A blooming onion is an onion that is cooked entirely, until it opens up, similar to a flower.
Even if in essence this is still just an onion, it can impact beautifully the aesthetics of your table setup. Blooming onions are delicious when they are freshly fried but what if you have leftovers?
Luckily, there are several ways to reheat a blooming onion without compromising neither texture, flavor, or appearance. Let’s learn how you can reheat a blooming onion the best even if you cooked it a couple of days ago!
How Do You Reheat An Outback Blooming Onion In The Oven?
If you want your onion to get the crispy texture that it had when it was freshly cooked, you should reheat it in the oven.
To do that you will need to get your onion out of the fridge and give it a few minutes until it reaches room temperature.
You don’t want to reheat it straight from the fridge as the differences in temperature can ruin its texture. While your onion is getting to room temperature, make sure to preheat the oven to 425 degrees F or 218 degrees C.
It is recommended to cut your blooming onion into smaller pieces before you put them in the preheated oven.
Let your onion cook for up to 15 minutes to get the crispy texture you want. Usually, when your onion is done, it will gain a brownish color at the edges.
How Do You Reheat A Blooming Onion In The Microwave?
Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time to preheat the onion in the oven so the microwave becomes a much faster and appealing option.
- You can easily reheat a blooming onion in the microwave. However, you shouldn’t expect the same, quality results that you will get from reheating it in the oven.
- Let the blooming onion reach room temperature before putting it in the microwave. You will not have to cut it. However, you will have to remove any burned parts it might have.
- Then put the blooming onion in a container that is safe to go in the microwave and cover it with plastic. Cover the entire blooming onion with plastic so it will reheat evenly.
Heat the blooming onion on a high level for 30 seconds and check to see if it is hot all the way through. If it is not ready, give it another 30 seconds.
By reheating the blooming onion in the microwave, you will not get a crispy texture but you will still be able to enjoy its delicious taste.
How Do You Reheat Day-Old Onion Rings?
One-day-old onion rings can be reheated in a similar way as reheating a blooming onion. You will have to store the onion rings in the fridge though, to conserve them right so they don’t get mushy or bad.
Get them out of the fridge and let them reach room temperature before you proceed to reheat them. You can either use your oven, microwave, or air fryer and reheat your onion rings in the same way you would reheat a blooming onion.
If you want a crispy texture, the oven is your best option. The microwave will not provide the same result even if they get heated a lot faster.
And just like when it comes to blooming onions, you can still enjoy onion rings cold, in salads or sandwiches. Combined with the right dressings and ingredients, they can still be quite tasty.
How To Reheat A Blooming Onion In The Air Fryer?
Air fryers are popular nowadays and for many people, these devices are considered to provide much healthier food compared to the microwave and even the good old oven.
The good news is that you can definitely reheat a blooming onion in the air fryer successfully and here is how to do that in just a few minutes!
There are different air fryers on the market. Meaning, the time and heating levels will vary from one model to another. But the general rule says that you should preheat your device to 400 degrees F to reheat a blooming onion in it.
Get your blooming onion at room temperature once you get it out of the fridge like you should do every time, regardless of the method you choose to preheat it.
Once your blooming onion is ready, put it in the device and give it 5-6 minutes to fully preheat. There is no need to cut the onion into smaller pieces unless you prefer to eat it like that.
Make sure to keep checking on it because for some air fryers it could take even less than five minutes.
What To Do With A Leftover Blooming Onion?
Blooming onions are very hard to throw away because they are such delicious treats.
Reheating a blooming onion, is the most common way to save it but what if you can’t do that at all? You might not have an oven, or a microwave, or an air fryer and some people would actually like to eat it at work or on the go.
You can eat it cold if you chop the onion into bite-size pieces and add it to a salad. Or add it on top of your pasta. Or chop it into small pieces and add it to your sauces.
Cold blooming onion might not be as crispy as the freshly fried blooming onion. However, you can still use it in sandwiches and other cold dishes. Some people even like eating their blooming onion with their favorite dip sauce, without heating it up.
As you can notice, the sky is the limit to what you can do to a blooming onion that didn’t get devoured the first time it was fried. Eat it the way you enjoy it better as there are no reasons to throw it away with so many options available!
Blooming onions can be enjoyed as a snack, main dish, or side dish to your favorite stake. And if you learn how to reheat them properly, you will enjoy them all over again up to 3 days after you firstly fried them. The same goes for onion rings.
Remember that if you want to enjoy your reheated blooming onion to its fullest potential, you should choose to reheat it in the oven. It is going to take longer than other options. But you will obtain the same taste and texture of a freshly blooming onion.
Keep in mind that you can always eat it plain cold too. Or at room temperature as long as you don’t necessarily want the steaming hot and crispy texture. Such a versatile dish can go along with many meals!