When we set out to discover which of our keto-friendly recipes were fan favorites, we were a little surprised to learn that preferences were all over the culinary map. No shockers that our sweet treats were hits on Instagram, such as our keto donut holes or low-carb pumpkin bread, but we also found that old-school and purely Primal standbys like bone marrow and good ‘ol deviled eggs stood their ground in a sea of keto-fied comfort food makeovers.
This is the number one recipe of all time (so far) on the Primal Kitchen recipe blog for good reasons: first, it’s delicious, and second, it’s easy. Keto followers are often relieved when they see cauliflower crust on a restaurant menu or in frozen aisle at the grocery store, but you can’t always count on the ingredients in these low-carb crusts to be keto (or sometimes even healthful). Try making your own pizza at home instead. If you don’t have a food processor, you can buy already-riced cauliflower. The rest is a snap.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 465, Carbs: 18 grams, Net Carbs: 10 grams, Fat: 40 grams, Protein: 12.6 grams
These four-ingredient, no-bake, no-fry donut holes are perfect for when you want a slightly sweet bite that won’t kick you off your keto regimen. Macadamia nuts provide an unctuous base that, when pulverized in a food processor or high-speed blender, develop a texture similar to cookie dough. Simply roll the buttery dough into balls, chill, then roll in powdered (or granulated, if you’re a member of the grainy sweet camp) natural sweetener.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 126, Carbs: 7.25 grams, Net Carbs: 6 grams, Fat: 13 grams, Protein: 2 grams
This one will kick those Asian takeout cravings to the curb. Bust this one out when you feel too lazy to cook because, really, the dish is as simple as browning ground pork then dumping in a bag of coleslaw mix and stirring until cooked. Hard to believe, but the restaurant-quality sauce is simply Primal Kitchen No-Soy Teriyaki, coconut aminos, and fresh lime juice. Garnish with green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and chopped nuts—or not if you can't be bothered. All the same, dinner will be done faster than a delivery person could make it to your door.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 486, Carbs: 12 grams, Fat: 32 grams, Protein: 32 grams.
Make-ahead breakfasts are pretty much the only option on busy weekday mornings (aside from fasting) when getting kids ready for school, walking and feeding the dog, waiting for your turn to shower and get ready for work, etc. To avoid the frozen waffle or cold cereal sad breakfast (not to mention the additives and excess sugar), whip up a sheet pan or cast-iron skillet of these sausage and egg breakfast bites.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 191 Carbs: 1.6 grams, Net Carbs: 1.4, Fat: 14 grams, Protein: 14 grams
These savory pancakes are a keto culinary treasure—great to serve to non-keto people and even kids for brunch, in smaller form as appetizers or starters, as breakfast-for-dinner or even portable snacks. The airy texture of the pancakes provides an unexpected contrast to the golden, lightly crisp, pan-fried exterior. Mellow the smoky, salty flavor of the bacon with a sprinkle of fresh chives and a spatter of sour cream before serving, if desired.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 325, Carbs: 9 grams, Net Carbs: 4 grams, Fat: 22 grams, Protein: 22 grams
Who can resist a just-out-of-the-oven sweet treat that’s bursting with slightly tart fresh blueberries? Whether you whip up a double batch of these as grab-and-go breakfast for the week and stash the second batch in the freezer for later, or tote them as a snack for the kiddos on the way to sports practice, you can feel good about serving these keto-friendly baked goodies.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 328, Carbs: 9.4 grams, Net Carbs: 5.4 grams, Fat: 31 grams, Protein: 8.8 grams
If you’re a fan of rich, savory, umami, and even gamey flavors, this roasted bone marrow has your name all over it. All you need is some thick marrow bones (cut lengthwise—ask your butcher to do this, as we don’t want you to saw your fingers off trying to cleave through an animal bone at home), salt, aromatics and a hot oven. Roast for 25 minutes, allow to cool for 5, then grab a spoon and go find a quiet spot to indulge.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 682, Carbs: 3 grams, Net Carbs: 2.8 grams, Fat: 72 grams, Protein: 6.25 grams
Keto bread is similar to quick bread, with a soft almost cake-like texture and thin crust. While many keto bread recipes taste quite frankly like eggs and not much else, our recipe offers flavor variations that can help counter the overpowering eggy flavor. Toast the bread and top with butter, or use to make a BLT when you want something a little more than just a lettuce wrap.
Nutritional info per serving (plain keto bread recipe): Calories: 178, Carbs: 4 grams, Net Carbs: 2.1 grams, Fat: 16 grams, Protein: 6.3 grams
Creamy, luscious, smooth and slow to slide off the spoon and coat your tongue in sweet richness, ice cream is a marvel. It can be exceedingly difficult to find a variety that isn’t hopped up with artificial ingredients or sugar alcohols, though, when you want a version that strays from the original. The texture of ice cream alternatives can also be off-putting—from chalky to crystallized to hard-as-a-rock, it’s hard to mimic the velvety smoothness of real dairy ice cream. Our keto-friendly recipe freezes (and re-freezes) beautifully, maintains its creamy texture, and tastes amazing.
Nutritional info per serving (vanilla flavor): Calories: 153, Carbs: 3.1 grams, Net Carbs: 1.5 grams, Fat: 14.5 grams, Protein: 4.2 grams
In this Mediterranean version of chicken and rice, we use two Primal Kitchen vinaigrettes and marinades to add herby, slightly sweet flavor to the chicken, and cook the chicken with rich, clean-tasting avocado oil. We keep the carbs low by subbing cauliflower rice instead of regular rice, and bump up the flavor and texture with sweet, chewy sun-dried tomatoes, briny, salty olives, and sharp, creamy feta cheese. Garnish with a few torn fresh basil leaves for a palate-cleansing hint of anise, and enjoy the Italian-Greek mashup.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 656, Carbs: 15 grams, Fat: 51 grams, Protein: 38 grams.
Made with the goodness of almond flour, eggs, and all the traditional spices, this pumpkin bread bakes up moist and flavorful. Pumpkin puree rather than pumpkin pie filling means you can sweeten to your own taste. And don’t worry about sugar—this recipe doesn’t have any. It uses a popular low-carb standby—Swerve—to add sweetness without the sugar content.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 137, Net Carbs: 2.2 grams, Fat: 10.7 grams, Protein: 6.2 grams
When you’re tired of grilled or roasted salmon and want a super tasty (and also easy!) alternative, these savory salmon cakes developed by nutritionist Kelly LeVeque will turn your average spinach or kale salad upside down. Primal Kitchen Mayo and a dab of tartar sauce (make sure to use a keto-friendly brand) add richness, and chives and parsley add a fresh, herby flavor.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 181, Carbs: 6.4 grams, Net Carbs: 2.2 grams, Fat: 13.7 grams, Protein: 10 grams
This sticky and slightly sweet balsamic sauce chicken drumsticks is one of the simplest recipes you’ll find: four ingredients, five minutes’ total effort, and let the oven do the rest of the magic. Tuck this one in your back pocket and make sure you have these ingredients on hand in your kitchen so you whip this one out anytime you need a quick weeknight dinner, you've found out that you're having last-minute company over around mealtime, or you want to make a potluck party dish that's easy but stunning to the tastebuds.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 307, Carbs: 5 grams, Fat: 21 grams, Protein: 26 grams.
Part spinach-artichoke dip, part deviled egg, all delicious party appetizer, these spinach deviled eggs are a great switch-up any time you want an upgraded potluck dish or party fare that’s easy to double or triple for a large group. You can make these year-round with either fresh or frozen spinach and jarred or canned artichoke hearts.
Nutritional info per serving (1 egg): Calories: 186, Carbs: 2.5 grams, Net Carbs: 1.3 grams, Fat: 17.6 grams, Protein: 6.6 grams
People may think of skewers or antipasto as an appetizer or party food, but these antipasto skewers can take center stage as an uncomplicated dinner for one. Skewer two or three of these and place on top of a bed of mixed greens dressed with avocado oil and fresh lemon juice or Primal Kitchen Italian Dressing and you have a complete meal. Nothing complicated and big on flavor.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 492, Carbs: 5.9 grams, Fat: 37 grams, Protein: 33 grams
Nostalgic and classic comfort food that's, oddly, more polarizing than meatballs, meatloaf is essentially a giant meatball in loaf shape. It's traditionally made with milk-soaked bread or some type of pulverized bread, ground meat, and onions or garlic, and cloaked with a thick, cloying layer of ketchup or tomato-based sauce. Some crafty grandmas snuck in hardboiled eggs or—gasp—extra sauteed veggies, which probably did more to traumatize young tastebuds than nourish them. Our keto-friendly version includes classic, simple ingredients with none of the trickery. Rich from grass-fed ground beef and ground pine nuts (in place of the bread) and spiced with the eclectic flavor of Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce and naturally sweet (but unsweetened) Primal Kitchen Ketchup, take another crack at this modern take on a classic meatloaf.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 662, Net Carbs: 12 grams, Fat: 48 grams, Protein: 44.5 grams.
Why not end on a sweet note? These cakey, fluffy keto donuts scratch the itch for those times when you’re feeling nostalgic or ready to jump ship and “cheat.” These donuts have everything you’d expect from a traditional cake recipe: a tender and moist crumb from the egg white, butter, and pumpkin puree trifecta. If you’re very strict keto, the carb count may be a bit high for you—at 11.7 net grams—but these can be fit into a flexible plan for those occasional moments when you want to splurge.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 373, Carbs: 17.8 grams, Net Carbs: 11.7 grams, Fat: 33 grams, Protein: 12 grams