26 Easy Keto Recipes

April 5, 2019
by Nicole Gulotta for Thrive Market
26 Easy Keto Recipes

What’s for dinner? It’s hard to believe three simple words can elicit so much dread, but when it comes to getting healthy keto meals on the table—breakfast and lunch included—there’s a lot of prep that needs to happen to make home cooking seamless and pain-free. This is especially true when you’re following a specific diet like keto. That’s why we’ve rounded up more than 25 of our best keto recipes. Just bookmark, shop, and get cooking for dishes you’ll love to make on repeat for however long you’re giving the ketogenic diet a go.

Keto Ingredients Overview

Before we dig in to menu planning, let’s review the basics for keto-friendly cooking. You’ll want to focus on rich fats and moderate amounts of protein, which includes meat, seafood, eggs, cheese, nuts and nut butters, seeds, non-starchy veggies, and plant-based oils.

Be sure to avoid:

  • Grains
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Vegetable oils
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Higher-carb nuts (pistachios and cashews)
  • Starchy root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, corn, and parsnips)

26 Easy Keto Recipes

Now let’s get into the kitchen! From breakfast to dessert, these 26 recipes will make it easy to learn the ropes of keto eating

Healthy Keto Breakfast Recipes

Start your day with keto breakfast recipes that deliver healthy fats to help kick you into ketosis.

Walnut Milk

Nothing against the always-popular almond milk, but it’s time to give walnuts some love when it comes to dairy alternatives. Just let walnuts soak overnight, then whirl them in the blender.

Keto Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These tender keto pancakes are blended with rich ricotta and lemon juice, while almond extract adds a subtle, nutty flavor. Skip the syrup and top with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries.

Sous Vide Egg Bites

Put your Instant Pot to work in the a.m. with these MCT oil–spiked egg bites that’ll fill you with energy.

Coconut Creamed Spinach With Eggs

Scrambled eggs are always a winner, but this recipe takes things up a notch with coconut-creamed spinach for extra nutrients.

Keto-Friendly Lunch Recipes

Don’t make your midday meal an afterthought. Bookmark these easy keto lunch recipes to enjoy throughout the week

Keto Cloud Bread

This bread is extra light and made without flour so it’s keto-compliant. You’ll love the perfect-for-sandwiches airy texture that comes from whipped egg whites.

Lamb Burgers With Pistachio Pesto

This filling recipe blends gamey lamb with a fragrant pesto that’ll fuel you straight through the afternoon—no bun needed!

Anchovy and Onion Flatbread

Yes, pizza is possible, even while eating a keto diet. It’s all thanks to cassava flour, a popular AP flour alternative. The dough is baked with caramelized onions and anchovies, then topped with peppery arugula and, for a citrusy finish, lemon juice.

Keto Carnitas

Tender carnitas are pretty irresistible, especially when they’re seasoned with bold spices like cumin, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder. Not to mention, this hands-off recipe is made in the Instant Pot!

Keto Everything Cheese Balls

If you love the flavors of an everything bagel, channel your affection into zesty cheese balls. They’re great for an appetizer platter or a lunch medley with fresh veggies.

Keto Loco Moco

For Hawaiian comfort food, it doesn’t get any better than Loco Moco. To keep things keto, we use cauliflower rice and grass-fed beef.

Keto Bread

Another bread option, this loaf is practically begging to be turned into avocado toast. The recipe combines gluten-free flours and melted coconut oil, both staples in any keto-friendly pantry.

Keto Made Easy: Dinner Recipes

Winner, winner … veggies, beef, pork and yes, chicken, dinner! Add these tasty dishes to your keto dinner rotation, stat.

Portobello au Poivre Recipe

This vegetarian version of a classic French dish cooks up meaty portobello mushrooms, then nestles them in a thick coconut milk sauce for the ultimate (guilt-free) indulgence.

Instant Pot Keto Butter Chicken

If your spice cabinet is well-stocked, you’ll be good to go for this keto-friendly Indian dinner made extra easy in the Instant Pot. Serve with cauliflower rice to keep your meal grain-free.

Keto Cauliflower Gnocchi

Are you sensing a theme? Cauliflower is a powerhouse ingredient anytime, but even more so when you’re eating keto. Enjoy Italian night without derailing your diet with these pillowy soft (and compliant) gnocchi tossed in brown butter.

Keto Cabbage Lasagna

It’s all about the comfort food, keto-style! This hearty lasagna dish nixes noodles in favor of sturdy cabbage leaves so you can indulge any night of the week.

Keto Pork Chops With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Enjoy a keto date night in with tender pork chops and creamy mushroom sauce made with the essentials—butter and cream.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

The secret to easy weeknight cooking? An Instant Pot chicken dinner! Just add chicken, cover it in aromatic spices, and let the pressure cooker do all the work.

Instant Pot Keto Ribs

Forget the all-day cook time and enjoy quick(er) cooking ribs in the pressure cooker. The dry rub is made sans brown sugar for a keto-friendly option anyone will love.

Delicious Keto Desserts

Enjoy a post-dinner nosh with these compliant (and crave-worthy) keto desserts.

Candied Lemon Peel Keto Bombs

Like little flavor explosions in your mouth, these citrus bombs are sweetened with a sugar alternative.

Keto Buckeyes With MCT Oil

Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in keto heaven, especially with the addition of energizing MCT oil.

Cinnamon Bun Mug Cake

Craving sweets? Keep ’em in check with this practically instant treat made with GF flours, warm spices, and a sugar alternative. The best part is it comes together in 10 minutes and is cooked in the microwave!

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

If you’re the sweet and salty type, this treat fits the bill. Top yours with favorite nuts and seeds—anything goes!

Pumpkin-Spiced Chia Seed Pudding

Although you could certainly enjoy this pudding for breakfast, we also love it as an after-dinner bite. You can prep it ahead with ingredients like MCT oil, chia seeds, and fall spices.

Keto Drink Recipes

Enjoy your favorite sips with a keto-inspired twist.

London Fog Latte

Visit London in a mug with this tea latte that infuses classic Earl Grey with lavender, MCT oil, and your favorite non-dairy milk alternative.

Keto Chai Latte

This will be your morning go-to in no time! Spice things up with tea, milk, spices, and grass-fed butter for added vitamins and minerals.

Lavender Vanilla Moon Milk With CBD Oil

This dreamy lavender “moon milk” made with CBD oil, vanilla, and milk, is the perfect sip right before bed. Bonus: it blends up in 10 minutes flat.

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