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Aug 3, 2019 2 min read

Blooming onions and fried chicken

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Many years ago, whilst watching Buffy, Spike (the best Buffy character) mentioned Blooming Onions. The idea piqued my interest, and then I forgot about it. Many years later my old friend James tweeted me a link about them seeing if I fancied making them, and I did, but… I forgot again. A few months later my friend John sent me a tweet linking to them, James piled in and so we decided to get together and make them.

Whilst we had 15 litres of hot oil we fried up a whole jointed chicken.

Buffy from Spike loves onionBuffy from Spike loves humans blood too

You will need

  • A big onion, as big as you can get
  • An egg
  • A mug of milk
  • Plain flour - about a cup full
  • Salt - couple of teaspoonfuls
  • Paprika - couple of teaspoonfuls
  • Ground coriander - couple of teaspoonfuls
  • 15 litres of sunflower or peanut oil
  • A deep fat frier


We tried egg washing and flouring but it didn’t really stick, so we whisked up a batter and that worked better

  • Put the deep fat frier on
  • Whisk up everything except the onion
  • Trim the top inch off the onion and then remove a core about an inch wide
  • Cut vertically though the onion (not all the way) 8 or 12 times, evenly spaced
  • Gently tease the “petals” open (this and the step before it are much harder than they sound)
  • Dip in the batter and try to get it evenly stick to the onion
  • Deep fry for about 10 mminutes


Crispy crunchy delicious bits, soft sweat inside bits, kinda like an onion bhaji but not doughly at all. A tremendous faff but well worth it. Buffy gif suggests we should have stuck them in ice water so they open up and maybe we will next time.

Absolute units Sliced through Battered Three chonky boys In the frier Ready 3 onions for 4 boys Bonus fried chicken