24 Keto Appetizers So Good, Everyone Will Love Them
By: Amanda Suazo
Whether you need to make a dish for a potluck or host a crowd, keto appetizers create amazing dishes that even non-keto guests can love. Make everything from filling proteins to veggies and dips, all with ultra-low carbs and plenty of healthy fats.
These keto appetizers make totally crowd-friendly foods using savory meats, creamy dips, and plenty of flavorful seasonings. Between no-bake recipes and quick-cooking tools like the Instant Pot, you can prep enough food to feed all your guests with minimal prep time.
Make meatballs, seafood, bacon, and more with these quick and easy keto appetizers:
Bacon keto appetizers
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Crisp bacon surrounds creamy avocado slices in this easy three-ingredient keto appetizer. To stay Bulletproof, use grass-fed ghee when you fry your bacon, and cook gently to avoid oxidizing fats too much.
Classic deviled eggs get savory upgrades from chewy chunks of bacon, paprika, and dijon mustard. Eat up to four egg slices for only 2 net carbs!
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This keto appetizer will even get Brussels sprouts haters to give them another shot. Wrap sprouts in strips of bacon and bake for an ultra-easy party food with only 1 net carb per bite. To stay more Bulletproof, eat your Brussels sprouts steamed instead of baked most of the time, and use black pepper ground fresh from high-quality peppercorns.
With only two ingredients, you don’t need much to make an amazing sweet and savory keto appetizer. Cook your bacon, then cool and dip in rich melted Chocolate Fuel Bars — that’s it! Just 3.5 net carbs per satisfying slice.
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This high-protein, bite-sized take on cobb salad creates a crisp bacon shell and stuffs it with cobb salad fixings like hard-boiled eggs, tomato, chopped chicken, and lettuce. Each flavorful serving of this keto appetizer only runs you .9 net carbs. To stay more Bulletproof, use pastured meats and skip the bleu cheese — and try to enjoy your eggs with runny yolks more often. If you’re sensitive to nightshades, omit the tomato as well.
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This keto appetizer serves up a crispy bacon exterior with a tart pickle wedged in the middle. With this two-ingredient recipe, you can have up to four pickle spears for only 2 net carbs! Use pastured bacon to stay Bulletproof, plus high-quality pickles. (Try this recipe.)
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Get big guacamole flavor without dipping a single chip. This keto appetizer creates a classic guacamole mix, then rolls it up in crisp bacon pieces — just 1.4 net carbs apiece. To make this one more Bulletproof, skip the garlic and onion, use pastured bacon, and get grass-fed butter. If you’re sensitive to nightshades, omit the pepper as well.
Seafood keto appetizers
Instead of deep frying, this keto appetizer creates tender coconut-crusted shrimp in the oven. Whip up a creamy dipping sauce with raw cashews, lime, and cilantro, and you could eat the whole batch for just 7.5 net carbs.
Keto Smoked Salmon Canapes With Lemon-Dill Aioli
This keto appetizer looks elegant, and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Add smoked salmon pieces to crisp cucumber slices, then dot with a homemade aioli using avocado oil mayo, dill, and fresh avocado. Each piece is a stellar 0 net carbs.
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With only 2 net carbs per serving, this keto appetizer gets healthy fats from raw salmon and avocado, all wrapped in crisp slices of cucumber. Slice your cucumber with a vegetable peeler, then add your fillings to the top and roll. Stay Bulletproof and use wild-caught sashimi-grade salmon for this recipe.
Paleo Keto Crab Cakes
No breadcrumbs here. These meaty crab cakes mix wild-caught crab meat with coconut aminos, fish sauce, and grated cauliflower for complex flavors without the added carbs. Make this amazing keto appetizer for just 2.4 net carbs per serving.
Keto appetizers: Meatballs
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No need to over-complicate your keto appetizers. These basic meatballs mix ground beef with spices, then tosses them onto a sheet pan to bake. To keep these meaty bites more Bulletproof, use grass-fed beef and swap the garlic and onion powder for anti-inflammatory herbs and spices like rosemary or turmeric.
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Using the quick-cooking Instant Pot, this recipe creates an ultra-fast keto appetizer bursting with spicy flavor. Blend up ground chicken with spices and salt, then toss in your pressure cooker with hot sauce — just add toothpicks, and this recipe is ready for a crowd for only 2 net carbs per serving. Stay more Bulletproof and use pastured chicken, grass-fed ghee or butter, and a hot sauce with apple cider vinegar. Plus, avoid eating garlic too often.
Spicy Asian Meatballs With Thai Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce
These fragrant and flavorful meatballs blend pastured pork with lemongrass, ginger, and chiles. Whip up a quick dipping sauce with Brain Octane Oil, lime juice, and more spices, and these low-carb meatballs are ready to please.
Veggie keto appetizers
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These crispy veggie chips taste like they came straight from a bag, thanks to taco-style spices and coconut oil for frying. This crispy keto appetizer tallies up to only 1.6 net carbs per serving. To stay more Bulletproof, use the freshest high-quality spices possible, and avoid eating fried foods too often.
Make this simple Italian-inspired keto appetizer the same day, or allow to chill overnight — either way, you can have it ready in about 15 minutes for just 1 net carb per spear. With thin slices of prosciutto, fresh herbs, and quality olive oil, these bites are full of satisfying fat.
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For spicy buffalo flavor without the meat, swap in cauliflower using this creative keto appetizer recipe. Toss your florets in a seasoned almond flour mixture, then bake and coat in a buttery hot sauce — just 4 net carbs per serving. Stay more Bulletproof and use a hot sauce made with apple cider vinegar, plus grass-fed butter, and avoid eating garlic too often
Eat them plain, or dip in your favorite homemade aioli — no matter how you enjoy them, this keto appetizer packs fiber and herbs into every patty. Prep fritters with grated zucchini, almond flour, and seasonings, then fry up in grass-fed ghee. Just over 2 net carbs for buttery, herbaceous flavor.
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These simple, dippable veggie chips taste nothing like raw radishes! After slicing thinly and roasting with coconut oil, their flavor mellows and they become perfectly crispy and dippable. Best of all, you can enjoy every serving of this keto appetizer for just over 1 net carb. To stay Bulletproof, use coconut oil or grass-fed ghee to roast, and skip the pepper.
Keto appetizers: Dips
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No harm in making this keto-friendly dip for your party — whether you pair it with veggies or chips, all your guests can enjoy it. Whip this dip up with fresh avocados, lime juice, and cilantro for a high-fat side. Keep it Bulletproof and skip the onion, plus avoid the chili if you’re sensitive to nightshades.
Black Olive Tapenade
Olives contain enough fat and fiber to rival avocados — and this keto appetizer makes a perfect crowd-pleasing dip with brined olives, capers, and olive oil. Dip with veggies or use it to top keto bread, and it will only set you back 1.2 net carbs.
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This recipe cuts down on nightshade tomatoes and replaces them with crunchy diced cucumber. With this approach, you still get fresh and crisp flavor with fewer carbs per serving. To stay more Bulletproof, avoid eating garlic and onions too often — and skip it altogether if you’re sensitive to nightshades like peppers and tomatoes.
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Hummus without chickpeas? This keto appetizer recipe makes it happen: Tender cauliflower florets mash together with olive oil, almond butter, and seasonings for a creamy and flavorful dip with just over 5 net carbs. For a more Bulletproof approach, steam cauliflower instead of microwaving — plus, use a raw almond butter, skip black pepper, and avoid eating garlic too often.
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Instead of tasting like guacamole, this avocado-based sauce makes a delicious spread or dressing using fresh flavors from parsley and lemon juice. This luscious dip only tallies up to 1 net carb per serving — and to keep it more Bulletproof, just skip the garlic and swap black pepper with your favorite fresh herbs.
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