Sometimes I’m not in charge of cooking dinner and it’s A-OK with me.
Why wouldn’t I not want to make dinner? Because when my guy gets around the grill, everyone wins. This time he wanted to re-create the Outback Steakhouse bloomin’ onion but rather than dredging it and frying it, he grilled it.
Despite what you might think you don’t need some fancy onion chopper to achieve the same fanned out affect from a Vidalia onion that you see at at steakhouse. The key to achieving that “bloom” look is to keep the stem of the onion in place, peel the skin off away from it, and use a sharp small pairing knife to divide the onion into 8-16 different sections. Don’t use any other variety of onion than a sweet Vidalia, which gets its name for where its grown in Georgia, because it is unusually sweet and caramelizes well on the grill. Any other kind of onion may have a sharp flavor and probably isn’t as large in size.
Clean up is a cinch since you only need to discard the foil. I recommend serving the onion without the stem in a bowl on the table as a side dish. It serves two people easily. I could see us recreating this side dish again using other seasoning options to accompany Italian or Mexican entrees. Check out my Easy Homemade Seasoning recipes.
Have fun grilling and let me know if you try a different seasoning combination or prefer this version. Use the comment section below to tell me about your take on the Grilled Bloomin’ Onion with Barbecue Sauce or tag @OneDelightfulLife on Instagram!