Use these 30 quick and easy low-carb dinners to get a nutritious meal on the table without spending hours in the kitchen. Every one of these keto-friendly meal ideas can be made in less than an hour, most of them are ready in just 30 minutes!
All easy keto recipes listed here are naturally gluten-free and whole30 compliant as well as being ketogenic. Plus, many are paleo-friendly too.
Quick and Easy Low-Carb Dinners
Whoever said a keto diet is boring, has never made these meals. Fill your keto menu and meal planner with delicious and nutritious low carb meals. You will enjoy cooking so much, you’ll never miss the carbs!
With so many different recipes, you could make one new meal for every night of the month! There’s a fun keto challenge for you.
We don’t need to be spending all day in the kitchen in order to eat well. In fact, that was the motivation to self-publish The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook!
At the time, I couldn’t find a reliable source for easy keto meals, so I made my own. If you haven’t bought a copy yet, get one now!
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Easy Fast Family Friendly Recipes
These good dinner ideas are sure to help you stick to a keto diet while feeding a family and living a busy life. I’m always coming back to this collection of family-favorite low carb meals and trying something new.
Don’t let the stress and business of the day overshadow your nightly meal prep. Rotating a few easy dinner recipes throughout the week is key to success. Pick your top three recipes from this roundup and add them to your routine.
Save this list of go-to dinners so you can come back again and again.
One-dish and skillet meals are super easy and don’t make a lot of dishes. These are my favorite kind of fast family meals. Any leftovers can be saved for breakfast or lunch the next day.
These simple family meals are made in less than an hour. Most of them will be ready on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Quick and Easy Low Carb Dinner Recipes
Does dinner not make sense without rice and potatoes? If you are struggling with low-carb meal prep or just looking for some new favorite low-carb meals, I’m sure you will find inspiration here!
Did you know that low-carb swaps like zucchini or cabbage noodles and cauliflower rice cook even faster than grain and starch-based ingredients?
From sugar-free ground beef and broccoli stir-fry to shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles, these low carb dinner recipes have no sugar and minimal carbs, yet are just as tasty and satisfying as the carb-heavy meals you know and love.
Each dinner idea is loaded with healthy animal protein, fresh vegetables, and savory herbs to help make your diet both easy and enjoyable.
Quick and Easy Low-Carb Recipes for Dinner
I asked my keto recipe blogging friends for their best quick and easy keto dinners and this is what they shared.
One-pan, skillet dinners make cooking for a family simple and straightforward. If I'm ever stranded on a desert island, I know I want to bring a cast iron skillet with me. In this recipe, the classic beef and broccoli stir-fry takes on keto macros and has never been so easy to make.
Filled with a hearty amount of ground beef, cheese, and eggs, this is reminiscent of everyone's favorite cheeseburger. Perfect to double batch if there's a crowd or save leftovers for lunch the next day, this meat pie can be easily customized with your favorite burger fixings so you'll never miss the bun again.
Loaded with all your favorite taco fixings, this casserole is filling yet low-carb. It's a family-friendly recipe that would be great any night of the week! I know the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.
If you consider omelettes as breakfast food only, think again! Not only are they easy to make, but also very affordable. Omelettes are easy, but there is a bit of technique involved so it's good to read over my tips first. When you are ready, customize the meal with your favorite fillings or choose one of the suggested combinations of healthy ingredients listed in this post.
I had to include at least one quick and easy keto instant pot recipe here because everyone I know who has one of these appliances loves it! Thanks to Josi at Yellow Glass Dish, there is now an instant pot-friendly recipe for this classic kielbasa and cabbage dinner meal.
There are many benefits of organ meats, the budget-friendly aspect is just one reason these "odd bits" are worth a try. I find there is no better way to enjoy them than "hidden", as both beef heart and beef liver are in this recipe.
The ultimate quick and easy meal for one. Need more protein? Add more eggs. More fat? Dice an avocado or serve with butter mixed into the soup. It's a little unconventional but nothing is every ruined by adding more butter.
Does cooking get any easier when you only have 3 ingredients to work with? Scotch eggs are a favorite all over the world. Now you can make a simple recipe in your own kitchen without breading or frying.
Slow cooker meals are quick to prep and easy to follow. In this nourishing beef stew, we chop and dice all the ingredients before adding them to the crockpot and leaving to cook for a few hours while we go about our day.
Enjoy the best gluten-free, grain-free Italian style stuffed chicken breast with this easy low-carb dinner. It’s fancy enough for a romantic date night yet simple enough to make on any day of the week.
Cabbage noodles replace wheat noodles in many stir-fry and skillet recipes but taste so much better! This dinner meal has (optional) hidden liver for a healthy nutritional boost. Organ meats are important and affordable foods but not always easy to start eating so hiding them in with ground beef is a good strategy.
Shrimp is a wonderful ingredient to cook when you want to put a meal on the table fast. It sautes well and compliments just about any herbs and spices you want to pair it with. Make a simple shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles and skip the heavy, bloated feeling that comes so often after big pasta meals.
This cheese-filled, creamy low carb casserole is bursting with flavor! It's is the kind of keto dinner meal you can make without much planning because it uses everyday ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
This is the perfect dinner recipe for summer when zucchini plants go crazy with produce! Dress up a simple can of tuna with freshly squeezed lemon juice, spicy dill, and crispy pine nuts. Serve it all over a bed of zucchini noodles while you sit outside on a hot summer night.
Mix up a light and refreshing tzatziki sauce in only a few minutes while ground lamb and spices pan-fry until golden brown. Serve with sliced tomatoes and cucumber to make a well balanced and low carb easy dinner.
This Middle Eastern meatball dinner plates up as fancy as any 5-star restaurant but only takes 30 total minutes to prep, cook, and serve. This would be a beautiful yet still quick and easy treat for any dinner guest!
Quickly sear beef in a skillet and serve with a flavorful salsa and creamy avocado on the side. Add a portion of cauliflower rice and you can successfully recreate your favorite carne asada meal in a matter of minutes.
I always have canned fish in my pantry. This is in part because of the nutritional value fish has but also because canned fish works well as keto emergency food and is very functional for long-term storage.
Now that you have dinner ideas, what will you eat for the rest of the day?
Here are some easy keto snacks, fan-favorite sugar-free desserts, and breakfast meal ideas you can make without much time at all.
Low-Carb Blueberry Scones – Now you can enjoy your favorite coffee shop scone in the comfort of your own home! Not only is it more affordable to make them from scratch at home, but also healthier.
No-Bake Keto Coconut Macaroons – No-bake desserts are some of the quickest low carb recipes out there. Double batch these salty-sweet coconut macaroons and save the extras in your freezer to have on hand later.
Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.