Wondering what to make for dinner tonight? Here are 35 delicious and easy keto dinner recipes that will have you and your family will love! Your meal plan for the month is done with these great ideas for keto dinners every night of the week!
Wondering what’s for dinner? After a busy day, making dinner is often the last item on your to “want to do” list. Yet, we all need to eat. Fortunately, there are so many easy keto dinner ideas that are also paleo!
I love to keep dinner simple with a yummy bowl of soup, a salad or a simple protein and side dish. Of course, there are also fantastic keto main dish recipes like zucchini pasta pesto, for the days when you feel like a dinner that’s a little fancier (but still easy).
Many of these low-carb dinner ideas can be made or prepared ahead. I often double up on protein, so I have leftovers for lunch or to top a salad the next day. You can even whip up many of the yummy keto soups in bulk batches, freezing extra for another day—making your weeknights much easier.
Here are over 30 mix-and-match keto dinner recipes to give you an easy answer to the “what’s for dinner” question all month long.
Easy Keto Dinner Recipes
Soups are one of my favorite go-to dinner solutions. I love a delicious, comforting bowl of soup. These are all easy and fast to make. Many of them can also be made in big batches to enjoy over several days.
Quick & Easy Broccoli Soup
This easy broccoli soup is creamy, delicious and takes almost no time to create. The flavor is wonderful, and the vibrant green color looks so cheery in the bowl. This soup is definitely a great winter pick-me-up (but of course, it’s good any time of year).
Easy Cauliflower Celeriac Soup with Bacon
Celeriac is such a unique vegetable. It’s not so pretty on the outside, but on the inside it’s smooth and white, similar to a potato (but low-carb). The flavor is mild and when combined with cauliflower it makes such a creamy, delicious soup—perfect when topped with salty, crunchy bacon!
Roasted Asparagus Avocado Soup
I’ll admit I’d never considered combining asparagus with avocado (two of my favorite foods) but in this soup the flavor and textures blend perfectly. Lemon adds brightness and the asparagus has a wonderful caramelization from roasting. This soup is easily made vegan with vegetable stock and coconut oil.
Easy Chicken Soup in a Hurry
This comforting, fast chicken soup is made with pre-cooked rotisserie chicken—an awesome “keto recipe hack” for nights when you have no time to cook. You could also use your own roasted chicken from the oven or crock pot.
Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Soup
This keto soup recipe is filled with smoky and spicy flavors which I absolutely love. It’s from the fantastic book Paleo Soups and Stews by Simone Miller and it’s one of my favorite soups because it’s hearty, different and full of flavor.
Not every salad is worthy of being a dinner salad. We’ve all had a tiny restaurant salad with lettuce and a few shredded carrots that left us longing for more flavor. Well, these keto salad recipes are all filling, beautiful and delicious on their own or when combined with a protein dish.
Avocado Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
I love this dairy-free, low carb take on Caprese salad. It’s the perfect use of tomatoes, especially when they’re in peak season. Of course, I always recommend using the freshest ingredients in every recipe, but it’s especially important with salad where fresh ingredients really shine.
TUNA AVOCADO SALAD
The combination of tuna with avocado and lemon can’t be beat. This recipe is simple and easy enough to whip up anytime you need a quick meal. It’s a go-to salad that’s a perfect light keto dinner recipe.
Antipasto Salad with Italian Dressing
This salad requires zero cooking. All you need to do is simply slice, season and prep. The antipasto salad comes together fast and with delicious smoky, salty (clean) pepperoni, salami or prosciutto it’s oh-so-satisfying. Olives, artichokes, peppers and other veggies round out the meal.
Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad
I love this light and easy summer salad. It’s perfect for those nights on the patio when you grill out and need a yummy simple side salad. It’s always a crowd pleaser and with the fresh herbs and quality ingredients, the flavors are crisp, bright and delicious.
Shrimp and Arugula Salad
This salad was inspired by a trip to Sicily. It’s one of my absolute favorite dinner salads because the flavors take me right back to the vacation. It’s simple—dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. Sometimes the best dinners are the easiest ones to throw together.
Arugula Strawberry Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
This salad recipe is a beauty! Bright red strawberries look stunning against the green arugula and add a hint of natural sweetness that’s so satisfying. This salad is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, so it’s a great dish to bring along to your next outdoor party.
These main dishes are all keto and paleo friendly recipes (of course). Many of these main dishes are made in one or two pans, coming together fast. If you’re looking for some new and different keto dinner recipes, check these out.
Easy Keto Meatloaf
This easy keto meatloaf recipe swaps out the traditional high carb ingredients—it’s made without ketchup, brown sugar, bread crumbs or crackers. And you can make it either with ground beef or ground turkey. This tasty meatloaf is equally good both ways. Serve it up with cauliflower mash for a keto comfort food dinner!
Zucchini Pasta Pesto
This zucchini “pasta” pesto recipe is such a beautiful, fresh dish. I love making spiralized zucchini pasta and it’s a perfect pairing in any pasta dish. Veggie noodles have become quite popular and you can even find zucchini noodles in the store, pre-cut. Of course, I recommend doing your own—it’s easy and the freshness can’t be beat.
Easy Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Zoodles
Another recipe using versatile zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), this chicken veggie stir fry is a delicious idea from my friend Kelly Smith of The Nourishing Home. She uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, making this dish gluten-free. Serve this fun dish in a bowl and eat with chopsticks—it’s better than takeout!
Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta
The garlic roasted shrimp make this dish. The shrimp are simple to cook but the flavors are unbeatable. I always keep frozen shrimp on hand, because they’re easy to dress up and they’re the perfect addition to a special meal.
Sausage and Butternut Squash Frittata
This frittata is perfect any time of day—breakfast, lunch or dinner. Can I just say, the combination of sausage and butternut squash is absolutely unbeatable? You can use onions, peppers, herbs or any other veggies you’d like to add. This dish is a winner!
Bacon & Olive Quiche Recipe
Bacon and olive quiche tastes meaty, hearty and satisfying—not qualities you’d normally assign to an egg dish and especially quiche, traditionally thought of as a light “brunch” food. This savory meal has plenty of protein and smoky flavor. It’s filling enough to be a great keto dinner recipe the whole family will enjoy.
Sausage & Mushroom Frittata
Frittatas are a great solution for keto-friendly dinners. In one ovenproof skillet, cook a whole meal that’s beautiful, delicious and satisfying. Best of all, this easy paleo and keto frittata hardly takes any time to create! This is a dish you could easily serve at a dinner party. Make extra, because it also stores well in the fridge for up to 5 days. (The leftovers will be gone well before then, I promise.)
Easy Baked Salmon with Roasted Asparagus
Mustard-baked salmon and asparagus make an elegant sheet pan dinner. Using these simple ingredients (only 5 items!) this dish comes together in 15 short minutes in the oven. This is a healthy meal that’s beautiful, simple and delicious. It doesn’t get any better than this impressive all-in-one keto dinner!
Mix & Match Protein
Pair any of these proteins with the mix and match side dishes and you’ve got plenty of amazing keto-friendly dinner ideas for any night of the week. Most of these dishes require very little prep, to help you get in and out of the kitchen fast!
Easy Roast Turkey Breast
I love turkey. We so rarely appreciate it as often as we enjoy chicken, beef or pork, yet, it’s healthy and delicious. While this roast turkey breast is perfect for a simple, small Thanksgiving or holiday dinner, I suggest making it to enjoy any time of year. The leftovers are fantastic in lettuce wraps or salads the next day!
Crock Pot Whole Chicken
While this crock pot chicken takes a few hours to cook, the prep time is less than ten minutes. It’s the perfect dish to pop in the slow cooker in the morning and enjoy when you get home at the end of the day. Use the leftovers in any recipe, as you would with rotisserie chicken. Cook once and eat all week!
Easy Italian Dressing Grilled Chicken
This paleo and keto Italian dressing is the perfect marinade for delicious grilled chicken breasts. The flavors are fabulous, and the chicken turns out rich, succulent and juicy. I love these chicken breasts with a simple side salad or roasted veggies.
Easy Smoked Shrimp
Smoked shrimp are really good and simple to make. I love to use the unpeeled/shell on shrimp and serve them as peel-and-eat with garlic sauce. Shrimp require very little preparation and they’re packed with flavor. Smoking isn’t difficult on the grill or in a smoker and shrimp are small, so they cook up fast!
Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp
Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce using herbs, dried or fresh (in this recipe I use fresh) to flavor meats as they’re roasted or as a marinade. Here, the chimichurri sauce on grilled shrimp packs a huge flavor punch, making these skewers a wonderful addition to your grill.
Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Another use for delicious chimichurri sauce is with grilled chicken. This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes. The sauce is so flavorful and over juicy, succulent chicken thighs it’s perfect. I often marinate the thighs overnight, so they’re packed with flavor and ready to go on the grill.
Chili Roasted Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs tend to be a little juicier than breasts which occasionally get a little dry (bonus: they’re often on sale as well). That’s why these chicken thighs are a regular weeknight dinner at our house. These go perfectly with cauliflower rice, topped with a little avocado or guacamole. I promise your family will love this dish!
Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken
This is my default roasted chicken recipe. It’s so easy to prepare and yet, it tastes like a dish that took a lot of effort. I often enjoy this as a Sunday dinner, and then use the leftovers for salads, soups and other dishes during the week. It’s a foolproof keto dinner recipe.
Mix & Match Keto Side Dishes
These side dishes are great keto dinner recipes paired with any of the proteins above. Of course, they could also partner with any other dish. They’re simple, delicious and easy to cook.
Cauliflower rice is a perfect low-carb side to enjoy with almost any dish. I love how you can prepare a huge batch ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it. You’ll have “rice” ready to go in only five minutes. I love the flavor too—nutty, savory but not overpowering.
Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto
Looking for a side dish that will disappear in seconds? This grilled asparagus is a huge crowd-pleaser. The prosciutto is perfectly salty and savory. Use a simple prosciutto made with only pork and sea salt (no additives). It’s worth it to splurge on quality when a dish has just a few delicious ingredients.
Roasted Asparagus with Easy Blender Hollandaise
Here’s another keto side dish with my favorite vegetable—asparagus. Bonus: the Hollandaise sauce adds lots of fat so if you’re looking to up your fat macros this is a great dish to try. The Hollandaise sauce is made in the blender so it’s super quick and easy.
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Celery Root Mash
This roasted garlic mash is ultra-satisfying. It’s a perfect, keto recipe to swap in for potatoes or other mashed side dishes. The flavor with celery root is subtle but extra creamy. The roasted garlic finishes off the dish perfectly.
Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Truffle Oil
Another mashed cauliflower option, this dish stands out thanks to truffle oil. It adds an earthy, complexity that really elevates this side dish into a truly special meal. This is my favorite mashed side dish and best of all, it’s ready in 15 minutes.
Simple Garlic Roasted Broccoli
Some days you want a simple side dish and this garlic roasted broccoli fits the bill! Broccoli is such a popular veggie option. This one requires almost no prep—simply season it and throw it in the oven. You get a wonderful caramelized flavor. I recommend using fresh broccoli in this keto dinner recipe.
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a classic combination. And this version makes it super easy by roasting everything in the oven together. To keep it keto, just omit the honey in the recipe or substitute it with your favorite low carb sweetener.
Simple Roasted Tomatoes
Roasting tomatoes brings out their sweet flavor. You can use cherry or grape tomatoes in this recipe and it’s the perfect solution if you’ve got extra tomatoes that need to be used up quickly. I find these are great as a side dish, but it’s also a perfect sauce and topping for chicken, beef or fish.
What? You’re probably thinking guacamole is not a side dish. But I love it with everything and will often serve it alongside any of the proteins listed above. It’s a great way to add healthy fat to any meal!
Deciding what to cook for dinner tonight shouldn’t be stressful! Have fun choosing from any of these keto dinner recipes for you and your family to enjoy. They’re easy, fresh, healthy and delicious!