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Ebi Fry (Japanese Fried Shrimp)


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If you have ever seen Forest Gump, Bubba will tell you there are all kinds of ways you can cook shrimp – bbq, broil, bake, saute, etc.  But today, we will share a recipe for a Japanese deep fry version of shrimp, traditionally called Ebi Fry!  It’s pretty simple to put together and if you are a fan of Shrimp and Deep Frying, this recipe is perfect for you!

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This dish as pictured is keto friendly at ~0.5g per shrimp, so start eating away!  I would describe the taste as just YUMMY!!!  It is crunchy with the perfect amount of saltiness, creaminess, and sourness, we think it is one of our top 5 recipes!

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For this one, you will need a few unique ingredients which includes almond flour, unflavored pork rinds, Kewpie mayo and Swerve.  All can be purchased on Amazon or local and Asian supermarkets.

Now, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 10M

Cook Time 5M

Total Time 15M

Net Carb/Serv ~0.5g

Servings 12-14 Shrimps

Ingredients

Shrimp Crust

Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • 1 tsp Swerve
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 stalk Green Onion

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Peel and prepare shrimp as needed (keep tail on).  Dry with paper towel .  Once dried, sprinkle pepper on both sides.

3) Shred cabbage with a shredder.  Transfer to serving plate.

4) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

5) In a small mixing bowl, combine Kewpie Mayo, Swerve, Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix well, top with green onions and set aside.

6) Open bag of pork rinds but don’t pour out.  Using your hands, crush all the rinds to mimic the texture of bread crumbs (it will take a while to ensure all rinds are crushed).  You can also use a food processor which will get you finer pieces, perfect for deep frying.

7) Fill 1 mixing bowl with almond flour, 1 mixing bowl with eggs, 1 mixing bowl with crushed pork rinds.

8) Mix eggs.

9) In this order, dip and coat each shrimp: almond flour > eggs > crushed pork rinds.  Once coated, place on holding a plate.

10) Add enough oil to cover about 1/2 inch (we use a cast iron with good results).  Heat oil up to 375F (if you don’t have a thermometer, just wait until the oil starts to lightly smoke).

11) Once the oil is ready, place heat to medium and carefully place shrimp inside.   Cook until crust is golden brown, about 1.5 – 2.5 minutes.

12) Transfer to a drying rack.  If you do not have a drying rack, place use a plate with a paper towel to soak up oil.

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Ebi Fry (Japanese Fried Shrimp)

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Keto Ebi Fry (Japanese Fried Shrimp). Enjoy the taste traditional Japanese Fried Shrimp at only ~0.5g Net Carb / Shrimp. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: asianshrimp, friedjapaneseshrimp, ketofriedshrimp, ketoshrimp, lowcarbshrimp
Servings: 12 Shrimp

Ingredients

Shrimp Crust

  • 12 Pieces Shrimps with Tail On
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Whole Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs Eggs
  • 3 oz Unflavored Pork Rinds

Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • 1 tsp Swerve or Monkfruit
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Stalk Green Onion

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Peel and prepare shrimp as needed (keep tail on). Dry with paper towel . Once dried, sprinkle pepper on both sides.
  • Shred cabbage with a shredder. Transfer to serving plate.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Kewpie Mayo, Swerve, Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well, top with green onions and set aside.
  • Open bag of pork rinds but don't pour out. Using your hands, crush all the rinds to mimic the texture of bread crumbs (it will take a while to ensure all rinds are crushed). You can also use a food processor which will get you finer pieces, perfect for deep frying.
  • Fill 1 mixing bowl with almond flour, 1 mixing bowl with eggs, 1 mixing bowl with crushed pork rinds.
  • Mix eggs.
  • In this order, dip and coat each shrimp: almond flour > eggs > crushed pork rinds. Once coated, place on holding a plate.
  • Add enough oil to cover about 1/2 inch (we use a cast iron with good results). Heat oil up to 375F (if you don't have a thermometer, just wait until the oil starts to lightly smoke).
  • Once the oil is ready, place heat to medium and carefully place shrimp inside. Cook until crust is golden brown, about 1.5 - 2.5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a drying rack. If you do not have a drying rack, place use a plate with a paper towel to soak up oil.

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