Ooohweeee, you are going to be ADDICTED to this low carb fried green beans recipe!
Low carb appetizers like this one are incredible because they totally indulge your need for something fried and crispy, yet are still a healthy choice!
They’re a fabulous option if you’re making low carb snacks for a party or low carb side dishes for lunch or dinner. This low carb recipes insanely crunchy, perfectly salty with a deliciously fresh with a tender veg bite!
You won’t be able to stop at just one… Who knew vegetables could be this exciting?!
Here’s why you should make these NOW:
- They’re fried, healthy AND low carb?! I’m IN.
- These are insanely cheap to make!
- In 15 minutes, you have a yummy fried treat!
- Where are my dip lovers?! This recipe was made for you!!! Kids LOVE this one in particular!
Here’s everything you need to know to make this low carb fried green beans recipe tonight:
Typically, fried green beans are made with flour, which jacks up the carb count. Just ¼ of a cup of white flour equates to 24 grams of carbs!
However, we don’t play games when it comes to living that low carb life, so you can have your (low carb) fried green beans and eat them too without all those crazy carbs counts.
Most of the ingredients to make these keto green beans should be items you’re likely familiar with, however, I wanted to point out a couple of them you may not know about that replace the traditional coating:
- Whey protein isolate (unflavored): This is a fast-digesting low carb protein powder derived from milk. (When milk is processed to form cheese or yogurt, the remaining liquid is called whey). This is a handy ingredient to have in your pantry, as it adds structure to low carb recipes. I use it in most of my fried food, and it’s a great addition to bread recipes.
- Xanthan gum: A popular food additive that is low carb and used as a thickener and/or stabilizer. Even in small amounts, this stuff works wonders, don’t skip it!
Tools To Make
Here’s what you need to make this low carb fried green beans recipe:
- A large pan: for frying the beans. You can also use a deep fryer set to 365 F.
- Wide-mouthed bowl to combine dry and wet ingredients
- Rubber spatula: to stir everything together
- Tongs: to coat the beans
- Paper towel-lined plate: to soak up the extra grease
Make sure your oil is hot before adding the green beans, and prep your “station” (the paper towel-lined plate) before cooking, as these cook quickly. Blink and they could burn!
These fried fried green beans are best-eaten piping hot straight out of the pan!
If you can’t eat them all in one sitting, stash them in the fridge in an airtight container, and reheat them in the oven or toaster oven.
My #1 serving suggestion is to fry other food at the same time…
The great thing about this low carb fried green beans recipe is you can eat it every which way! See some of my favorite ways to enjoy these below:
- Use different kinds of beans: try flat beans or snow peas! Keep in mind, green beans are significantly lower in carbs than other varieties (check out my guide to low carb beans more info).
- Try out different types of spices: garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, red pepper flakes, Mexican spices, Asian spices, etc. You get it!
- Bake instead of fry: We tested this but didn’t love it as much (can’t beat fried!). But I know some of you will prefer a baked variation: you’ll want to dip the green beans in a whisked egg, then in a combo of half grated parm and half pork rinds crumbs. Similar to Parmesan Crisps, the low carb cheese crisps in the oven. You can use other types of cheese, however, it tends to get melt together into more of a low carb green bean casserole. (But is that bad?!?)
Check out these other low carb side dishes:
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- Heat oil to 375 F and line a large plate with paper towels.
- In a wide-mouthed bowl, combine unflavored whey protein isolate (3/4 cup), salt (1 teaspoon), xanthan gum (1 teaspoon), and baking powder (2 teaspoons).
- Add the soda water (6 tablespoons) and egg (1). Use a rubber spatula to fully incorporate.
- Working in batches, use tongs to add a handful of green beans (1 pound) to the coating, then into the preheated oil.
- Allow them to cook for about 3-4 minutes, you'll know they're done once golden.
- Place fried green beans on the prepared paper towel-lined plate, and continue until you've fried all the green beans.
- Serve immediately (as with most fried food, these get soggy over time) with ranch, and enjoy!
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- Frying Oil should have a high smoke point and mild flavor. Please keep in mind that all oils are low in carbs, but some are considered "healthier" based on polyunsaturated fats. If this is a concern to you, opt for avocado oil, or peanut oil (slightly higher). If not, vegetable or canola are great frying oils. I use peanut oil for frying.
- Xanthan Gum is necessary for binding the ingredients of this recipe together, you CAN'T SKIP OR SUB!
- Nutritional information will vary based on your whey protein powder. The information below was calculated using ISO Pure Whey Protein Isolate (zero carb), and doesn't include ranch: