Homemade pork rinds are very easy to bake in the oven. They are salty, crunchy and savory, and the perfect low carb solution for a snack attack.
These homemade pork rinds are so good, and so easy to make!
Pork rinds are the ultimate low-carb snack, fulfilling that salty/crunchy craving without an unnecessary carb overload.
Store-bought pork rinds are actually fine, as long as the only ingredients listed are pork skin and salt.
But if you happen to source some pork skin (I get mine at the local Hispanic market), making your own homemade pork rinds in the oven is easy. And the result – though different in texture than commercial fried pork rinds, is delicious and maybe even healthy, at least compared to high starch and high sugar snacks.
When calculating the nutrition info for these baked homemade pork rinds, I used the widely available nutrition info for commercial, deep fried pork skins. Baked, homemade pork rinds likely contain fewer calories and fat, and for sure less sodium. But I wasn’t able to find nutrition data, so used what I had.
Another wonderfully crunchy snack that I used to make quite often is spicy baked plantain chips. I don’t make it as often anymore, because it’s not low carb. But if you don’t mind the carbs, it’s a good, healthy, very tasty snack.
Homemade Pork Rinds
- 1 lb. raw pork skin
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the pork skin into bite-size pieces. If the skin has a thick layer of lard attached to it (mine had), trim some of the fat, but don't go nuts about it - it's OK and very tasty to leave a thin layer of fat attached to the skin.
- Arrange the pork skin on the prepared baking sheet, skin side up and fat side down, in a single layer. Make sure the skin pieces don't touch each other.
- Lightly spray the pork skin with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake until crisp and golden, 2.5 hours. Cool for a few minutes on paper towels before enjoying. Refrigerate leftovers, and briefly warm in the microwave prior to enjoying.