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11 Crunchy Pork Rind Keto Recipes

Louise | October 13
11 Crunchy Pork Rind Keto Recipes

Crunchy, crackly, crispy…

Pork rinds are a popular snack for many folks on low carb diets.

And it’s no surprise!

With their high fat and protein content (plus the fact they’re carbohydrate-free) – they are a natural fit for keto macros. And they’re tasty, too. Which is why we’ve brought you this list of some of the tastiest recipes we could find.

But first, here’s a little more information about what makes pork rinds so great:

They’re an excellent replacement for potato chips…

  • Pork rinds (also called crackling)
  • Cajun chicharrones
  • Salt and pepper chicharrones

You can experiment with spices to create new flavors and add your own twist to these recipes.

They make the perfect keto-friendly crispy coating for meats…

  • Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets with Pork Rinds
  • Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Pork Rind Fish Sticks
  • Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fingers

So the next time you’re craving something breaded or battered, try using a pork rind coating instead.

And you can use them in more inventive ways, too:

  • Keto Pancake
  • Chicken Khao Soi
  • Pan-fried Sardines

The crushed pork rinds in these recipes add a delicious and satisfying crunch!

Read through the recipes list here or download it to have a look at later by clicking on the green button below.

Table Of Contents – Ketogenic Pork Rind Recipes

Make Your Own Keto Pork Rind Recipes

Keto Pork Rinds

– Keto SummitKeto pork rindsIngredients: pork skin, salt, spices of choice (suggestion-Chinese five spices).

Keto crackling can be cooked either by baking in the oven or by deep-frying until the correct level of crispness is reached. Don’t worry if you don’t have a dehydrator – this can be done at a low heat in the oven instead. If you find the skin is difficult to cut you can use a sharp pair of kitchen scissors or a clean scalpel, but be careful!

Salt and Pepper Chicharrones

– All Day I Dream About Food

Ingredients: pork back fat and skin, cooking oil, sea salt, pepper.

Chicharrones are the Latin American version of this crunchy treat, and can be served on their own or as part of a meal. Once you have tried this healthy and tasty snack recipe you will never go back to store-bought ones! Once you have cut the fat from the skin, this can be rendered down to make your own lard, or frozen and kept until the next time you are making sausages.

Cajun Chicharrones (Pork Rinds)

– Three Diets One Dinner

Ingredients: pork skin, coconut oil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper, salt.

This is quite a straightforward recipe to follow and gives you crispy, delicious low carb snacks which can be flavored to suit your own taste. The mix of seasonings here gives a Cajun flavor, but once you have tried making these, you could have fun experimenting with different spices. These make great snacks to serve at a drinks party.

Recipes Using Keto Pork Rinds as a Coating

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets with Pork Rinds

– A Girl Worth SavingOven baked chicken nuggets with pork rinds makes a yummy keto dishPhoto Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: chicken, sea salt, onion powder, coconut flour, black pepper, pork rinds, egg, water.

Sometimes on a diet plan, you crave things like chicken nuggets, so here is the keto pork rind recipe that will save you from cheating! The crushed crackling make a great coating for the chicken which is already seasoned, giving you nuggets that will definitely become a family favorite. If you have leftovers, which is not likely, you can store them in the fridge and reheat them next day.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fingers

– Stupid Easy Paleo

Ingredients: chicken strips, eggs, apple cider vinegar, lemon, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt or sea salt, pork rinds.

These chicken fingers taste amazing! The buffalo seasoning packs the chicken full of flavor and the pork rinds give the perfect crunch. You can buy them at the store, but they are easy to make yourself. To make the keto-friendly crumb mix you can use a food processor, or place them in a bag and pound with a rolling pin.

Pork Rind Fish Sticks

– A Girl Worth SavingPork rind keto fish sticksPhoto Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: cod fillet, sea salt, coconut flour, black pepper, pork rinds, egg, water.

If you have ever had store-bought fish sticks you will know that they often don’t taste of real fish and are full of artificial flavors and coloring, so why not make your own with this recipe? You can use any firm fish, including salmon and coley, and the sticks coated in crushed pork rinds are soft inside and crunchy on the outside.

Scotch Egg

– Mel Joulwan

Ingredients: ground pork, salt, ground black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, dried tarragon leaves, parsley leaves, dried chives, garlic, eggs, fried pork rinds (optional).

Scotch eggs were invented in England, but are now considered popular right across Europe. They make a great breakfast or lunch, can be packed for a lunchbox or a picnic and are perfect for road trips as they don’t leave a mess! You can experiment with the flavorings in this recipe to find your favorite – try Italian seasoning or some curry powder.

Fried Chicken Tenders

– HowToThisandThat

Ingredients: egg, chicken breasts, almond flour, ground black pepper, salt, and Heavy Whipping.

If you have ever bought party food from a store you will know how expensive it is, but using this recipe will let you make a healthy option for half the price! Chicken tenders can often be found quite cheaply if you buy them frozen, just defrost before cooking. It’s got a lovely crunchy coating but without the nasty additives often found in breadcrumbs.

Other Pork Rinds Keto Recipes

Keto Pancake

– Keto SummitPork rinds hide in these keto pancakesIngredients: unseasoned pork rinds, ground cinnamon, baking powder, eggs, full-fat coconut milk, liquid stevia, coconut oil.

This is the perfect recipe to use your homemade pork rinds up, especially since you are in control of the seasoning. The pancakes can be a very impressive item to serve for a coffee morning with friends. These pancakes are delicious served with the nut butter but are also great made without sweetener and served with bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Pan-Fried Sardines

– Popular PaleoKeto Pan fried sardines with pork rindsPhoto Credit: Ciarra from Popular Paleo

Ingredients: limes, coconut or avocado oil, garlic, sardines in olive oil, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh mint leaves, salted capers, arugula, crushed pork rinds.

Sardines are one of the best fish you can get – they are rich in omega 3 and healthy fats and taste delicious. They can be great for students as canned sardines can be found cheaply, yet they are tasty and so good for you! This recipe contrasts the meaty richness of the fish with fresh lime and mint and the low carb pork rinds add a wonderful crunchy contrast to the texture.

Chicken Khao Soi

– That Paleo Couple

Ingredients: coconut oil, red curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, ground coriander, coconut milk, chicken stock, chicken thighs, fish sauce, Thai chilies, lime wedges, red onion, pork rinds, and cilantro (optional).

This is a rich and spicy keto chicken soup with all the traditional Thai flavors such as lime and fish sauce. It is meaty and satisfying and would be perfect for lunch on a cold day. It is also a great way to get more health-giving turmeric into your diet! Sprinkle crushed pork rinds on the top to add a lovely crunch.

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Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.