Keto Stuffing

Keto Stuffing

The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1 casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 449mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 192mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Keto stuffing is a savory low-carb version of the classic Thanksgiving side dish made using a batch of quick and easy keto cornbread. Typical stuffing is made using a loaf of bread, making it especially high in carbs and less than keto-friendly. This recipe starts with homemade keto cornbread that uses almond and coconut flours, and it tastes just like your favorite cornbread stuffing. You can enjoy it with your Thanksgiving dinner without sacrificing flavor or throwing your diet out the window.

Don’t skip on toasting the bread cubes. The less moisture they have, the more moisture they will absorb from the broth and seasoning, resulting in great texture and flavor. After the cornbread is tossed with the other ingredients, the stuffing can be covered and stashed in the fridge until you're ready to bake. Make-ahead dishes like this will give you some flexibility during a busy day of cooking.

Serve this low-carb, gluten-free, keto cornbread stuffing with other keto-friendly Thanksgiving dishes like bacon-wrapped turkey, keto gravy, and Brussels sprouts.

"While the recipe does require a few steps and takes some time, it’s straightforward and a good make-ahead option. The keto cornbread whips up in no time; just let it cool before cubing. With the fresh veggies, sage, and parsley, the taste is so close to traditional stuffing that no one will know the difference!" —Colleen Graham

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Ingredients

  • 1 batch keto cornbread, cubed (about 4 cups)

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) salted butter

  • 1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)

  • 3 stalks celery, minced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade poultry seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Keto Stuffing ingredients
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  2. Preheat the oven to 250 F. Add the cubed cornbread to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make sure the pieces are spread around and aren’t too cramped. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 1 hour or until they are golden brown, crunchy, and dried out. Increase the oven temperature to 375 F.

    Cornbread for Keto Stuffing
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  3. Add the butter to a sauté pan over medium heat and allow it to melt. Then add the onion and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

    Saute vegetables for Keto Stuffing
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  4. Whisk together the broth, eggs, poultry seasoning, thyme, pepper, and salt in a measuring cup or a bowl. 

    Mix liquids for Keto Stuffing
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  5. Toss together the toasted bread cubes, sautéed vegetables, and the chopped parsley and sage in a 2- to 3-quart casserole dish. 

    Toss together Keto Stuffing
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  6. Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the casserole. It should cover most of the bread cubes. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the foil and put the casserole back in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the top is crispy and browned.

    Add broth to Keto Stuffing
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  7. Serve with more chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!

    Keto Stuffing
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Tips

  • Leaving the cornbread cut in cubes on the counter for a day or two will help the drying out process go quicker and you can cut the toasting time in half or more.
  • You can also toast the cornbread cubes ahead of time to make assembly quicker before mealtime. 
  • If desired, assemble the stuffing up to a day ahead of time, cover it, and store it in the fridge. When ready to bake, let it warm up a bit on the counter while you preheat the oven.

Recipe Variations

  • Add any of your favorite stuffing ingredients like cooked and crumbled sausage, garlic, roasted chestnuts, dried (unsweetened) cranberries, or sautéed mushrooms.
  • You can also use a different broth to make this keto stuffing. Homemade turkey stock is ideal and beef broth will work in a pinch.
  • Vegetable broth can be used to make this stuffing vegetarian. 
  • You can use store-bought keto bread to make this stuffing, but results may vary since brands differ greatly.
  • Fresh herbs are preferable, but dried herbs can be used if needed. Use one teaspoon of dried herbs per tablespoon of fresh.

How to Store

Store leftover keto stuffing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350 F oven to re-crisp.

What can I replace bread with on keto?

While high-carb items like most bread are not allowed on a keto diet, there are keto-friendly bread options made with almond flour, coconut flour, and other gluten-free, low-carb ingredients.