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Air Fryer Keto Fried Jalapenos

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Enjoy these keto spicy breaded jalapenos as a snack or serves as an appetizer for the big game or at a potluck. They will disappear fast!

Air Fryer Keto Fried Jalapenos Ingredients

  • 1 (16oz) jar of sliced tamed jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno juice, saved from the jar
  • 2 cups ground pork rinds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Air Fryer Keto Fried Jalapenos Directions

  • 1
    Drain jalapenos and save 2 tablespoons of juice from the jar. Sandwich the jalapeno slices between two paper towels to allow for most of the excess liquid to be absorbed.
    drying jalapenos on a paper towel
  • 2
    Using three bowls for your dipping bowls, add you ingredients. In bowl 1, mix together almond flour, cajun seasoning, and salt. In bowl 2, whisk together eggs and jalapeno juice. In bowl 3, mix together ground pork rinds, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
    ground pork rinds in a bowl for breading with seasoning
  • 3
    Working in batches, dip each jalapeno slice into the almond flour mixture just to coat.
    jalapeno slice coated with almond flour
  • 4
    Next, dip the jalpeno slices into the egg wash.
    dipping almond flour coated jalapeno slice in egg wash
  • 5
    Last, dip into the pork rind mixture. Repeat with remaining jalapeno slices.
    jalapeno slice dipped in pork panko breading
  • 6
    Place a layer of breaded jalapeno slices on the basket in the air fryer. Spray jalapenos with avocado oil or olive oil. Turn air fryer to 400 degrees and air fryer jalapenos for 6 minutes. Flip over the jalapenos and continue to air fry for an additional 6 minutes. Once done, remove jalapenos from the basket and repeat with other breaded jalapenos.
    keto breaded jalapenos slices in the air fryer basket

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Fried Jalapenos in the Air Fryer Recipe

plate of fried keto jalapenos with ranch dip

Air fryer fried jalapeno chips have a crispy outer breading and a tamed jalapeno slice inside. They make an excellent finger food at parties or to snack on while you are watching the big game - like the Super Bowl!

I use tamed jalapeno slices in this recipe just to cut down the heat so everyone can enjoy them; however, you can use regular jalapenos (canned or fresh) in this recipe.

jar of tamed jalapeno slices

Serve with ranch or a cream cheese based dip!

Air Fryer for Frying Jalapenos

air fryer by Philips

Air fryers do the best job of crisping up the exterior of food while maintaining a juicy interior without over drying. When an air fryer is used to make fried jalapenos, the outside breading gets crispy and crunchy without using a ton of oil. Air fryers work by circulating the air around the entire food, so every angle is getting bake and fried.

I recommend spraying a thin layer of avocado or olive oil on the breaded jalapenos before air frying. This will yield that perfectly crispy, juicy breaded layer on the outside of the jalapeno slice.

Any brand of air fryer will work for this recipe. The air fryer I own is by Philip’s.

Low Carb Breading for Frying

bag of ground pork rinds The best part about this recipe is the crispy breading on the outside of the pepper. To make a keto breading for fried jalapenos, we use a combination of almond flour and pork panko. The pork panko gets extra crispy once cooked in the air fryer. To add some heat to the tamed jalapenos, cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper are added; however, you can omit these if it is too spicy for you.

If you don’t want to purchase the pre-ground pork rinds, you can grind up your own by placing them in a food processor or blender to pulverize down into ground pork rinds.

Stove Top Keto Fried Jalapenos

Even if you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make these breaded keto jalapenos. To fry the peppers on the stove top, pour enough cooking oil into a skillet to cover a 1/4 inch from the bottom of the pan. I prefer avocado oil because it has a high smoke point so there is no danger of the oil oxidizing at high heat. Heat oil to medium - medium high and fry breaded jalapenos in the hot oil for a couple of minutes on each side. Remove when they keto breading starts to brown. Lay on a paper towel to catch the excess oil.

How to Reheat Fried Jalapenos

breaded keto jalapeno slices reheating in the air fryer If you have leftover fried jalapenos, you can store then in an air tight container in the refrigerator or wrapped in tin foil. To reheat, toss breaded jalapenos back in the air fryer and they will crisp back up! Reheat at 400 degrees for a few minutes.

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Annie Lampella

Annie Lampella

I strive to find meals that your whole family can enjoy (kids and relatives too) while you are on your keto quest. You can still have your favorite foods on the keto diet, you just have to be creative with how you make them.

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