When it comes to the keto diet, there’s one key element to always follow: Keep that carb count low. And while there are a lot of delicious healthy recipes out there, not all of them follow this particular rule of the keto diet. By keeping the carb count low, dieters enter into a state of ketosis—where their body burns fat as energy instead of carbohydrates. For some, this has proven to be a successful tactic for weight loss. However, having an arsenal of healthy keto recipes is important.
Between all of the meals in your day, including snacks and even dessert, we gathered up a list of healthy keto recipes you can turn to if you’re looking to keep a low-carb diet. Here are a few of our favorites.
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While many casseroles rely on starchy components like pasta and rice, this dish will convince you can completely forego the carby additions while still maintaining the heartiness.
Get our recipe for Keto Cheeseburger Casserole.
Pinchos are bite-sized snacks typically served in the Basque region of Spain. And we love the idea of bite-sized food so much, we decided to make a keto version of a pincho, featuring a creamy cheese ball rolled in a finger-licking coating of bacon, nuts, and chives.
Get our recipe for Crunchy Cheese Ranch Pinchos.
Guacamole is the perfect keto dip since it’s high in good fats from heart-healthy avocados. While traditional tortilla chips for dipping aren’t an option on keto, we love to use parmesan crisps or pork rinds as a crunchy guac vessel. While this recipe has some body from the larger chunks of avocado, you can make it completely smooth with an immersion blender.
Get our recipe for Keto Chips & Guacamole.
Making a keto charcuterie platter makes a lot of sense, because cheese and meats are both allowed on the high-fat, low-carb diet. All you’ll need to do is eliminate the typical crackers and bread that accompany them. Crunchy nuts, seeds, pork rinds, or parmesan crisps are all excellent choices for your keto charcuterie situation.
Get our recipe for Keto Charcuterie Platter.
Buckeye cookies are balls of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate. To turn them keto, we employed some simple ingredient swaps. Instead of powdered sugar, we are using a powdered keto-approved sweetener like Xylitol or Stevia. And to keep the chocolate coating keto, we’re using a sugar-free chocolate with added MCT oil for a glossy finish.
Get our recipe for Buckeye Fat Bombs.
If you spend any time over on Pinterest, you may have seen the term “chaffle” floating around. If you haven’t, let me enlighten you. The “chaffle” is a waffle made with two very simple ingredients: Cheese and eggs. Made without any added flours or sugars, it makes the absolute perfect waffle to have on the keto diet.
Get our recipe for Keto Waffles.
Once you eat salmon this way, there really is no going back. In this keto snack recipe, you’ll find the star of the dish is the “everything” seasoning it’s topped with. It’s all the flavors you would find if you bit into an everything bagel—salt, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, poppy seeds—but without the actual bagel. You are living a low-carb life if you’re following the keto diet, after all.
Get our recipe for Smoked Salmon on Cucumber Slices with Lemon-Avocado Sauce.
This tasty meal deserves a nice medium-bodied red wine, like the smooth Tepranillo or Garnacha. However, if you’d like to keep the meal as close to the keto diet as possible, go for a dry red wine, like a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay. An ideal keto wine would have a low alcohol level (less than 13%) and low sugar.
Get our recipe for Smoky Spanish Beef Stew with Olives.
This recipe will help make you more confident in the use of coconut oil, coconut milk, and curry powder, which are all terrific keto diet meal staples. Once you’re more familiar with them, the dinner possibilities are endless!
Get our recipe for Thai Scallop Curry with Zucchini Noodles & Shiitake Mushrooms.
Not only is this a much healthier alternative to store-bought junk food, this recipe is so easy to make and to personalize. Want to try a different flavor profile? Swap out the thyme for some rosemary, ground paprika, or even a pinch of cayenne. Trust us, once you try these, you’ll be making them for years to come.
Get our recipe for Pecorino-Romano Crisps with Thyme.
This keto recipe gives us major pasta-for-breakfast vibes (which is something you can definitely do). Creamy from the poached egg, peppery from the radish slivers, and bacony from the, well, bacon, it’s a symphony of flavors similar to those in spaghetti carbonara. Rendered bacon fat gets a splash of sherry vinegar and some mustard to create the perfect keto sauce base for tossing zucchini noodles.
Get our recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Bacon Vinaigrette.
This breakfast sausage combines high quality ground meat with fresh sage and blackberries, which add both a sweetness and an earthy flavor. We promise it’s the lightest breakfast sausage you’ve ever had!
Get our recipe for Blackberry Sage Breakfast Sausage.
Followers of the keto diet stick to a low-carb meal plan, getting energy and nutrients from protein and fats instead. Peanut butter is a great source of both, and it makes a delicious base for these cookies.
Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.
Typically, cheeseburger soup consists of the following delicious ingredients: ground beef, cheese, and potatoes. But what if you’re attempting the keto diet and can’t have those extra net carbs? Whether you’re attempting the keto diet, or simply looking for more low-carb meal ideas, this Instant Pot keto cheeseburger soup is perfect to have for dinner (or lunches!) throughout the week.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Keto Cheeseburger Soup.
Cooked in chicken broth with a touch of fresh lemon juice, this Instant Pot lemon chicken recipe is an easy and flavorful protein to add to your dinner plate. Pair it with some easy sides like roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts for a well-rounded meal.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken.
Half the fun of a dip is the chip that goes with it! Those on a keto diet, who miss the crunch of a good chip, will love using pork rinds as your dip-scooper. And what a pork rind we chose! Epic’s BBQ pork rinds contain only 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving (if you choose their salt and pepper flavor, that’ll set you back 0 carbs), and are produced with mindfulness toward sustainability and meat consumption.
Get our recipe for BBQ Pork Dip.
Jalapeño peppers are carb-conscious vegetables (about 1 gram of carbs per medium-sized pepper), so a keto version of jalapeño poppers is really a no-brainer. These are stuffed with ground beef and a full-fat, creamy cheese filling, then topped off with a combo of crispy bacon and pork rinds for extra flavor.
Get our recipe for Stuffed Jalapeno Fat Bombs.
Macaroni and cheese is a classic dish that has two important ingredients: macaroni and cheese sauce. Clearly a dish where you substitute macaroni with cauliflower couldn’t be called “mac and cheese” simply by nature. So while it technically isn’t true mac and cheese, this Instant Pot cauliflower mac and cheese is strikingly similar to the real thing and is the perfect alternative for anyone trying to go low carb.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese.
For this Instant Pot chili recipe we kept it low carb and left out the beans. Not only for those who are attempting a low-carb diet, but for all of those bean haters who believe a can of black beans or kidney beans should never grace the holy presence of a pot of chili.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Keto Chili.
No matter your dietary denomination, you’re going to want to eat pizza. And keto dieters are no exception. Luckily, toppings like cheese and pepperoni are completely approved on keto. But what do you do about the rest of the components? That’s where this keto pizza cups recipe comes in handy.
Get our recipe for Keto Pizza Cups.
Thanks to a very handy appliance, you can enjoy Instant Pot buffalo chicken wings at home with this easy recipe. The best part? You won’t need to deep fry these wings to get them crispy! Between cooking those wings in the Instant Pot and doing a quick broil in the oven, you’ll have yourself a delicious and tasty appetizer to enjoy with a crowd—or just eat all of them for dinner yourself!
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Overnight oats are a delicious, time-saving morning treat, and you can easily customize the recipe to your liking. To make a keto version of overnight oats, you’ll be skipping the grains and starting with a base of hemp hearts. Hemp hearts are basically shelled hemp seeds, and they’re a perfect low carb alternative.
Get our recipe for Keto Overnight Oats with Berries and Cream.
Made with two whole pounds of chicken, you can easily have dinner on the table for up to eight people in under 30 minutes.This Instant Pot creamy chicken will go well with all kinds of dinner sides. For a low-carb option, serve this creamy chicken with some extra vegetables like cauliflower rice and parmesan-roasted broccoli.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach.
This ultra crunchy oven-baked chicken recipe begins and ends with a very special, keto breaded crust. We use almond flour, chopped almonds, and a flaky spelt cereal to create a unique crunchy combo that adheres beautifully to little pieces of chicken. While many traditional crunchy chicken recipes use corn flakes, spelt flakes are lower in carbs and provide a toasted, nutty flavor.
Get our recipe for Keto Popcorn Chicken.
Finding keto-friendly recipes can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of foods that still let you get all the flavor you love, all while following the low-carb meal plan. This arugula and grapefruit salad recipe is meant to be a side dish, but you can easily make it a full meal by adding protein and fat. As pictured, we added avocado and bacon to make this salad even more delicious.
Get our recipe for Arugula and Grapefruit Salad.
If you’re in the mood for a light, refreshing, and low-carb soup, you’ll rejoice at this simple soup recipe that packs a ton of flavor but is completely keto-friendly. This creamy chilled keto soup uses all the flavor components we crave in Mexican food—heat from the serrano chiles and ancho chili powder, aroma of the cumin and cilantro, and the zing of lime juice. And best of all, the craveable taste of avocado.
Get our recipe for Chilled Avocado Soup.
There are many reasons why this recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight—the active cooking time is reduced to a minimum, you can use this versatile pork in many different ways, and it’s one of the most delicious keto recipes we’ve ever tasted. You can wrap this pork with slaw in a low-carb tortilla and call it a keto taco, or simply enjoy it as a high-protein, low-carb bowl.
Get our recipe for Slow-Cooker Shredded Pork.
The chops take center stage with just a simple rub of rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. But the showstopper in this dish is the Swiss Cheese Cauliflower Mash. It’s buttery, creamy, and decadent. You’ll never miss mashed potatoes again! Well, you might, but potatoes are a keto no-no, so this alternative is your only keto-friendly side dish.
Get our recipe for Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Mash.
Salmon and asparagus are always great together grilled, but this baked salmon recipe is even more appropriate for keto diet followers because it adds more delicious fat to the omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in salmon. The hint of lemon in the mayo-based topping is delicious on the asparagus, too.
Get our recipe for Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus.
This low-carb, keto-friendly snack will keep you satiated, and you don’t have to sacrifice taste, either! Whether you’re keto crazy or just interested in testing the waters, this is a simple snack anyone can enjoy.
Get our recipe for Everything Cream Cheese Cucumbers.
This brownie recipe comes out to just 140 calories a serving, so go ahead and indulge. With instant coffee powder and dark chocolate, this treat is so delicious, you’ll barely even remember it’s keto-compliant.
Get our recipe for Keto Brownies.
This recipe features a macadamia nut and almond flour crust, combined with coconut, berries, and plenty of cream cheese. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your keto goals—and even non-keto friends will love this keto cheesecake treat.
Get our recipe for Keto Cheesecake.
Why are people blending their coffee with butter and drinking it? No, it’s not some new kind of food challenge; it’s actually a beloved recipe for keto dieters! The bulletproof coffee has become a staple recipe for anyone who is attempting to try the keto diet because it is so high in fat and gives you energy.
Get our recipe for Bulletproof Coffee.
Surprised to find a tandoori chicken recipe that’s keto-friendly? You love to sop up the sauce with basmati rice and a hunk of naan—both classic keto no-nos—but you won’t miss those starchy carbs in this rendition of the Indian restaurant classic. Chopped cauliflower, garlic, lemon zest, garam masala, chopped pecans, and coconut oil conspire to make the satisfying base of this keto dinner dish.
Get our recipe for Tandoori Chicken Legs and Roasted Cauliflower.
When carbs reign king in terms of easy breakfast options, finding filling breakfasts that fit a keto diet can be rather difficult, which is why this particular keto eggs recipe is the perfect plate to have you feeling full and ready for your day! It’s full of protein and healthy nutrients that will have you feeling satisfied until lunch—or even beyond!
Get our recipe for Keto Frizzled Eggs and Sausage with Sauteed Greens.
Along with the health benefits of eggs, this recipe is quick to make, too, as you only need a total of 15 minutes to prep and cook the dish. And because these eggs are made in a ramekin, you can easily make a few at a time and save them to have during the week. Meal prep just a lot easier and tastier.
Get our recipe for Eggs Baked in Cream with Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Basil.
This mouth-watering dish is made up of hunks of ham and broccoli florets, which are swimming in a rich, creamy broth that features full-fat cheddar cheese. Checks every keto-friendly box, doesn’t it? And who doesn’t love a warm bowl of soup? Whether it’s getting colder outside and you’re in the mood for something warm, or you find yourself just in the mood for some tasty comfort food, this is a healthy soup you’ll turn to again and again.
Get our recipe for Creamy Ham and Broccoli Soup.
We already know and love strawberries with whipped cream, but try adding mascarpone to the mix for a delicious Italian twist. Classic whipped cream benefits from the creaminess, lightness, and the subtle tangy finish of mascarpone (the tanginess comes from the citric acid used to thicken this dessert-destined cream cheese.) Not to mention, this is a keto-friendly dessert!
Get our recipe for Keto Strawberries Mascarpone.
What makes this dish so special though is the salsa the swordfish is topped with. Blueberry and avocado might be a combination you wouldn’t think to combine, but the flavors complement each other very well. And they’re both good for your heart health and help you blast belly fat, so they’re foods that not only taste great, but are good for you, too.
Get our recipe for Seared Ginger-Cumin Swordfish with Blueberry-Avocado Salsa.
The key to a good pork chop, especially a keto-friendly pork chop, is the layer of fat around the edges. The fat is crucial to flavoring a piece of meat. Use bone-in chops when you can for better flavor, but even if you choose boneless, make sure your chops have some fat. As for the vegetables, broccoli and peppers work well, but the beauty of this dish is that you can use any seasonal vegetables (asparagus, carrots, Brussels sprouts). Along with the veggies, dried herbs, salt, and olive oil will impart delicious Italian flavors.
Get our recipe for Sheet-Pan Italian Pork Chops.
If you’re just starting out on the keto diet, it can be tricky to plan out your meals for the week. There are pretty standard rules about what you can and can’t eat on the keto diet. But if you haven’t prepped recipes for this specific diet yet, you might not know where to start with the list of keto-friendly food. We’ve got you covered, though, with recipes like this keto trail mix.
Get our recipe for Macadamia Nut and Pepita Trail Mix.
This is a picture-perfect keto diet meal: chicken breasts topped with mozzarella cheese and pesto sauce. Pesto, made from basil, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts adds rich, satiating, heart-healthy unsaturated fats to the dinner. And the peppery bite of arugula, fresh tomato, and red onion are the perfect complement to the gooey melted mozz. If you’re a fan of basil, this pesto chicken recipe might just become one of your weeknight dinner go-to’s.
Get our recipe for Pesto Chicken.
Cloud bread, the lighter-than-air bread used in this keto sandwich, is the perfect low-carb bread substitute for when you need a delicious, comforting slice. Layer it with melty Jack cheese, crispy bacon, pico de gallo, and guacamole for an indulgent keto breakfast or a light but satisfying keto lunch idea. The best part? Cloud bread is foolproof and comes together in an instant.
Get our recipe for Keto Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich.
Yes, you heard that right—this is a keto-approved party food you can enjoy. This delicious iteration really hits a home run with the addition of bacon, which delivers crunchiness and smokiness to the creamy mix. Serve it alongside pretty much any sliced-up crunchy vegetable for maximum scoopability, or spread on a low-carb cracker or keto bread. You really can’t go wrong!
Get our recipe for Creamy Bacon-Spinach Dip.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is so good, your friends won’t even believe it’s keto-friendly. This recipe will prove that keto cookies can be just as delicious as more traditional cookies.
Get our recipe for Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The keto diet is low-carb, so you might think foods like bread are entirely off the table. But thanks to this keto bread recipe, that doesn’t have to be the case. By manipulating ingredients like almond flour and flax meal, you can create a keto-compliant bread without sacrificing your goals.
Get our recipe for Keto Bread.
These zucchini streusel muffins take about 15 minutes to prep, and then an additional half-hour to bake in the oven, so it doesn’t take you much time at all to create a breakfast muffin that is great to kickstart your day. They’re made with almond and coconut flour and milk and zucchini, which is truly a versatile vegetable.
Get our recipe for Zucchini Streusel Keto Muffins.
It can be tricky to find dessert recipes that fit the keto diet, but it’s not impossible. With ingredients like almond flour and sugar-free chocolate chips, you can still have delicious treats that are keto-compliant. These keto chocolate chip blondies are the perfect keto-friendly dessert; your guests will be begging for seconds.
Get our recipe for Chocolate Chip Blondies.
Between the high sugar and carbohydrate count, granola seems like the kind of breakfast treat you can’t enjoy on the keto diet. Because the keto diet solely focuses on keeping a low net-carb count throughout the day, a serving of typical store-bought granola would completely ruin that carb count in one sitting. However, thanks to this easy keto granola recipe, you can enjoy the crunchiness of granola in the morning with a full-fat yogurt or milk!
Get our recipe for Nut and Coconut Granola.
Pumpkin pie is the pumpkin-flavored treat that started it all. While there are countless pumpkin spice products out there, pumpkin pie is a tried-and-true classic. But if you’re following a strict eating plan like the keto diet, you might not be able to eat the typical pumpkin pie set out at a family gathering. But fear not! This recipe for keto pumpkin pie bars is full of the goodness of canned pumpkin, without additives and preservatives.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bars.
This is a big, satisfying, clean green power keto shake that’ll stifle your hunger pangs without impacting your blood sugar. Avocado and coconut milk produce longer-lasting levels of energy because they are both loaded with healthy fats. This is the basic principle behind diets like keto and paleo, which advocate consuming high levels of these types of fats so that you don’t need to rely on refined carbs or sugars to power you through the day.
Get our recipe for Green Keto Blueberry Avocado Shake.
The formula for a keto dinner isn’t as complicated as you might think. Protein and vegetables—especially made in the oven and dressed up with some spices, good-quality oils, and herbs—is really the winning combo, and a versatile one, too, because you can tailor it to your liking, as well as to the ingredients in season in your area. One such dinner is this classic pairing of roast chicken with green beans. Simple to make but and with a rather short shopping list, it’s bursting with flavor and texture.
Get our recipe for Smoky Paprika Roast Chicken with Savory Green Beans.
These delicious and fragrant keto lemon cookies get a double dose of lemon flavor. There’s zest and juice in the cookie dough, and some more lemon juice in the frosting, along with a pinch of salt to really emphasize the zestiness (a pinch of salt is the trick to helping bring out flavor from other ingredients). You’ll want to let the lemon aroma fill your kitchen!
Get our recipe for Lemon Cookies with Lemon Frosting.
This is a wonderful keto dinner for two…or 10. You’ll just have to do some multiplication if you’re feeding a crowd. Grilled flank steak is a great idea for a backyard cookout with friends because it’s difficult to mess up and impressive to serve. The marinade always makes the meat come out flavorful, and the grilled vegetable packet keeps delicate broccolini and sweet pepper strips from crisping up and falling through the grates.
Get our recipe for Grilled Flank Steak & Vegetables with Spicy Aioli.
That’s right—just because you’re following a low-carb diet, that doesn’t mean you can no longer indulge in some fluffy pancakes to kickstart your morning. That’s where our keto pancakes recipe comes in.
Get our recipe for Keto Pancakes.
Nobody should be without a solid guacamole recipe. It’s a healthy, incredibly delicious condiment that makes almost anything it touches taste better.
Get our recipe for Easy Guacamole.
Chimichurri is an herb-based sauce from Argentina used to adorn and enhance a variety of different dishes, grilled meats, and fish above all. After some careful reflection, we’ve decided that chimi is pretty much the world’s greatest condiment, turning bad food good and making good food great.
Get our recipe for Scallops with Chimichurri.
Our lighter, more authentic version wraps chicken and sage in a layer of prosciutto, which then becomes a crispy skin that keeps the chicken moist while it sautés. A splash of wine and chicken stock directly into the cooking pan becomes your 2-minute sauce. Just the latest proof of why simpler is so often better.
Get our recipe for Chicken Scaloppine.
Buffalo wings are an easy keto meal to enjoy—but that doesn’t mean you have to overdo it on those fatty fries that come out of the deep fryer. This method takes an already fatty cut of chicken and doubles the calories. Grilling or oven-roasting your wings, on the other hand, cuts fat significantly; it’s also easier, cheaper (no quart of oil for frying), and (especially on the grill) tastier.
Get our recipe for Baked Buffalo Wings.
Overall, this reimagined appetizer packs an amazing 14 grams of fiber, so it’s a filling party appetizer or snack. Swap out the whole-wheat pita or crackers for some low-carb vegetables to easily make this appetizer keto!
Get our recipe for Spinach-Artichoke Dip.
This spicy-sweet beef treatment is exactly what a stir-fry should be: fast, flavorful, and incredibly good for you. Enjoy on a large bed of vegetables instead of rice for an easy, keto version.
Get our recipe for Sweet & Spicy Beef Stir Fry.
This marinade could do magic on chicken and pork as well, but the bold flavors of a Bloody seem to pair best with a hunk of grilled beef. Serve with grilled vegetables and skip the potatoes to make this meal keto-friendly.
Get our recipe for Bloody Mary Skirt Steak.
These Italian open-face omelets are lighter than their American cousins since they’re less likely to be loaded with cheese and more likely to be stuffed with vegetables. You’re going to want to make this mushroom and sausage frittata recipe all the time.
Get our recipe for Sausage and Mushroom Frittata.
Consider this prime rib recipe your ace in the hole for the holiday season. It’s an impressive dish that feels incredibly fancy, but requires nothing more than a quick rubdown and a few pulses from the food processor. With the herb-based sauce replacing horseradish cream, this roast outsizzles any prime rib you’d find at a buffet carving table.
Get our recipe for Prime Rib with Italian Herb Sauce.
By simply using a cast-iron skillet and a generous helping of butter, our charred version of the Hasselback kielbasa came out juicy and crispy—perfect for ripping and dipping.
Get our recipe for Hasselback Kielbasa with Three Dipping Sauces.