How to Make Pork Rind Breadcrumbs

Making Your Own Pork Rind Breadcrumbs

Tons of recipes, especially any that require frying, need some form of breading. Opting for coconut flour or almond meal is the easiest solution.

These options are great, but sometimes you need something a little different. There is another alternative that is just as good and creates a wonderfully crispy texture.

Enter pork rinds, those nifty, crunchy bits of pork skin you pass every time you visit the grocery store.

Pork rind is the culinary term for the skin of a pig, which is normally fried or roasted in pork fat as a snack. The frying renders much of the fat that is attached to the uncooked rind, causing the size of the cooked product to be reduced considerably.

You can find them made fresh, often at fairs or by the roadside, or even in microwavable bags to “pop” the pork rinds yourself.

To do this, you will need a food processor. If you don’t have one, they are easily found on Amazon at your local Walmart. Pork rind breading is not only more delicious than some of the alternatives, but it is also very cheap to make. At least in our area, a bag of pork rinds goes for around $1.50, and most of the time you can buy one get one free.

If you ever get the chance to buy a bag of fresh rinds from a roadside vendor or at a fair or large event, make sure you do! They are amazing!

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How to Make Pork Rind Breadcrumbs

How to Make Pork Rind Breadcrumbs

Yield: 1 serving
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2


  • 1 bag regular pork rinds


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Spread a bag of pork rinds evenly over a baking sheet
  3. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes to help reduce the small amount of residual water content in the rinds
  4. Remove and add to your food processor
  5. Pulse to break the rinds down into smaller pieces, then run processor continuously to powder them
  6. Once the pork rinds have turned into powder, add a pinch of salt and pulse a few times to incorporate
  7. Remove from the food processor and use as breading immediately


  • Generally, one bag of pork rinds will reduce to 1 cup (or a little more) of breadcrumbs

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  1. Can you freeze the ground pork rinds?

    • Logan Childress


      I have never tried it, but just in some thinking, I don’t think they would freeze well. The more than likely would absorb moisture both in the freezer and as they thaw, making them soggy and not good.

  2. Laura Kennedy

    I want to make eggplant parmigiana. Do you think using pork grind panko will work out ok?

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  4. Thanks for the recipe! How do these store or is it best to use them all right away?

    • Logan Childress


      It is best to use them right away, but you can store them in a Ziploc baggie or other airtight container for a few days after making.

  5. Hi Logan,

    My husband and I recently started on the Keto diet. We have the added difficulty of finding essential products, like pork rinds or panko in low sodium versions My husband has heart failure, which has been well controlled for over 12 years, but we both need to drop a substantial amount of weight, which has been working well on this diet, so far. The only problem, as I said, is finding low or at least lower sodium versions of the products being sold. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on possible ways to make pork rind panko with less sodium pork rinds.

    Thank you so much, in advance.

    • Logan Childress


      In doing some looking around, it seems it is very hard to find no sodium pork rinds. This seems to be the only site that I can find anything referring to low-sodium or low salt. You might double check with your doctor, though. Keto/low-carb can have a lot of positive effects of sodium in the body. Namely, the lack of storage carbs in the kidneys will cause sodium to pass quickly and not stay in the body like a high carb diet would.

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