A low carb, keto friendly, gluten free crawfish beignet the entire family will love! Perfect for carnival season!
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Question time! What is your favorite way to eat crawfish?
This girl loves to have her crawfish boiled. I am lucky enough to have grown up with this amazing Louisiana seafood, but my Yankee husband (ok, he insist he is from the Midwest) did not.
The art of boiled crawfish is a religion in South Louisiana. Literally after Christmas, we start pinning in our calendar the the start of crawfish season. No longer we need to call businesses, we can download trust apps to compare crawfish prices.
Greg (my Yankee husband) experienced his first real crawfish boil in my hometown of Houma, LA. With the newspaper spread out on the table and the crawfish being poured from the pot, my family grabbed our plastic crawfish trays and started digging in while my husband looked a little confused. Then it happened…..
The gloves. Yes, he pulled his gloves (he is a physical therapist) out of his pocket and began to politely peel his crawfish. The room turned silent. Thankfully, my sweet family was nice about his gloves, and we taught him the proper way to peel crawfish. Fifteen years later, Greg is a pro and no longer needs gloves and both our kids love the taste of crawfish. Christian (my 5 year old) loves crawfish so much, he has a namesake recipe in my first cookbook, Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen), Christian’s Crawfish Casserole.
While boiled crawfish is typically the answer of most when discussing crawfish, we have some really fun crawfish dishes at our local restaurants including Emeril’s famous crawfish bread, crawfish etouffee, and crawfish beignets. Who doesn’t love a beignet? Most of us think of Cafe du Monde’s sweet beignet with powdered sugar (I am working on making this low carb), crawfish beignets or crawfish balls take a spin on the beignet turning it into a savory appetizer. I went to my drawing board to develop a low carb air fryer recipe using my Phillips Air Fryer.
The result is an amazing low carb keto friendly air fryer crawfish beignet the entire family will love. I hope you and your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!
Where to Shop for Low Carb Ingredients
Before I go over ingredients, know the items used in this recipe can be found at many of your local supermarkets and Drug Emporium. Many of you know my love of Drug Emporium stores. Not only does Drug Emporium have amazing prices (often the cheapest in town), I work with this amazing company in putting on Low Carb Food Demonstrations and product selection for shelves. All my items in the recipes are from Drug Emporium. For a full list of Drug Emporium store locations, click here. No Drug Emporium in your town? No worries, I have the links for where to purchase online!
Ingredients in our Low Carb Air Fryer Crawfish Beignets
Low Carb Ingredients in our Low Carb Air Fryer Crawfish Beignets
While many of us recognize crawfish as a protein and not a high carb meat, many question ‘Is this an ok meat?’ Louisiana crawfish is an amazing source of protein with three ounces of crawfish at 0 carbs and 12 grams of protein. If you are looking to use leftover crawfish in this recipe, be ready to peel 7 pounds to yield the 1 pound of crawfish tails. While it is temping to look in our supermarket freezer section from crawfish tails, make sure the product is Louisiana based and not exported from China.
With any beignet, flour is the basic ingredient. It serves several purposes, mainly as a thickening agent and to hold the wet ingredients together. Flour in the low carb and low net carb world makes us cringe since whole wheat flour has 21 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup serving. Enter almond flour! Almond flour is made of almonds that have been ground to a fine texture. It is a gluten free, keto friendly, grain free food and contains approximately 5-6 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup. Don’t panic over the carbs, almond flour has approximately 3 grams of fiber giving this flour a net carb of 3 per serving. And please don’t panic over the fat. Remember nuts are the fats we want to include in our diet. I do enjoy cooking with almond flour, but I personally feel due to it’s heavier texture, almond flour works best in bars, brownies, and muffins as well as in my batters for my vegetables and meats in the air-fryer. Almond flour makes a great low carb bread crumb when combined with grated Parmesan cheese. Please note, the type of almond flour does matter. Make sure to use super-fine almond flour from balanced almonds. We used Bob’s Mill Almond Flour in this recipe. You can purchase online here!
While not technically a low carb food, I do watch out for sodium in our food. We used Tony Chachere’s lite in this dish.
We love eggs in the Skinny Louisiana kitchen. Eggs offer us an amazing source of protein with zero carbs. While my keto friends will ask about using a whole egg, I prefer the egg white in recipes using the Air Fryer.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Yes, you can sub your favorite kept friendly oil and/or ghee in this recipe.
How to Make Low Carb Air Fryer Crawfish Biscuits
Start with a cutting board
Pull out your cutting board and chop one pound of this awesome Louisiana seafood with a sharp knife. Place aside. Using a separate small cutting board, chop the green onions. Place crawfish and green onions in a….
Grab your bowl
In a large bowl, combine crawfish, green onions, egg whites, almond flour, extra virgin olive oil, Tony Chachere’s lite, pepper, garlic powder, and grated parmesan cheese. Using a spatula combine mixture until all ingredients are mixed.
Grab your non-stick cooking spray
Spray Air Fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.
Load up that Air Fryer
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop crawfish beignet batter into Air Fryer basket. NOTE – Do not make the scoops or spoonful ‘spilling’ over the spoon. The larger the beignet you make, the longer it will take to cook.
Air Fryer magic
Spray basket with non-stick cooking spray (yes, over the crawfish beignets) and close basket. Set temperature at 330 degrees. Cook 8 minutes. At end of 8 minutes, check level of doneness. Depending on your desire of crispness, you can cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.
Low Carb Air Fryer Crawfish Beignets
1 lb. crawfish, chopped
2 egg whites (make sure to use 100% egg whites)
3 green onions, chopped
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. Tony Chachere’s lite
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
2/3 cup almond flour
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Nutrition Facts per beignet:
Calories: 35, Total fat: 2g. Saturated fat: 0g, Cholestertol: 25mg, Sodium: 85mg, Total carbs: <1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 4g.
Carb count exclude sugar alcohols. New carb count is determined with the equation total carbohydrate – total fiber – sugar alcohol.
This recipe was developed and copyright by culinary dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and upcoming Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker. She practices out of Eberhart Physical Therapy which she co-owns with her husband Greg. In her spare time, she watches Snapped and Investigation Discovery (let’s be honest!)