If you’re a fan of fried foods like chicken, fish, or zucchini, but want to keep your carb intake in check, this easy pork rind breading recipe is just what you need. I’ve used it in numerous low carb recipes, and my family can’t get enough of it.
Let’s embark on a journey to explore the wonders of this low carb pork rind breading recipe and unleash your inner pork rind fanatic.
Understanding Pork Rinds
Pork rinds, also known as cracklins, are a delightful treat that differs from cracklins in a few ways. While cracklins contain some fat on the skin, pork rinds are made from fried pig skin without any fat. Additionally, pork rinds have a lighter, puffier texture compared to the rich crunch of cracklins.
The pork rinds you find in most grocery stores are what we’ll be using for our breading. Check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more information on these savory snacks.
The Low Carb Delight
Low carb and keto dieters adore pork rinds because they contain absolutely zero carbs. These salty and crunchy alternatives make an excellent substitute for chips. Not to mention, they come in a variety of flavors to tantalize your taste buds.
For instance, the Aldi brand of pork rinds I often use contains approximately:
- 160 calories
- 12g fat
- 0 carbs
- 0 fiber
- 16g protein
Unveiling the Pork Rind Breading Recipe
Now, let me share my secret recipe for creating the perfect pork rind breading. First, you’ll need to grind the pork rinds into crumbs. While pounding the bag with a meat mallet works, I find that using a food processor yields better results. To the pork rind crumbs, add half a cup of parmesan cheese, a teaspoon each of garlic powder and paprika. This basic recipe forms the foundation, but feel free to experiment with different spices depending on the dish you’re preparing. For example, Italian seasoning spice complements parmesan chicken, while chili powder and cumin add a Mexican twist.
The Secret Ingredient for Irresistible Fried Food
To achieve an incredibly crispy and delicious result, I’ve discovered a secret ingredient: mayonnaise. Before coating your chicken or other ingredients with the pork rind breading, try applying a layer of mayo. The mayo works wonders, especially when using an air fryer. I once experimented with ranch dressing, and the outcome was equally delightful. While beaten egg can be a traditional alternative to mayo, give this mayo technique a try – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Low Carb Recipes Reinvented with Pork Rind Breading
Now that you’re armed with this incredible breading mixture, let me inspire you with a few low carb recipes in which I’ve incorporated pork rind breading or used it as a breadcrumb topping. These examples will surely get your creative juices flowing.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, Carolyn has an amazing homemade chicharrones recipe worth checking out. Making your own pork rinds takes bravery, and Carolyn certainly knows her way around low carb cooking.
Where to Find Pork Rind Breading
If you’d rather not make your own pork rind crumbs, don’t worry! You can always find convenient options like Pork Panko breading crumbs on Amazon.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge and a delightful recipe, it’s time to embark on your low carb breading journey. Give it a try, and don’t forget to let me know how you like it.
Remember, Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ is your go-to source for all things pork rind-related. So, grab your apron and get ready to savor the incredible flavor and crunch of low carb fried goodness with this easy pork rind breading recipe. Enjoy!