Keto Appetizers So Good, Everyone Will Love Them
By: Amanda Suazo
Whether you need to make a dish for a game night or a small get together, keto appetizers create amazing dishes that even non-keto guests can love. Our recipe list has everything from filling proteins to veggies and dips, all with ultra-low carbs and plenty of healthy fats.
These low-carb appetizers make crowd-friendly finger 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 whip up 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
Arguably one of the best keto ingredients, bacon is a staple in many low-carb recipes. We lead our keto appetizer roundup with anything and everything bacon, from easy low-carb deviled eggs to decadent chocolate-covered bacon.
Classic deviled eggs get savory upgrades from chewy chunks of bacon, paprika and Dijon mustard. Eat up to four egg slices for only 2 grams of net carbs!
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 dark chocolate—that’s it!
Just 3.5 grams of net carbs per satisfying slice make this a perfect keto snack.
Crisp bacon surrounds creamy avocado slices in this easy three-ingredient keto appetizer from Cool Mom Life. Want to up-level your fat flavor game? Use Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee when you fry your bacon.
This keto appetizer from Fit Foodie Finds will even get Brussels sprouts haters to give them another shot.
Wrap sprouts in strips of bacon and bake for ultra-easy party food roll-ups with only 1 gram of net carb per bite.
This high-protein, bite-sized take on Cobb salad from All Day I Dream About Food creates a crisp bacon shell and stuffs it with Cobb salad fixings like hard-boiled eggs, tomato, chopped chicken and lettuce. It’s like a BLT, only you won’t miss the bread and get more protein at the same time. Winning.
Each flavorful serving of this ultimate low-carb keto appetizer only runs you 0.9 grams of net carbs.
Step aside, jalapeño poppers. This keto appetizer from My Montana Kitchen serves up a crispy bacon exterior with a tart pickle wedged in the middle.
With this two-ingredient recipe, you can have four pickle spears for only 2 grams of net carbs! Did you know you can make your own pickles? (Try this recipe.)
Get big guacamole flavor without dipping a single chip. This keto appetizer from KetoDiet Blog creates a classic guacamole mix, then rolls it up in crisp bacon pieces—just 1.4 grams of net carbs apiece.
Low-carb seafood appetizers
From cocktail shrimp to sushi, seafood is a healthy, easy way to dress up game day. It also offers a lot of lean protein that doesn’t skimp on flavor. If you’re looking for delicious low-carb apps, check out our seafood appetizers below:
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 grams of net carbs.
With only 2 grams of net carbs per serving, this keto appetizer from Low Carb No Carb 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. An easy and satisfying low-carb snack by itself, or the perfect appetizer to whip up for a healthy movie night.
Who doesn’t like a perfectly cooked meatball? Meatballs are a perfect party appetizer, but they can be problematic on keto because many recipes include breadcrumbs and other carb-heavy ingredients. Keto meatball recipes to the rescue! (These recipes are also perfect to keep things gluten-free, too.)
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.
Make them ahead of time—they reheat beautifully.
Using the quick-cooking Instant Pot, this recipe from What Great Grandma Ate 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 grams of net carbs per serving.
These fragrant and flavorful meatballs combine pasture-raised meat with cilantro, ginger and cilantro.
Whip up a quick dipping sauce with Bulletproof Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil, lime juice and spices, and these low-carb meatballs are ready to please. (Sweet potato noodles optional.)
Veggie keto appetizers
It’s always nice to balance the bacon out when planning your keto, low-carb appetizers. These veg-forward snacks bring crispy, crunchy, fiber-filled options to your game night.
Love charcuterie, but concerned about carbs from fig jam and crackers? This easy veggie plate incorporates the keto-friendly aspects of a good board with a focus on vegetables and a delightful rocket and basil pesto.
If you’re looking to add meat and keto cheese, a good parmesan or mild salami go well with the pesto’s low-key spicy notes.
You won’t miss tortilla chips with these crispy veggie chips, thanks to taco-style spices and coconut oil for frying. (This is also a great recipe to try in an air fryer if you have one.)
This crispy keto appetizer from Maria Mind Body Health tallies up to only 1.6 grams of net carbs per serving. If you can tolerate dairy, these tasty veggie chips go great with full-fat sour cream.
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 gram of net carb per spear.
With thin slices of prosciutto, fresh herbs and quality olive oil, these bites are full of satisfying fat.
Step aside, chicken wings. This recipe from Wholesome Yum serves up spicy buffalo flavor without the meat—just swap in cauliflower using this creative recipe. This snack is also perfect if you’re missing buffalo chicken dip but want to avoid cream cheese and meat.
Toss your cauliflower florets in a seasoned almond flour mixture, then bake and coat in a buttery hot sauce—all for just 4 grams of net carbs per serving.
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 grams of net carbs for buttery, herbaceous flavor.
These simple, dippable veggie chips from Sugar-Free Mom taste nothing like raw radishes! After slicing thinly and roasting with coconut oil, their flavor mellows and they become perfectly crispy.
Important sidebar: You can enjoy every serving of this keto appetizer for just over 1 gram of net carb.
Dips and spreads
The best low-carb appetizers are ones that you can dip other low-carb snacks into. These keto recipes are ready for whatever keto dippables you have, from classic celery to pork rinds.
Refreshing and light, this grain-free Bulletproof take on tabbouleh removes the couscous and replaces it with cauliflower to create the perfect spread for a crisp slice of jicama.
At 7 grams of net carbs for a (very) generous portion, this fresh side dish is sure to please the veggie lovers in your life. Partner with low-carb crackers for the perfect app.
No harm in making this keto-friendly dip from Life Made Keto for your party—whether you pair it with veggies, pork rinds or chips, all your guests can enjoy it.
Whip this dip up with fresh avocados, lime juice and cilantro for a high-fat side that only takes a total time of 15 minutes from prep to table.
This recipe from Low Carb Yum cuts down on tomatoes and replaces them with crunchy diced cucumber. With this keto low-carb approach, you still get fresh and crisp flavor with fewer carbs per serving.
Hummus without chickpeas? This keto appetizer recipe from Broke foodies 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 grams of net carbs.
Instead of tasting like guacamole, this avocado-based sauce from Primavera Kitchen makes a delicious spread or dressing using fresh flavors from parsley and lemon juice.
This luscious dip only tallies up to 1 gram of net carb per serving—and goes perfectly with keto collagen bread. (And the ketogenic diet.)
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