Keto Bread Crumbs


This 3 ingredient recipe for keto bread crumbs adds a thick panko-style breading to your favorite recipes. You’ll love that the coating stays crispy and crunchy, no matter what method you use for cooking.

Just because you’re following a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite traditional recipes! Recipes use bread crumbs for a number of reasons, as a binder, to absorb moisture, and to create a crispy delicious coating on foods.

Keto panko breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings sits in a white bowl with fresh parsley and garlic nearby.

These keto Italian breadcrumbs are perfect for creating a thick and crunchy coating on Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Strips, and work just as well to add to meatloaf or sausage balls as a binder.

While there are many different types of low carb breadcrumbs you can use (I cover several options below!), this recipe adds a thick panko-style breading that’s crunchy, but doesn’t get overly dry or crusty when fried or baked as some other breadcrumb substitutes do.

The best part is how easy it is to make! With pork panko and a few seasonings, you’ll have a batch of keto-friendly bread crumbs ready to use anytime you need them.

How to make keto bread crumbs

While this bread crumb recipe is easy to make on the fly when you need them, I prefer to make them in bulk and portion out a scoop or two when I need them.

To make keto breadcrumbs that are gluten free, simply combine pork panko (ground up pork rinds),  with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt!


Key ingredients & substitutions

  • Pork panko – Buy premade Pork Panko or make your own using my homemade pork rind recipe!
  • Seasoning – Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt. If using premade pork panko, you may or may not need salt, depending on your preference.

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Keto Bread Crumbs Ingredients

  • 4 oz pork panko
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Keto Bread Crumbs Directions

  • Keto Bread Crumbs
  • Bread crumbs stored in a small glass jar with a bamboo lid. A clove of garlic sits nearby.

    What is pork panko

    Pork panko is made from crushed up pork rinds (aka pork skin), making it perfect for keto or low-carb diets and for those following a carnivore-style diet as it is zero carbs!

    If you avoid eating pork for religious, health, or personal reasons, use some of the keto breadcrumb options listed below that are pork-free!

    Other breadcrumb substitutes

    While this recipe uses pork panko, there are several other keto breadcrumb options to choose from. Try any of the following:

    Almond flour

    Most nuts can be ground down into a meal or flour and can be used as a high-protein, high-fat, and low-carb breadcrumb mixture. Almond flour (or almond meal) is a popular keto breadcrumb choice, but the texture can get dry and crusty when fried or baked. A 2-tablespoon serving of almond flour has 1 gram of net carbs. Other nuts like pecans and hazelnuts can be used as well.

    Coconut flour

    Use this flour for binding or breading. It has a light, crumb texture and is slightly sweet but still complements savory food and dishes. It’s a little higher in carbs than other keto breadcrumb options, as every 2-tablespoon serving has 3 grams of net carbs.

    Grated parmesan cheese

    Grated cheese creates a thin crispy coating around food when fried or air fried. The breading won’t be thick or even completely cover the food, but you’ll get a nice crunchy texture. Each 2-tablespoon serving has 1.5 grams of net carbs.

    Ground Lupini beans

    Perfect for a light “flour-like” coating on fried foods that comes in at zero grams of net carbs per 2-tablespoon serving.

    Psyllium husk

    This soluble fiber works well as a breading, but you’ll likely want to mix it with another option on the list to help enhance the flavor. Psyllium husk can also turn purple when heated which can make your dish look unappetizing; however, won’t affect the flavor. A 2-tablespoon serving has 2 grams of net carbs.

    Golden flaxseed meal

    Use ground flaxseed meal as a binder for recipes that would traditionally use regular breadcrumbs, like meatballs or meatloaf. Every 2-tablespoon serving has 1 gram of net carbs.

    A large white bowl filled with keto breadcrumbs with a scoop inside.

    Make bread crumbs from keto bread

    Instead of using things like pork rinds, nuts, or beans, you can also use keto bread to make your own breadcrumbs. Use homemade Keto Bread or favorite store-bough brands like Sola, Base Culture, or Hero.

    1. Grind the bread down in a food processor.
    2. Spray a baking sheet and spread the breadcrumbs out in a single layer.
    3. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes, shaking the pan slightly half-way through.
    4. Let cool and use as you would regular breadcrumbs.

    What can you make with keto panko

    Having a batch of keto panko on hand ready to use in your favorite recipes is a huge time saver! This panko breadcrumb recipe can be used as a binder in recipes like meatloaf, carnivore waffles, and sausage balls to help give them substance and retain moisture without having to rely on carb-heavy flours.

    It can also be used for a thick and crispy coating for foods like mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, air fryer pickles, and tomato chicken burrata.

    Storage information

    Once made, store the pork rind breadcrumbs in an airtight container for 3 months at room temperature or up to 6 months in the freezer.

    Keto Bread Crumbs: FAQS

    How many carbs are in bread crumbs?

    A 2-tablespoon serving of regular bread crumbs has 8 grams of net carbs.

    Can I make my own pork panko?

    Yes, it’s easy to make your own pork panko! Just add pork rinds to a food processor blender and pulse until it reaches a panko texture or a fine to coarse meal.

    Can pork panko breadcrumbs be used in an air fryer?

    Yes! Pork panko breadcrumbs will get ultra-crispy when air-fried without the mess and extra calories from deep or pan-frying.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Bread Crumbs

    Servings: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 95
    Fat 6g
    Protein 10.2g
    Total Carbs 1g
    Net Carbs 0.5g

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