I am in love with these Keto Blooming Onions. Blooming onions are like the king of the onion rings and I even can’t drive past an Outback Steakhouse or walk around a street fair without thinking about them.
This ketofied version of the classic appetizer is a far cry nutritionally from their restaurant counter parts, but right on par in the flavor department.
When Chili’s added their absolute monstrosity of blooming onion to the menu they called it the “Awesome Blossom”, which was dubbed one of the “Worst Appetizer in America” by Men’s Health in an issue from 2008.
What made it the worst? I’m glad you asked…if you ate the whole thing by yourself you would consume over 2700 calories, 203 grams of fat (not healthy fats either, lots of trans fat) 194 grams of carbs, and as much sodium as 67 strips of bacon.
If you ate that entire thing, God rest your soul, but you could eat eat an entire blooming onion using this recipe if it fits your macros and not require immediate medical intervention.
Here’s some how-to info and a few questions and answers:
How to make a gluten free Baked Blooming Onion:
You’ll start by preheating the oven and cutting the onions. One note on choosing the perfect size, they should be about softball size.
To cut the onions, start by placing them on a cutting board and slicing off a 1/2 inch of the pointy side of the onion then peel off the outside layer.
Lay the onion cut side down.
Then, starting a 1/2 inch from the top (the end that’s not cut off), make 4 cuts through the onion across from each other.
Repeat between the cuts until you have between 8-12 cuts depending on the size of your onion.
Flip the onion over and gently fluff out the onion petals.
You’ll then dip into the egg wash then dredge through the flour mixture making sure to shake off the excess.
Pop them into a skillet or yes, onto a baking sheet, and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, uncover and bake another 15 until golden brown. Dig in!
Can I just use almond flour?
No, this is the best ratio of flour mixture that we have found. It creates the perfect crust. Just almond flour tends to burn and just coconut flour tends to, well, be too coconuty.
What should I serve these with?
You can serve these as an appetizer, side dish, or snack! They’re great with steak. We highly recommend the horseradish sauce that we give the recipe to below.
What is the nutritional information for these Keto Blooming Onions?
As always, you can find the full nutritional breakdown including the carb count (total carbs and net carbs) at the bottom of the recipe card. You can find the serving size/yield at the top of the recipe card. You should always double-check your specific ingredients as different brand’s ingredients may have different values.
Please note that the nutritional info does not include the sauce.