Keto “Popcorn” (paleo, low-carb + dairy-free)

Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodietNo-carb “popcorn” that’s perfect for late night or middle of the day Netflix binging. Whip up a batch in less than 15 minutes and enjoy the crunchiness!

Summer nights are better as movie nights. I don’t know about you, but there’s something so relaxing about snuggling up to a movie after a long day in the sun.

If you’re like me and like snacks when you’re feasting your eyes on Matt Damon, following the yellow brick road, or urging Jack not to fall asleep, I’ve got an awesome keto-friendly movie snack for you!

Originally, I was making these keto “popcorn” pieces for tops of salads and alongside meals when it dawned on me that it was literally the BEST and least expensive keto snack out there. So here we are!

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Okay, here’s the FULL recipe.

Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodiet

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Keto “Popcorn”
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Low-carb, Keto
Serves: 2 Cups
 
I went out for dinner with a friend and we ordered something similar to this and shared it as an appetizer. When Kevin and I got home, I quickly went to work to create the perfect copycat recipe. While I enjoy this keto popcorn with the sauce, if you want to go classic popcorn style, skip the sauce, add to a bowl and enjoy while watching your favorite movie! MACROS: Fat 70%, Carbs 0%, Protein 30%.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (105 g) coconut oil
  • 1¼ lbs (570 g) pork belly, cut into 1 by ½ inch (2.5 by 1.25 cm) pieces
  • 1 teaspoon grey sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon five spice

Sticky sauce, optional
Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil in a large pan set to medium-high.
  2. Toss the pork belly pieces in salt and five spice.
  3. Once the coconut oil melts completely, add the pork belly pieces.
  4. Cover with a splashguard and cook for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  5. Once complete, strain and reserve the fat for another day.
  6. Meanwhile, combine all of the sticky sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Set on medium-low. Once boiling, keep going for 10 minutes. Whisking every 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer the sauce to a small serving bowl and serve alongside the keto popcorn.
Notes
When looking for pork belly, it’s best to choose a cut that doesn’t include the skin. You can ask your butcher for what’s what. If you end up getting a cut with the skin, you can cut it off like you would chicken skin. It’s a bit harder to separate but worth it. I don’t enjoy keto popcorn with the skin on, I feel like it downgrades the flavor and makes it challenging to eat.

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Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodiet

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Comments

  1. Cracklin’, scratchins, or pork rinds are quite popular around the world. It’s primarily pork skin with the fat. If cooked correctly, it’s an awesome keto/paleo snack!!

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll be trying it for sure! I appreciate how generous you are with giving guidance and sharing recipes!!! You are helping lots of people :-)

    • Awww, thank you so much! I’m so glad that this site helps people!

    • Hi! I’m so glad this struck a chord with you! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. I have never seen pork belly in a grocery store. I live in the midwest. Where do you all live?

    • My grocery store does not have it out, but sometimes you can make a special request for it at the meat counter. Don’t be surprised if they want to sell you a 50 pound box of frozen bellies though (!). It is easier for me to get it by the piece at a meat market or butcher shop if you have any of those. Don’t forget ethic markets. Many Asian cultures use pork belly on a regular basis, as well as other harder to find meat cuts in smaller quantities. Also, it may be called pork belly, pork sides, side bacon (make sure it is not cured or smoked), green bacon.

    • I get it from a butcher – It’s not usually in the display, but they have it when asked. I live a pretty small city, but we have 3 or 4 good butcher shops.

    • I live in Michigan and have to order it from a local butcher. It is not usually sold in mainstream grocers. If you order some, ask them to leave the rind on!

    • I never knew you could buy it! If pork is available in your area, there must be pork belly.
      I usually go to the butcher at the big grocery chain and enquire when they are getting in their supply for the week and then order a belly with fat but mo skin attached.
      I then all the day before to remind them.

    • Ask your butcher in your local supermarket. They can get it for you. It’s actually really helpful to make friends with your local butcher. They can help guide you to the best meats within your budget.

    • They have it at costco, trader joe’s, whole foods. Definitely more easy to find now than it used to be. Try asking the butcher at your store. They should be able to get it for you. But I haven’t asked at my regular grocery store so I could be wrong.

  4. What a great snack! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen