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Keto Bread Crumbs (fry+bake+air fry)

I always keep keto bread crumbs on hand for air frying, pan-frying and baking. The “crumbs” are so versatile and work with lots of foods, including seafood, chicken, beef and vegetables. Make this simple recipe in 5 minutes or less, with or without pork rinds.

Are breadcrumbs keto?

Traditional panko, or breadcrumbs, are not keto friendly.

They typically have 20-25 grams per serving. However, these low carb “breadcrumbs” are actually bread-less.

Instead of bread, they contain almond flour and parmesan cheese as the base.

ingredients for keto bread crumbs on a marbled surface
easy to make in under 5 minutes

Recommended Ingredients for keto bread crumbs

Pork rinds are completely optional. I typically only add in a few for extra crunch, as I am not a huge fan of them. I used the following ingredients for this recipe:

  • almond flour
  • parmesan cheese (fresh, grated)
  • salt and pepper
  • original pork rinds (optional)
  • Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes (optional)

Basically, as long as you have parmesan and almond flour as your base, you can customize this recipe as needed.

adding dry bread crumb ingredients to a bowl
simple ingredients

How to make keto bread crumbs

Looking for a bread crumb replacement?

Simply add all ingredients to a bowl and stir with a fork! If you’re using pork rinds, place in a zippered bag and mash them up first.

crumbs in a labeled zippered bag
I always keep a bag on hand for air frying or pan frying

Storing keto bread crumbs

Since we’re using freshly grated parmesan cheese, we’ll need to store them in the refrigerator to keep. They may also be frozen for up to 6 months in a zippered container.

Place in an air-tight container or zippered bag and store for up to two weeks as needed.

pepper added to bread crumb mixture
easy prep

Seasonings for keto bread crumbs

One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s a fully customizable alternative to regular panko bread crumbs.

If you like a spicy foods, add in some Cajun seasoning or red pepper flakes.

Or, season this bread crumb mixture by adding lemon pepper or extra Italian seasoning.

making a batter
simple batter for any kind of frying

How to make a keto batter for frying

I’ve used this bread crumb substitute for frying everything from air fryer calamari to zucchini parmesan chips.

zucchini crisp in dipping sauce
the perfect batter for crunchy veggies

To make a batter for frying, you’ll need 1.) keto bread crumbs and 2.) egg batter. To make the egg batter, add 2 eggs with 1/3 c. heavy whipping cream or half and half.

Simply dredge pieces of meat/veggie in the dairy batter, then the crumbs. I recommend using tongs, as to not get clumpy hands in the process.

FAQ

How many carbs are in this recipe?

Can I use other types of cheese for this recipe?

Freshly grated parmesan or dried, aged parmesan works best. You may also use any other hard cheeses, like Pecorino Romano.

storing bread crumbs in a zippered bag
easy to store ahead of time

Can I make keto breading without pork rinds?

Absolutely, mix and match this recipe to your taste preferences!

Can I substitute the Italian seasoning?

Sure, I recommend lemon pepper, cajun, steak or poultry seasonings as an alternative.

keto parmesan almond flour bread crumbs in a bowl

Keto Breadcrumbs

Keep these keto bread crumbs on hand for pan-frying, air frying and baking. A delicious breading for seafood, meat, chicken, veggies and more!
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Course: batter, seasoning, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: keto batter, keto breading, low carb bread crumbs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add parmesan, almond flour, salt and pepper to a bowl.
  • Add in other optional ingredients. Stir with a fork.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe Notes:
Freeze ahead large batches in an air-tight zippered bag for up to 6 months.
 
For frying/air frying/ baking use:
To make a batter for frying, you’ll need
1.) keto bread crumbs and 2.) egg batter. To make the egg batter, add 2 eggs with 1/3 c. heavy whipping cream or half and half.
Simply dredge pieces of meat/veggie in the dairy batter, then the crumbs.
I recommend using tongs, as to not get clumpy hands in the process.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 2mg

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