Although it might seem hard to believe, low-carb and decadent can go hand-in-hand. Sure, pastas, breads and other carb-loaded treats are delicious—but even if you’re choosing to cut those types of carbs out of your diet, you’re still left with myriad easy keto recipes that are basically just comfort food in disguise. Seriously, if you have a craving for something savory, comforting or just straight-up delicious, you can find a simple low-carb version of it that will have you totally satisfied. A carb-free or low-carb diet doesn’t have to be full of sacrifices, and these 23 incredible recipes are here to prove it to you.
From veggie-packed dinners that are also chock-full of flavor (!!) to cheesy treats you’ll want to eat over and over again, these easy keto recipes are here to make your life easier. Plus, just because the recipes below are low-carb, doesn’t mean they’re boring or flavorless. These dishes are full of seasonings, tasty veggies, protein and, in many cases, cheese. Seriously, cheese-lovers, rejoice! So many of these keto recipes are comforting, cheesy meals that will taste just as good the next day. If you’ve never had leftover cheesy chicken bake for breakfast, prepare to have your world rocked. Meat-lovers and vegetarians alike will find plenty mouthwatering easy keto recipes featuring ooey and gooey cheeses.
Of course, there are plenty of options without cheese, too. Think baked chicken with cinnamon butter, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp with cauliflower “grits” and even keto fried chicken. (I’m not screaming; you’re screaming!) Honestly, even if you’ve never tried—or wanted to try—a keto or low-carb diet before, these easy keto recipes are so worth making. Whip them up for your next dinner party or just add them to your weekly meal round-up. You can’t go wrong, because they’re all so delicious.
You’ll learn how to use cauliflower in so many different ways, turning them into low-carb version of mashed potatoes, grits and even mac & cheese. There are plenty of recipes featuring keto-favorite bacon, and even a delicious fat bomb recipe that uses orange zest for an elevated taste. Find out how to make keto quesadillas (Yes, really.), delicious low-carb salads and tasty grilled ribeye with melting parsley butter. There are enough easy keto recipes below to fill up your grocery list for months—and then some.
If you’re not yet a keto pro, though, make sure you pay attention to how many net carbs each dish contains. Some veggies have more carb content than you might think, so it’s always a good idea to check. Keep an eye out for saturated fats as well, and make note of recipes that feature healthy fats—like avocados and nuts—so that you’re getting a balanced amount of everything. Folks might think that eating keto is all about slapping on some bacon, but there are plenty of rules and regulations that go along with a keto diet.
As long as you keep track of what each recipe contains and follow the keto guidelines, you’re definitely set to make all of the incredible easy keto recipes below. You’ll want to bookmark this page for later, too, because there’s no way you’ll only want to make these meals once. They’re simple, delicious and perfect for any skill level.
Even if you’re not a total champ in the kitchen, you can still make these low-carb dishes without much hassle. Many require ingredients you likely already have in the house or are easily accessible. Stock up on peppers, chicken and cheese, and you’re off to a great start for several of the recipes below. Low-carb never looked so damn delicious.
1. Baked Chicken with Cinnamon Butter
Baked chicken on its own may sound like a bland choice, but baked chicken with cinnamon butter? Sign us up. This is bound to become a go-to recipe in your home.
2. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Filled with ricotta cheese, spinach and cherry tomatoes, these vegetarian stuffed peppers are as decadent as they are healthy. Think your favorite restaurant spinach dip made healthier!
3. Keto Chicken Quesadilla
Whether you’re keto or gluten free (or both!), these savory chicken quesadillas are likely to become a staple in your kitchen. Add a side of guacamole or plain avocado to amp up the fat content, too.
4. Ham and Eggs Cups
Serve these ham and eggs cups as a delicious low-carb breakfast or a high-protein snack. You can also swap out ham for prosciutto if you’re feeling fancy.
5. Keto Fried Chicken
Treat yourself to some keto fried chicken, why don’t ya? This recipe uses a secret ingredient to get the crunch without all the carbs: pork rinds! It’s one of the most indulgent easy keto recipes ever, and so worth it.
6. Bacon Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops
These mouthwatering bacon mushroom smothered pork chops are a keto-approved comfort food. Serve this tasty treat with a side of green beans, spinach or kale to get your green veggies in, too.
7. Instant Pot Keto Tuscan Soup
If you’ve got an Instant Pot lying around, this keto Tuscan soup is calling your name. It’ll be ready to eat before you know it—that’s the beauty this must-have kitchen device. It makes easy keto recipes even easier.
8. Lamb Meatballs With Yogurt Sauce
These tasty lamb meatballs can be served as an easy keto appetizer or as a meal with keto-friendly sides. They’re perfect for your next party, too! Just whip these out when you have guests, and everyone will be begging you for the recipe.
9. Keto Mexican Cheesy Chicken Skillet
Even if you’re on a keto diet, you can still enjoy delicious Mexican-inspired treats like this drool-worthy cheesy chicken skillet.
10. Keto Mashed Cauliflower With Cream Cheese & Asiago
Talk about a deliciously cheesy combination. This cauliflower “mashed potatoes” recipe uses two different cheeses and roasted garlic to make it a flavorful treat. Use it as a side with a grilled steak or add some cajun shrimp for an even spicier meal.
11. Keto Chicken Cheese Bake
Looking for even more cheese? Try this chicken cheese bake. It makes a full casserole dish worth, so you can have leftovers later, to eat the next day, too. I’m already drooling.
12. Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Serve these delicious bacon-wrapped scallops for your next at-home date night—or just whip them up for a fun weeknight treat. They’re an easy keto recipe, but anyone is sure to love them.
13. Grilled Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Filled with both high-fat avocados and fresh, low-carb ingredients, this grilled lemon herb Mediterranean chicken salad is bound to become your go-to lunch choice. Toss together a big bowl, and you’re set for the week.
14. Naked Fish Tacos
How do you make fish tacos keto-friendly? You strip them naked, of course! This naked fish taco recipe will give you the flavors you love without the carbs. Remember, tortillas have a high carb content, so make sure to avoid when possible.
15. Black & White Keto Fat Bombs
Fat bombs are a big deal in the keto world—giving you a snack that’s filled with healthy fats and that keeps you full for a while. These black and white keto ‘fat bombs’ feature almonds, orange zest and cocoa powder, creating a delicious treat.
16. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo chicken dip might be a favorite for game-day, but it’s also a great keto treat. Use celery or cucumbers instead of chips, and you’ve got one tasty low-carb meal on your hands.
17. Grilled Ribeye With Melting Parsley Butter
There’s nothing like a great steak—and this recipe offers you a little more fat content that others. The grilled ribeye with melting parsley butter is a serious keto treat you’ll want to make again and again.
18. Shrimp With Cauliflower “Grits” & Arugula
Southern comfort at its finest—made keto. This shrimp with cauliflower “grits” recipe brings all the flavors of a classic comfort food to a low-carb diet. You might not even miss actual grits! (Well, maybe.)
19. Balsamic Zucchini Saute
This balsamic zucchini saute works great as a keto-friendly side dish or a tasty vegetarian main course. Made with zucchini and sweet onion and topped with feta cheese, you can’t lose.
20. One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Spinach
If you love a good creamy and savory dish, this creamy chicken and spinach recipe is for you. You’ll get plenty of fat content from the cream sauce and a dose of green veggies with the spinach—make this one of the tastiest easy keto recipes out there.
21. Avocado Greek Salad
The best way to make any salad more keto-friendly? Add avocado. This Greek salad recipe feature all your favorite Mediterranean picks, but adds in some avocado to up the healthy fat content. Um, yum!
22. Cheesy Garlic Burgers With Lemon Butter Zucchini Noodles
Talk about a power-packed meal, folks! This cheesy garlic burgers and lemon butter zucchini noodles recipe is honestly already on my to-make list for the week.
23. Keto Cauliflower & Cheese
If you’ve got a craving for mac & cheese, opt for this low-carb option instead. This cauliflower mac & cheese is full of delicious and creamy cheeses, but it’s still majorly low-carb! It will feel like eating your childhood favorite once again—and we stan.
A version of this article was originally published on April 17, 2020.