You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen or spend a ton of money on one-off ingredients to get into ketosis and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.
After all, the health benefits of dining on a high-fat, low-carb diet like keto can range from weight loss to better mental health and superhero-esque physical energy.
So whether it’s your first time cooking keto recipes or you’re a seasoned ketosis veteran, save this guide right now. This article covers nearly 40 keto recipes, broken up into breakfast, lunch, and dinner — so you never have to wonder what’s on the menu again.
Cooking to stay in ketosis doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. And with the recipes in this guide, you’ll feel confident and ready to tackle your new healthy life by the end of the day.
Start with recipes you can make with only a handful of ingredients while you’re still testing the keto waters.
Keto Breakfast Recipes
Even if you’re practicing intermittent fasting, breakfast is still one of the most delicious and satisfying meals of the day. Breaking your fast at noon? What about 2 pm? No problem. Check out these simple keto breakfast recipes for easy ways to start your day.
#1. Keto Bulletproof Coffee
Simply mix all three in a blender to create a perfectly frothy and energizing latte. Then feel free to spice up your keto coffee with additions to make every cup unique, such as:
- Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- Pure vanilla or almond extract
- A pinch of Himalayan salt
- Keto collagen protein (choose a chocolate flavor for a mocha coffee)
- A scoop of exogenous ketones for energy and mental clarity
For a total time of two minutes, you’ll have the energy to last well into your hectic day.
#2. Keto Breakfast (or Brunch) Spread
#3. Perfect Keto Avocado Breakfast Bowl
You probably already have all five ingredients needed to whip up this ketoavocado breakfast bowl recipe. And it’s so easy and quick you can make it before you dash out the door for work or school in the morning.
#4. Keto Oatmeal: 5-Minute Low-Carb N’Oats
Never miss the warm comfort of oatmeal on a chilly morning just because you’re in ketosis. This keto n’oats recipe combines flax, hemp, and chia seeds with coconut flakes, almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla MCT oil powder.
These healthy seeds will boost your daily fiber intake — to the tune of 16g, or about half of your day’s recommendation — for 1g of net carbs. And the vanilla MCT oil powder will give you energy for hours in addition to adding delicious flavor.
What is MCT oil powder?
Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs as they’re known, are special fatty acids that your body readily converts into energy. They’re quickly metabolized into ketones, shuttling energy all over your body.
You may be used to liquid MCT oil, but MCT oil powder is easier to take with you on the go and it mixes well with other low-carb powders like exogenous ketones, Keto Microgreens Powder, and collagen protein.
#5. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
A well-stocked keto pantry also extends to your fridge.
You should always have bacon, ham or sausage, eggs, and cheese around when you’re on a keto diet because:
- The ingredients are inexpensive and last a decent amount of time in your fridge
- There are endless ways to prepare them together
- All cooking methods are relatively fast and easy
- They’re packed with protein and good fat and super low in the carb department
The whole casserole has 43g of protein for just 2g of carbs and you’ll have leftovers the next day. You can always add keto-friendly veggies like broccoli and even more meat to your casserole to amp up your macros.
The Best Keto Lunch Recipes
What do you do when you only have 30 minutes to chow down and a small lunch cooler to fit it all in? You can either find keto-friendly meals at the drive-thru or pack one of these keto lunch recipes. Since the homemade route is best, let these five recipe ideas eliminate the struggle from your keto lunch options:
#6. Meat-Lover Pizza Cups
Being on a keto diet means you probably have unfulfilled pizza cravings and a lot of meat in your fridge.
Luckily, this low-carb meat lover pizza cup recipe from Northern Nester helps silence your pizza craving, all while staying in ketosis. Using a ham slice as a cup for cheese and other meaty toppings, one serving is all the best parts of pizza sans the carbs.
#7. Easy Keto Chicken Salad
When you get in the habit of batch cooking all your keto meals for the week, you may find yourself with an excess of chicken. This easy keto chicken salad is the answer to your leftover chicken’s encore performance.
With just 1g of net carbs, 25g of protein, and 19g of fat per serving, it will keep you satiated until dinner. Psst! If you want to boost your fiber intake without adding carbs, try sprinkling in chia or hemp seeds.
#8. Spinach-Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers
Bunless burgers are everything on keto because they’re so easy and customizable. Graduate from topping your burgers with cheese to stuffing them with this elevated yet simple spinach-mozzarella stuffed burgers recipe from The Iron You.
The spinach and mozzarella hiding in these burgers not only add extra fat and vitamins, they also keep your burger patties super juicy and flavorful. One patty clocks in at 36g of protein, 29g of fat, and just 1g of carbs. Pair it with a salad dressed with MCT Powder Garlic Dressing and you’ll have the #BestLunchEver.
#9. Easy Keto Egg Salad
The easiest lunch for anyone on a ketogenic diet is based on another pantry staple: eggs. With this easy keto egg salad recipe, just take hard-boiled eggs and mix them in a bowl with mayo, lemon juice, mustard, celery, and green onions. Then season with salt and pepper as you like.
#10. Easy Shrimp Avocado Salad With Tomatoes and Feta
Simply mix shrimp, tomato, avocado, and feta cheese with a homemade dressing of butter, cilantro, lemon juice, and olive oil. This flavorful bowl tallies in at 24g of protein, 33g of fat, and 6g of carbs. You can use fewer tomatoes to cut a few more carbs if you like.
#11. Chicken Caesar Salad
Ditch the expensive Caesar salad from the cafe by your office and replace it with this tasty homemade version. With this keto chicken Caesar salad recipe you’ll never fork over that kind of dough when it’s so darn easy to DIY.
#12: Keto Jalapeno Poppers
Ok, not your classic lunchtime staple, but making a quick batch of these will make you feel like you’re at a party in the middle of a Tuesday. Try this easy ketojalapeno poppers recipe with a total cook time of about 30 minutes and pair with a hearty low-carb salad with some grilled chicken or skirt steak.
Though this recipe only calls for stuffing the peppers with cheese and wrapping them in bacon, you could boost it nutritionally by adding ground sausage, buffalo chicken, or even spinach to the cheese mixture.
Easy Keto Dinner Recipes
What can you do with 30 minutes? These easy keto recipes, that’s what. These tasty dishes don’t take much time and still deliver fantastic nutritional payoff:
#13: Baked Pesto Chicken
This baked pesto chicken recipe from Joy Filled Eats only requires a trip to the grocery store for chicken breasts, mozzarella, and basil pesto. You can either make your pesto from scratch to control the carbs or find a premade low-carb option at the store, depending on how much time you have.
#14. Cheesy, Low-Carb Stuffed Mushrooms With Bacon
Whether bringing to a potluck or cooking on a weeknight, these tasty low-carb stuffed mushrooms with bacon are only 1g of net carbs per baby bella cap. And they only take about 20 minutes from start to finish.
#15. Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops
Think you can’t have restaurant quality keto meals at home? This recipe for garlic rosemary pork chops from Delish says otherwise. To cook four chops, all you need is rosemary, garlic cloves, butter, and olive oil. In less than 30 minutes of total cook time, this keto recipe will be on the table in a flash and on repeat at your house.
#16. Avocado Shrimp Stacks
This keto avocado shrimp stack recipe not only takes a total of 15 minutes to make, it also only uses shrimp, avocado, lime, and basil. Sure to be a summertime staple, you’ll always want to keep these four ingredients on hand when you come back from the beach or need a refreshing nosh out by the pool.
#17. Bangin’ Coconut-Lime Skirt Steak
If you’re tired of the same ol’ steak for dinner (said no keto dieter ever), you can take your meat in another direction with this Bangin’ Coconut-Lime Skirt Steak recipe from Wicked Stuffed.
Using lime juice, garlic, ginger, and red pepper to dress up a grass-fed skirt steak, you’ll have a flavorful twist on an affordable cut sure to satisfy all your taste buds.
#18. 30-Minute Hearty Keto Chili
Another crowd favorite, this keto chili in under 30 minutes recipe is perfect for after-work dinners when you’d rather chill than cook. While your chili simmers away, you can prep all the keto-safe toppings such as avocado, cilantro, green onions, or whatever you’re craving.
#19. Zesty Chili Lime Taco Cups
If you’re craving Mexican food, try this delicious recipe for your next Taco Tuesday. Rather than using corn or flour-based tortillas, you’ll use butter lettuce wraps to build your taco. Pro tip: You can use this exact same strategy to recreate your favorite glutenous sandwich into a paleo or keto-friendly dinner.
#20. Quick Keto Egg Roll In a Bowl
Looking for a dinner recipe that’s better than takeout? This light, healthy “egg roll” salad will give you all the flavors from your favorite Thai restaurant without the carbs or food coma. Made with cabbage, chicken, and coconut aminos to ensure it’s gluten-free, this is one recipe you can’t miss. Pair with zucchini noodles as a substitute for pad thai to complete the dish.
#21. Simple Keto Stir-Fry With Cabbage Noodles
Cooking on a low-carb diet doesn’t have to be complicated. For a healthy, sugar-free, veggie-rich, one-pot meal, try this easy stir-fry loaded with cabbage, bell peppers, chicken, and onions. Serve over cauliflower rice for an easy weeknight meal.
Easy Keto Recipes Kids Can Help Cook (+ Eat)
Get those curious little hands in the kitchen to help prep your keto meals and they’ll be more excited about eating healthier.
And if you have a significant other who’s not so great in the kitchen, these recipes will allow them to level up their skills the easy way while also giving you a hand:
#22: Perfect Keto Collagen Mug Cake
Mug cakes are single-serving desserts that you can “bake” right in your microwave. Perfect for nights when you don’t feel like cooking, mug cakes also come with some built-in portion control. And the icing on the …cake? They’re done is less than two minutes. When it comes to fast and easy keto desserts, you need this keto collagen mug cake recipe stat.
#23: Spicy Keto Cheese Crisps
Using just grass-fed cheddar cheese, jalapeno, and crumbled bacon (i.e., three ingredients), these chips only take about 10 minutes to bake in the oven.
#24. Cloud Bread: 4-Ingredient, Low-Carb Bread
Pro tip: You can usually find cream of tartar in the spice aisle at your local grocer, and it’s not expensive.
#25. Sheet Pan Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
Do you know how to chop brussels sprouts in half and snip bacon into small bite-sized pieces? Do you think you could throw those small chunks on a pan, season them with salt and pepper, and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes?
#26. Simple Keto Meatballs
It’s almost impossible to mess up meatballs. Using this simple ketomeatballs recipe, both little hands and inexperienced roommates can roll ground beef, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, egg, and seasonings into small balls.
Then it’s just 20 minutes of cook time before you get to chow down on your tasty creations together.
#27. Creamy Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Either steam a fresh head of cauliflower as the recipe calls for or use a bag of microwavable cauliflower to save some time. Then top your cauliflower with delicious three-cheese sauce. Yum!
Bonus: You can always change up the cheeses to use whatever you have on hand and add protein like leftover chicken, sausage, or bacon for a different flavor the second time you make it (and third and fourth …).
#28. On-The-Go Keto Nut Butter Bars
When you need a pick-me-up in the middle of your day, these on-the-go nut butter energy bars will be ultra satiating. Bonus: They’re also super easy to make.
All you and the kiddos have to do is add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender, pour the contents out into a prepared dish, and bake for less than 20 minutes.
Cut these bad boys into bars, wrap them up, and you’ll have a quick snack to help you stay in ketosis and boost your energy levels thanks to uber healthy keto ingredients such as:
#29. Cheesy Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip
Why cook when you can let your slow cooker do all the hard work for you? To make this cheesy keto buffalo chicken dip crowd fave, place chicken thighs in a slow cooker, coat with spices and buffalo sauce, and hit cook. When it comes time to shred, get your kids to help.
No Cooking Required: Easy Keto Smoothies and Fat Bombs
There’s nothing easier than dumping a bunch of healthy ingredients in a blender and hitting a button to whirr it all up when you’re too groggy to make breakfast.
These 5 easy keto smoothie recipes are both fast (like, less than five minutes fast) and awesome for reaching or maintaining ketosis:
#30. Citrus Keto Green Smoothie
With a total time of two minutes max, this citrus keto green smoothie may be the fastest way to sneak in your vitamins since there’s nutrition from 26 different organic fruits and vegetables and zero carbs.
Using the Perfect Keto Micronutrients Greens Powder and MCT oil, you’ll not only get your regular dose of fruits and veggies while staying keto-friendly, you’ll also get the added benefit of long-lasting energy from the MCTs.
#31. Micro Greens Matcha Smoothie
You can also sneak in your greens with this micronutrient greens matcha smoothie recipe.
The stunning color comes from frozen blueberries and contains:
Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than traditional green tea. And when you combine it with MCT oil, you may notice extra energy without the crash just like this next recipe promises.
#32. Energizing Keto Smoothie
Maca powder may be able to boost your energy, improve your libido, and help promote better memory, mood, and focus.
#33. Low-Carb Acai Almond Butter Smoothie
Need a keto smoothie to refuel after your workouts?
This low-carb acai nut butter smoothie recipe is like drinking the healthiest peanut butter and jam sandwich — minus all the unhealthy carbs and inflammatory peanut butter.
Check your market’s freezer section for unsweetened acai puree packets. Then add the puree to a blender with nut milk, coconut oil or MCT oil powder, avocado, nut butter, vanilla, collagen protein, and your sweetener of choice (either erythritol, stevia, monk fruit or swerve) to score 15g of protein per serving.
#34. Creamy Triple Chocolate Keto Shake
What do you call a healthy smoothie that tastes like dessert? This creamy triple chocolate keto shake. This recipe combines chocolate keto collagen protein with chocolate-flavored MCT oil powder, nut milk, and nut butter for energy and much-needed fat and protein.
Collagen protein specifically supports bone, joint, and ligament health. So while it’s working on strengthening your insides, you’ll be radiating on the outside thanks to collagen’s ability to also improve your skin, hair, and nails.
#35. Iced Matcha Latte With MCT
Though technically not a smoothie, this iced matcha latte with MCT recipe is just as easy to make and delivers all the same health benefits for your keto body.
With just three ingredients — almond milk, ice, and Matcha MCT Oil Powder — simply add them to a blender and mix on high for 15–20 seconds to enjoy. You’ll have 9.5g of fat for just one net carb.
#36. Peaches and Cream Fat Bombs
And that’s thanks to the BHB found in exogenous ketones, which may help:
#37. Macadamia Nut Keto Fat Bomb
Though technically not the same shape as traditional fat bombs, this snack packs all the same health benefits. Six ingredients and 20 minutes in the freezer will deliver six squares of pure deliciousness when you whip up this macadamia nut keto fat bomb recipe.
Each serving has 17g of fat and less than 1g of net carbs. Grab a square anytime you’re craving chocolate or an indulgent dessert.
#38. Brain-Boosting Chocolate Coconut Fat Bombs
In addition to the stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, coconut oil, and shredded coconut, this chocolate coconut fat bomb recipe also calls for nootropics.
It’s a supplement you can use to enhance memory and other mental functions.
The Perfect Keto Nootropics blend combines your brain’s preferred fuel source with nutrients to support better brain health, including: exogenous ketones, MCTs, collagen protein, phosphatidylserine, ginkgo biloba, alpha lipoic acid, l-theanine, cat’s claw, DHA, and alpha GPC.
When people start taking nootropics, it’s common for them to report feeling more alert and attentive while having more clarity and concentration. You can use this killer fat bomb recipe to try nootropics for the first time.
#39: Chocolatey Keto Nut Butter Cups
Perfect Keto Nut Butter is a creamy blend of macadamia nuts, cashews, coconut butter, MCT oil, and just a pinch of vanilla and sea salt — plus it has zero added sugars, chemicals, or preservatives. Everyone wins with this keto chocolate peanut butter cup recipe.
Now Get Cookin’, Good Lookin’
A keto diet doesn’t require a bunch of strange ingredients, heaps of cash, or a ton of time to get it right.
These 39 easy keto recipes prove that anyone can whip up ketogenic meals and snacks to reach or stay in ketosis without carb FOMO derailing your hard work.