83 Keto Dinner Recipe Ideas to Try Tonight

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The Recipe Critic

It’s not a dream—there really is a diet where you can eat all the cheese, eggs and bacon you want. It’s called the ketogenic diet (keto for short), and it’s a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb meal plan that could potentially help you lose weight. After confirming with your doctor that it’s right for you, give one of these 83 keto dinner recipe ideas a go.

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1. Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Psst: The sauce tastes just as good with shrimp or salmon in place of chicken.

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2. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? We think not.

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3. Baked Eggs and Zoodles with Avocado

When you want a break from meat and cheese, buttery, satiating avocado will be there.

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4. Gluten-Free Cheese and Cauliflower ‘Breadsticks’

Dinner is incomplete without ’em, so get your fix minus the carbs.

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5. Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Veggies

This meal's loaded with flavor and requires minimal cleanup to boot. Win-win.

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6. Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice

The secret to the creamy, decadent sauce? Coconut milk—not dairy.

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7. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Use the meat in tacos, burritos, quesadillas or salads, and the leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast hash.

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8. Garlic Butter Steak and Scallops

Keto-friendly surf and turf in 30 minutes flat? Pinch us, we're dreaming drooling.

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9. Prosciutto-Wrapped Cauliflower Bites

Serve them as an app at your next dinner party, plate them with a side of greens or devour them solo.

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10. Cheese Shell Taco Cups

Where we’re going, we don’t need tortillas. Crispy, fatty cheesy to the rescue.

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11. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad-Stuffed Peppers

These vibrant cuties are picnic-bound and a cinch to prepare ahead.

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12. Low-Carb Keto Chicken Stir Fry

We could eat this one every night. Even better, it's ready before you can say, "delivery, please."

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13. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

When the carb cravings hit, cauliflower can stand in for spuds to create this keto-friendly side dish.

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14. Chicken Enchilada Bowl

We’ll take an extra sprinkle of cheese and all the sour cream you have, please.

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15. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir Fry

You only need five ingredients to make this takeout-inspired meal, which is decidedly kid-friendly.

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16. Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Serve this keto-friendly dish with a side of cauliflower rice to keep the carbs to a minimum.

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17. Vegan Cauliflower Soup

No dairy, no potatoes, no problem. Top your bowl with crushed red pepper flakes for a kick.

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18. Spicy Ginger Scallion and Egg Drop Zucchini Noodle Soup

Talk about a light, refreshing meal. The zoodles will scratch your itch for pasta.

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19. Low-Carb Bacon Burger with Guacamole

Our dream dinner. Skip the bun in favor of lettuce wraps and ta-da: It’s keto.

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20. Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Pasta? Never met her. This super cheesy side is all you need, and it'll become one of your go-tos at first bite.

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21. Keto Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe

Ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes. Much faster than a flight to Hawaii, no?

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Hey Keto Mama

22. Low-Carb Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

The ultimate comfort food, with a keto-friendly twist. Pass the Parm, please.

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23. Instant Pot Greek Cauliflower Rice

Plain cauli rice is fine...but this gem from Jen Fisch of Keto in the City is even better.

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24. Cauliflower Tortillas

Call all your keto friends: Taco Tuesday is a go. We'll bring the guac.

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25. Tuna-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

It's possibly the easiest main you’ll ever make, thanks to a protein-packed pantry staple.

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26. One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please. Serve with salad, soup or bacon to make it more filling.

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27. Greek Wedge Salad

Put down the bacon bits and step away from the blue cheese dressing. This wedge salad is lighter and on the table in less than 20 minutes.

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28. Goat Cheese and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

When your friends say they could never do keto, serve them this to show them the light.

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29. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

The only thing easier than the cleanup is eating the juicy, crispy chicken thighs.

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Hey Keto Mama

30. Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl

In this case, no rice is a good thing. Use blitzed cauliflower instead.

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31. Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Ranch

Meet your new favorite condiment. You'll want to make a double (or um, triple) batch, trust.

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32. Cream of Mushroom Soup

If you’re craving comfort food, try curling up with this seven-ingredient beauty.

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33. Low-Carb Chicken Fajita Salad

If you insist on having salad for dinner, why not one like this? Pile on all the hot sauce you desire.

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34. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

All you need is fresh produce and a blender to whip up this summer stunner. Serve with keto-friendly bread for dipping.

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35. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Aka a plateful of takeout-inspired deliciousness. Don't skip the runny egg on top—it's full of protein.

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36. Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon

Hands down the easiest way to cook seafood, in our opinion. Swap in any veggies that are hiding in the back of your fridge.

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37. Cauliflower Soup with Coconut, Turmeric and Lime

Turmeric and curry powder make this soul-soother an edible immunity booster.

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38. Spaghetti Squash Primavera

For people who love eating but hate washing dishes (it only dirties one pot and pan).

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39. Easy Mexican Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Hearty yet refreshing, this low-carb meal will fill you up without bogging you down.

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40. Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

These elegant bites prove that eating keto doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive.

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Hey Keto Mama

41. Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Bread has nothing on this creamy, decadent gem. Even your kids will drink it down without a fuss.

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42. Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Bowls

This Mexican-inspired pick will keep you full without any cheese or sour cream.

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43. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Crisp fall evenings call for a hug in a bowl. Just skip the maple syrup to keep it keto.

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44. Grilled Zucchini Tomato Feta Boats

Close your eyes and you’re in Greece, thanks to briny, lip-smacking feta cheese.

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45. Low-Carb Pho with Zoodles

Cool if we make this every week? Spritz all the lime juice your mouth can handle for a pop of acidity.

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46. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

You shouldn't limit meatballs to apps and spaghetti. Here, they're filled with cheese and served with charred broccolini.

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47. Greek Chicken with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Just toss everything together in a casserole pan and you'll only have one dirty dish to clean after dinner.

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48. Grilled Flank Steak with Lemon Herb Sauce

Wow everyone at the barbecue with ease (and consider the marinating time a built-in cocktail hour).

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49. Parmesan Ranch Chicken Thighs

Seven ingredients, much magic. Even picky kids will have zero complaints about this slaw-topped wonder.

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50. Lemon Salmon with Garlic and Thyme

For when you want something that tastes fancy, minus all the effort.

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51. Instant Pot Keto Indian Butter Chicken

Forget low and slow. The pressure cooker pulls this main off in just 20 minutes.

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52. Keto Pasta with Lemon-Kale Chicken

It may *look* like regular pasta, but they're really low-carb tofu shirataki noodles.

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53. Keto Skillet Lasagna

Loaded with everything but the pasta, so low-carb eaters can get in on the cheesy fun too.

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54. Cast Iron Pork Chops with Cacao-Spiced Rub

Pro tip: Salt the pork 45 minutes before cooking so it doesn’t turn tough.

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55. Keto Steak and Blue Cheese Salad for One

Your deskmates are jealous already. It's our favorite way to repurpose leftover beef.

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56. Chicken Thighs with Pancetta and Green Olives

Briny, crispy and downright foolproof. Oh, and did we mention it comes together in your trusty cast iron skillet?

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57. Keto Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

These copycat handhelds are both low-carb and gluten-free, thanks to almond flour.

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58. Keto Instant Pot Sausage-Kale Soup

We recommend slurping it down by a roaring fire for extra warm, fuzzy feels.

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59. One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

Never feel intimidated by cooking steak again. Your oven will do the heavy lifting.

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60. Seared Scallops with Corn Succotash

Did you know three ounces of scallops pack a whopping 20 grams of protein? They cook to perfection in a flash, too.

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61. Vegan Keto Coconut Curry

Don't worry, we’ll look the other way if you want to lick the bowl clean.

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62. Keto Everything Chicken Wings

Use homemade bagel-flavored seasoning or store-bought: Either way, these wings will be a hit.

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63. Low-Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Warning: Your kids will beg for this every week once they have a taste at dinnertime.

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64. Steak Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce

Use a grill pan instead of the barbecue to cook the skewers in the winter.

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65. 15-Minute Skillet Pepper Steak

Put down the takeout menu—you’ve got this. (And all in a single skillet.)

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66. Salmon with Pesto and Blistered Tomatoes

Herbaceous, flavorful store-bought pesto is one of our favorite shortcuts in the book.

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67. Low-Carb Tex-Mex Casserole

Instead of using pasta or rice to bind the casserole, eggs and cream cheese do the trick.

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68. Pepper Teigen’s Thai Glazed Ribs

They only take 40 minutes to prepare, since they're deep-fried instead of grilled.

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69. 30-Minute Breakfast Hash with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Go ahead, add bacon—you know you want to. Sub more veggies for sweet potatoes to bring the carbs even lower.

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70. Tuna Salad with Yogurt, Capers and Za’atar

Mayo who? You'll never make this protein-packed dish the old way again.

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71. Strawberry, Basil and Arugula Salad

This modernized '90s staple is only ten minutes away (and it'd be even tastier crowned with grilled chicken).

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72. Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Aka 15-minute shrimp in an epic lemon-garlic sauce. You'll want lots of low-carb bread for soaking up the butter.

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73. Pressure Cooker Mushroom-Beef Soup

Low-carb comfort food at its finest. Thanks, Instant Pot.

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74. Seared Scallops with Citrus-Shallot Salad

Thoroughly pat the scallops dry before searing them to get a flawless outer crust.

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75. Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Thank almond flour and pork panko crumbs (aka ground pork rinds) for the low-carb breading.

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76. Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

Bye, tortillas. Did we mention these reheat like a charm? (You're welcome.)

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77. Keto Guacamole Burger Bites

They'll take you 35 minutes to make (and 30 seconds to devour).

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78. Antoni Porowski’s Strip Steak with Harissa Butter and Parsley Salad

Oh so fancy, yet ready in 20 minutes. We feel an alfresco dinner party coming on.

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79. Ginger-Scallion Chicken Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Glaze

Eat the sticky, savory meatballs solo, with veggies or atop a bed of cauli rice.

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80. Vegan Keto Everything Bagels

Top one of these beauties with cream cheese and smoked salmon and call it a night.

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81. Ina Garten’s Creamy Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Thyme

Leave it to the Barefoot Contessa to make a gourmet-caliber dinner this easy to prepare. Sub cauliflower rice for couscous.

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82. Spicy, Crunchy Tuna Salad Lettuce Cups

No cook? Check. Ready in 10 minutes? Check. Packed with protein? You bet.

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83. Lemongrass-Ginger Coconut Grilled Steak

Dinner is less than ten ingredients away (and it's damn impressive, if we do say so ourselves).

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough