A ketogenic or keto diet focuses on lowering the number of carbohydrates or carbs one eats. In place of carbs, a keto diet consists of mainly high protein foods and high-fat foods to give a person enough energy without that crash associated with carb overload. There is a range of benefits associated with this diet, including weight loss.
Reducing the number of carbohydrates you eat will put your body in a metabolic state of ketosis. This makes your body more efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat cells into ketones in the liver, which can supply the brain with energy.
You may find a keto diet beneficial for your health but not know where to begin. To help you with this undertaking, we’ve compiled a list of 45 of the best low-carb, keto-friendly recipes for you to try.
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This low-carb meal brings together eggs and beef to make the perfect meal that can be eaten in the morning, afternoon, or evening! This tasty meal is high in protein and high in flavor.
You could easily whip up these baked eggs in only a few minutes to create a delicious keto meal whenever you feel hungry.
Delicious pork with crispy crackling coated with amazing Chinese flavors. This keto delight can easily be made at home.
The combination of delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork and succulent cabbage make for a lovely, balanced, and mouthwatering meal. If you’re looking to introduce some oriental flavors into your kitchen repertoire, then give this tasty recipe a try.
For lovers of pork, this meal is certainly one to try. Packed full of delicious flavors of spice, red wine, and cilantro and so tender that it can easily be pulled apart with a fork, how could anyone resist?
This keto treat can be made easily, especially if you have a slow cooker. It takes some time to marinade and then to cook, but it’s more than worth the wait.
This easy-to-make keto meal wouldn’t seem out of place in a fancy restaurant. Delicious pan-seared salmon goes incredibly well with the hollandaise sauce. If you haven’t made hollandaise sauce before, you’ll be surprised at how quick and easy it is to whip up in a blender.
This recipe includes a side of asparagus, but if you prefer, you can easily substitute it for some tender stem broccoli.
For those following a strict low-carb diet, you may be missing tacos and other Mexican dishes. Luckily, you don’t have to miss out! This Tex-Mex casserole is packed with all the best Mexican flavors, and it can be served with avocados and sour cream for even more flavor.
This is an incredibly easy recipe for pork chops smothered in deliciously creamy and rich onion gravy. This is without a doubt one of the best keto pork chop recipes out there. These low-carb delights make for the perfect evening meal.
Whether you’re on a keto diet or not, these chops are so delicious and easy to make.
This delicious keto dessert is perfect for the holiday season. This simple gingerbread-flavored Dutch baby is full of warm, comforting, seasonal flavors and, best of all, it’s so low in carbs, you won’t believe it! Give this one a try, we guarantee you and your whole family will love it.
Wonderfully rich and indulgent Italian food without those nasty carbs! What could be better? These amazing meatballs coated in a rich tomato sauce with onion and basil and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese are a simple delight.
This uber-healthy recipe is so good for you whilst being so delicious simultaneously. Mackerel is rich in protein, healthy fats, omega 3s, and micronutrients such as magnesium, vitamins A and D, iron, phosphorus, and potassium.
Furthermore, it requires hardly any seasoning! It’s already full of flavor as it is. Mackerel is also a great choice as it is a sustainable source of fish.
This is a really elegant and delicious dish that is a great one to have in your repertoire. Delicious salmon steaks are dressed in a beautiful olive and pistachio tapenade.
The pistachio nuts add a wonderful crunchy texture to this dish and the olives give the salmon a delicious Mediterranean flair.
We all know that a lot of delicious Italian dishes are packed with carbs. Fortunately for those who are on a low-carb diet, there are some tasty alternatives, such as this zucchini lasagna recipe. The pasta sheets are replaced with thinly-sliced zucchini.
This recipe is really easy to make, and you can switch it up by adding your favorite type of cheese to layer it up.
Frittatas are super quick and easy to make, plus they’re keto by default. They’re also a great way to use up any leftovers you have lying around in the fridge.
This recipe has only 5 simple ingredients, including mozzarella and feta cheese. You can easily switch things up and add whatever toppings you desire! Frittatas are the ideal meal for making a quick brunch for you and your family.
These tasty little lamb burgers are served wrapped in lettuce for a delicious low-carb treat. The lamb burgers are cooked with lemon and oregano to create something really aromatic and special.
To top it off, the feta cheese dressing is to die for. Alternatively, you can serve these sliders over a delicious Greek salad instead of a lettuce wrap.
This nutritious broth is so healthy and perfect on its own or for gravies, soups, and sauces. Slow cooking the chicken bones helps release all the nutrients and collagen from within the bones and from the connective tissue.
This rich and hearty stock is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and it helps promote good digestive health and a strong immune system.
15. Keto Pizza
Pizza, like a lot of Italian dishes, can be pretty carb-heavy. Fortunately, for those on a keto diet, there are plenty of low-carb options, like this delicious pizza recipe. Not only is it delicious and low in carbs, but it can be ready in as little as 20 minutes.
Each slice of this keto pizza only has 3 net carbs! This is thanks to the use of almond flour in the pizza dough. You can also add your own favorite toppings to this low-carb pizza to make it your own.
16. Keto Cornbread
This tasty keto cornbread is low in carbs and sugar but just as delicious as the real thing. This is the perfect accompaniment to a keto chili or a hot bowl of low-carb soup. It looks and tastes like cornbread, but doesn’t actually contain corn!
By using corn extract you can get all the flavor of traditional cornbread without having to worry about the carbs.
Believe us when we say, you don’t need noodles in your chicken noodle soup. This recipe is just as warm, nourishing, comforting, and delicious. You won’t miss them at all!
This nutritious soup is the perfect dish for when you aren’t feeling well. The bone broth in the soup is full of nutrients and vitamins that will boost your immune system.
This is also one of those recipes where you can switch it up and add whatever vegetables you like, as long as they’re low carb.
This amazing creamy peso chicken dish is packed with flavors of the Mediterranean. Feta cheese, green olives, and fresh basil come together to create a mouthwatering dish that is big on flavor but low on carbs.
You can either make your own pesto for this dish or you can use store-bought peso.
Oftentimes, when it comes to food, simpler is better. And it doesn’t get much simpler than this! A whole juicy, tender, chicken cooked in delicious garlic butter until wonderfully crispy. What could be better?
20. Keto Bread
Keto bread doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated to make. This recipe features only 5 simple ingredients and it makes fluffy, delicious bread without the need for a bread maker. Best of all, it only has 1 net carb per slice and only 82 calories per slice.
This keto seed cracker recipe is the ideal low-carb snack. Combine them with your favorite low-carb dip for a little pick-me-up snack during the day.
You can also include these keto seed crackers as part of a cheeseboard or mezze platter for sharing with friends and family.
Best of all, this recipe is so quick and easy. Simply mix the ingredients, spread them out onto a tray, and bake them. Easy, healthy, delicious!
You won’t believe that this delicious and indulgent chocolate ganache is actually healthy. Made with cocoa powder and avocados, and with some monk fruit for sweetness, this is a recipe you need to try.
Keto desserts can be hard to come by, but luckily this one is easy to make for yourself. Chocolate and avocados might seem like a weird combination, but believe us, it’s really delicious.
The tart’s filling is luscious and decadent, and you can’t taste the flavor of the avocado at all. Plus, it’s vegan!
This low-carb chicken salad is super easy and delicious. This is the kind of recipe you could make in bulk and have over the course of a few days for a fulfilling but light lunch.
Delicious grilled chicken, pecans, pickles, onions, and fresh lettuce mixed through mayonnaise to create an amazing, creamy summery meal. Try this one out!
These delicious keto burgers are succulent, juicy, and perfect for the grill. Serve in a lettuce wrap for a low-carb treat. Mix in jalapenos with the seeds if you’re a lover of spice, or take out the seeds for a milder burger. Top with a slice of butter to make it extra tasty!
Cod is a great source of protein, and when seared and simmered in salsa, it’s so delicious. In addition to being a great source of protein, it’s also very healthy and full of healthy fats and minerals. Served with sour cream, avocado, and crumbled queso to really take this dish up a notch.
Delicious and juicy steak bites fried in garlic butter and served with fresh vegetables and topped with a delicious tarragon dressing, this is the perfect mid-week keto meal.
If you’re not a fan of red meat, you could easily replace it with something more to your likings such as fresh shrimp, chicken, or pork tenderloin.
Shredded chicken with tomato, basil, and feta cheese come together to create this delicious Mediterranean-style salad. The chicken soaks up the pesto beautifully and the combination of sweet tomatoes and tart feta cheese marry together making for a perfect low-carb meal.
This quick and easy low-carb stir fry uses common everyday ingredients you could find in your pantry. Marinated chicken and fresh vegetables combine to make a flavorful but healthy weekday meal that is rich in protein and nutrients. Best of all, this tasty dish can be whipped up in next to no time.
Fresh zucchini baked with delicious smoked ham and oozing with creamy melted cheese make this dish one you should try today. Also including cumin, basil, green onions, and chili for a little heat, this keto-friendly casserole is packed with delicious flavors.
The fresh zucchini soaks up all these flavors beautifully, and the ham adds a nice salty and smoky flavor to the dish, which is complemented by the creaminess of the cheese and sour cream. This quick and easy weekday meal is one that the whole family will love.
For those who have cut out the grain and lowered carbs in their diet, oat porridge may be something you’re missing having for breakfast.
This keto-friendly alternative is just as if not even tastier than the traditional oat porridge. Using coconut flour, flax, and an egg to combine it. The texture is different from traditional oat porridge, it is more similar to cream of wheat and it has a subtle coconut flavor.
You can sweeten it with a brown sugar substitute such as Sukrin Gold or garnish it with your desired toppings, such as fruit and honey. Just try to keep track of the carbs!
This burrito is loaded with all your favorite keto breakfast ingredients, and it can be thrown together in as little as 2 minutes. Bacon, cheese, and avocado wrapped in an egg and chive “tortilla” make for a delicious low-carb breakfast. You can add your preferred fillings to your burritos such as ham, salmon, or beef.
These succulent chicken wings are infused with Indian flavors. Cooked to perfection and served alongside a low-carb creamy dip, this is a keto recipe you’ve got to try. These wings are the perfect appetizer or side dish for when you’re entertaining guests.
You can be on a keto diet and still enjoy some delicious tacos, just lose the shell! This tasty low-carb taco salad with guacamole can be made in as little as 30 minutes. This vibrant and satisfying salad has all the best flavors of tacos without the excess carbs.
There is also no need for a salad dressing, as the guacamole, sour cream, and salsa totally suffice.
This cheeseburger meatloaf has all the flavor and satisfaction of your favorite drive-thru burger sans the bun. Who needs those pesky carbs anyway? You can add all your favorite burger toppings to this cheeseburger meatloaf, such as mustard, pickles, lettuce, pickled jalapenos, or even avocado slices.
This low-carb chicken curry is full of delicious, fragrant flavors. Serve this creamy coconut curry over cauliflower rice for a really satisfying low-carb meal. The combination of tomatoes and coconut cream along with all the spices make for a really balanced and satisfying dish.
These low-carb vegan kebabs are a fantastic source of protein. They’re packed with vibrantly colored vegetables, topped with a creamy vegan garlic and mint sauce, and wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves. This is a great keto-friendly and vegan take on a traditional Middle-Eastern dish.
This recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious way to make keto-friendly stuffed mushrooms, giving you all the flavor of a mushroom pizza without the carbs.
With only a few simple ingredients, you can make these portobello pizza keto stuffed mushrooms easily at home. You and your whole family will love this dish, guaranteed.
These tasty and keto-friendly bell pepper nachos can be made as a snack or as part of a meal. Instead of traditional tortilla chips, however, they are replaced with delicious bell peppers in order to cut out the carbs.
Simply cut the bell peppers into tortilla chip-sized pieces and place them in the oven. Then, top the bell pepper pieces with your ground beef mixture, sour cream, and cheese. Simple, healthy, and delicious!
This delicious and fulfilling meal can be baked all on one baking sheet, making cleanup really quick and easy.
Succulent chicken thighs are baked until beautifully crispy yet juicy on the inside and served with a keto-friendly cauliflower loaded with cheese and sour cream. The loaded cauliflower is a keto-friendly take on the classic baked potato.
40. Keto Meatloaf
This keto-friendly take on meatloaf is just as delicious, juicy, and flavorful as the traditional meatloaf mama would always make.
Almond flour and parmesan cheese are used to lock in all those delicious meaty juices, and the meatloaf is glazed with an unsweetened ketchup. Low on carbs, big on flavors! Give this one a try, your family will love it.
This award-winning keto brownie recipe really takes the cake when it comes to low-carb sweet treats. Using almond flour and cocoa powder, these wholesome brownies are rich, chocolatey, gooey, and perfect for any party or family get-together.
42. Keto Pancakes
Pancakes make for a really satisfying and energizing breakfast, but traditional pancakes are pretty high in carbohydrates.
Fortunately, for those on a keto diet, this is a fantastic alternative. This easy, low-carb pancake recipe uses 6 simple ingredients to make delicious, fluffy, keto-friendly pancakes.
Using a combination of almost flour and coconut flour, these pancakes are really fluffy, light, and sweet whilst being low in carbs. Add whatever low-carb or sugar-free toppings you desire, and have a wonderful breakfast to start off your morning right.
If you love a tuna salad then you’ll love this keto-friendly tuna salad, served in fresh crisp lettuce wraps. These will make for an ideal light lunch or a tasty appetizer. With eggs, radishes, plain Greek yogurt, and, of course, canned tuna, this dish is packed full of lean protein.
Beautifully crispy on the outside, and succulent and juicy on the inside, these parmesan crusted chicken cutlets are a quick and easy way to make a high-protein, low-carb meal.
At only 1 net carb per serving, with these delicious crispy chicken cutlets, you’re really onto a winner. The secret behind the magnificent golden crust and delicious Italian flavor is, of course, parmesan cheese.
These keto cinnamon “sugar” muffins have taken the internet by storm. These little donut-style cinnamon buns use granulated sweetener in place of sugar, and almond flour instead of regular flour.
This sweet keto-friendly treat is one you have to try if you have the craving for something a little indulgent and sugary without the guilt.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Foods Can’t You Eat On A Keto Diet?
Foods that should be avoided on a keto diet include grains, pasta, starchy vegetables, high-sugar fruits, soda and fruit juices, sweetened yogurt, honey, syrup, or sugar in any form.
Can I Drink Alcohol On A Keto Diet?
There are many low-carb options for alcoholic beverages. For instance, alcohol in its pure form such as vodka, rum, gin, and tequila are all completely carb-free. These can be mixed with low-carb and sugar-free mixers. Wine and light beers are also low in carbohydrates.
Does The Keto Diet Really Work?
The short answer is “yes”, but it’s important to consider that it will take your body up to three weeks to enter a state of ketosis (fat burning) after beginning on a ketogenic diet. Because of this, you shouldn’t expect immediate results.