Chilis Awesome Blossom Petals

 Chilis Awesome Blossom Petals is a great way to enjoy one of those blooming onions without all of the work! Perfect for watching the game or movie night. Everyone loves these crispy onion petals.

A plate of awesome blossom petals served with sauce.

Chili’s Awesome Blossom Petals has replaced Chili’s The Awesome Blossom. Instead of the onion in full bloom, Awesome Blossom Petals serves up the onion as separate petals. The petals dish involves a light, flaky breading, a contrast between the sweetness of the onion and a hint of seasoned salt, and a “blossom” dipping sauce similar to a ranch-style dressing. The petals are so much easier to make, especially for home cooks.


Awesome Blossom Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Seasoned Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseraddish

Seasoned Breading

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Other ingredients

  • vegetable oil for frying

Equipment Needed


Awesome Blossom Sauce

  • In a small bowl combine sour cream, ketchup, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, and horseradish. Stir well. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


  • First, peel the onion, It will depend on how large your onion is, but you want to end up with cuts that are about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut the stem of the onion off and place the onion stem side down on the cutting board. Cut the onion in half vertically and horizontally. You should have 4 pieces, then make two additional diagonal cuts.

Prepare the breading station

  • In a bowl add the buttermilk.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Stir with a fork to mix up the breading.
  • Bread the onions by first putting in the flour, then dip into the buttermilk, and back into the flour. Rest the onions on a wire rack.

Cooking the onions

  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Add a the onions in small batches, do not overcrowd the onions. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden.
  • Remove from oil, and then drain on a wire rack.
  • Serve.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

You can use vegetable oil for frying. I personally buy generic vegetable oil. You could use peanut oil, canola oil, or even vegetable shortening, all work well.
Be careful not to fry too many petals at once, they will reduce the temperature of the oil, and the result would be petals that aren't crispy.
I like to rest fried foods on a wire rack, resting fried foods on paper towels causes them to steam, where a wire rack keeps them nice and crispy.


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1078mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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