Best Low-Carb Recipes

Lettuce Wraps

The Spruce / Darlene Schmidt

The best low-carbohydrate recipes are those that deliver plenty of delicious flavor and satisfaction while still being suitable for those who want to follow a dietary approach that keeps the carb content on the low side. We've scoured our collection and rounded up the best low-carb recipes for appetizers, main course dishes, and desserts. Browse through our recipe collection and get inspired to cook and eat well; cutting back on carbohydrates doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction.

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    Authentic Eggplant Parmesan

    Eggplant parmesan

    The Spruce / Danette St. Onge

    Our eggplant parmesan is a classic Italian dish that is popular all around the world. While you may have tried versions of this dish that bread the eggplant before frying, the traditional recipe, shared here, skips the breading for a low-carbohydrate meal that really lets the wonderful flavor of the eggplant shine. You'll find this eggplant parmesan recipe lighter and faster to prepare than Americanized versions, but still hearty and filling enough to make a satisfying, meatless main course. Serve with a tossed green salad and perhaps some Italian red wine.

  • 02 of 29

    Shrimp Ceviche

    Shrimp Ceviche

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    Elegant and special, you'll impress your friends at your next dinner party or outdoor cookout when you serve this yummy shrimp ceviche recipe that's naturally low in carbohydrates and fat. Inspired by the seaside villages in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this flavorful, fresh-tasting, citrusy ceviche makes a healthy appetizer or first course.

  • 03 of 29

    Spaghetti Squash With Bacon Cream Sauce

    Spaghetti Squash With Bacon Cream Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This rich, creamy low-carb spaghetti squash with a bacon cream sauce is quick and easy to prepare. Spaghetti squash cooks into long strands that resemble pasta noodles, and a sauce of crumbled salty bacon with cream and Parmesan cheese make the dish incredibly decadent and delicious. Spaghetti squash is high in vitamins and fiber and is low in calories and carbs. Serve this fabulous alternative "pasta" dish with a tossed salad on the side for a fabulous dinnertime meal.

  • 04 of 29

    Steak and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

    Steak and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    For all Philly cheesesteak lovers, here's how to indulge in the flavors of your favorite sandwich without all the added carbs. Our steak and cheese stuffed peppers are made with all of the Philly cheesesteak's flavor, satisfying and delicious, and is gluten free. Shaved steak, caramelized onions, and bell peppers make up the filling, along with optional sliced mushrooms and a topping of shredded cheese.

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  • 05 of 29

    Low-Carb Pad Thai Noodle Salad

    Low-Carb Pad Thai Noodle Salad

    The Spruce / Darlene Schmidt

    Thai food is a take-out favorite, but so many of its dishes are high in carbohydrates because of the addition of noodles and rice. If you want a classic Pad Thai noodle-inspired dish, and want a low-carb noodle, try our rice noodle low-carb Pad Thai Noodle Salad. Low in calories and fat compared to the original wheat classic, it makes a beautiful, colorful salad to serve as a side dish or main course salad.

  • 06 of 29

    Mexican Omelet

    Mexican omelet

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    It takes just 15 minutes to cook up this low-carb, satisfying Mexican-style omelet. Eggs are beaten with crema (or sour cream), Jack cheese, and mild spices, then cooked until set, and topped with salsa for a quick and easy dish suitable for any time of the day. Using lard makes the omelet really rich, but olive oil or any other cooking fat is also a good option to cook the eggs. Serve with a fresh salad to keep the carbs low.

  • 07 of 29

    Baked Avocado Chips

    Baked avocado chips in a serving bowl with salsa on the side

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Low-carb, vegetarian, gluten free, and keto friendly, these baked avocado chips are infused with chile and lime and made with almond or rice flour and just a hint of Parmesan cheese. Easy to make, simply mash avocados with almond flour and cheese, season, and bake on a lined sheet. These chips are great with fresh pico de gallo, chunky tomato salsa, or on top of a salad for crunch.

  • 08 of 29

    Low-Carb Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

    Low-Carb Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

    The Spruce

    Classic comforting chicken casseroles are usually heaping with fat and carbs, but our take on this tasty dish uses cauliflower in place of rice, for a low-carb chicken and cauliflower casserole version. This one-pot dish is a healthy option for low-carb needs and it's just as filling and hearty as traditional versions. Thanks to the addition of some cream, cheddar cheese, and a variety of herbs you won't sacrifice any of the flavor, and the final meal will be satisfying and rich. Serve with steamed broccoli or a simple salad. For a quicker version, buy the riced cauliflower instead of making it yourself.

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  • 09 of 29

    Keto Cornbread

    Keto cornbread squares with butter on the side

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    If you're following a low- or no-carb lifestyle, bread is one of the first things to go, and likely one of the items you'll miss the most. Keto diets keep carbs to a minimum while allowing adequate amounts of protein and high amounts of fats. Our keto cornbread recipe checks all the boxes and replaces cornmeal with coconut and almond flour. Mix the flours with eggs, salt, and heavy cream, and bake for just 30 minutes.

  • 10 of 29

    Cloud Bread

    Cloud bread in a serving basket

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph 

    This low-carb Cloud bread recipe makes a delicious bread-like round that is gluten free and keto friendly. All it takes is eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and a little salt. Use a couple as you'd use sliced bread and make a deli meat sandwich, serve with a bowl of soup, or eat with butter and jelly for breakfast.

  • 11 of 29

    Low-Carb Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

    Low-Carb Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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    This elegant party appetizer is a healthier option than traditional stuffed mushrooms and uses no wheat ingredients to add crunch, but a little Parmesan cheese instead. Chopped crab meat, mayonnaise, and parsley make a simple and delicious filling for baked mushroom caps, similar to crab cakes but without all the extra breading. This recipe makes three dozen, but it's easy to scale up for a larger event. If you're looking for an ideal appetizer or snack for a game day party or holiday celebration, these low-carb, crab-stuffed mushrooms are a great alternative.

  • 12 of 29

    Cauliflower Parmesan

    Cauliflower Parmesan

    The Spruce Eats /  Jennifer Perillo

    Cauliflower Parmesan includes most of the flavors that made this Italian dish famous but skips the chicken and eggplant, using a base of roasted cauliflower instead. Our vegetarian-friendly take uses homemade marinara sauce to add freshness and mozzarella and pecorino cheeses. Quick and healthy, this is a great appetizer or entrée if served with a hearty low-carb salad.

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  • 13 of 29

    Keto Cauliflower Lasagna

    keto lasagna
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Our keto cauliflower lasagna is a creative alternative to traditional lasagna and uses cauliflower, eggs, and cheese to make the pasta "sheets" (baked separately before assembling the dish). The smooth and flavorful meaty sauce and cheesy layers may fool even the most committed pasta lover. But even if the low-carb "noodles" don't escape attention, the winning texture and flavor of this dish makes it a moot point.

  • 14 of 29

    Zucchini Lasagna

    Zucchini Lasagna

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter 

    Skipping the noodles and using thin-sliced zucchini is a wonderful way to transform a favorite Italian dish into a low-carb delight. This zucchini lasagna recipe is easy to make and includes all the classic lasagna fixings. It also doesn't skimp on the cheesy goodness with the combination of ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. Serve with a side salad for a complete and hearty meal.

  • 15 of 29

    Baked Tilapia With Garlic Butter

    Baked Tilapia

    The Spruce

    Healthy, mild-tasting baked tilapia with garlic butter is an excellent choice for a low-carb diet, and a delicious dinner entrée. The fish is flavored with a light garlic and herb mixture, then baked in the oven for a lovely dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes. It's a wonderful choice for a healthy weeknight meal or last-minute dinner party, served with roasted squash or a side of easy steamed green beans.

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    Gluten-Free and Vegan Cauliflower Hummus Dip

    Cauliflower Hummus

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    This cauliflower hummus is a gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly alternative to traditional chickpea hummus. Cauliflower lends a lighter mouthfeel, while the tahini and olive oil still give the mixture its classic silkiness. Paprika and cumin lend a smoky quality that complements the sweetness of pan-fried (or boiled) cauliflower. Use it as a dip with veggies, crackers, tortilla chips, or pitas. Ready in less than 20 minutes.

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  • 17 of 29

    Garlic and Pancetta Stuffed Pork Chops

    Garlic and Pancetta Stuffed Pork Chops

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    These garlic and pancetta stuffed pork chops are impressive to serve but super easy to prepare, thus great for dinner parties. Pork chops are stuffed with pancetta (or bacon), fresh herbs, spinach, and onions, then popped into the oven to cook. This low-carb recipe is a flavorful option and makes a beautiful dinner served alongside a green salad, riced cauliflower or steamed vegetables.

  • 18 of 29

    Low-Carb Meat Chili Recipe

    Low carb chili recipe

    ​The Spruce

    When you feel like a hearty bowl of beef chili, this "mostly meat" low-carb chili recipe is low in carbohydrates, filling, and flavored with spices and fresh vegetables. For five pounds of beef, you'll be using just one can of beans, so the ratio of protein versus carbs will give you a hearty chili that is still low in carbs but high in flavor. Onion, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, and even cinnamon cook together in this take on a classic dish.

  • 19 of 29

    Spiralized Zucchini "Pasta"

    tomato, corn, goat cheese, and zucchini pasta

    The Spruce / Stephanie Kirkos

    This light tomato, corn, goat cheese spiralized zucchini pasta entrée will fill you up without weighing you down. All you need is a spiralizer kitchen tool (or julienne peeler) to transform raw, whole zucchini into healthy, naturally low-carb and gluten-free spaghetti-sized noodles. More sautéed vegetables are added for a depth of flavor, and crumbled goat cheese adds a creamy tanginess to this dish. Add strips of grilled meat to this dish, for extra protein. Zucchini noodles cook super quickly, so dinner is ready in a snap.

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    Chicken Margherita

    Chicken Margherita

     Leah Maroney

    There's no need for pasta in this flavorful Italian-inspired dish. Tender chicken breasts are topped with pesto, tomato sauce, and gooey mozzarella cheese to make a beautiful and easy meal. Ready in under 45 minutes, the dish is naturally free of grain and gluten. Serve chicken Margherita with a salad or roasted asparagus or brussels sprouts for a complete meal.

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    Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    The Spruce / Darlene Schmidt

    Our Thai basil chicken lettuce wraps take a traditional Thai dish, often served on top of noodles, and transforms it into a low-carb, crunchy, and delicious treat perfect for dinner or as a special appetizer at dinner parties. Chicken, fresh vegetables and herbs are stir-fried and then stuffed into "wraps" made from iceberg lettuce leaves, for a colorful, refreshing, and flavorful handheld meal.

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    Keto Meatloaf

    Keto Meatloaf

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Most meatloaf recipes include bread or breadcrumbs to bind together the beef and other ingredients, but this keto meatloaf is free of gluten and grain. Made with ground beef, chorizo, pork rinds, herbs, eggs, and Parmesan cheese, it is then wrapped in bacon before going into the oven for approximately one hour. Brush with tomato sauce before baking for a golden and crispy outside.

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    Herbed Roasted Chicken

    roated chicken

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    This simple roast chicken recipe proves that a few ingredients can make a beautiful dinner. Coat the chicken with herbs and spices and place in the oven for an hour. That's it. The result is a moist and flavorful and moist chicken entrée that you can serve with roasted vegetables, salad, steamed broccoli, or a cilantro-lime riced cauliflower.

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    Healthy Tomato Basil Soup

    Tomato basil soup

    The Spruce

    Most tomato soups are rich and a source of hidden fat and calories, but our quick and easy, low-fat, low-calorie, and low-carb healthy tomato basil soup makes the most of the sweet, natural flavors of tomatoes while delivering all of the nutritional benefits of this healthy fruit such as high concentrations of antioxidants and vitamins. Warm, comforting, and delicious, this soup makes a great companion for salads and low-carb wraps.

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    Steak Au Poivre

    Steak Au Poivre

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    A French cookbook classic, this staple recipe of many great chefs is a fabulous way to enjoy steak simply for a low carb filling meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes, steak au poivre is the perfect main course for a romantic meal enjoyed at home, or for a larger dinner party. Serve with roasted vegetables or a green salad.

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    Shrimp With Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Low-Carb Shrimp With Creamy Garlic Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Our low-carb shrimp with creamy garlic sauce makes a great appetizer or entrée, and ready in just minutes they're a great alternative for busy weeknights. The buttery garlic cream sauce adds flavor and makes it a filling and flavorful meal. Serve with a salad, or spiralized zucchini or cooked summer squash noodles as a bed of "pasta."

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    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Roasted butternut squash with sage is a classic flavor combination that's really special. This naturally low in carbs roasted butternut recipe is easy to prep, just toss cubes of squash and onions chunks with olive oil and sage and roast in the oven for a colorful and rich-tasting vegetable side dish. As an alternative, skip the onions and sage and use cinnamon and maple syrup to flavor this nutty and creamy vegetable.

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    Niçoise Salad

    Niçoise Salad Recipe

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    This classic French bistro recipe for Niçoise Salad is an elegant, composed salad featuring protein-packed canned tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and crunchy green beans. Omit the potatoes for a completely carbohydrate-free salad, or leave them in for a flavorful salad dish that's still low in carbs overall and balanced in its nutritional profile.

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    Low-Carb Chocolate Mousse

    chocolate mousse

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    If you're trying to watch your carbohydrate intake, you can still enjoy this rich, healthier dessert option. All you need is whipping cream, artificial sweetener and cocoa to make this low-carb chocolate mousse recipe that's surprisingly rich and flavorful, but that can still be enjoyed guilt free.