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Fried Shrimp (low carb, keto-friendly)


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.

Fried Shrimp

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!

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Fried Shrimp (low carb, keto-friendly)

  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pounds of shrimp 1x
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This fried shrimp recipe is low carb! It uses pork rinds for the breading, which ends up being versatile and adding a wonderful crunch to the shrimp.


Units Scale
  • 2 pounds large shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp, ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of finely crushed pork rinds (they should be like bread crumbs).


  1. In a bowl, mix together your salt, garlic powder, and crushed pork rinds. 
  2. In a separte bowl, beat your egg and add your ground pepper. 
  3. Dip your shrimp in the egg, and then in the pork rind and spice mixture. You can do this multiple times to make sure it’s well-coated on all sides. 
  4. Spray the tray of your air fryer with non-stick spray and add your shrimp in an even layer. 
  5. Cook according to the specifications of your air fryer. My Gourmia Air Fryer took 20 minutes at 325 degrees. You can check yours halfway through. Measure that the internal temp reads 145 degrees. 
  6. Eat with chilli sauce, or spritz with lemon and sriracha. Plate and enjoy.


  • 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. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Southern Style


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 1667.8 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 39.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 193.5 mg

Keywords: Air fryer, air fried, keto shrimp, pork rinds, fried shrimp

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen!

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