Skinny Bloomin’ Onion

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If you’ve ever been to Outback Steakhouse, chances are you’ve tried (or at least have seen) the ever famous appetizer…The Bloomin’ Onion. It is absolutely delicious, as the onion is soft and tender on the inside, and the outside is crispy and well-seasoned. This spin on the original is insanely tasty, while seriously slashing the calories, fat, and carbs compared to it’s fried counterpart! If you are looking for your next game-day snack that will win over the crowd (yes, even the guys)… Look no further… this recipe is sure to please!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 40-45 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up) spray with non-stick cooking spray.


Peel the skin from the onion and cut off the top and bottom so that the onion sits flat. Cut the onion into wedges, stopping about 3/4 of the way down, (make sure you don’t cut all the way down to the bottom, or onion will fall apart).


To make the coating, combine the bread crumbs, almonds, parmesan cheese, and seasoning in a small bowl. Set aside.


Whip egg whites in a small bowl, until they are lightly mixed. Roll the onion in the egg whites, making sure it is evenly coated on the inside and outside of the onion. (This is the ‘glue’ that will hold the coating onto the onion, so you want to make sure you lightly pull it apart making a ‘flower’ out of the onion and get everything coated with the egg whites.)


Roll the outside of the onion in the coating mixture, and sprinkle the coating on the inside of the onion. Place on baking sheet and bake 40-45 minutes, or until coating is lightly golden brown and crispy. Enjoy with dipping sauce!



Bloomin Onion:
1 LargeSweet onion (I used vidalia onion)
2 LargeEgg white, beaten
1/4 cupPanko bread crumbs (or whole wheat bread crumbs)
1/4 cupAlmonds, ground into a flour consistency 1
1/8 cupParmesan cheese, grated
1 tspGarlic
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tspPepper
1 tspOnion powder
1/2 tspPaprika
Optional: 1-2 pkts stevia or 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice, to bring out sweetness of onion
1/4 cupPlain low fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsNo sugar added ketchup (or tomato paste)
2-3 pktsStevia or 1 tsp honey or sweetener of choice to taste
Pinch Salt
1/2 tspGarlic powder
1 tspWhite vinegar

1 I did this by placing almond in a blender and grinding them, but this can also be done in a food processor. You may also use a food processor.

Nutrition Breakdown

4 Servings
Bloomin' Onion:
85 Calories per Serving
4 g Fat
7 g Carbohydrate
2 g Fiber
0.5 g Sugar
5 g Protein
15 Calories per Serving
0 g Fat
1 g Carbohydrate
0 g Fiber
1 g Sugar
2.5 g Protein
2 / 0 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Sabrina @ Work It Ms Jackson said:

Once my husband sees this you will have made his day. We all love a good bloomin’ onion but sometimes it’s all he wants. LOL!

September 17th, 2013 — 1:05pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

AWESOME!! I’m allergic to tree nuts though, is there anything I can use instead of almonds? I can’t wait to try it :)

September 17th, 2013 — 2:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you can just replace the almonds with extra breadcrumbs

September 17th, 2013 — 6:39pm  | 

emily said:

I can’t wait to make this!!! What would you use for a low cal/ww points dipping sauce? I think the one that they use at Outback is tangy?

September 17th, 2013 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

emily said:

Jk, I was so excited I didn’t even see the recipe for the sauce.. lol Thanks again for posting this!!

September 17th, 2013 — 6:44pm  |  Reply

April Arnold said:

Can almond flour replace the ground almonds?

January 15th, 2014 — 7:53pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes! :)

January 16th, 2014 — 9:33am  | 

Davi Porter said:

I didn’t have any bread crumbs – so I mixed special K gluten free cornflakes & rice chex & put them in the processor with the almonds. Oh. My. Goodness. It was fantastic.

March 3rd, 2015 — 10:04pm  |  Reply

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