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Every time I come up with a mind-blowing recipe that is easy to make and foolproof, I really do jump up and down, guys. This fried shrimp recipe is no exception.
About this fried shrimp recipe
I put two pounds of shrimp in my grocery basket, without really knowing what to do with them. Normally, lemon, butter and dill do the trick.
Bryan and I have opted out of eating pasta, except for my favorite konjac noodles when we’re really missing it.
Blood sugar is sometimes a struggle for me, so although I enjoy the occasional carb, I try not to make it a big habit. I’m aiming to live a complication-free life with type 2 diabetes.
So, as I’m coming up with recipes, I try to think about both Bryan and I’s food preferences.
My husband is a southern boy, who likes fried foods. That isn’t changing.
While I can’t change him, I can change the way we eat, and experiment to see how close I can get to our favorites.
What’s the secret with this fried shrimp?
There are two secrets about this fried shrimp recipe.
The biggest secret is that this fried shrimp isn’t deep-fried.
It’s air fried! Without a ton of oil, you still get that crunchy exterior you’re looking for. It’s a pretty delicious treat!
The second biggest secret? The “breading” is pork rinds.
Yes, forreal. Pork rinds.
Pork rinds are a great alternative for traditional breading because they have a nice crunch, and a mild taste if you make them right.
You’re going to mix your spices in with pork rinds you’ve run through a dry blender, or food processor. I have found food processors work best.
Then, you’ll coat your shrimp in egg. I added a bit of pepper to my egg.
Then, bread the shrimp. You can coat them individually, or if you’re in a pinch like I was, just dump the breading into the bowl and mix.
If you’re not in a pinch, it’s actually better to coat them individually so that you get a more even crust on every side.
Then, you’ll throw the shrimp into your air fryer. Cook it to the specs of your individual air fryer, but my shrimp cooked in about 20 minutes at 325 degrees. Your shrimp’s internal temp should be 145 degrees.
I hope you enjoy this delicious and wacky fried shrimp recipe. I had a great time making it!
Pay attention to your air fryer settings. Some require you to pre-heat. My air fryer did not.
Make sure you aren’t overcrowding the air fryer basket to ensure the shrimp cook evenly.
The pork rinds should be crushed and fine. They should be the consistency of breadcrumbs.
If you want a great sauce to go with these, I reccomend this sweet chilli sauce from Sugar Free Londoner. Add a little mayo and be in heaven!
These are best enjoyed fresh to retain the crunch, but can be reheated in the oven, or air fryer.
If you don’t have an air fryer, Cook these on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Make sure to oil the baking sheet to prevent stickng. This is an alternative, and the air fryer version of this works best.
As always, if you have any notes or questions, drop them in a comment for me. I read and answer every single comment.
Keywords: Air fryer, air fried, keto shrimp, pork rinds, fried shrimp
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Mila Clarke Buckley
Mila Clarke Buckley is diabetes patient advocate with Type 1.5 Diabetes (LADA), and the founder of The Hangry Woman blog, which shares approachable food and lifestyle tips to help others living with all types of diabetes.
HangryWoman.com covers topics like diabetes management, shame and stigma, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition.
Mila’s work has been featured by The New York Times, Healthline, WebMD, GE, Health and Diabetic Living Magazine.
Hi! I'm Mila.
I’m a millennial woman living with LADA after a type 2 diabetes misdiagnosis. I love food, travel and my kitchen!
Hangry Woman is for anyone with diabetes – regardless of type.
I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create easy, simple, delicious meals.
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