75 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes You Can Make In Under An Hour

75 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes You Can Make In Under An Hour

75 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes You Can Make In Under An Hour

Low-carb recipes are wonderful because they serve up a mix of heart-healthy fats, protein, and healthy carbs (like veggies) that may help lower your risk for certain conditions like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Got too much on your plate to cook those healthy low-carb meals that take literal hours? We got you. Just set aside an hour tops, and you can have a balanced meal on the table (and leftovers for lunch!) all week long. It really doesn’t get much better than that!

Here are some of our favorite low-carb recipes that may just inspire you to toss those delivery menus out for good. They’ll inspire you and remind you that being healthy doesn’t mean skimping on flavor or variety.

Chilled Strawberry Soup low-carb recipes

Chilled Strawberry Soup

When it’s too hot to even *think* about grilling a hamburger (that’s how you know it’s really hot), consider a chilly lunch instead. This pick is flavorful and will use up all those strawberries you have sitting in your fridge. (via Brit + Co.)

Chicken Salad Keto Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Keto Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps make this recipe handheld, portable, and perfect for picnics, barbecues, and work. Top with raspberries and walnuts for some extra color and texture. (via Brit + Co.)

Cardi B\u2019s Spicy Bowl Recipe

Cardi B’s Spicy Bowl Recipe

Leave it to Cardi B to give us the best bowl recipe ever. Fair warning: if you don’t like spicy foods, you’ll really, really need to test this before you make a whole batch. (via Brit + Co.)

Low Carb Cauliflower Quiche Cups

Low-Carb Cauliflower Quiche Cups

These bites make for the *perfect* afternoon snack. Not only do they have cauliflower, but the kale and tomatoes add some extra nutrients. (via Brit + Co.)

winter greens citrus salad low carb recipes

Winter Greens & Citrus Salad

A crunchy salad is the ideal dinner when you just need a light meal. This colorful recipe features atahini-ginger dressing that’s totally the bomb dot com. (via Brit + Co.)

best low carb recipes with cauliflower

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Who needs chicken when cauliflower will do the trick instead? This straightforward dish works great for dinner or as a side dish — your choice. (via Brit + Co.)

Low Carb Recipes That Are Both Delicious And Healthy

Keto Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Keto Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Casseroles are one of our favorite comfort foods, but they’re not always the healthiest option. The zucchini, mushrooms, and cheeses in this recipe are so flavorful, that you won’t even notice the missing carbs. (via Brit + Co.)

keto cheese ball low carb recipes

Keto Cheese Ball

Eating for one? This low-carb recipe is the perfect answer to a light dinner that’s as good (or better) as a baked potato. And if you get peckish later, check out one of these low carb snacks. (via Brit + Co.)

lemon miso spring green soup

Lemon Miso Spring Green Soup

Make this recipe for a very healthy, veggie-packed soup. This spring medley is as delicious as it is nutritious, plus it’s quick and low in carbs. (via Brit + Co.)

whole30 in-n-out low carb burger

Whole30 Animal Style In-N-Out Burger

You can indeed transform an In-N-Out Animal-Style burger into a Whole30 masterpiece, down to a low-sugar special sauce and crunchy lettuce wrap. Make the caramelized onions ahead of time to cut down on the total cook time for this easy low-carb dinner idea. (via Brit + Co.)

Mexican-Style Hot Dogs in Lettuce Wraps

Mexican-Style Hot Dogs in Lettuce Wraps

Instead of a bun, this recipe uses lettuce wraps to keep things low-carb. The beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocado add some fresh and oh-so delicious flavors. (via Brit + Co.)

Cheesy bacon brussels sprouts

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

When you need a bowl of mac and cheese, this bacon-y Brussels sprouts in a thick cheese sauce will curb your noodle cravings. This low-carb recipe yields a big, casserole-sized batch, so you can munch on leftovers all week long. (via Brit + Co.)

keto ricotta chicken meatballs low carb recipes

Keto Ricotta Chicken Meatballs

Rich dark-meat chicken forms stellar meatballs with almond flour, heavy cream, and Parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Serve them with roasted vegetables or your favorite low-carb pasta substitute! (via Brit + Co.)

healthy breakfast egg muffins low carb recipes

Healthy Egg Muffins

Easy egg breakfast for dinner? We say “yes, please!” These bites go well as a savory app to snack on before your main dish! (via Brit + Co.)

Keto Churro Cloud Bread

Keto Churro Cloud Bread

If you’re avoiding cinnamon sugar cookies and churros after dinner, this cloud bread dessert is the next best thing. Plus it’ll take you less than 30 minutes to make! (via Brit + Co.)

keto stuffed meatball

Keto Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

It’s amazing how far a little almond meal and zucchini can go in place of bread and… well, more bread. This recipe is quick, low-carb, and oh-so filling for a weeknight dinner win. (via Brit + Co.)

Fennel Salad With Blood Orange, Thyme, and Toasted Walnuts low-carb recipes

Fennel Salad with Blood Orange, Thyme, and Toasted Walnuts

Say hello to one of the most creative salads you’ve probably ever seen. With oranges, fennel, thyme, and roasted walnuts, this meal is full of winter’s bounty, but if it’s hard to find some of the ingredients once the weather warms up, swap for some in-season toppings (like peaches) instead. (via Brit + Co.)

paleo shepherd's pie

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Don’t let the cauliflower-mash topping turn you skeptical. This healthier take on a classic savory pie remains just as comforting with hearty ground beef and tender veggies. It’s also flavored well with onion, cumin, coriander, and red pepper. (via Brit + Co.)

From Pizza To Salmon, We Have Plenty Of Low-Carb Recipe Ideas To Share

Keto Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Keto Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Make these customizable “rice” bowls when you need to clear your fridge of odds and ends like leftover meat, vegetables, and condiments. (via Brit + Co.)

Chocho Carrot Muffins

Chocho Carrot Muffins

Chocho flour — which has been eaten in South American Andean communities for generations — is a great way to get in some of your favorite baked goods, without the same levels of carbs that you might find in more mainstream flours. (via Brit + Co.)

keto ramen recipe

Keto Ramen Zoodles

Swapping traditional noodles for zucchini noodles allows you to enjoy richly flavored ramen, crispy pork belly, jammy egg, and all, without the dreaded carb bloat. (via Brit + Co.)

Pan-Seared Dover Sole with Buttery Caper Sauce low carb dinner

Pan-Seared Fish with Buttery Caper Sauce

Use a pan-searing technique to cook your favorite lean fish, such as tilapia or striped bass. When a quick pan sauce of butter, capers, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs is involved, you really can’t go wrong. (via Brit + Co.)

no carb meals spaghetti squash pasta recipe

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Make three different pasta sauces — sugo, arugula pesto, and lemon ricotta — and you’ll be excited to eat spaghetti squash all week. (via Brit + Co.)

Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl

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Sweetgreen Harvest Bowl

Make a healthy lunch and save some cash when you make this yummy Sweetgreen copycat recipe. That’s two thumb’s up from us! (via Brit + Co.)

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Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad

This popular Pinterest salad gained fame for many reasons, but the tender 20-minute chicken on top might be the most compelling part. Indulge in this low-carb recipe for dinner any night of the week, since it’s super easy to prepare. (via North South Blonde for Brit + Co.)

The Best Main Course, Side Dish, And Dessert Low-Carb Recipes To Cut Back On Carbs

Baked Almond-Crusted Cod

Baked Almond-Crusted Cod

Skip your typical chicken breast in favor of this heart-healthy cod that’s crusted with almonds and parmesan, and served with a lemony yogurt sauce. (via Brit + Co.)

carb free dinner tacos

Keto Steak Cheese-Shell Tacos

The best part of this low-carb recipe (second to the crispy cheddartaco shells, of course) is the leftover taco-seasoned steak, which you can use to top salads, wraps, and other lunches later on. (via Brit + Co.)

sheet pan shrimp fajitas for low carb dinners

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

This garlicky marinated shrimp dish needs just 8 minutes in the oven to form a hearty accompaniment to roasted peppers and onions, riced cauliflower, and any low-carb ingredient under the sun. This flavorful (and low-carb) bite will seriously blow you away. (via Brit + Co.)

paleo instant pot orange chicken carb free meal

Paleo Instant Pot Orange Chicken

You can make this healthy orange chicken faster than you could grab it from Panda Express. This diet-friendly version employs coconut sugar and orange zest to replicate the classic’s citrusy sweetness, while arrowroot powder maintains the signature crispy crust. It’s a classic in our arsenal of easy low-carb meals. (via Brit + Co.)

keto alfredo zoodles

Ketotarian Alfredo Zoodles

This creamy zoodle dish, laden with a dairy-free macadamia-nut “alfredo” sauce, proves that a keto-vegetarian diet is both possible and delicious. (via Brit + Co.)

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Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

In lieu of French fries, try this baked and bacon-wrapped alternative. Not only are you cutting out the oil, but you’re adding in some bacon, which is definitely an upside in our book. (via Brit + Co.)

cauliflower rice sushi low carb recipes

Cauliflower Rice Sushi

If you’re looking for something low-carb, you might be hesitant to try sushi, because of the rice that’s inside. But there’s an easy way to fix that — use cauliflower rice instead! (via Brit + Co.)

Smoked Salmon Poke Bites

Smoked Salmon Poke Bites

Turn your go-to poke bowl into bite-sized goodies. They make for an awesome low-carb appetizer, or even an effective WFH snack if you need something filling to hold you over until lunchtime. (via Brit + Co.)

Koufteh Ghelgheli low carb recipes

Koufteh Ghelgheli

This Middle Eastern recipe is chock full of veggies and lamb meatballs. The flavor pairings of turmeric, pepper, and lemon are simple enough for a beginner cook, but are oh-so tasty. (via Brit + Co.)

Low Carb Meal Ideas To Cook For The Whole Family

Super Green Sundried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Super Green Sundried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Shredded kale, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, and fresh herbs are generously tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with crispy chickpeas, toasted pine nuts, feta, and avocado in this low-carb recipe. This pick makes for a great side salad, or you can enjoy it in bigger portions as a main course. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Low-Carb Bell Pepper Sandwiches

Low-Carb Bell Pepper Sandwiches

Hollow out a bell pepper, and stuff it with a cream cheese-mustard mix, as well as slices of your favorite deli meat and cheese. Load it with spinach, bacon, sprouts, cucumbers to craft a delicious, healthy meal — for really, whatever time of day you want. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Ribbons of zucchini are rolled up with a pesto and ricotta cheese mixture, and baked in a herby red-pepper tomato sauce. Doesn’t that sound so yum? Plus, this dish is super good for you! (via Half Baked Harvest)

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry no carbs

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

This versatile stir fry is a great way to get some low-carb veggies into your diet. Swap the beef for chicken, or another easy protein like tofu. (via Feel Good Foodie)

Grilled Caprese Pesto Chicken Skewers

Grilled Caprese Pesto Chicken Skewers

Grill up pesto chicken and cherry tomatoes, then serve with burrata cheese and fresh basil for some low-carb, late-summer meal perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Slice up a zucchini, toss it in olive oil and spices, and pop it in the air fryer to get these crunchy zucchini chips. A low-carb snack is as easy as that! (via A Spicy Perspective)

Pesto Salmon

Pesto Salmon

Salmon gets a nice crunch from the tiniest bit of panko breadcrumbs, while pesto gives it a burst of herby flavor. (via A Spicy Perspective)

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Turkish Eggs

This low-carb breakfast, AKA çilbir (pronounced chil-bir), is a popular breakfast in Turkey that’s made with poached eggs over creamy, garlicky yogurt, and drenched in a warm spicy butter. (via Forks & Foliage)


Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Why opt for takeout when you can make your own Mexican dishes at home? Begin with this easy fajitas recipe that doesn’t skimp on healthy additions. (via Culinary Hill)

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These baked meatballs make a great addition to any low-carb wraps or bowls you have planned. (via Bowl of Delicious)

Easy Carrot Pumpkin Soup

Easy Carrot Pumpkin Soup

This warm bowl of soup is so fitting for the fall season. When you need a comfort meal, this low-carb dish comes in hot with flavor. (via The Fast Recipe)

Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake low-carb recipes

Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Cauliflower takes on the role of potatoes in this mash recipe that gets saturated in melty cheese! Yum! (via Kathryn’s Kitchen)

Easy Vegan Ratatouille

Easy Vegan Ratatouille

Whether you enjoy this low-carb recipe as a side dish or a main course, it’s going to deliver on texture and flavor. (via A Virtual Vegan)

One-Skillet Sesame Mango Chicken

One-Skillet Sesame Mango Chicken

One skillet? That means we’re in. This simple low-carb recipe is great for low-carb eaters, especially when you pair it with your favorite veggie! (via Averie Cooks)

Low-Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers

Low-Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers

Get ready to go in on these stuffed peppers. They hold a handful of nutritious ingredients, from ground beef to spinach. (via The Girl On Bloor)

Low-Carb Mock Potato Salad

Low-Carb Mock Potato Salad

This healthy dish is perfect for holiday gatherings and potlucks alike! It replaces potatoes with non-starchy cauliflower, but still retains all the flavor. (via The Real Food Dietitians)

Korean Cauliflower Wings

Korean Cauliflower Wings

These vibrant vegetarian wings make all other low-carb recipes look drab. The soy-BBQ-garlic sauce is just to die for! (via The Edgy Veg)

Find more easy low-carb meals, keto cocktails, and keto-friendly dessert ideas by checking out Brit + Co’s Food page. Join our newsletter for more recipes and inspiration!

This post has been updated with additional reporting by Meredith Holser.