Low Carb Onion Rings – Paleo

by Sara Lilian



These low carb onion rings are the real deal! You can fry or bake them. The fried ones crisp up beautifully, just like at the fair. If you are uncomfortable with frying, the baked version is nice, but ultimately if you are craving crispy fried onion rings, the frying method will deliver!

For those looking for an even lower carb, keto-friendly snack, check out battered mushrooms recipe. It uses a similar savory tahini batter, and bakes up nicely in the oven. Total keto happy hour bar food experience!

Low Carb Onion Rings – Paleo

These low carb onion rings, are seriously the real deal! These paleo onion rings bring back memories of being a kid at the fair. You can fry them (so good!) or oven bake them for a lower fat option.

Servings 4 people
Calories 279 kcal
Author Andrea


2 sweet onions or yellow onions

Fry Batter

3 Tablespoons tahini paste *see notes for tahini
1 egg pasture raised
1 Tablespoons coconut aminos OR red wine vinegar, OR dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove crushed garlic)
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 to 2 pinches sea salt to taste

1/2 + cup palm shortening (pro-forest certified) coconut oil, or rendered/pastured lard


Decide if you want to fry or bake your onion rings. I personally like them fried the best (as they are so much like “the real thing”). But I still enjoy them baked too. Both methods are listed below.

Mix fry batter ingredients together.

Peel onions, and slice into rings about 1/4 inch thick.

Dredge onion rings into tahini batter.

Frying Method

If frying: Start by heating up a few Tablespoons of the palm shortening (or preferred fat for frying) in a pan on the stove top, over medium heat. (I add in more oil as needed over the cooking time)

Gently lay a few onion rings into the pan with the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry on each side for a couple of minutes, until golden brown. If your onion rings brown too quickly, turn the heat down a notch.

Oven Baked Method

Preheat oven to 400*F.

You can bake them at 400*F for 18 to 22 minutes.

To Serve

I like to serve them with homemade (dairy-free) ranch dressing, honey mustard, or my cranberry ketchup. – I also like adding the leftovers to sandwich wraps the next day.

Recipe Notes

You can buy tahini at most grocery stores, including Whole Foods and for $3.50 for a jar at Trader Joes, or buy it on Amazon via this link: http://amzn.to/2g1b81y

I love this brand of Coconut Aminos: http://amzn.to/2xql24k

Estimated Nutritional Data using My Fitness Pal base on 4 Servings:

Data Below For Oven Baked Method (using 2 large yellow onions, and red wine vinegar)
Calories 121
Total Fat: 8 grams
Total Carbs: 9 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
Sugars: 5 grams
Protein: 4 grams
For Frying Method add 17 grams of fat (total of 25 grams per serving)
(This is assuming 1/3 cup of fat was used, as some was left over after frying. IF a full 1/2 cup of oil was used there are 34 grams of fat per serving)
If Frying Total Calories per serving: 267

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