96 of The Best Ketogenic Diet Recipes [Low Carb and Paleo]
We always need more recipes for the ketogenic diet. It’s hard to find recipes that don’t dump huge amounts of sugar or other carbohydrates into the dish, so we’ve scoured the web for some of the best low carb, keto recipes. We’ve put them into categories so you can find the recipes you want quickly and easily.
From breakfast, to desserts, to drinks and snacks…take a look around and see which of these 96 ketogenic diet recipes you want to try! (Plus, all the recipes are Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free except for butter/ghee so you can stay healthy and in ketosis!)
Table Of Contents For Best Ketogenic Diet Recipes
- Ketogenic Breakfast Recipes
- Ketogenic Appetizer Recipes
- Ketogenic Chicken Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Beef Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Pork Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Fish/Seafood Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Lamb Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Vegetarian Entree Recipes
- Ketogenic Entree Recipes – Others
- Ketogenic Crockpot Recipes
- Ketogenic Side Recipes
- Ketogenic Dessert Recipes
- Ketogenic Drinks Recipes
- Ketogenic Paleo Snacks Recipes
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– The Nourished Caveman
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman (with photo)
Ingredients: organic uncured bacon, mushrooms, smoked salmon, shrimp, coconut cream, Celtic sea salt, ground black pepper.
This is a lovely combination of flavor and texture. The cream can be replaced with coconut cream if you are dairy-intolerant. This meal can be easily frozen, so is ideal for cooking in batches so you always have something tasty in the freezer. This can be served over zucchini noodles, but tastes great on its own.
Ideal for the colder mornings, this porridge is perfect for the whole family. If you prefer your porridge sweeter, then we recommend you add in a dash of stevia. The cinnamon and cloves give a warm flavor to this breakfast dish.
This granola is so easy to make as all you do is mix the ingredients together! It can be stored like other granolas, but because it does not contain oats, it is likely to cause less inflammatory problems and it cuts out more carbs.
– Holistically Engineered
Ingredients: ground pork, mushrooms, zucchini, pepper, garlic powder, salt, basil, Dijon mustard.
This is quite a filling breakfast, but full of flavor! It has the subtle heat from the mustard and added meatiness from the mushrooms. This is a one-pot recipe so doesn’t require much washing-up. If you eat eggs then this dish would taste great with an egg on top, but it is tasty just on its own.
These sausage patties take only a few minutes to prepare and can be frozen, so why not prepare a bigger batch and use them up later? This is a very versatile recipe since you can use spices of your own choice. Although pork and sage are perfect partners, you could even add some chili to spice things up. Or try adding some rosemary instead.
– Pencils and Pancakes
Ingredients: almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, coconut milk, water, blueberries.
Keto breakfast cereal recipes like this one are ideal in the morning as they give you a good base to carry you through a busy morning. Make them in advance for a super quick breakfast.
– Holistically Engineered
Ingredients: corned beef, onion, radishes, garlic, beef broth, salt, pepper.
This is a hearty breakfast dish that is full of flavor. If you are not sure about radishes, let us reassure you that cooking them produces a much mellower flavor. You could also add in some leftover cabbage if you have it. Garlic and onion are such a perfect combination and they go so well with corned beef. This is a great way to get your protein and veggies in.
If you have never tried green smoothies then this is a great introduction. So quick and easy to make, this is an ideal standby for a busy morning as it takes only five minutes to prepare. The use of the nuts gives great additional flavor to the smoothie. It can be difficult to get enough vegetables and fiber into your keto diet, so keep some greens powder handy in your kitchen.
– Delighted Momma
Ingredients: unsweetened vanilla almond milk, strawberries, cinnamon, almonds, chia seeds (optional).
This smoothie is so delicious that even kids will like it! There can’t be many people who don’t like strawberries and with the addition of the almonds and chia seeds, this is a filling way to start the day. Strawberries are naturally sweet so you won’t need to add any other sweetener and the cinnamon, which studies show is good for controlling blood sugars, makes this smoothie extra tasty.
Adding bacon to these little bites will make sure they are never dried out like some burgers can be. Try to use the best bacon you can find as it adds to the flavor and using green onions gives this dish a herbal hint.
These are a definite plus for picnics, dinner parties or for an easy kids lunch. With the heat of the pepper, these wings are delicious! After preparing them, put them back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and that should help the coating to stick better.
This recipe uses raw tuna so make sure to buy sushi-grade tuna. These boats look great. So make them for dinner parties or special occasions.
– Forest and Fauna
Ingredients: celery, yellow onion, coconut milk, water, dill, sea salt.
A tasty and nutritious soup, this versatile recipe can be cooked on a stove or in a soup maker. Instead of adding water to thin the soup you could add vegetable broth to keep the recipe suitable for vegans. Or use chicken broth, which goes really well with the celery.
The kale and avocados in this dish are packed full of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. This dish makes a wonderful dip for veggies or a topping for burgers. The cilantro and lime give such freshness to the dish and help to cut through the creamy texture of the avocado.
– The Primalist
Ingredients: butter, sardines, shallot, green onion, parsley, lemon juice, Dijon-style mustard, salt, pepper, parsley.
A quick and easy recipe to prepare, yet it makes a lovely starter to a dinner party! Sardines have quite a strong flavor on their own, but this is easily offset by serving them with cucumber slices or celery sticks to add freshness.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: ahi tuna, scallions, fresh mint leaves, coconut aminos, sesame seeds, dried orange zest, sesame seed oil, gluten free fish sauce, fresh lime juice.
Like any dish that involves raw fish, you really want to use the best quality you can find, so ask for sushi-grade tuna when shopping for this ceviche. The citrus notes in this recipe give a surprising freshness. If you don’t want the lime juice to start coloring the tuna, then serve lime wedges so that guests can add their own!
– Plaid and Paleo
Ingredients: cucumber, veggie dip, turkey deli meat.
These are a light and fresh option as an appetizer. They are so easy to make yet they are so tasty! This is also a versatile dish as you can use any kind of veggie dip you like and the cucumber helps to keep the meat moist and delicious.
The mix of flavors and colors from the peppers and tomatoes in this dish make it look so appealing!
The spices bring an authentic Mediterranean taste to this recipe, although you can leave out the jalapenos if you are not too keen on heat.
These amazing drumsticks take only five minutes to prepare. The curry flavor has been a favorite for many years and is even appealing to the kids. If you want to make sure the coating on these drumsticks is crispy, then make sure the meat is dry by patting it with kitchen paper.
Ingredients: chicken, almond meal, blanched almond flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, eggs, almond milk, olive oil sprayer.
Lemon has long been a favorite to serve with chicken, so try this recipe for your next dinner party! The dish has a lovely smokey hint from the paprika and you can save the juices to serve as a sauce over the chicken once it is cooked. One great option is to serve this with a green salad of your choice.
– Paleo Cupboard
Ingredients: chicken thighs (or breasts), extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, dried thyme, paprika, cumin, turmeric, allspice, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
Shawarma refers to cooking on an open spit and shaving off the meat when it is cooked, but this tastes just as good cooked in a grill. The whole family will love these whether for a main meal or if you are grilling outside for family and friends. The mix of spice gives this dish a lovely result – just remember to soak the skewers in water first if you are using wooden ones to avoid them burning.
If you can, marinade the chicken in this recipe for at least two hours before putting them on the grill. These juicy and tender drumsticks are always a favorite, especially with the kids who find it exciting to be able to hold food in their hands!
– Stupid Easy Paleo
Ingredients: chicken breast, lemon, olive oil or melted coconut oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
In order to make sure that the flavors all combine with the chicken, try to marinade the meat for at least 30 minutes. The marinade causes the meat to maintain its tenderness and keeps the chicken juicy. If you are garnishing the dish with lemon zest, try to use the finest grater setting you can.
Ingredients: coconut oil, chicken breasts, spicy brown mustard, and almond meal/flour
This dish is perfect for someone with a busy schedule because it’s so easy to make. There is a hidden heat in this tasty dish that comes from using the mustard to coat the chicken, although a milder mustard could be used if this is being served to children. Serve with your choice of salad leaves to ensure you get plenty of veggies into your ketogenic diet.
– DJ Foodie
Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, chicken breasts, garlic, red onion, Italian olives, capers, anchovy filets, red chili flakes, tomatoes, salt, and pepper
This recipe is a slant on a traditional Italian dish and makes great use of olives and garlic, two of Italy’s most common ingredients. Although this is a wonderful meal, you might be a little put off by the use of anchovies. Don’t panic! It is quite easy to use chopped bacon instead to add a bit of smokiness. You can also omit the chili flakes if you don’t like the heat.
Everyone has a craving for a dish like this on a cold day. This beef stew is heart-warming and full of taste. As this is a slow cooker recipe, the preparation is really simple. It’s the perfect meal to come home to after a hard day’s work. If you are not too keen on using thyme then you could try using another herb of your choice.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: beef chuck, white onion, curry powder, garlic, ginger, whole fat coconut milk, salt, chili sauce.
This is a delicious beef curry recipe using onion, garlic, and ginger as its base. If you are using chuck steak, which can be a little tough, simply allow the curry to rest for a few minutes before serving to re-tenderize the meat. Enjoy this curry by itself for a keto dinner or over cauliflower rice.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: ground beef, chicken sausages, chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, cinnamon, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, Anaheim peppers, poblano pepper, green olives, garlic, salt, pepper.
Chili is a hearty dish that is very popular with the whole family. This dish usually has beans in it, but you can also enjoy bean-less chili on the ketogenic diet (beans are high in carbs). If you do not want the chili to be too spicy then you could serve it with avocado which would calm down the heat.
This saute is super easy and quick to make. Because you are putting zucchini into this dish it really does not need any accompaniment, but if you wish it could be served with cauliflower rice. It’s perfect for a quick ketogenic dinner at the end of your day.
– Paleo in Practice
Ingredients: ground beef, jalapeño pepper, ground cumin, ground garlic, red pepper flakes, onion, salt, pepper.
These spicy burgers make a great addition if you are grilling outside, or simply for a family meal. The cumin and garlic give the beef a substantial boost in flavor and make them a popular choice. If you are keen to cook in batches, these burgers can be frozen uncooked and kept for another day. If you are freezing these it is a good idea to separate them with sheets of greaseproof paper first so that you can divide them more easily.
This is a quick and easy ketogenic recipe which is so versatile. It provides you with a warming and delicious meal in a short time. If you would rather not use the vegetables listed in this recipe, then simply miss them out and use your own favorites or leftovers. If you are not keen on using hot sauce then you can omit it or just use a dash.
This is an easy way of using up collard greens that you may have in your freezer. Combine them with the bacon and you have a lovely dish which can be used as a side for other dishes or as a main. The apple cider vinegar adds a little zest that helps take away any bitterness from the greens.
– She Cooks He Cleans
Ingredients: pork shoulder, New Mexican chilies, chicken or beef stock, onion, garlic, Mexican oregano, ground cumin, ground coriander, kosher salt, apple cider vinegar.
This dish deserves the bit of extra time it takes to prepare, as the finished result is amazing! You can change the strength of chiles you use to make this recipe a bit more palatable for the whole family. For example, use ancho chiles if you want a milder flavor. The pork ends up so tender and full of flavor! Try serving it with a salad or with sliced tomatoes, or use avocado to cool it down even more.
– Fit and Fresh
Ingredients: coconut oil, pork shoulder, garlic, onion, chicken stock, tomatillos, jalapeños, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, cilantro, limes.
Using a slow cooker for this type of recipes can be an ideal solution for someone who has a very busy life. It cooks long and slow while you are at work. With the addition of the salsa, the pork is tender and tasty. If you do not like cilantro, try using flat-leaf parsley instead.
– Paleo Flourish Magazine
Ingredients: pork spare ribs (or back ribs), ginger, scallions, star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, garlic, gluten-free tamari sauce, extra virgin coconut oil, salt (optional).
This is based on a traditional Chinese recipe, but without using any of the normal sugary ingredients associated with Chinese take-out. Once the ribs are cooked you could sieve the broth and re-use it as a base for soups. Ginger comes into a lot of Chinese recipes and adds a subtle kick, but fresh ginger is so much better than powdered! It can be frozen too, so just grate off what you need then stick it back in the freezer.
– Fed and Fit
Ingredients: butter, pork chops, sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, coconut aminos, lime juice, fish sauce, broccoli, cilantro leaves, red pepper flakes, lime wedges.
Here is another recipe with its roots in Chinese cooking. Pork and ginger is a classic combination which goes well with the broccoli to create a lovely dish. To give the chops a crispy appearance and since they are not coated, cook them in batches slowly – patience is needed to achieve the best results!
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: avocado oil, ground pork, cabbage, garlic powder, ground ginger, coconut aminos, fish sauce, basil, green onions, cilantro, mint leaves, lime.
Cabbage makes a great alternative to zucchini when it comes to using veggies as noodles. However be careful what color of cabbage you use – the red ones tend to ‘bleed’ color into the dish and can make it look muddy. So, stick to green cabbage for a crisp look. For a more authentic Thai flavor, don’t forget to add in the fish sauce and lime juice.
Pork tenderloin is a favorite for dinner parties and celebrations. Marinating the pork can be so easy if you place the meat and marinade into a ziptop bag. This can ensure a complete coating on the meat. Once you have marinated the meat remove it from the bag and pat it dry with paper towels to ensure a perfect seal on the meat. Once cooked, let the pork rest for 5 to 10 minutes to make sure it is tender and juicy.
– Anya’s Eats
Ingredients: pulled pork, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, red bell pepper, onion, adobo seasoning, avocado oil, dressing of choice.
This pork roast is ideal in every way! Use it as a roast, pull it and serve with a salad or a salsa verde, the choice is yours! The taste from this roast is amazing and any leftovers can be frozen and used in another dish in the future.
– Wicked Spatula
Photo Credit: Lauren from Wicked Spatula
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, shrimp, slaw mix, green onions, garlic cloves, thai dried red peppers, ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, sesame oil, coconut aminos, salt, coconut sugar (optional).
This recipe uses spaghetti squash which give an ideal alternative to regular wheat or rice noodles. The shrimp bring a natural sweetness to this dish so you don’t need to add any sugar for an amazing taste! The ginger, garlic and peppers give this an authentic flavor. Cook this for a healthy ketogenic dinner instead of getting Chinese takeout.
What an impressive ketogenic recipe for a dinner party or a celebration meal! Whole fish might seem a bit scary, but you can get your fishmonger to remove the scales and clean it for you. Ginger gives a subtle kick to this dish. Once you have cooked the fish, throw away the juices and use new sauce to serve. The fish head can always be used to make a fish broth for later.
This keto recipe is ideal for people who suffer from various food intolerances as it is nut-free and dairy-free. It’s also low carb and ketogenic, of course. If you can’t find cod or don’t like it then simply use a white fish of your choice, although meatier fish work better in this dish. To avoid the fish sticking, line the baking tray with foil and oil it lightly with coconut oil before baking.
This tapenade is so simple and easy to prepare and is full of Mediterranean flavor. It can easily be used as an accompaniment to loads of dishes, but we suggest serving it with sardines and zoodles. Together it gives you a burst of flavor in your mouth! If you haven’t tried canned sardines, then we highly recommend trying them. Just make sure to get them packed in olive oil. They’re the perfect keto food – nutritious, high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates.
Who doesn’t like fish with lemon? It is a classic! If you would rather, this dish can be cooked in the oven, but the shrimp look amazing threaded onto skewers and grilled. The peppers add loads of color and you can use any type of mushroom you prefer. Impress your guests at your next dinner party with this ketogenic recipe.
– The Domestic Man
Ingredients: paprika, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, kosher salt, dried oregano, ground allspice, cayenne pepper, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, bacon, ghee, shallots, celery stalk, green bell pepper, garlic, tomato, coconut flour, chicken broth, raw shrimp, coconut milk, Tabasco sauce, salt, handful fresh parsley, flounder filets.
Etouffee simply means ‘smothered’ as the dish is served smothered with shrimp and veggies. This dish has its roots in Cajun cookery, hence the use of tabasco and cayenne pepper. For the Cajun seasoning, if you prefer a hint of smokiness in this food, try using smoked paprika instead.
– Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed
Ingredients: ground lamb, coconut oil, onions, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, ground black pepper, medium tomatoes, water, tomato paste, fresh parsley leaves, roasted pistachios.
Meatballs are a staple in many cuisines including Moroccan, and these are based on the traditional spice combinations. The sauce has a rich and tangy flavor with the addition of cumin and tomatoes. This dish can be served on its own or try serving them over roasted cauliflower rice. One tip when forming the mix into meatballs is to make sure your hands are damp as this will avoid the mixture sticking to your skin.
For this recipe we recommend you use a rack of lamb which you can then cut as thin as you like. The wonderful coating gives the chops a delicious flavor. You can also oven cook it if you don’t want to fire up the grill.
– Life as a Dreger
Ingredients: ground lamb or beef, onions, garlic, kohlrabi bulbs, bunch kale, fresh ginger, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, stock of your choice, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, salt, cilantro.
This chili dish packs quite a punch, but you can always reduce the cayenne pepper if you like it a bit milder. It also freezes well so it’s ideal for batch cooking. It is full of authentic Indian spices and will leave you wanting more when you breathe in the aromas from this delicious dish. Fresh ginger works so well with this chili and remember, you can freeze the leftover ginger and simply grate off what you need for each dish.
– I Breathe I’m Hungry
Photo Credit: Melissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry
Ingredients: lamb loin chops, olive oil, Ras el Hanout, salt, mint, parsley, lemon zest, garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper.
These lamb chops look so tasty! Charmoula is a Moroccan condiment filled with garlic and lemon flavors which go so well with lamb. The chops look amazing and the aromas are delicious. This is a great dish for anyone on a ketogenic diet.
Another quick and easy dish to prepare, these lamb chops are infused with the flavor and scent of rosemary, which compliments but doesn’t overpower the meat. Once you have rubbed the flavoring into the meat, let it rest for 30 minutes to allow the garlic and rosemary to do their job. Once cooked, these chops have a crispy edge and taste amazing!
If you can, try to cook this recipe using a lamb leg on the bone as it adds to the flavor of the meat, but use boneless meat if it causes you a problem! Once cooked, this roast will easily feed the whole family and give you plenty of meat left over for use in other dishes. The Greek influence comes from the use of garlic and lemon and is perfect with lamb.
– Once a Month Meals
Ingredients: okra, grape tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, thyme.
This dish is ideal either on its own or as a side dish for Italian meals or grilled summer dishes. If you are not too keen on okra, then you can bulk up this recipe with some asparagus. The balsamic vinegar lends a lovely depth of flavor (although you can use apple cider vinegar for a lower carb version) and adding the fresh basil just gives this whole dish the scent of summer.
Ingredients: coconut oil, onion, celery stalks, carrot, garlic, tamari, liquid stevia (optional), spaghetti squash, sea salt.
Serving this chow mein with spaghetti squash noodles ensures you don’t have to miss out on Chinese food. You can add a touch of stevia for a hint of sweetness, but if you are using really fresh carrots, they bring a sweetness of their own, or try substituting white onion for red which gives a more subtle flavor.
Fresh basil, especially if you grow it yourself, can add a great zing of flavor to any dish, and especially in pesto! Basil and tomato is such a classic that you are bound to enjoy this taste of summer. The zucchini ‘pasta’ is great with this pesto and even the kids will enjoy it!
– Phoenix Helix
Ingredients: chicken hearts, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, coconut aminos, sherry vinegar, and ground ginger.
Chicken hearts contain a load of B vitamins including B12, which can help with auto-immune disorders. It could also help with thyroid problems and is recommended to help keep your mind sharp. If you are doubtful about eating chicken hearts then just remember that these organ meats are super healthy.
– South Beach Primal
Ingredients: beef tongue, onion, red bell pepper, yellow red pepper, jalapeño pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, Cajun choice spice, tomato sauce, chicken stock (or water), butter, green onions.
This is a hearty stew using tongue as its main constituent. It gives a unique flavor and has been eaten regularly since the Middle Ages. Long, slow cooking is ideal for this meat to ensure it becomes tender. Once cooked, this dish can be served with cauliflower rice or simply with greens of your choice.
– The Domestic Man
Ingredients: lamb’s feet, onion, tomatoes, coriander, black peppercorns, cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger, garlic, bay leaf, water, salt, cilantro.
This recipe is popular in parts of India, where goat’s feet are also used. This soup is rich and satisfying. Please be careful when removing the feet from the pot as there may be several small bones hiding at the bottom of the pan!
– Life as a Dreger
Ingredients: rabbit, Andouille sausage or other spicy smoked sausage, onion, carrots, mushrooms, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, cayenne, black pepper, paprika, coconut oil or ghee.
Rabbit has been a popular meat throughout the ages in America and Europe, as it was a cheap and plentiful source of protein. You can use whatever smoked sausage you prefer, and if you choose one that is mild, you can add to the smokey flavor by using smoked paprika.
– Phoenix Helix
Ingredients: duck breasts, sea salt.
This must be the simplest recipe ever, yet full of good flavors! Duck, as we all know, is a very fatty meat. However, cooking it this way releases a lot of the duck fat, which you can collect to use for future dishes. You can enjoy the duck breast whole or pulled and served with veggies in a Chinese-style meal.
You may be one of those people who don’t like liver very much, even though you know how good it is for you. Why not give this recipe a try and see what happens? Adding the blueberries gives a lovely contrast to the liver, and you are in control of how spicy this dish is as you can adjust the amount of peppers you use.
When you cook chicken livers, it is best to pat them dry beforehand to remove any excess water as this can cause leakage into the pan. Baby kale is such a fresh taste and using the apple cider vinegar helps to set off the rich flavor of the livers.
Chicken and bacon are the perfect partners! Served with just a simple salad, this makes an easy meal that is so satisfying. If you like you can use different herbs in this dish to suit your personal taste, but this is a family-friendly option that everyone will enjoy.
– Paleo Flourish Magazine
Ingredients: chicken drumsticks and wings, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, garlic powder, black pepper.
Jerk chicken has its roots in Jamaican cuisine and gives a flavorsome, spicy dish. You can adjust the heat of the chicken by reducing the cayenne pepper and adding more onion powder. Ideal for grilling, yet this ketogenic dish is also suitable for the slow cooker, and the meat will literally fall off the bones once it is cooked.
– The Healthy Foodie
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: coconut oil, onion, garlic, pork loin, Himalayan salt, black pepper, oregano, dried mustard, nutmeg, broth, wine vinegar, oyster mushrooms, full fat coconut milk, ghee, capers.
Pork and mushrooms go very well together and this is such a satisfying stew! Slow cooking is so handy when so many people have such busy lives – just drop the ingredients in, turn it on and carry on with your day! You can rest easy that your keto dinner will be ready to serve when you come home.
– Beauty and the Foodie
Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie
Ingredients: pork roast, bacon, Hawaiian black lava sea salt, garlic, hickory liquid smoke, cauliflower, chicken broth, garlic powder, sea salt.
This dish has such a lovely smokey flavor from the bacon which sets off the pork really well. So if you can’t find liquid smoke then don’t worry, it will still taste great without it. Cauli rice is easy to prepare and so like the texture of real rice that even kids will eat it. And all perfect for a ketogenic diet.
The roasted cabbage looks so good with its crispy edges! Brining your own meat can be very satisfying, but don’t worry if you don’t have the time as you can buy it quite easily. Because you are cooking this keto dish slowly, all the flavors of the meat and veggies combine to give a really tasty meal.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: chuck beef, preferred stock, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, ancho chile, paprika, cinnamon, garlic, tomato paste, skimmed stock / meat juices, onion, garlic, jalapeños, salsa, tomatoes or sauce.
This slow cooked shredded beef packs a punch! It is full of flavor and so tender. It should simply fall apart after being cooked for so long. If you fancy this as a breakfast dish instead, try serving it with some guacamole.
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: avocado oil, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, roasted tomatoes, parsley, pepper, shrimp.
This is another keto recipe that is ideal to serve over spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Shrimp would not hold together so well when slow cooked, but it is delicious in this dish because you add it near the end of cooking. The fire-roasted tomatoes add a special flavor.
This squash has become a well-publicized alternative to pasta and is very easy to cook. This can be ready within an hour and has the look of noodles when served. We’ve included this recipe as spaghetti squash goes really well with so many ketogenic dishes. Try it with a chili dish or serve it with a vegetable curry.
If you can’t find broccolini in the store then organic broccoli is quite acceptable. Just split the florets into smaller pieces than you normally would. In a lot of Chinese dishes, the veggies are designed to keep a bit of a bite, so don’t overcook this dish. Also when you add the glaze, be careful that the veg does not burn – just keep it moving in the pan!
Here is how to cook green beans well! They come out still with a bite, but not ‘squeaky’ like they sometimes can. Green beans like these make a delicious accompaniment to many dishes like the Chinese fish dish we included above.
Taking very little time to prepare, this is a tasty way to serve cabbage. Dried shrimp add a delicious crunch to this side dish.
– Eat Drink Paleo
Ingredients: chicken, chili, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, coriander stems, fish sauce, coconut aminos, tamari, lime rind, lime, sea salt, coconut oil, kaffir lime leaves, red cabbage, carrot, onion, spring onion, coriander leaves , mint or Thai basil, roasted cashews or some seasame seeds, shallots, coconut flakes, olive oil, and lime juice.
Larb salad originates in Laos and is a celebration in flavor. It uses so many different Eastern flavors such as lime, fish sauce etc. Red cabbage tends to have a more subtle flavor than green, so it tastes better raw in a salad. You can play around with the ingredients in this recipe. For example, try replacing the chicken with pork or shrimp for an alternative recipe.
A list of ketogenic diet recipes wouldn’t be complete without a guacamole recipe! With only four ingredients, this is such an easy recipe and it can be used as a dip with fresh veggie sticks or as a topping for many dishes. You can also try adding other ingredients to alter the flavor, such as roasted garlic or tomato salsa. Be adventurous! If you have to store your guacamole in the fridge overnight then here is a great tip to keeping it green – simply pour a thin layer of water over it and it will look just as fresh the next day!
Spinach takes up a lot of room so we recommend you use a large pot to make this stir-fry, but once it cooks down it will shrink. Adding the almond slices gives this keto side dish a fabulous crunch. This dish makes a perfect accompaniment to pork or fish dishes.
– Paleo Flourish Magazine
Ingredients: bok choy, garlic, ginger, salt, coconut oil.
Bok choy goes by many other names such as pak choi and Chinese cabbage. It is a very common vegetable to use in Asian stir-fries and is very tasty. Ginger and garlic are the perfect combination used in different cuisines around the world and you can’t beat its simplicity!
These little rolls are nut-free and egg-free, so they are ideal for people who have nut allergies. When you are avoiding too many carbs, these make a lovely addition to your meals. Try them with soups or stews, or for outdoor dining try putting little burgers in them.
These are a delicious way to spice up your coffee! Simply pop one in your favorite coffee and whisk till the two are combined and enjoy a frothy cup with the subtle flavor of cinnamon.
This is a simple pudding to make and is also a healthy way to end a meal. If you don’t want things too sweet, just add half the stevia then add more if required.
No cooking required for this recipe! These little treats are lovely with a nice cup of tea or coffee if you can wait that long! This is another recipe you can be adventurous with – why not try your own combination of flavors? Or add some crushed nuts?
This is sugar-free and dairy-free so you can enjoy it guilt-free! It only takes a few minutes to prepare the fudge and it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week – if they last that long! Do keep them in the fridge as their consistency gets much softer if they are left at room temperature.
Imagine being able to eat one of these treats and for you to still stay in ketosis! These are fudgy and sweet and yet low-carb and keto-friendly. They can be stored in a container at room temperature, although they may not last too long. To give them an even more decadent look, sprinkle with a little cocoa powder on top before serving.
– Sugar-Free Mom
Ingredients: coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate stevia, salt, and cacao nibs.
This ice cream has very few ingredients, but it is creamy and delicious. Dairy-free and low-carb/keto, it can be served up to the whole family.
This is a great recipe for the kids to get involved with making because it doesn’t really matter if your measurements are not strictly accurate. Just make these a bit in advance since they need time in the fridge for the chia seeds to expand and the dessert to thicken. As a twist, and if you have enough carbs left for the day, try adding fresh berries to this dish.
This dessert has been a firm favorite for years, especially with kids. This is a much healthier version as it doesn’t use any sugar. Fruits like strawberries and blueberries are really sweet enough to satisfy even little appetites. Gelatin is also really good for joint health and can help strengthen hair and nails, so it’s also great for older people whose nails can have a tendency to be brittle.
Smoothies have become so popular in recent years, but unfortunately the store-bought options often contain high sugar levels. But they are so easy to make at home, why not try them? You can use frozen strawberries or you can buy fresh and freeze them yourself which is ideal if your local farmer’s market has special deals on the berries! With lots of added fat, these smoothies will generally help you stay in ketosis despite the small amount of berries.
– The Blenderist
Ingredients: coconut milk, almond milk or milk of choice, ice cubes, avocado, beet, cocoa or cacao powder, vanilla, stevia.
Most store-bought smoothies use bananas to provide a thickness to the drink, but you can try this ketogenic one which uses avocado instead. Avocado doesn’t have a strong flavor so it’s perfect as a base for other flavors. You might think it unusual to use beets in a sweet dish, but then what about carrot cake? Beets have a natural sweetness, so add half the stevia first then adjust to suit your taste.
The secret to this ultimate coffee lies in the blending. Using a blender or milk frother will give this the look of a cappuccino. If you prefer your coffee with milk then adding some almond milk will give a creamy consistency. If you don’t like coffee at all, try using your favorite black or herbal tea.
– Gourmande in the Kitchen
Ingredients: water, cranberries, lemons, cinnamon, ginger, goji berries, black tea, Stevia.
This tea can be made on the stove or can be batch-made in a slow cooker. I don’t know about you, but cranberries always make me think of winter celebrations, but you can enjoy this any time of year. It is warming and soothing and packed with nutrients.
What a lovely fresh taste to this keto smoothie recipe! When preparing the cucumber, the easiest way to remove the seeds is to cut the cucumber length ways and scrape the seeds out with a teaspoon. Fresh lime adds a zesty zing to this smoothie and if you prefer to make this a juice, simply strain it through a fine sieve.
These pecans are delicious and ideal for a treat! When you toast the nut just be careful because they burn quite easily. Once they have been covered in chocolate, just sprinkle your choice of spices over the top. Believe it or not, salt and chocolate go really well together. But you can also use ginger or cinnamon instead.
These make an ideal snack or you can make them as hors d’oeuvres for a party. They are packed with flavor and have lots of health fats.
They are quick and easy to make and the fresh lime juice not only adds a citrus kick, it also keeps the avocado from turning brown. If you prefer, you can use turkey or ham, but the prosciutto adds a special touch as the saltiness goes well with the avocado and the lime. Try to use avocados that are not too ripe so they will be easier to cut into slices.
– Popular Paleo
Ingredients: tuna fish, cooked bacon, scallions, fresh flat-leaf parsley, celery, seasoning blend, avocado, lemon juice, black pepper, cucumbers.
These are absolutely packed with flavor! The richness of the tuna and bacon are set off by the freshness of the celery and cucumber and will leave you wanting more! Use bacon bits for a topping, or for a different slant on it, try topping these with a little slice of chili or a small slice of red onion.
– Rubies and Radishes
Ingredients: nori wraps, smoked wild salmon, cucumber, avocado, basil, coconut aminos.
If you have never had sushi, then this is a great way to introduce it. Nori sheets are available in many stores so you should have no trouble finding them. The rich flavor of the smoked salmon is contrasted with the cucumber. Watch out as these ketogenic snacks can become a family favorite. You can also experiment and try different fillings like tuna and shrimp.
– Comfort Bites
Ingredients: tuna, avocado, basil leaves, lemon, cucumber.
This is another quick keto snack which could double as a party nibble since they are bite-sized! Adding fresh basil to any dish provides you with a fresh taste and a fragrance that everyone will recognize. The basil helps to cut through the rich flavor of the tuna and the whole treat is moist and succulent because of the cucumber. Serve with lemon wedges or try sprinkling with a little chili powder for an added kick.