Quick Keto Friendly Recipes & Ideas

Lindsay Malone MS, RDN, CSO, LD
12 - 14 MIN.

  • Easy Keto Diet Recipes for Beginners
  • Quick and Easy Keto Dinner Recipes
  • Easy Keto Recipes for Lunch
  • Fast and Easy 5-Ingredient Keto Recipes
  • Easy Keto Recipes for Breakfast
  • Keto-Friendly Snacks for When You’re On-the-Go

The Ultimate Easy, Quick Keto Friendly Recipes & Ideas


The keto diet is reported to be one of the most effective weight-loss diets out there, but it’s also one of the most challenging to shop and cook for. While many other diets are fairly easy to wing in the kitchen, the keto diet may require a little more planning, at least until you become adapted to the requirements of the keto diet.

Finding easy keto recipes that will fit your macros and taste delicious, doesn’t have to be difficult! To help you meet your keto diet goals, we’ve rounded up a list of the ultimate fast and easy keto-friendly recipes that are great for beginners and veterans alike.  

Easy Keto Diet Recipes for Beginners

You don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen to start preparing delicious keto-friendly meals, and you don’t need to spend hours figuring out how to create meals that fit your macros. The recipes listed below are perfect for beginners and are a great introduction to how easy it is to prepare keto-friendly meals suitable for the keto diet.

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Keto Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes


Total Net Carbs: 3G

If there is one carb-heavy food that those new to the keto-diet struggle to replace, it’s potatoes. Potatoes are a staple of the western diet and for many the thought of getting by without potatoes is daunting, if you fall into this category then this is a recipe you need to save and master. This Keto Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” recipe contains just a few ingredients and is easy to make.

All you need is a cauliflower, butter (or ghee), garlic powder, salt, and a broth of your choice. That’s it! Once you’ve mastered this recipe you can pair it with any other keto-friendly foods to make a complete lunch or dinner meal that fits your keto macros. Alternatively, HighKey has made it even easier with our Cheddar-Asiago Cauliflower Mash, simply add water and butter and you’ve got the perfect side dish. Couldn’t be any easier, quicker or keto-friendly than that!

Keto Macaroni and Cheese


Total Net Carbs: 3.5G

Who doesn’t love a good mac and cheese? After a hard day, there’s nothing like diving into a bowl of hot, cheesy, comforting goodness. Fortunately, this keto mac and cheese recipe offers you just that and will satisfy all your cravings – plus it only takes 20 minutes to make from start to finish!

The recipe uses shirataki noodles (ziti style Miracle Noodles made from konjac root) which are a great low-carb option to appeal to your pasta cravings. Add them to your shopping list so you can try this recipe and keep your pantry well-stocked for next time you just crave a big bowl of pasta. This recipe is so simple you’ll be reserving a spot for it on your meal plan each and every week.

Keto Peanut Butter Brownies


Total Net Carbs: 5G

Yes, we can vouch that these award-winning keto-friendly brownies are just as good as they look! We created these brownies for Thanksgiving, but we won’t be surprised if you’re keeping this recipe up your sleeve for whenever a serious craving for sweets hits.

These brownies only take 40 minutes to make from start to finish and are great for any occasion. If you want to have friends over for dinner and want a keto-friendly dessert you can enjoy with them, these brownies are a quick, easy, and delicious option that pleases everyone at the table. They look fantastic and don’t be intimidated – they are much simpler to make than they look!

Just keep an eye on your macros and don’t overindulge when you make them!

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Keto Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon


Total Net Carbs: 6.5G

If you loved the look of the mac and cheese above but were disappointed that you didn’t have the noodles in your pantry ready to go, this keto-friendly recipe is your answer. (Plus it has bacon, and who doesn’t love that?) If your fridge is stocked with keto-friendly ingredients, you are probably ready to get cooking.

All you need is cauliflower, bacon, heavy cream, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, Colby Jack, mustard, nutmeg, and chopped chives (optional if you’re in a pinch). It’s not a lot of work so don’t worry if you’re new to cooking as well as keto – this will be thrown together and in your bowl, before you know it.

Quick and Easy Keto Dinner Recipes

Looking for hearty keto-friendly dinner recipes? You’ve found them.

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Keto Ribeye with Cauliflower


Total Net Carbs: 6G

One of the things we love about the keto diet is the freedom to eat some of the most delicious cuts of meat available. This recipe takes almost an hour in total, but believe us it will be well worth it! All you need to throw this meal together is a great ribeye (grass-fed is best) seasoned with salt and pepper, a few ingredients for a delicious cream sauce, and a head of cauliflower for roasting. So simple yet so delicious!

Keto Chicken Stir-Fry


Total Net Carbs: 3G

If you’re a lover of a good stir fry, you’re probably mourning the loss of the traditional recipes that utilize noodles and rice. Fortunately, we’ve come to the rescue with this Chicken Stir-Fry which satisfies all your stir fry cravings. The stir-fry itself is identical to a traditional stir-fry, but by swapping noodles for zoodles you seriously cut out the carbs. You can buy zoodles ready-made at the store or grab a spiralizer so you can make your own at home.

Keto Pizza


Total Net Carbs: 8.7G

Yes, it can be done! With this recipe, you can still enjoy pizza and maintain a keto diet with this keto-friendly pizza recipeHere, we combine almond flour, egg, cheese, pesto, and pepperoni to get as close as possible to the real thing. You can, of course, get creative about your toppings too! (Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make – is that great or what?)

 See Also: Keto Dinner Ideas: What Can I Eat For Dinner On A Keto Diet?

Easy Keto Recipes for Lunch

Finding keto-friendly lunch recipes that are delicious and that can be taken to work with you can be a challenge. Fortunately, we’ve got five recipes here that will keep you going all week long.

Keto Asian Shrimp Tacos with Slaw


Total Net Carbs: 4G

This simple recipe is sure to become a favorite of your friends and family and will have them all wondering how you’ve suddenly become such a great chef! Simply by trading a traditional wheat or corn tortilla for a coconut wrap (or a large leaf of lettuce) we’ve made these tacos keto-friendly. Filled with broccoli slaw and shrimp stir-fried in garlic and ginger, these are guaranteed to please!

Keto Cauliflower Potato Salad


Total Net Carbs: 2.3G

Our Cauliflower Potato Salad is the perfect substitution for those craving a good potato salad to bring to the family barbeque or for the ultimate side dish at the football season tailgater! We keep it simple and trade the potato for cauliflower but keep most of the other ingredients the same as a traditional recipe. This keto-friendly dish is so good you will need to be prepared to share the recipe!

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Chicken and Rice Soup


Total Net Carbs: 3G

Soup makes for a great lunch year-round but is particularly welcome in the colder months. This Chicken and Rice Soup recipe is quick and easy to make (35 minutes), and you can put it into an insulated mug to take with you to the office. The “rice” in this recipe is riced cauliflower, which you can easily make by blitzing your cauliflower in a food processor or you can find it in either the fresh or frozen vegetable aisle at your local store.

Keto Salmon Salad


Total Net Carbs: 4.5G

This Keto Salmon Salad Recipe is so simple we recommend it for college students to prepare in their dorm room! It takes just 10 minutes to make and you only need one bowl. Then, it’s ready to enjoy or take with you to school, the office, or anywhere else you need to be. Simply combine all the ingredients and serve in lettuce cups (making small wraps is ideal). It will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator, so make a batch and eat it for a few days in a row to make the most of your efforts.

Keto Pumpkin Soup with Bacon


Total Net Carbs: 7G

Here’s another delicious soup recipe for you. This time, it’s Pumpkin and Bacon soup.This creamy soup is ideal for those who want the convenience of soup but are worried it won’t fill them up – this one certainly will. With just 7 net carbs per serving, you’ll be able to fill up without worrying about hitting your macros too early in the day.

See Also: Low Carb, Keto Friendly Lunch Ideas

Fast and Easy 5-Ingredient Keto Recipes

Looking for the ultimate simple keto recipes? These 5-ingredient recipes are easy and delicious!

Keto Pudding: Chia with Coconut Flavor


Total Net Carbs: 2.1G

This Coconut Chia Pudding makes a great breakfast, snack, or after-meal sweet treat to satisfy your cravings. Chia bowls have become popular in recent years and for good reason – they’re amazing. The five ingredients you need for this recipe are: coconut milk, chia seeds, HighKey’s keto sweetener, salt, and vanilla extract, though that’s optional. You can also top the recipe with whatever low carb toppings you love, like nuts or a handful of berries!

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Keto Chicken Fingers


Total Net Carbs: 3G

Chicken fingers are delicious, but the typical recipe is not conducive to a keto diet (or any healthy diet, honestly!). We’ve made these healthy keto chicken fingers to satisfy any cravings you have for something crispy and fried. All you need for this recipe is chicken, almond flour, an egg, salt, and pepper. Add your favorite keto-friendly dip and you’re golden!

Keto Trail Mix


Total Net Carbs: 3.5G

This keto-friendly trail mix makes a great snack at any time, whether you’re actually hitting the trails, heading off to work, or staying in for the day. All you need is a pack of our Cheddar Cheese Crunch, roasted almonds, avocado oil, dried rosemary, and sugar-free jerky sticks. Simply toast the nuts, cut up the jerky, combine and you’re done! Make this recipe in bulk and keep in the pantry for whenever you’re feeling snacky.

Easy Keto Recipes for Breakfast

You need a good breakfast to fuel you up and give you energy for the day ahead. Some people may opt to combine their keto-lifestyle with intermittent fasting, but if you are a breakfast eater then look no further than these easy and keto-friendly recipe options!

Keto-Friendly Chocolate Chip Pancakes


Total Net Carbs: 4.3G

Traditional pancakes are delicious, but an absolute no-no on a keto diet. However, once again we’ve found a way to offer you that fluffy-in-the-middle goodness with a keto-friendly recipe. These keto-friendly chocolate chip pancakes are delicious and a great breakfast for when you have a little extra time to cook. (Or as dessert!) You need to save this recipe for later to try – trust us! And once again, to save you time and keep you keto, HighKey has an awesome new Pancake Mix that is oh so easy and oh so delicious!

This is a recipe you’ll be dying to serve for your non-keto friends and family members to show them just how easy (and tasty) eating a keto diet can be.

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Keto Hot Cereal – Samoa Cookie


Total Net Carbs: 4.5G

Traditional cereal isn’t something that appears on many keto-diets, but we’ve made keto-friendly cereals that make breakfast so much easier. While our variety of hot cereals can be easily prepared by simply adding water, this recipe takes everything to the next level so you can eat it for a luxurious breakfast or a yummy dessert. This recipe is so good you won’t believe you’re allowed to eat it!

Simply combine a package of our hot cereal according to directions on the packet, then top with caramel, toasted coconut flakes, coconut chips, and sugar-free chocolate chips to serve. While we love these topping ideas, it is easy to customize the toppings to whatever fits your daily macro allocation, just have fun with it! Speaking of fun and cereals, our HighKey Granola is a crowd favorite for keto-friendly breakfasts or a snack anytime of the day!   

Keto-Friendly Snacks for When You’re On-the-Go

Okay, so we’re cheating a little here because this isn’t a recipe, but we’d all be lying if we said we had the time to cook every meal and never grab a snack from the pantry or worse, at the store. Instead of making a mistake that derails your diet for a day or two, just grab some of our easy keto-friendly snacks on the go! We’ve got great snacks you can throw in your bag when you’re on-the-go so you don’t go hungry or give in to that sweet tooth.



Lindsay Malone, MS, RDN, CSO, LD
Lindsay Malone is a Functional and Integrative Medicine dietitian empowering individuals to take charge of their health with evidenced-based nutrition information.



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