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20 Tasty Ketogenic Under 5g Carb Meals

Staying in ketosis is challenging. These keto recipes have under 5g of carbs which will make the keto diet an easier endeavor.

keto under 5g carb meals

We (myself included!) have all had bad days when we took a bite of the forbidden fruit, whether it be a banana, doughnut, or non-keto bread.

When this happens, what do you do? Do you just starve and drink water for the rest of the day in order to maintain ketosis?

No, I have a better idea- eat meals that have under 5g of net carbs.

Today, I am sharing 20 keto meals with under 5g of net carbs. Yes, you got that right- less than 5g of net carbs per serving!

So, dig in, and let’s get started!

1. Creamy Dijon Pork Chops

Creamy Dijon Pork Chops

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If you love pork, this is the perfect meal for you. It combines juicy pork chops and crisp bacon for the perfect balance of moistness and crunch.

What’s more, it comes smothered in a dreamy, creamy sauce made of butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. If you like it spicy, Dijon mustard adds a hint of spiciness and graininess to the sauce.

Rosemary, thyme, basil, garlic cloves, and salt, and pepper further balance out the sauce.

And let’s not forget your veggies! Baby spinach is added to the sauce. This provides not only freshness, but vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting antioxidants as well.

Naturally low in net carbs, 2 cups of baby spinach provide 80% of your daily vitamin A needs. Vitamin A is a key vitamin for healthy eyes. So, if you want to keep your peepers healthy, this is the perfect meal for you.

And let’s not forget the fats. At 49 grams per serving, this is the perfect meal to up your fat intake and keep you full.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 590
  • Fats: 49g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 32g

Recipe

2. Keto Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

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Did you think breakfast sandwiches were a thing of the past because you’re on keto? Not anymore!

This inside-out breakfast sandwich uses yummy sausage patties on the outside in place of bread. A fluffy omelet is filled with fat-packed ingredients.

Melted cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese make this meal flavorful, extra-gooey and cheesy. Perfect for the cheese lover in you. What’s more, avocado adds freshness and loads of healthy fat.

Avocados are also high in fiber. One avocado alone provides 40% of your daily fiber needs. Fiber not only keeps you regular but helps keep you satiated.

My favorite thing about this recipe is the sriracha sauce as I like things spicy. You don’t find sriracha sauce in your typical fast-food breakfast sandwich!

Plus, at only 4 grams of net carbs per serving, this sandwich is much healthier than your typical breakfast sandwich.

Interested in finding more keto breakfast recipes? Check these out then.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 603
  • Fats: 54g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 22g

Recipe

3. Super Easy and Delicious Keto Pulled Pork

Keto Pulled Pork

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I love pulled pork … the tender, melt in your mouth goodness… who doesn’t? However, your typical pulled pork comes smothered in unhealthy, sugary barbecue sauces.

This meal is made without barbecue sauce, yet it still provides melt in your mouth goodness with only 2.3 grams of net carbs per serving. Juicy pork shoulder is rubbed with getting it- 9 different spices!

These spices are onion powder, garlic powder, dried rosemary, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, fennel seeds, cocoa powder, sea salt, and pepper. This gives the pork shoulder a smoky, spicy, savory, deep flavor.

Make sure you use smoked paprika, not regular paprika as smoked paprika will give your meat an intense smoky flavor.

Once you’ve rubbed the pork shoulder, simply add chicken broth and let your crockpot or Instant Pot do the work. Here is a good quality and low budget instant pot I recommend. For those who prefer crockpots, here is one that anyone can afford.

Serve on lettuce leaves along with some keto slaw.

One final note, one serving contains close to 50 grams of protein. Since the ketogenic diet is a moderate protein diet, you don’t want to eat too much of this meal.

However, the high protein content makes this meal the perfect meal for growing kids, so you can split your serving with your kids!

Also, feel free to check out more of these ketogenic crockpot meals!

Per Serving (Calculated by Me):

  • Calories: 486
  • Fats: 31.37g
  • Protein: 45g
  • Net Carbs: 2.3g

Recipe

4. Grilled Keto Chicken Thighs With Maple Dijon Marinade

Chicken Thighs With Maple Dijon Marinade

Credit: meganseelinger.com

Are you craving something sweet and savory? This Grilled Keto Chicken Thighs with Maple Dijon Marinade will satisfy your cravings at only 0.4 grams of net carbs per serving.

The secret to keeping the net carbs so low is this keto-friendly syrup, Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup. Providing only 1 gram of net carbs per serving, this syrup is key to keeping the net carbs in this meal so low.

The chicken is marinated in maple syrup, Dijon mustard, liquid aminos, garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, and fresh thyme. These give the chicken a burst of sweet and savory flavor that is perfectly balanced.

Since marinating the chicken makes the chicken extra-flavorful and tender, you will want to have some good quality marinating bags to marinate your chicken in.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 195
  • Fats: 6g
  • Net Carbs: 0.4g
  • Protein: 28g

Recipe

5. Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet

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If you are looking for an easy meal to prepare in just 5 minutes, this dish is for you- and the bonus is that it contains only 4 grams of net carbs per serving.

This Mexican-style casserole-style dish is topped with 2 types of cheeses; cheddar cheese and Monterrey jack cheese providing ooey-gooey deliciousness.

Simmered in a spicy tomato sauce made of tomatoes, taco seasoning, and green peppers, the chicken takes on a Mexican flavor that is sure to transport your senses.

Instead of rice, we use cauliflower rice in this meal. This keeps the meal low-carb and adds freshness, making this a delicious way to feed your kids their veggies.

Buying rice all the time can get expensive. Therefore, buy a low budget food processor and a vegetable steamer to make it yourself. You’ll save in the long run.

Check out more ketogenic casserole ideas here!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 295
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 22g

Recipe

6. Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa

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If you are looking for a delicious new twist to make chicken, this meal is for you. This meal can be prepared on your stovetop or even the grill, making it a barbecue favorite.

Chicken breasts are marinated in a combination of spices and lime juice, making the chicken breasts extra juicy, and tangy with just the right amount of kick.

The avocado salsa adds freshness, heat, and zing making this a go-to salsa that tastes amazing just by itself.

Since this meal contains a lot of protein, you don’t want to eat too much of it so that you don’t go over your protein macros. This meal pairs well with a garden salad topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Overall, it’s a great keto lunch meal.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 468
  • Fats: 29g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 39g

Recipe

7. Paleo & Keto Carnitas

Keto Carnitas

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If you are not very familiar with Mexican food, carnitas are the Mexican version of pulled pork. So, if you are looking to change up your pulled pork recipes, definitely give this a try.

One thing that I love about this meal is that it is a one-pot meal. So, you are not washing tons of pots and pans at the end.

You will need an instant pot to make this, so if you don’t already have one, here’s an amazing deal on an instant pot.

To make carnitas, simply cut pork shoulder in large cubes, sear them in your instant pot using olive oil, and then allow to cook for 30 minutes.

This carnitas goes great wrapped in lettuce leaves topped with minced onions. These are good as a keto meal prep idea.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 272
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 30g

Recipe

8. Ground Beef Casserole

Ground Beef Casserole

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What’s better than an easy weeknight recipe? A recipe that contains less than 2 grams of net carbs!

This keto-friendly ground beef casserole takes only 10 minutes of prep time, then you simply place it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, and voila, dinner is served.

Made with ground beef, and two kinds of cheese- cream cheese and shredded cheddar, this dish is extra yummy. Add in a few spices including sea salt and cayenne pepper, and you are good to go.

This meal uses extra lean ground beef. But, if you need to up your fat intake, feel free to use lean ground beef or medium ground beef.

Since beef has a high carbon footprint, you can replace the ground beef with ground turkey if you want and add more cheese to up the fat content.

Love a casserole? Give this keto broccoli casserole a chance!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 265
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 1.9g
  • Protein: 28g

Recipe

9. Oven Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

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If you live for bacon, this meal is for you. At only 0 grams net carbs per serving, this meal is great when you have almost maxed out your net carbs for the day, but still, need something tasty and satisfying to eat.

To make them, cube and season your chicken with your favorite spices. Wrap them in bacon, place them on these natural skewers, and cook on a baking rack for about 30 minutes.

These go great as appetizers or make a meal out of them. Just make some cauliflower rice and a garden salad, and dinner is ready.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 117
  • Fats: 3g
  • Net Carbs: 0g
  • Protein: 19g

Recipe

10. Keto Cheeseburger Casserole with Bacon

Keto Cheeseburger Casserole with Bacon

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Here is another easy casserole dish- with a twist. It has bacon and eggs, adding a new twist to your traditional casserole, minus the carbs.

To make this meal, add garlic and onion powder to some browned beef. Then place some cooked bacon pieces in the beef mixture.

Then make the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce which is made of eggs, heavy cream and cheddar cheese add extra gooeyness to this meal.

This meal is sure to become your go-to meal on busy weekday nights. For more flavor and texture, place some sautéed mushrooms on top.

If you need more quick keto dinner recipe ideas, check this article here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 587
  • Fats: 49g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 29g

Recipe

11. Oven-Baked Garlic Parmesan Ribs

Garlic Parmesan Ribs

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Do you love breaded ribs, but still want to keep it keto? Then this recipe is just for you!

Instead of bread, we use grated Parmesan cheese to crust the ribs. The garlic parmesan cheese adds just the right amount of crust, without drying out the ribs.

We rub the ribs with the perfect amount of dried oregano, ground black pepper, salt, and olive oil, adding even more flavor to the ribs.

In fact, I prefer these oven-baked garlic parmesan ribs over traditional breaded ribs because they are even juicier without the breading.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 349
  • Fats: 33.1g
  • Net Carbs: 3.9g
  • Protein: 10g

Recipe

12. Egg Salad

Egg Salad

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If you love egg salad, you will like our take on traditional egg salad.

Hard-boiled eggs are quick to cook, taste amazing and are nutritious. One hard-boiled egg provides 22% of your daily selenium needs and 15% of your vitamin B2 needs.

What makes this egg salad extra special is that you add Dijon mustard to it. Parsley, chives, lemon juice, and red onion add the perfect amount of sweet and savory.

Wrap in collard greens, and add cucumber, green bell pepper and some microgreens for a quick, easy, nutritious lunch. Here is another keto egg salad you might like.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 197
  • Fats: 16g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 8g

Recipe

13. Avocado Deviled Eggs

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Credit: meganseelinger.com

If you love deviled eggs, you will love this spin on traditional deviled eggs.

In addition to mayonnaise, we add a bit of avocado to eggs to give them extra creaminess and freshness.

Lime juice, red onions and an assortment of seasonings give the deviled eggs zing and sweetness. Topped with paprika, they are a feast for the eyes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 72.1
  • Fats: 6.1g
  • Net Carbs: 0.6g
  • Protein: 3g

Recipe

14. Salmon Patties with Canned Meat

Salmon Patties with Canned Meat

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These salmon patties are easy to make and are definitely keto-approved.

They have 0 grams of net carbs per serving! This is because we use crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs to make them crispy. You can get them here since they’re hard to find sometimes.

They are also low calorie, packing in only 121 calories per serving.

The best part about these patties is that they are quick and easy to make. Simply mix together canned salmon, egg, pork rinds, and nutritional yeast (or parmesan) cheese, and your seasonings.

Then panfry pan-fry them, and you are good to go. Get good-quality food storage containers like these ones here, pack these patties up and bring them to work!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 121
  • Fats: 6g
  • Net Carbs: 0g
  • Protein: 15g

Recipe

15. Meatloaf Bursting with Flavor

Meatloaf Bursting with Flavor

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I love a good meatloaf. But on a keto diet, the added breadcrumbs make them a no-no.

However, our meatloaf has only 1.7 grams of net carbs per serving.

This is because we use ground pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs to bind the meat. Organic tomato sauce and parmesan cheese add moistness and flavor, making this meal a definite keeper!

For extra fat and flavor, top with bacon slices.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 311
  • Fats: 18.7g
  • Net Carbs: 1.7g
  • Protein: 32.8g

Recipe

16. Easy Chicken Green Chili Casserole

Chicken Green Chili Casserole

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If you are looking for a new spin on your keto casserole, you need to try this Mexican inspired casserole.

Made with Mexican cheese and cottage cheese, this meal screams oozey, cheesy, deliciousness.

Taco seasoning, chunky chili Verde salsa, and mild green chilis top the shredded chicken, giving it a mildly spicy Mexican-inspired taste.

This is a perfect keto comfort meal for one of those lazy evenings.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 399
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 44g

Recipe

17. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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With fall coming, there is nothing like the smell of butter chicken wafting in the air. If you have tried making butter chicken before but failed, this is a fool-proof way to make butter chicken.

The key to this recipe is the aromatic spices. We use smoked paprika (not regular paprika) to impart smokiness. We also use turmeric, cayenne, ground cumin, minced ginger, and of course garam masala.

Together, these spices impart a truly authentic Indian flavor.

For the cream, we use butter and heavy cream to give the sauce a buttery, creamy texture.

The great thing that I love about this recipe is that you let your Instant Pot do most of the work. That, my friend, is how I love to roll.

This is the instant pot I usually recommend. For more instant pot recipes, just check out this article here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 300
  • Fats: 20g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 25g

Recipe

18. 5-Ingredient Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

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Bacon goes well with everything- including chicken breast! The great thing that I love about this recipe is that it uses only 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes of prep time.

This makes it perfect for those weekday nights when all you want to do is kick up your feet and relax.

Simply rub a few chicken breasts with seasoning rub made of paprika, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Top with bacon, and place in the oven.

If you like it creamier, simply add a bit of cream cheese on the chicken. If you love spice, add diced jalapeno on top.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 345
  • Fats: 23g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 29g

Recipe

19. Pork Chops with Super Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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If you are looking for a pork dish that takes only 5 minutes of prep time, you need to give this meal a try.

Butter and olive oil are used to cook the pork chops giving them a buttery, tender taste.

Mushrooms, parsley, garlic, and thyme are then sautéed in the pork chop fat, imparting even more flavor.

Then, heavy cream is added creating a mushroomy, heavenly, creamy sauce.  Finally, let your pork chops simmer for a few minutes in the sauce.

What you’re left with are juicy, tender pork chops bathed in a delicious sauce that will keep you coming back for more.

These pork chops go great with mashed cauliflower or some freshly toasted keto bread.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 432
  • Fats: 32g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 30g

Recipe

20. Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon

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If you are getting tired of meat, give this baked salmon with garlic and Dijon recipe a try. One thing I love about fish is that it takes very little time to prepare.

This meal takes only 5 minutes of prep time and about 15 minutes of baking time. If you’re using an air fryer, it takes only 7 minutes. Here is a good quality one.

This baked salmon is incredibly juicy and flavorful thanks to the marinade. For it, you will need Dijon mustard, light olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, and a few seasonings

This meal is also very nutritious because of the salmon. Salmon is a good fatty fish that is high in omega 3s and other vitamins and minerals.

For example, ½ fillet of baked wild Atlantic salmon provides a whopping 103% of your selenium needs and 78% of your vitamin B12 needs.

Here is another keto salmon recipe that you need only need one sheet pan for.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 306
  • Fats: 18g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 34g

Recipe

Conclusion

Did you lose some of these extra low carb meal ideas? Share them with your friends!

Loraine

Monday 12th of July 2021

Hello well done sent it to all my friends I will give them ago many thanks for the recipes

Karo @ AllNutritious

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Glad to hear that, Lorainne!

Pamela

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Definitely going to try some of these next week. Just told Alexa all the things I'll need to make them. Can't wait. The recipes look so simple.

Tanya Fitts

Monday 12th of April 2021

Oh my gosh I think this is the best list I have and links to more! I will definitely have to try these!

Linda

Sunday 14th of March 2021

I’m going to try all of these!! Thank you for the recipes!

Nada

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Love the set up of these recipes! So organized! Thanks for sharing ☺️