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80 Keto Dinner Recipe Ideas to Try Tonight

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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 help you lose weight. After confirming with your doctor that it’s right for you, try one of these 80 keto dinner recipe ideas.

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1. Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Psst: Tastes just as good with shrimp or salmon in place of chicken.

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

2. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?

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3. Baked Eggs and Zoodles with Avocado

For when you want a break from meat and cheese.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Gluten-Free Cheese and Cauliflower ‘Breadsticks’

Dinner is incomplete without ’em.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Veggies

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

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice

The secret to the creamy, decadent sauce? Coconut milk.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Psst: Save the leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast hash.

Damn Delicious

8. Garlic Butter Steak and Scallops

Surf and turf (while keeping it keto) in 30 minutes.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Prosciutto-Wrapped Cauliflower Bites

Serve them as an app or devour them solo.

Hey Keto Mama

10. Cheese Shell Taco Cups

Where we’re going, we don’t need tortillas.

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11. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

These vibrant cuties are picnic-bound.

Wholesome Yum

12. Low-Carb Keto Chicken Stir Fry

We could eat this one every night.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

13. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

When the carb cravings hit, it's cauliflower to the rescue.

Hey Keto Mama

14. Chicken Enchilada Bowl

We’ll take an extra sprinkle of cheese, please.

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15. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir Fry

The best part? You only need five ingredients to make it.

Ambitious Kitchen

16. Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Serve this keto-friendly dish with a side of cauliflower rice.

The Simple Veganista

17. Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Top it with red pepper flakes for a kick.

Inspiralized

18. Spicy Ginger Scallion and Egg Drop Zucchini Noodle Soup

Talk about a light, refreshing meal.

The Modern Proper

19. Low-Carb Bacon Burger with Guacamole

Our dream dinner. Skip the bun and ta-da: It’s keto.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

20. Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Pasta? Never met her. This super cheesy side is all you need.

Wholesome Yum

21. Keto Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe

Ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Hey Keto Mama

22. Low-Carb Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

The ultimate comfort food, with a keto-friendly twist.

Leslie Grow/Keto In an Instant

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.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

24. Cauliflower Tortillas

Call all your keto friends: Taco Tuesday is a go.

Food Faith Fitness

25. Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats

It's possibly the easiest main you’ll ever make.

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26. One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please.

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27. Greek Wedge Salad

Ready and on the table in under 20 minutes.

Ambitious Kitchen

28. Goat Cheese and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

When your friends say they could never do keto, serve them this.

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29. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Even the cleanup is easy.

Hey Keto Mama

30. Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl

No rice, no problem. Use blitzed cauliflower instead.

Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Jake Cohen

31. Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Ranch

Meet your new favorite condiment.

Wholesome Yum

32. Cream of Mushroom Soup

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

Life Made Sweeter

33. Low-Carb Chicken Fajita Salad

If you insist on having salad, why not one like this?

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

All you need is fresh produce and a blender.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

35. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Aka a plateful of takeout-inspired deliciousness.

Damn Delicious

36. Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon

Hands down the easiest way to cook seafood.

Happy Healthy Mama

37. Cauliflower Soup with Coconut, Turmeric and Lime

Turmeric and curry powder make it an immunity booster.

Food Faith Fitness

38. Spaghetti Squash Primavera

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

Food Faith Fitness

39. Easy Mexican Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Hearty yet refreshing.

The Defined Dish

40. Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Proof that eating keto doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive.

Hey Keto Mama

41. Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Bread has nothing on this creamy gem.

The Defined Dish

42. Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Bowls

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

Photo: Michael Marquad/Styling: Nisha Vora

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.

The Mediterranean Dish

44. Grilled Zucchini Tomato Feta Boats

Close your eyes and you’re in Greece.

Wholesome Yum

45. Low-Carb Pho with Zoodles

Cool if we make this every week?

Patricia Niven/Keeping It Simple

46. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

Proof you shouldn't limit meatballs to apps and spaghetti.

Ola Smit/Dinners In The Bag

47. Greek Chicken with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Just toss everything together and there’s only one dish to clean.

Photo Eric Moran/Styling: Erin McDowell

48. Grilled Flank Steak with Lemon Herb Sauce

Wow everyone at the barbecue.

Photo Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

49. Parmesan Ranch Chicken Thighs

Seven ingredients, much magic.

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

50. Lemon Salmon with Garlic and Thyme

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

Leslie Grow/Keto in an Instant

51. Instant Pot Keto Indian Butter Chicken

The pressure cooker pulls it off in just 20 minutes.

Dana Carpender/Keto for One

52. Keto Pasta with Lemon-Kale Chicken

The key is low-carb tofu shirataki noodles.

The Creative Bite

53. Keto Skillet Lasagna

Loaded with everything but the pasta.

Eric Wolfinger/The Mexican Keto Cookbook

54. Cast Iron Pork Chops with Cacao-Spiced Rub

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

Dana Carpender/The Keto for One Cookbook

55. Keto Steak and Blue Cheese Salad for One

Your deskmates are jealous already.

Christopher Hirsheimer/Canal House Cook Something

56. Chicken Thighs with Pancetta and Green Olives

Briny, crispy and downright foolproof.

The Modern Proper

57. Keto Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

Low-carb and gluten-free, thanks to almond flour.

Leslie Grow/Keto in an Instant

58. Keto Instant Pot Sausage-Kale Soup

We recommend slurping it down by a roaring fire.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

59. One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

Never feel intimidated by cooking steak again.

Erin Kunkel/The Vibrant Life

60. Seared Scallops with Corn Succotash

Three ounces of scallops pack a whopping 20 grams of protein.

Helene Dujardin/The Essential Vegan Keto Cookbook

61. Vegan Keto Coconut Curry

We’ll look the other way if you want to lick the bowl clean.

Mellissa Sevigny/Squeaky Clean Keto

62. Keto Everything Chicken Wings

Make your own bagel-inspired seasoning or use store-bought.

Stay Snatched

63. Low-Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Warning: Your kids will beg for it every week once they have a taste.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

64. Steak Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce

Use a grill pan instead of the barbecue to make 'em in the winter.

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65. 15-Minute Skillet Pepper Steak

Put down the takeout menu—you’ve got this.

ELIZABETH VAN LIERDE & ABAGAIL HALSTEAD/EVERYDAY ENTERTAINING

66. Salmon with Pesto and Blistered Tomatoes

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

Dude That Cookz

67. Low-Carb Tex-Mex Casserole

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

Jenny Huang/The Pepper Thai Cookbook

68. Pepper Teigen’s Thai Glazed Ribs

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

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

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

Go ahead, add bacon—you know you want to.

Romas Foord/Sea Salt and Honey

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

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

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

71. Strawberry, Basil and Arugula Salad

This modernized '90s staple is only ten minutes away.

Esteban Castillo/Chicano Eats

72. Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Aka 15-minute shrimp in an epic lemon-garlic sauce.

The Creative Bite

73. Pressure Cooker Mushroom-Beef Soup

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

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

74. Seared Scallops with Citrus-Shallot Salad

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

75. Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Thank almond flour and pork panko crumbs for the low-carb breading.

Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

76. Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

Bye, tortillas. Did we mention these reheat like a charm?

Photo: Liz Andrew/Stying: Erin McDowell

77. Keto Guacamole Burger Bites

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

Paul Brissman/Antoni: Let's Do Dinner

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

Oh so fancy, yet ready in 20 minutes.

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

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

Eat them solo or over a bed of cauli rice.

Helene Dujardin/The Essential Vegan Keto Cookbook

80. Vegan Keto Everything Bagels

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

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough