Are you hungry after getting back home from work? While you can always just get takeout food or eat at a restaurant, there’s no beating cooking for your own; you get to pick the ingredients and explore new dishes. Thus, here are 30 quick keto dinner recipes perfect for your busy schedule.
What Can I Eat for Dinner on Keto?
Despite the restrictions necessary to maintain a state of ketosis, there are many foods to eat for dinner. For one, dishes with chicken or turkey meat are ideal for their protein. Likewise, fatty fish such as salmon, herring, and swordfish are great for completing your daily fat intake.
Moreover, there’s nothing wrong with having meat such as beef and pork for dinner. You can even have them with non-starchy vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. And lastly, your keto dinner meals will benefit a lot from fresh herbs and spices.
30 Keto Dinner Recipes That Only Take 30 Minutes or Less
1) Keto Butter Chicken
If you’ve only got half an hour to feed six people, this is the recipe for you. It’s a truly filling dish as 1.5 pounds of chicken breast is prepared with ginger, garlic, yogurt, coconut oil, and garam masala, among others, to give it a distinct taste. Plus, you can have this chicken with fresh cilantro and cauliflower rice.
Interestingly enough, this low-carb butter chicken can be made without butter — just replace it with ghee. This ingredient is like a dense version of butter and it’s quite nutritious as well. Consequently, one serving of this keto butter chicken packs 293 calories, 17g fat, 25g protein, and only 6g net carbs.
Check out the full recipe here: Cast Iron Keto
2) Chili Roasted Chicken Thighs
Do you only have 20 minutes to prepare dinner? This one is another chicken recipe. But this time, you need a mere five ingredients — not including the usual salt and pepper to taste. This dinner recipe works well not only if you’re on a keto diet but also if you want a gluten-free and dairy-free option.
Each serving contains 266 calories, 18g protein, 20g fat, and less than 1g carbs. And if you like this dish, you can prepare more than two pounds of boneless chicken thighs. This way, you can have it as part of your meal prep plan.
Check out the full recipe here: Cook Eat Paleo
3) Keto Beef Tacos
How about a Mexican dinner? This keto variation of tacos takes just 15 minutes to prepare. But instead of actual taco shells, it uses lettuce leaves to reduce the overall number of carbs. If you think that this meal isn’t heavy enough for dinner, remember that you need a pound of ground beef to make this.
One serving of these keto beef tacos is equal to one bowl. Each serving packs a whopping 409 calories but only 5g carbs. Moreover, you get 34g fat and 20g protein.
Check out the full recipe here: Keto Summit
4) Eggless Salmon Patties
If you want to have salmon for dinner instead, try this recipe. You can make six patties of this high-fat fish in just 20 minutes. Just remember to drain the fish well and that you choose the skinless and boneless variant. In addition, you can replace the flaxseed meal with regular eggs instead if you can’t find any.
Each serving packs 232 calories, 14g total fat, 2g net carbs, and 22g protein. Plus, you get a good amount of calcium, iron, and Vitamins A and C.
Check out the full recipe here: Mommy’s Home Cooking
5) Loaded Cauliflower
Dinner can take the form of comfort food like this cheesy loaded cauliflower dish. It’s something that both you and your kids will certainly enjoy. In 20 minutes, you’ll have enough for a family of six — with each serving having 199 calories, 153 of which comes from fat.
Furthermore, every serving has 17g total fat, 8g protein, and just 3g net carbs. Remember not to remove the cauliflower florets from the microwave until they are tender. Depending on your preference, you can increase the number of bacon slices and cheddar cheese to add more fat and flavor.
Check out the full recipe here: Low Carb Maven
6) Bacon and Shrimp Risotto
Speaking of bacon, here’s another keto dinner featuring your favorite fatty meat. This time, four slices of chopped bacon are combined with four ounces of shrimp to create a lovely risotto. It’s a recipe that’s not only keto-friendly but also free of grains, dairy, nut, and corn.
Note that this recipe uses a winter radish known as daikon. If you can’t find this in your local supermarket, you can opt for cauliflower or jicama instead. This risotto takes 25 minutes to prepare, with each serving packing 224 calories, 23.7g protein, and 9.4g total fat.
Check out the full recipe here: Healthful Pursuit
7) Low-Carb Smoked Salmon and Avocado Plate
Aside from the fact that you can make this dish in a matter of minutes, all you really need are four ingredients: smoked salmon, a couple of avocados, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste. It’s simple but each serving is packed with a whopping 82g fat, 65g protein, and 1,037 calories.
Clearly, this dinner will keep you full. You can even have the salmon any way you want. If you don’t want smoked salmon, you can have any fatty fish and have it fried or baked. There’s also no limit to the vegetables you can add as long as you pay attention to their number of carbs.
Check out the full recipe here: Diet Doctor
8) Vegan Thai Curry
If your friends are hanging out with you on a Friday night, consider making this scrumptious Thai dish. It doesn’t have any meat, but this vegan-friendly curry is still high in protein and fat. After all, you’ll be using nearly 500 grams of tofu along with full-fat coconut milk and almond butter.
All you need are 20 minutes to make four servings. Each one has 318 calories, 12g protein, 27.1g fat, and just 9.1g total carbs.
Check out the full recipe here: Broke Foodies
9) Shredded Chicken Chili
Looking for a spicy dish to end your day? This chicken chili uses cumin spice and chili powder to give your meal a kick. And if you’re up to it, you can a jalapeno pepper as well. The sauce is delightful, so much so that you’d want to make more than necessary to have as leftovers.
It’s a good dinner to have on a cold night, and you can have six servings of this chicken chili in just 30 minutes. Each serving contains 201 calories, 11g total fat, 6g net carbs, and 18g protein. Moreover, you get notable amounts of iron, calcium, and Vitamins A and C.
Check out the full recipe here: Ketogasm
10) Keto Filet Mignon
Last but definitely not the least, this is an exquisite keto dinner that only takes five minutes. It’s a French meal that you can make for you and your partner at home. And despite its minimalist appearance, each of the two servings has 517 calories, 43g fat, 34g protein, and a single gram of carbs.
Check out the full recipe here: The Nourished Caveman
11) Keto Chicken Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing
Check out the full recipe here: Green and Keto
12) Low Carb Steak Fajita Roll-Ups
Check out the full recipe here: A Spicy Perspective
13) Greek Tuna Cakes
Check out the full recipe here: Keen for Keto
14) Vegan Keto Crack Slaw
Check out the full recipe here: Meet free Keto
15) Baked Halibut with Lemon & Thai Chili
Check out the full recipe here: meatified
16) Creamy Shrimp and Bacon skillet
Check out the full recipe here: The Nourished caveman
17) Avocado Bacon and Eggs
Check out the full recipe here: Lil Luna
18) Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks
Check out the full recipe here: Man Titlement
19) Keto Loaded Potato Chicken Casserole
Check out the full recipe here: Margot Carmichael
20) Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Check out the full recipe here: Skinny Taste
21) Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake
Check out the full recipe here: This gal cooks
22) 30-Minute 8-Ingredient Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet
Check out the full recipe here: The Roasted Root
23) Low-carb shrimp & grits
Check out the full recipe here: Bare root girl
24) 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles
Check out the full recipe here: Two peas and their pod
25) Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil
Check out the full recipe here: Little Spicy Jar
26) Egg Drop Soup
Check out the full recipe here: She wears many hats
27) Low Carb Keto-Friendly Khichdi
Check out the full recipe here: Grow fit
28) Garlicky Baked Shrimp
Check out the full recipe here: Giveme some oven
29) Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
Check out the full recipe here: Cooking LSL
30) Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup
Check out the full recipe here: Shugary Sweets
Overall, these quick recipes prove that you can have good food no matter your time constraints. Whether you worked overtime or traffic was bad, you can always go home and whip up a delicious meal packed with fat and protein in more or less 30 minutes.