The Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse is definitely one of my favorite appetizers to order. It’s crispy, savory, and delicious. Most fried things are really hard to not like! Before I actually started reading nutrition labels and paying attention to them, I probably would have thought this was a healthier option. I mean it’s just onion, right? That’s better than french fries or potatoes which are full of those pesky carbs, no? NO!!! This appetizer is almost 2000 calories, made up mainly of fats and carbs. So, of course, I had to make my own, healthier version! I came up with the 3-Ingredient Baked Bloomin’ Onion Recipe and it’s awesome!
OK, not only is this recipe delicious but it’s also super easy! It’s 3 main ingredients and if you want to add anything from there you can totally go for it. I love Shake n’ Bake and use it for my chicken, pork, and a bunch of other things. I always keep a box in the pantry for a quick and delicious dinner. This 3-Ingredient Baked Bloomin’ Onion is always a hit at get togethers, parties, or any day of the week.
The toughest part of this recipe is cutting the onion. No matter what tips or tricks I use, I end up with teary eyes! I’m pretty much resorting to wearing my ski goggles at this point. On a serious note though, the key is making sure that you cut the onion properly so that it “blooms” when you flip it over. It’s not difficult at all but it has to be done right.
Once the onion is cut, you want to dip it in your egg whites so that it’s completely soaked in the wash. Make sure that you’ve separated the petals as much as possible so that every crevice of the onion is covered. After giving it a good dunk in the egg whites, flip it over and either pour or use a brush to ensure the entire onion is covered in egg whites.
The next step is to take the Shake n’ Bake and dredge the onion in it until you’ve covered the onion in it completely. Dip the onion in the breading as much as possible and then flip it over and with a spoon, fill every section of the onion with it as possible.
Once the ends have a good coating, flip the onion over and using a spoon, coat the rest of the onion as much as possible with the remaining breading.
Once the onion is completely coated in the breading, spray it well with cooking spray. I used coconut oil but you can use whatever you have on hand. Any cooking spray will work.
The last step is to bake the onion about 25 minutes or until the tips of the onion are slightly burnt and on the crispy side. The time may vary depending on how large your onion is.
Sauces & Dips
Grab your favorite dips and sauces and get those ready for when the Bloomin’ Onion is ready. Here are some easy, healthy, low-calorie options that can be picked up at any local grocery store.
- Low Sugar/NS Ketchup by Heinz or G Hughes.
- Low Fat Ranch like OPA by Litehouse Foods or Bolthouse Farms.
Homemade Sauces & Dips
- Greek Yogurt Dip
- Sour Cream Dip
- Simple Secret Sauce
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