Copycat Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom Recipe | (2024)

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The delicious fried onion appetizer served at Texas Roadhouse can easily be made at home! The copycat recipe has both the batter and the spicy dipping sauce - just like at the restaurant.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom Recipe | (1)


ready in:

30-60 minutes

3 reviews


canola oil
1 extra large onion

Chili-Horseradish Dipping Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup prepared chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons horseradish sauce

Seasoned Flour

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Onion Batter

3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
12 ounces beer


Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, chili sauce, cayenne pepper and horseradish sauce in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large stock pot to 375-400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the seasoned flour mix by combining flour with garlic powder, paprika, sugar and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Whisk seasonings and flour to incorporate well.

Slice 3/4 inch off the root end of the onion. Make 12-16 slices into the trimmed end working in a clockwise manner. Do not cut completely through the onion, leaving about an inch of uncut onion near the opposite root end.

Remove about 1 inch of the center petals from each onion. Toss the onions in the seasoned flour to coat well. Peel back the petals slightly to allow the flour to reach between each petal, but do not remove.

Combine remaining flour, paprika, pepper, cornstarch, salt, garlic salt and beer in a second large mixing bowl. Whisk well until smooth.

Dip the floured onion in the batter. Allow excess batter to drip off the onion.

Use a fryer basket to carefully place the battered onions, one at a time, into the hot oil. Cook for about 90 seconds, flip and cook for an additional 90 seconds.

Transfer onion to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

Place on a serving platter and insert the cup of dipping sauce in the center of the onion.

recipe tips

Chill the onion in ice water after slicing to help the petals open up more. Drain the onion very well before flouring.

Make sure the onions are well-coated with the seasoned flour so the batter adheres better.

Let the excess batter drip off to avoid a heavy, greasy coating.

Fry the onions in batches to maintain the oil temperature and avoid overcrowding.

Turn the onions gently while frying for even cooking.

Drain the fried onions on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Make sure the oil maintains its temperature or the cactus blossom may end up greasy.

Try different dipping sauces like ranch or a spicy ketchup.

Be very careful when working with hot oil to avoid splatters and burns.

common recipe questions

What type of onion is best for this recipe?

A large, sweet onion like Vidalia or Walla Walla is ideal for its size and sweeter flavor. You can use a large yellow onion in a pinch but the taste will be sharper.

Can I use a different type of beer in the batter?

Yes, any type of beer works, but a lighter beer is preferable. Darker beers may add more of a bitter flavor to the batter.

How do I know when the oil is at the right temperature?

Use a deep-fry thermometer to check the temperature, or see if a drop of batter sizzles and floats.

Can I make the dipping sauce in advance?

Yes, making the sauce in advance allows the flavors to meld together. You can make it up to 2 days in advance.

What can I use if I don't have a deep fryer?

A large, heavy pot or Dutch oven works well, but be cautious and monitor the oil temperature.

How can I make the recipe less spicy?

Reduce or omit the cayenne pepper in both the sauce and the batter. You can also use ketchup instead of chili sauce in the dipping sauce and reduce or adjust the amount of horseradish sauce.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the beer in the batter?

You can use sparkling water as a non-alcoholic substitute.

nutrition data

987 calories, 62 grams fat, 99 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams protein per serving.

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reviews & comments

  1. linecook REVIEW:
    December 23, 2022

    This recipe is spot on. Followed it exactly and it worked perfectly. Made it as an appetizer the day after Thanksgiving for watching football (when we were tired of turkey)

  2. maddyyhilll REVIEW:
    July 25, 2022

    Followed the recipe exactly and when I fried it, all of the batter came off.

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      If an onion is a little past its prime it can be more moist which could keep the batter from sticking. Fresher onions are usually dry enough that it will stay on just fine. Also, make sure you're not OVER flouring it. If too much flour is on before coating it in the batter that too can cause it to fall off when cooking it.

  3. Alec REVIEW:
    August 5, 2020

    It's great we love it

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