Purple onion cut to look like a lotus flower

Lotus Flower Onions

If you’re having a party tomorrow for New Year’s Eve and need a last-minute dish that’s impressive yet simple, these beautiful Lotus Flower Onions are a great option! These can be set on an appetizer table at a cocktail party or used as edible centerpieces at the dining table. They’re adorable, inexpensive, and unique.

What really makes these pop is the sauce, made with honey, gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, sesame oil, and Marukan Genuine Brewed Rice Vinegar. You’re going to reduce the sauce until it’s thick and syrupy – yum! You can use this sauce for other recipes, too, like as a drizzle for sushi, spring rolls, and other goodies.

Get more gluten-free appetizer and snack recipes for your New Year’s Eve party!

Purple onion cut to look like a lotus flower

3.67 from 3 votes
Purple onion cut to look like a lotus flower
Print Recipe

Gluten-Free Lotus Flower Onions Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 6 medium-sized red onions
  • Olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons Marukan Genuine Brewed Rice Vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
  • teaspoons sesame oil
  • Furikake or Everything but the Bagel Seasoning


  • Cut just enough of the root end of the onions off so they sit flat. Cut about ¼ inch off the stem ends. Place the onions on a cutting board, root side down. Cut 3 slits from the stem down towards the root end, crisscrossing to make what looks the 6 pie wedges, make sure to only cut about two-thirds down. Do not cut all the way through. Peel off the papery outer skins.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the onions in the boiling water and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool until cool enough to handle. When cool enough, gently open up the layers of the onions so they look like flower petals. They will open up more while roasting so don’t force them. Drizzle each onion with a little olive oil. Place on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 40-45 minutes or until the onions are tender and the tips are starting to brown.
  • Combine the vinegar, honey, tamari, and sesame oil in a small pot or skillet and bring to a boil. Let boil gently for 2 minutes or so or until the sauce reduces and thickens almost to a syrup consistency.
  • Drizzle the onions with half the sauce and put back in the oven for 5 minutes. Put the onions on a serving platter, drizzle with the rest of the sauce and sprinkle with the furikake or everything bagel seasoning.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Lotus Flower Onions Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 173mg7%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Watch this recipe in action!

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
Have you tried this recipe? Give it a star rating and let us know your thoughts in the Ratings & Reviews section below.
Tags: Marukan Onions Soy Sauce Tamari Vinegar
Previous Post

Gluten-Free Turkey Tortilla Soup

Next Post

Easy Gluten-Free Cracker Appetizers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Sept-Oct Cover 2023



Get recipes delivered to your door with a subscription to

Gluten Free & More!

Use code MAG5OFF for $5 off any print or digital subscription!