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Keto Pancetta Croutons

Looking for a satisfying crouton that isn't made from bread? My Keto Pancetta Croutons will rock your world.

Pancetta Croutons

Croutons are the stars of the salad world. Sure, lettuce and other vegetables have their place as supporting roles. And cheese comes up a close second to croutons. If it is a cheese salad, that’s another story. Croutons, though, create a spectacular crunch with their texture. The word even sounds crunchy.

When we started to eat keto, Sam and I missed croutons A LOT. We experimented with toasted pepperoni and crisped cheeses. When we discovered Pancetta Croutons, our worlds became brighter. Finally, a crouton replacement that didn’t feel like a substitution.

Duck fat is the secret to crispy croutons. I use Maple Leaf Farms All Natural Rendered Duck Fat because it tastes best. You can order it online from their website.

Next time you make a salad, add some of these cubes of crispy meat. I like to use it in my Cauliflower Caesar. Or you can enjoy them as a snack on their own. You’ll enjoy them as an indulgence, not a pale substitution.

What's your favorite low carb, grain-free salad topping? Let me know on Instagram.

Less than 5 minutes

5 minutes

¼ cup duck fat
4 ounces pancetta, diced


  1. In a medium skillet, saute pancetta in the duck fat over medium heat, stirring constantly until pancetta is crispy.
  2. Remove pancetta from skillet and drain on a paper towel.
  3. Serve immediately at room temperature.

4 servings

You can make these in advance and store for a week in sealed container at room temperature.

Feeling adventurous? Add in some other dried meats like pepperoni.

Net carbs: 0 grams
Sugar alcohols: 0 grams
Total carbs: 0 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Sodium: 310 milligrams
Calories: 105
Glycemic load: 0


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