This low carb breadcrumbs recipe is a great substitute for regular breadcrumbs. They are gluten free and keto friendly too!
A ketogenic diet comes with a slew of challenges, especially when it comes to cooking. While you can simply enjoy protein and veggies day in and day out, but the reality is that sometimes you want something that resembles your favorite comfort foods. They are your favorites because they tasted amazing, so why not find a way to incorporate them into your keto diet?
Fried chicken and chicken tenders used to be off limits on a low carb diet. Not anymore!
What can be used in place of breadcrumbs?
You can make keto breadcrumbs a number of different ways. Some people use almond flour or almond meal, others use coconut flour. I prefer to use pork rinds.
Natural pork rinds contain nothing except fried pork skin and salt, which means they have absolutely zero carbs in them. And their texture when ground is very similar to regular carb breading.
You could also use flavored pork rinds to enhance the flavor without having to season them yourself.
You can find pork rinds at most grocery stores, although I would recommend that you check out the ingredients. Some brands have preservatives, others do not. I like the Utz brand pork rinds because you can get a huge barrel of them. They are nothing but pork skins and salt. I think I got them at Sam’s Club or Costco. Amazon has them but they are pricier.
You will need to crush the pork rinds in order to use them for your low carb breadcrumbs. You can use a food processor, being careful not to over-process them. Or you can just put them in a gallon bag and crush them by hand with the bottom of a cup.
You will want to add some seasonings to your keto crumbs to make them flavorful if you are using plain pork rinds. You can use it on chicken, fish, pork chops, even cauliflower “mac and cheese” to mimic that delicious, crusty texture. These low carb breadcrumbs look like regular breading, so your family won’t even know the difference. You can even use it to make meatballs that are keto friendly.
If you don’t want to take the time to make your own, even though it really doesn’t take that long, you can purchase keto breadcrumbs. A brand called Pork Panko sells it in 3-oz bags. It’s certainly pricier than making it yourself, but pretty convenient. I haven’t tried them.
Once you mix all of the ingredients together, you can store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Low Carb Breadcrumbs
- 2 cups pork rinds crushed
- 2 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese grated
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour into a jar and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Use cup for cup like you would traditional breadcrumbs.