5 Quick & Healthy Keto Recipes for Busy Weeknights

The ketogenic diet is based on a simple principle, namely eliminating carbs from one’s meals so that the body starts using fat as fuel. Even though preparing interesting low-carb dishes seems like a challenge, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we will discuss five delicious keto recipes with a twist for quick and tasty dinners.

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Best Keto Recipes to Try

1. Cauliflower Fried Rice with Pork

This classic Japanese dish is the perfect choice for those occasions when you are bored of the traditional menu and want to add a twist to it. To keep everything low-carb, substitute white rice for processed cauliflower granules. The flavor will be even better this way.


  • ½ head of a medium-sized cauliflower
  • 100 g pork belly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2 mini green capsicums
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp pickled ginger
  • and 1 tsp black sesame seeds


  1. For this recipe, you will need to prepare the cauliflower rice first. Separate the cauliflower into florets and place them in a food processor, pulsing until rice-like granules form. Be careful not to mash the cauliflower.
  2. Then, sauté the cauli-rice for 5 minutes over medium heat. Your low-carb substitute is ready to be used, so set it aside for later.  
  3. Now, cook the eggs. Beat them well and add them to a frying pan to create a thin omelet. The cookware you use is particularly important during this step as you should be able to prepare the mixture without charring or sticking it to the bottom. This related article on the best pan for eggs on The Kitchen Advisor will help you choose the right pan for this step. You’ll also find five reviews of the best egg pans on the market this year.
  4. When your perfect omelet has finished cooking, remove it from the pan.
  5. Add the garlic into the pan and sauté it until it is fragrant. Then, throw in the pork belly. Wait until the meat is cooked thoroughly, then add the spring onions and capsicum as well.
  6. In the meantime, slice the omelet into small squares so that you can add it to the pan.
  7. Put the cauli-rice back in as well, and drizzle soy sauce on top of everything.
  8. Cook everything over high heat until slightly golden and serve right away.

2. Spicy Shrimp and Butter Broccoli

Cooking shrimp for dinner might sound challenging, but it is actually a quick and easy process. Garnish everything with deliciously nourishing broccoli sautéed in butter for a flavor-packed keto dinner with a spicy touch.


  • 450 g peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed chili flakes
  • 1 head broccoli
  • butter
  • and salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, place the olive oil and wait for it to sizzle over medium heat.
  2. Then, throw in the shrimp and spices and let it cook on both sides until it changes color.
  3. In the end, add a cup of water for a nice glaze and a food that is infused with even more taste.
  4. For the side dish, simply sauté the broccoli in butter instead of oil until it softens, adding condiments to taste.
  5. Serve the two together for the perfect and quick keto dinner.

3. Italian Sausage and Pepper Skillet

If you want to prepare a hearty meal in just half an hour, this Italian sausage, pepper, and onion skillet recipe is the ideal alternative. It is a simple meal that nourishes both the body and soul, making it the perfect comfort food for a pleasant evening.


  • 6 links sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 sliced yellow onion
  • ½ sliced red onion
  • 4 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • and salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown the sausage on all sides in a skillet, then remove and slice.
  2. Melt the butter, then stir in the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the bell peppers after a few minutes and season accordingly.
  4. Next, pour the white wine over the mix and let everything simmer until soft and fragrant.
  5. Put the sausage back in the skillet, then cover and set the heat to low. Everything should simmer for 15 minutes so that the flavors combine. Enjoy!

4. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

While we are on the topic of Italian food, let’s travel to Tuscany with this delicious and creamy chicken dish? The lightness of lean protein combines beautifully with heavy cream and cheesy goodness, creating a fast and delicious meal for your keto dinner.


  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • and salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet, cook the chicken until golden on both sides. Make sure to properly season it while at it. This shouldn’t take more than 8 minutes in total. Set it aside for later use.
  2. Then, using the same skillet, melt the butter and add the garlic, stirring it until fragrant.
  3. Next, add the cherry tomatoes. When they burst, it’s time for the spinach to be put in.
  4. When the spinach leaves start to wilt, pour the heavy cream and add the Parmesan cheese to the mix as well. Let everything simmer for about 3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 more minutes, and you’re done.

5. Salmon with Herb Butter and Asparagus

No list of the best keto recipes would be complete without our favorite source of protein, namely salmon. In just 20 minutes, you can prepare a healthy dinner based on this tasty and nutritious fish. Don’t be concerned about the fat in the butter. That’s the beauty of the ketogenic diet.


  • 4 boneless and skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 pound asparagus with the ends trimmed
  • 1 thinly sliced lemon
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • thyme and parsley
  • and salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the salmon and place it onto foil and add the asparagus. Slide lemon slices underneath for additional flavor.
  2. Mix the butter with Italian seasoning and garlic in a bowl, then add dollops of it on top of the salmon and asparagus.
  3. Fold the sides of the foil and seal the ends together, then grill over high heat for up to 8 minutes. If you prefer baking, 20 minutes at 400 degrees will suffice.
  4. Garnish with thyme and parsley and serve while soft and warm.

Final Thoughts

Cooking your dinner the keto way doesn’t have to be dull. With the right ingredients and a creative approach, you will be able to prepare something unique every time you enter the kitchen. Any of these quick and tasty recipes is perfect for a busy weeknight.

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