Keto Tempura Shrimp

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  • prep time

    prep time

    8 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    5 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    13 min

Keto Tempura Shrimp

Tempura shrimp is a typical dish found on Chinese and sushi takeout menus across the United States. It’s a favorite appetizer or side dish to order for its simple flavors and style. Classic tempura shrimp is battered in a wet flour mixture and deep fried. This Keto recipe creates the same style of shrimp without the high carbohydrates and excess oil. Pork rinds serve as a crispy breading, and a brush of avocado oil in a cast iron skillet is all you need for frying. You can whip up this recipe as part of a fast, hot lunch or dinner. On its own, the recipe can be enjoyed as a yummy Keto snack or made in bulk for a finger-food appetizer. Enjoy your Keto tempura shrimp with friends and little ones for your next game day get together!

What Is Tempura?

Tempura is a Japanese style of deep frying. The cooking style can be used for all types of meats and vegetables. A classic tempura batter is made with a unique mixture of flour, eggs, and cold water. The key is to have just the right combo of cold water and hot oil for deep frying. This is what creates the iconic light, crispy, and bubbly texture tempura batter offers. The Keto rendition of tempura mirrors the same effect with pork rinds. Without deep frying, you still get the crispy texture and Keto fats without excess grease and mess.

What Type Of Pork Rinds Should I Use?

To achieve a crispy, golden outside, a pork rind breading is applied to the Keto tempura shrimp. You can find any generic bag of pork rinds at your grocery store. At your discretion, you can season your pork rind breadcrumbs when you make them. Simply add any seasoning to your food processor when blending them into crumbs. For another fun twist, you can choose spicy pork rinds to add some heat to your favorite fried foods. The finer you can grind up your pork rinds, the better they will stick to any meat you wish to bread.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    0.4 g

  • Fiber

    0 g

  • Total Carbs

    0.4 g

  • Protein

    14.4 g

  • Fats

    18.5 g

227 cals

Keto Tempura Shrimp

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  • Shrimp Raw

    Shrimp Raw

    6 large

  • Fried Pork Rinds

    Fried Pork Rinds

    ½ ounce

  • Avocado Oil

    Avocado Oil

    1 tablespoon

Recipe Steps

steps 3

13 min

  • Step 1

    Prepare jumbo shrimp by patting them dry. Peel and devein the shrimp if necessary. Leave the tails on to help prevent the shrimp from shrinking too much while cooking. In a small bowl, toss the shrimp with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Set the shrimp aside for the next step.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Make pork rind breading by pulsing fried pork rinds in a food processor until you have a fine crumb. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a bullet blender or crush the pork rinds in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Arrange the pork rind breading on a plate and coat the shrimp. Press the crumbs into the shrimp so they adhere, leaving a thin and even coating.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Brush the oil across the base of a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast iron, a non-stick skillet will work here too. Heat the skillet to a medium-high heat until you see the oil just begin to smoke. Place the shrimp in the hot skillet and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Use a pair of tongs to turn the shrimp over until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Serve the shrimp hot.
    Step 3

Comments 1

  • StupendousCauliflower135338

    StupendousCauliflower135338 3 years ago

    This is excellent. The only change I made was dip the shrimp in egg before dipping them in the pork rinds.