Carnivore Diet Meal Plan for Beginners

January 11, 2022

The new trending topic in ancestral eating: the Carnivore diet. This mostly-meat elimination diet is loved by meat-loving Keto devotees and Primal folks for it’s low-carb approach. Wondering if the carnivore diet is for you? Check out our post “What is the Carnivore Diet?” to learn more about this buzzy lifestyle, and read on to see our tips for a carnivore diet meal plan* made delicious with Primal Kitchen.

*Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any diet.

What Can You Eat on the Carnivore Diet?

While the answer might seem simple (meat, meat and, you guessed it…more meat) tackling this trend is a bit more nuanced than that. Most folks fill their cart with “nose to tail” cuts of meat and fish. This kind of diet usually calls for grass-fed, pasture-raised meats and wild-caught seafood. Depending on personal preferences, this list might also include eggs, full-fat dairy, herbs, spices, condiments, and non-starchy vegetables.

Mark Sisson’s Favorite Carnivore Diet Recipes

Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson is known by his blog readers and fans of his books for his Keto carnivore diet. Take a peek at what Mark chows down on everyday. 

Carnivore Diet Meal Ideas for Every Meal of the Day

Here’s a look at a sample day in the life of a carnivore. These meat-focused recipes keep flavor on the menu, even with a limited list of ingredients. Mix and match these recipes for a week of carnivorous culinary tastes!


3 Canned Fish Recipes for Breakfast & Beyond

Breakfast Meatza

Ham and Egg CupsA breakfast meatza is laid on a cutting board with alfredo nearby.


Keto Chili without Beans

Buffalo Chicken

Dijon Mustard Salmon


Pork Tenderloin

Slow Roasted Chicken

Keto Pulled Pork


FAQ About Eating on the Carnivore Diet

Still curious? Here’s our answers to some of the most-asked questions about this meat-focused eating plan.

Is the carnivore diet keto friendly?

Absolutely! While keto diets differ based on the individual, many are already focused on lean meats and lower-carb recipes. Many folks consider the this plan to be a more restrictive version of the Keto diet.

Can you drink coffee on a carnivore diet?

The answer to this question depends on how strict your approach to being a carnivore is–if you’re looking to eliminate it, try slowly weening yourself off for a month instead of going cold turkey.

What about Carnivore diet snacks?

Try bite-sized nibbles like these Air Fryer Steak bites or 

Shrimp with Keto Cocktail Sauce for a carnivorous snack.

shrimp is laid on a plate with keto cocktail sauce.

A Sample Carnivore Diet Food List

Before heading out to the grocery store of local butcher shop, take along this list of Carnivore diet essentials.


  • Sugar-free bacon
  • Sausages (pork, chicken, or turkey)
  • Pork: chops, roasts, and belly
  • Lamb
  • Steak: porterhouse, ribeye, top side, filet, t-bone, flank
  • Ground beef
  • Organ meats: liver, kidney, heart, tongue, sweetbreads
  • Bone marrow
  • Turkey
  • Chicken


  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Sardines (fresh or canned)
  • Mackerel
  • Shrimp
  • Oysters
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Canned fish, e.g., tuna, anchovies
  • Cod liver


  • Eggs
  • Bone broth


  • Spices like oregano, pepper, salt, or cumin
  • Keto-friendly Sauces (try the Starter Keto kit for lower-carb options to add flavor to your dishes)
  • Cooking Oils (nab this kit to make sure your stocked for grilling, baking, and more)


  • Animal fats: tallow, lard, chicken or duck fat
  • Coconut oil
  • Butter/ghee
  • Optional: avocado, olives (not for strict carnivore)

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