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20 Quick Keto Instant Pot Meal Ideas

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When you have no time to make dinner, an Instant Pot will save you. These keto instant pot meals will do for a perfect dinner.

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We all want nice healthy meals on our tables. But life often gets in the way.

We have so much on our plates. Our to-do lists are never-ending.

Work, school, errands, extracurricular activities … the list goes on. So, it’s no wonder that at the end of the day we just want to eat takeout.

But if you’re on a ketogenic diet, takeout can be a hassle. There are lots of hidden sugars in your everyday takeout.

And added sugars can quickly bring you out of ketosis.

Here’s the solution to your dilemma- keto instant pot meals.

With keto instant pot meal ideas, you’ll save time and energy in the kitchen. So, you have more time to relax after a long day at work.

You’ll also have control over what you put in your food. This way you can keep it keto-friendly.

Today, I’m sharing 20 keto instant pot meal ideas. They’re not only keto-friendly but convenient as well.

Since you’ll need an instant pot for these meal ideas, make sure you have one. If you don’t already have one, here’s a good quality yet budget-friendly Instant Pot that I recommend.

1. Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

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I’m a big fan of store-bought rotisserie chicken as I’m sure many of you are. If you’re looking for a way to make it at home, you’ll love this recipe.

Compared to baked chicken, it’s much tender and juicer. In fact, the chicken will just fall off the bone.

It’s also perfectly seasoned, but the best part is the gravy. The chicken drippings make it extra flavourful.

Now, to make the gravy, this recipe calls for corn starch. But for a lower carb option, you can just use xanthan gum. Stock up on it here, especially if you’re on the keto diet for the long term.

Do keep in mind that this dish is very high in protein. So, if you’re on a keto diet, you’ll want to make sure you don’t eat too much of it.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 551
  • Fats: 38g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 41g

Recipe

2. Instant Pot Chicken and Mushrooms

Instant Pot Chicken and Mushrooms

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If you love Mediterranean dishes, you’ll love this Mediterranean inspired meal. It looks and tastes amazing due to the crimini mushrooms.

Crimini Mushrooms are not only delicious but good for you as well. Just one cup of crimini mushrooms provides 25% of your daily vitamin B2 needs and 32% of your selenium needs.

You’ll need to slice these mushrooms- a lot of them. So to give your hands a break, simply use a food processor. If you don’t have one, here is a low budget but sturdy food processor I usually recommend.

You’ll also be adding some feta cheese and olives. These add some tang to the dish and round out the flavor perfectly.

As great as this dish is, you add some cream cheese if you like it creamy. The cream also works great because it increases the fat content of this dish.

To make it a complete meal, serve with some cauliflower rice and a nice Greek salad.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 190
  • Fats: 9g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 19g

Recipe

3. Easy Crack Chicken Recipe

Crack Chicken Recipe

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I love chicken, as I’m sure many of you do. But after a while, it can get plain boring.

So, for a nice change, be sure to try this dish. It’s creamy, luxurious, and just plain addictive.

After all, the chicken is loaded with cheddar cheese and bacon. And who doesn’t love cheddar cheese and bacon?

Best of all, this dish is also good for you! It contains a lot of fat and a decent amount of protein, sure to keep you satiated.

Best of all, it only takes 35 minutes to cook from start to finish.

Check out more recipes that are just under 5g in carbs here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 312
  • Fats: 24g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 19g

Recipe

4. Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken Recipe

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Here’s another chicken dish that is sure to spice things up on a cold day. It will not only warm up your taste buds but your tummy as well!

This butter chicken is creamy, aromatic, and spicy. And it tastes as good as the butter chicken that you would get at an Indian restaurant- without the carbs.

Your typical butter chicken can easily net you 20 grams of carb. But this butter chicken contains only 1 gram of net carbs.

This dish is all about the sauce. It’s tomatoey and creamy and is low in net carbs.

To keep it low carb, you won’t be using corn starch to thicken the sauce. Instead, you’ll be sautéing your sauce so that it thickens up.

But to give the sauce a really nice smooth texture, you’ll want to blend the sauce. Make sure you don’t blend it in your blender as this can be very dangerous.

Instead, use a hand immersion blender. It’s not only convenient but safer.  

I recommend this budget-friendly immersion blender here. It’s great not only for sauces, but soups and baby food as well.

Overall, this is a good example of that you cannot help yourself but enjoy in the evenings.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 312
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 20g

Recipe

5. Lemon Butter Chicken

Lemon Butter Chicken

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Here’s another butter chicken recipe for you butter chicken lovers. After all, you can’t get enough butter chicken right?

It’s different from your traditional butter chicken because you’re not using tomatoes. This is great if you’re allergic to tomatoes or know someone who does.

Instead of tomatoes, you’ll be using lemon. This adds a nice acidity to the dish.

Even though this butter chicken isn’t traditional, the chicken is nice and tender and packed with flavor. Coated in a lemon butter sauce, the chicken is melt in your mouth goodness.

And since it’s packed with fat and protein, it’s so satiating. You may not even miss the naan bread!

But, the sauce is so yummy. You may want some naan bread to mop up the sauce.

Definitely, go for it! Just make sure to use keto options like this. I also encourage you to make your own keto bread – more recipes for those here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 394
  • Fats: 30g
  • Net Carbs: 1.4g
  • Protein: 20g

Recipe

6. Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken

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Here’s another crack chicken dish! You can’t go wrong with crack chicken right?

This dish is creamy, cheesy, and just plain delicious. Best of all, it contains only 4 grams of net carbs and 35 grams of fat, which is great for ketosis.

It also takes only 25 minutes. Great for busy weeknights when you want something quick and easy.

You’ll be using paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper to season the chicken breasts. This makes the chicken breast savory and sweet.

But, if you like it smokier as I do, you can definitely use smoked paprika instead.

To make it a meal, serve your crack chicken with cauliflower rice. Simply pulse your cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like rice. You can get a food processor that’s low budget here for that.

Make sure you steam the cauliflower before putting them into the food processor. You won’t need to saute them afterward then. Get this steamer basket that will do the job and costs almost nothing.

If you’re not a fan of cauliflower rice, you can also serve your crack chicken in lettuce wraps instead. Enjoy!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 471
  • Fats: 35g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 32g

Recipe

7. General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

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Are you craving Chinese food? This dish is sure to satisfy your cravings.

We’re serving up General Tso’s chicken. Now, your General Tso’s chicken at your local Chinese restaurant is a definite no-no on a keto diet.

That’s because of the breading on the chicken and the sugars in the sauces. In fact, your typical General Tso’s chicken can contain as much as 23 grams of net carbs!

However, this dish contains only 5 grams of net carbs. It’s also packed with protein, which is great for keeping you satiated.

And it tastes just as flavorful. It has a nice balance of sweet, savory, spicy, and umami flavors.

To keep it low carb and add some sweetness, you’ll need some monk fruit sweetener, so be sure to pick some up here.

It’s also a great ketogenic meal prep dish, so use it for that.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 276
  • Fats: 13g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 29g

Recipe

8. Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup

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With the cold season upon us, now is a great time for soup. There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night.

This dish is creamy and spicy- great if you like it hot. If you don’t like it hot, you can definitely use less Buffalo sauce, or not use any at all.

Either way here is sugar-free buffalo sauce. You’ll want to avoid those carbs no matter what!

What I like most about this dish is that it’s a meal in itself. The celery adds freshness to the dish and makes it a complete meal.

The flavors are also nicely developed in only 30 minutes. However, it tastes as if it’s been simmering for hours.

To make this dish, you’ll need some shredded chicken. But to make shredding a breeze, you can just shred it in a food processor.

Check out more of the keto soup recipes here!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 270
  • Fats: 16g
  • Net Carbs: 3.4g
  • Protein: 27g

Recipe

9. White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

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Most times, you have to plan ahead when making chicken. For instance, you have to make sure you defrost your chicken.

But, what about those days when oops … you forget to defrost the chicken? What do you do then?

This dish is for one of those days. With this dish, you actually use frozen chicken.

It’s yummy, creamy, and spicy. Best of all, it contains only 3 grams of net carbs per serving.

That’s because we’re not using beans, which are high in carbs. However, you won’t even miss the beans, because this chili has all the flavors of regular chili.

Plus, making it is super easy. Just place all your ingredients in your instant, then let your instant pot do the work.

And to give the chili some texture, you’ll be shredding your chicken once it’s done. These handy shredder claws make it super easy.

This recipe is great if you’re looking for packable keto lunch ideas.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 207
  • Fats: 5g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 20g

Recipe

10. Chinese Lemon Chicken

Chinese Lemon Chicken

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Do you love lemon chicken? Then, you’ll want to give this dish a try!

That’s because your typical lemon chicken can have close to 20 grams of net carbs per serving! Now, that is easily your net daily carbs for the day!

This lemon chicken has only 6 grams of net carbs per serving. It’s also packed with fat and protein, perfect for serving your entire family.

This dish is also picture perfect. You’ll definitely want to post it on your Facebook or Instagram page.

But, it also as good to eat as it is to look at. The chicken is nice and crispy, and the sauce is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, spicy and umami.

To make the chicken low carb, you’ll be breading it in a mixture of pork rinds and almond meal.

And to make the sauce low carb, you’ll be using some golden monk fruit sweetener. So, make sure you have some on hand.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 292
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 26g

Recipe

11. Belizean Stewed Chicken

Belizean Stewed Chicken

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Are you a big favor of stews? I am too!

They’re so nice and comforting after a busy day at work. But stews can take hours to develop their flavors, and who has time for that?

This stewed chicken is spicy and sweet. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

And the good news? It takes less than 30 minutes to make.

The key to this dish is the Achiote paste. It’s a paste that’s used in Mexican and Belizean cooking.

You can find it in the Latin section of your grocery store. If your store doesn’t have it, you can find it here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 319
  • Fats: 22g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 28g

Recipe

12. Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

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If you’re craving Indian food, be sure to give this dish a try. It’s sure to transport your taste buds to India.

Creamy, aromatic, and not too spicy-perfect for the little ones. It’s a dish that your whole family will love.

You can easily make it and it only takes 30 minutes to make.

And you’ll also love the leftovers! To keep them nice and fresh, I recommend using glass containers like these.

Glass containers tend to keep food fresh for longer than plastic ones.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 280
  • Fats: 13g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 33g

Recipe

13. No Noodle Instant Pot Lasagna

Instant Pot Lasagna

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Do you love eating lasagne but hate making it? This recipe is just for you!

It’s really easy to make and best of all takes only 35 minutes.

I call this the lazy man (or woman’s) version of lasagne. That’s because you’re not using noodles or even zoodles to make it.

All you’re doing is layering your ground beef mixture and your cheeses. Easy, peasy!

What you get is an oeey, gooey, cheesy mass of deliciousness. And isn’t the cheese the best part of the lasagne?

Do keep in mind that beef has a high carbon footprint, so you may want to eat this dish less often.

For a more environmentally friendly option, you can use some chorizo instead. It’ll taste delicious as well!

You could also make this lasagne in a crockpot instead of an instant pot. Here are more crockpot recipes that are ketogenic.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 365
  • Fats: 25g
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 25g

Recipe

14. Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

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You had me at chicken wings. And garlic. And parmesan.

If you love chicken wings as an appetizer, a snack, or even a meal, this dish is one for the books.

These wings are nice and brown on the outside. But tender on the inside, and are seasoned beautifully.

Best of all, they contain only 0.7 grams of net carbs per serving. Perfect for serving up at your next Super Bowl party. Check out more keto chicken ideas here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 188
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 0.7g
  • Protein: 12g

Recipe

15. Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops

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I love pork chops. Besides being delicious, they’re also good for you.

They’re an excellent source of protein. They’re also full of lots of brain-boosting B vitamins.

However, many times they can get dry, particularly if you make them in the oven.

These pork chops are nice and tender. Smothered in dreamy, creamy mushroom gravy, it’s sure to wow your family.

And it’s low carb, even with the gravy! That’s because no corn starch or flour is used to thicken the gravy.

Instead, you’ll be using xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a low carb thickening agent that you can find here.

This dish is delicious as it is. But to make it a meal, feel free to add some roasted asparagus.  Yum!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 481
  • Fats: 32.5g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 40g

Recipe

16. Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast

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Shredded, juicy chicken breast in under 15 minutes. For the days when you’re short on time, this recipe is for you.

The chicken is tender and juicy. And it’s lightly seasoned with chicken broth, salt, pepper, and any other spices of your choice.

Serve in a lettuce wrap and add some garden sala or other keto salad. Voila, dinner is served.

Now, this dish is lower in fat. So, to increase the fat content, feel free to add some shredded cheese or avocado as your toppings.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 176
  • Fats: 7g
  • Net Carbs: 0.02g
  • Protein: 27g

Recipe

17. Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

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A casserole for breakfast? Yes, you heard that right!

This casserole looks and tastes delicious. It’s a delicious breakfast quiche.

That’s mostly because it’s filled with bell pepper, spring onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, and broccoli.

It’s perfect for a weekend breakfast with the family. It also works well as an elegant brunch.

Plus, you can use whatever you have in your fridge! Not a fan of cauliflower? Use broccoli or mushrooms instead.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 175
  • Fats: 12g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 11g

Recipe

18. Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Shrimp with Coconut Milk

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Are you in the mood for shrimp? Then, give this recipe a try.

This shrimp delicious is creamy and aromatic with a hint of sweetness. And, it’s good for you!

It’s packed with shrimp, which is not only delicious but good for you too. Shrimp is very low in calories, yet packs a ton of protein.

It is also an excellent source of selenium. Selenium is important for the metabolism of your thyroid hormone and making DNA.

And making this shrimp is super easy and the aroma is amazing. Just be prepared for random neighbors showing up!

Also, for most recipes, it’s best to have a set of measuring spoons. Get one here and don’t worry about getting the measurements wrong ever again.

That’s especially important when you’re baking keto desserts!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 192
  • Fats: 12g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 16g

Recipe

19. Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Meatballs

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With the holidays coming, potlucks are a’ coming. And with that, comes the dreaded question: “What do I bring for the potluck?”

Well, I’ve got the answer. instant pot meatballs!

These instant pot meatballs are sure to please both your keto and non-keto friends.

They’re tender and flavorful as they’re filled with cheese and herbs.

To make them, form your meatballs, then add some vinegar, tomatoes, water, and herbs. Set your instant pot, then in 5 minutes, your meatballs are ready!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 333
  • Fats: 25g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 20g

Recipe

20. Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers

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Kids are some of the pickiest eaters. They can be so tough to please, particularly at dinner time.

This sausage and peppers meal is sure to please your kids. After all, which kid doesn’t love sausages?

It’s also a great way to sneak in the dreaded vegetables.

The sausages are juicy and packed with flavor. Plus, the red and green bell peppers add color and freshness to the dish.

And the best part is that this dish totally fits in with your keto diet. At a whopping 59 grams of fat per serving, they are sure to keep you in ketosis! More on how to get in ketosis here!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 711
  • Fats: 59g
  • Net Carbs: 9g
  • Protein: 29g

Recipe

Conclusion

Did you like any of these instant pot meal ideas? Let me know which one you’re making tonight in the comment section!

Also, if you have a fellow friend who owns an instant pot, share this article with them! Sharing is caring!

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Diana Voda

Friday 1st of January 2021

I would like to try these receipes

Karo @ AllNutritious

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Give them a try for sure! At least one of these recipes will suit your tastes, hopefully!