Dr Oz: Healthy Bloomin’ Onion Recipe Calories by Chef Todd Wilbur

By on February 11, 2014

Dr Oz: Healthy Bloomin’ Onion Recipe

Dr. Oz says you do not have to give up your favorite comfort food just because you are on a diet, so he asked expert Todd Wilbur to makeover one that many of us love. Dr. Oz put up a survey on his website so fans could decide and the winner was Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion, so let’s see how Todd turned this sinful indulgence into a healthy treat.

Dr Oz: How Many Calories are in a Bloomin’ Onion?

Did you know that the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion contains a whopping 1,948 calories and 160 grams of fat? Even if you share, that is still a lot of extra calories in your day, so here is the healthier version that Todd Wilbur came up with for Dr. Oz! He admits that it was challenging, but he was up for the task, even without the fancy onion-cutting machine they have in restaurants. He says the first trick is to find the biggest onion you can find and then get started!

Here is what you need:

Dr Oz: Healthy Bloomin' Onion Recipe Calories by Chef Todd Wilbur

Dr Oz asked Todd Wilbur to create a healthy recipe for Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion and he did not disappoint!

  • 1 large yellow onion (4 to 4 ½ inches across)
  • 10 oz (2 cups) whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups low-fat (1% fat) milk
  • 2 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground savory
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 6-oz tomato paste can (for coring onion)

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup low-fat (1% fat) milk
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon cream style horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crystal Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • pinch white pepper
  • pinch ground savory

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, stirring occasionally.
  2. Slice the onion by cutting approximately 1/4 off of the stem end. Remove the skin from the onion, then put it on a cutting board with the cut side down.
  3. To slice, use your thumb as a guide by putting it on top at the root of the onion, then slice straight down from your thumb to the bottom. Spin the onion and cut it again on the opposite side. Next, make a slice between each of the first two buts on both sides. You should now have 4 large petals. Cut a slice down the center of each of the 4 petals, giving you 8 petals. For the final slicing step, turn the onion and make two cuts between each of the 8 slices. You should now have 24 total petals, which is the same number as the machine-made real thing. Turn the onion over to see your “bloom”. If you are having trouble separating the petals put the onion in cold water for several minutes to help it open.
  4. Open the can of tomato paste empty the contents to create your onion coring tool.
  5. When you are prepared to make your onion, mix the breading ingredients in a very big bowl. Pour the panko bread crumbs into a separate large bowl. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl and pour in the milk.
  6. Dunk the onion into the breading and coat it completely, making sure you get the breading down between every petal.
  7. Shake off the excess breading, then carefully lower the onion into the egg and milk mixture until it is fully moistened. Remove the onion from the liquid and let the excess drip off. Put it back into the breading and thoroughly coat the onion. Allow it to sit in the breading for a few minutes so it fully sticks.
  8. Dip the onion one more time into the milk and egg, then put it into the bowl of panko and coat with the breadcrumbs. Allow onion to sit in the panko while oven preheats to 375 degrees.
  9. Put the onion onto a rack on a baking sheet and generously coat the entire surface with olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes or until brown and crispy.
  10. Let the onion cool for a minute after you remove it from the oven and then place it onto a serving plate. Press the tomato paste can down into the center of the onion and twist it several times so the core can be removed from the center.
  11. Pour the dipping sauce into a small cup, dunk the onion and enjoy!

Nutritional Information – Calories: 260, Fat: 15 grams

Dr Oz: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so Dr. Oz posted some funny pictures of himself on his social media pages and asked his fans to “caption this”. Here are some of the responses he got.

Dr. Oz sitting on a swing: “When they said we were doing a show about swingers, this was not what I was thinking….

Dr. Oz getting waxed on stage: “How many wax strips does it take to find Dr. Oz’s back? Let’s find out……”

Dr. Oz dancing on stage with an audience member: “They call me Rock-Ter Oz.”

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Comments to Dr Oz: Healthy Bloomin’ Onion Recipe Calories by Chef Todd Wilbur

  1. The Outback Bloomin’ Onion reportedly has 1,948 calories and 160 grams of fat.
    The Todd Wilbur bloomin’ onion copy reportedly has 260 calories and 15 grams per serving.
    Since the Outback onion nutritional information is based on the whole onion, what is the Wilbur onion nutritional information for the whole onion?

  2. For the full onion, it’s 520 calories and 30 grams of fat.

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