mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 2 chipotle peppers (from a can)
  • 1 Tbsp adobo sauce (from the can of chilies)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime


  • Cut the pointy stem end of the onion off and then peel the onion. Place onion cut side down, about 1 inch from the root make a cut all the way down, repeat to make 4 evenly placed cuts around the onion. Continue slicing between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts. Turn the onion over and gently use your fingers to separate the pieces.
  • In a bowl large enough to place the onion, whisk the eggs and milk together.
  • In a separate bowl mix the flour and seasonings together (paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano & garlic powder)
  • Place onion in the flour mixture and use a spoon to cover onion with mix, shake off any excess
  • Now dip the onion in the egg mixture, make sure the whole onion gets wet from the mix, let drip then repeat in the flour and cover as well as you can with the flour mix. Set in fridge and heat air fryer to 350F.
  • Spray the onion before placing it in the air fryer with some cooking spray, you want to coat it well with the spray. Cook for 25 minutes, you can add a few sprays while it is cooking.
  • While the onion is cooking you can make the chipotle aioli sauce, add all the ingredients to a food processer and mix for a few minutes. Store in the fridge.
  • *Note- when figuring out the points for WW I only used 1 cup of flour, 1 egg and 1 cup of milk, you will have leftover but that amount is needed so you have enough to dip and cover the onion.
    *Note- the dip should yield 1 cup and is 2SP for 2Tbsp on all programs.


Smart points- blue/purple- 4 using WW recipe builder
Smart points- green- 5 using WW recipe builder
Points plus- 4 using WW recipe builder
Chipotle aioli dip is 2SP per 2Tbsp on all programs 
Nutritional info per serving...Calories 182...Fat 2.4g..Sat fat 0.8g...Carbs 31g...Fiber 1.8g..Sugar 7g...Protein 7.5g using My Fitness Pal *Note- these numbers include all ingredients, even 0SP foods