|August 9, 2021

Easy Keto Dinner Ideas Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

By Amanda Suazo
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Easy Keto Dinner Ideas Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

When busy weeknights strike, these quick keto dinner ideas get food on the table without sacrificing your macros. Using nutrient-dense meats and quick-cooking veggies, you can build a mouthwatering meal with just minutes of prep time.

Make your quick keto dinner recipes do more for you: Add easy sides like salads and steamed veggies with grass-fed butter, or meal prep your ingredients ahead of time to prepare recipes even faster.

From basic ground beef and chicken to superfast seafood, these quick and easy keto dinners will keep you full without spending hours in the kitchen.

Steak and ground beef keto dinner ideas

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Keto Hamburger Salad

Skip the bun with this quick keto dinner. With a seasoned patty cooked in grass-fed ghee, caramelized onions, and your favorite aioli, you can get all the flavor of a conventional burger for under 7 net carbs.

Make this recipe your own with your favorite low-carb toppings, or dress with our keto honey mustard or keto ranch dressing.

Bacon-Wrapped Herb Burgers

Easy, versatile and Whole30 approved, these savory burgers whip together in under 30 minutes and are sure to be a family-pleaser. If you tolerate dairy, these patties easily become cheeseburgers when finished with a slice of quality cheese.

Pair with keto buns and a keto side for an easy ketogenic dinner at 1 net carb per burger.

Paleo Beef Meatballs

Don’t let the paleo in the title fool you: these savory beef meatballs are keto-friendly. Ready in under 30 minutes, each meatball is under 1 net carb, making this a versatile low-carb dinner that fits perfectly in any keto diet meal plan.

Suggested variations: Partner with onion gravy and serve over cauliflower rice for a filling comfort food meal. If you tolerate dairy, you can also sprinkle with mozzarella and serve with pesto and zoodles for a, easy Italian-style dish without the carbs.

Instant Pot Chili Lime Steak Bowl

Using the pressure cooking power of your Instant Pot, this quick keto steak dinner from FoodnService combines tender and spicy hunks of beef with cool and creamy avocado.

Plus, this recipe only requires a few minutes of active cooking, freeing you up to make tasty sides.

Meal prep tip: This recipe can easily be doubled, and used as the base for tacos, fajitas or any Mexican-style dish throughout the week. Have time and craving low-carb tortillas? Our Lamb Keto Tacos have an excellent recipe for cauliflower tortillas.

No Bean Keto Chili

Whether you have 30 minutes or an entire day, this keto chili recipe has you covered. Use the stovetop option for a ketogenic weeknight meal, or opt for the slow-cooker version for an all day dinner investment.

Either way, you’ll be sitting down to a hearty keto meal you can feel good about eating.

Easy Seared Steak with Ghee

It doesn’t get any easier than this simple keto steak recipe.

High-quality grass-fed steak is perfectly seared in grass-fed ghee, going from pan to plate in under 20 minutes. (Including rest time.) Top with garlic butter for an extra flavor burst.

Partner with spaghetti squash, broccoli or keto alfredo for a restaurant-worthy meal.

Low-Carb Beef Stir Fry

In 20 minutes, this easy keto dinner recipe creates a savory blend of bok choy, broccoli, sliced beef and zoodles — perfect for topping with a heaping scoop of butter or ghee.

A great keto-friendly alternative to cornstarch-heavy takeout, and a perfect accompaniment to cauliflower fried rice or all on its own.

Easy keto chicken dinners

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Low-Carb Angel Hair Pasta With Lemon Chicken

Skip the brain fog that comes with conventional pasta dinners and swap in shirataki noodles using this quick keto chicken recipe.

Toss zero-carb noodles in a tart, silky sauce infused with grass-fed gelatin, then add tender chunks of cooked chicken. This ultra-filling dinner takes 20 minutes and runs you a miraculous 2 net carbs.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Skillet

This zesty keto dinner from Beauty and the Bench Press comes together quickly (in just 30 minutes!) using nourishing ingredients like full-fat coconut milk and bone broth.

Brown chicken, then smother with a sauce layered with flavor from jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice for a restaurant-worthy meal in minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

A perfect low-carb and gluten-free recipe guaranteed to please the whole family and bring about some nostaligia, this keto chicken tender recipe from Momma Fit Lyndsey is simple as can be. The magic of the air fryer makes these keto chicken strips crispy, kid-friendly and most importantly—easy.

Almond flour, egg and spices combine to coat these tasty tenderloins. If you tolerate dairy, grated parmesan can also give these a salty kick that mimics commercial high carb tenders.

One-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken With Asparagus

Since everything cooks in one pan, this keto dinner from Eatwell101 keeps your meal quick and easy.

Dredge chicken in coconut flour and brown in the pan before adding asparagus and caramelized lemon slices.

Finish with a lemon butter sauce for a weekend-worthy dish you can enjoy anytime.

Chili Roasted Chicken Thighs

You only need 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this quick keto dinner from Cook Eat Paleo — plus, you can make other side dishes while the meat roasts in the oven.

Toss chicken with spices, bake, and top with a squeeze of lime juice for a zesty zero-carb main dish.

Instant Pot Cool Ranch Chicken

This quick keto dinner from tastythin delivers wow-worthy flavor with minimal effort.

Cook chicken in your Instant Pot with zesty ranch spices, then wrap in lettuce and drizzle with more homemade ranch for an easy kid-friendly dinner on the table in 20-30 minutes.

Seafood keto dinners

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Keto Poached Butter Shrimp

Butter makes everything better — and in this quick keto dinner, it also helps shrimp stay moist and tender.

Heat butter or ghee with water, then add fresh herbs and shrimp for a superfast seafood dish with an addictive sauce that cooks itself.

Dijon Baked Salmon

Quick-cooking salmon gets a keto-friendly flavor boost in this 20-minute dinner recipe from Downshiftology.

Slather your filet in dijon mustard, garlic, and fresh parsley, then bake — that’s it!

Oven-Baked Trout With Mustard Glaze

This keto dinner offers a leaner protein option, leaving you free to make your favorite high-fat side dishes (or just load your filet with butter).

With a quick marinade made from dijon mustard and honey, this simple yet flavorful dish hits the table in just under 30 minutes.

Baked Salmon With Cucumber Noodles

This quick recipe makes the perfect all-in-one keto dinner, and it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

Fresh salmon filets get an herby upgrade from a blend of grass-fed ghee and fresh thyme, then bakes in an oven and joins together with olives, spiralized cucumber, and fennel.

Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp

This quick keto dinner from Life Made Sweeter does it all: Not only can you have it ready in under half an hour, but it also incorporates paleo and Whole30-friendly ingredients.

Shrimp and zucchini noodles cook all in one pan for a four-person meal in under 30 minutes.

Low-Carb Shrimp Pad Thai With Shirataki Noodles

In less than the time it takes to order takeout, you can cook this quick keto meal — all with the same noodle-like texture and spicy flavors you crave.

With a nutty sauce and tender shrimp, you can have this meal ready in 20 minutes.

Keto dinner sides

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Mashed Cauliflower with Bacon

Craving mashed potatoes? Let this easy keto side slay those starchy longings that won’t have you missing potatoes.

Tender cauliflower mashes with smoky bacon and rich butter to create a rich dish sure to impress.

Mashed Turnips

Burned out on cauliflower everything? Change things up with mashed turnips.

Mashed with Himalayan pink salt and grass-fed ghee, this simple keto side is ideal for dishes with bold sauces.

Keto Potato Salad

A BBQ and warm-weather staple, classic potato salad is creamy and loaded with carbs.

This version replaces starchy potatoes with crisp low-carb radishes and ups the fat content by including crispy bacon and Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil.

Pair with burgers, wraps and other picnic-friendly foods.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Thyme Vinagrette

Bright and tender, this Brussels sprout salad is the perfect accompaniment to any low-carb meal.

It also easily turns into a full meal with the addition of chicken breasts, steak or even keto chicken salad.

Green Beans with Bacon and Herbs

Crisp bacon meets tender green beans in this classic keto side. Perfect year-round for quiet dinners at home or low-lift picnics in the park.

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