10 Healthy Low Carb Dinners That Taste Delicious

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For those who like to try some new recipe ideas, this article presents a list of 10 delicious low carb dinners.

All of these healthy meals are nutrient-dense, quick and easy to make.

In fact, most meals on this list can be ready in 30 minutes, and they are all suitable for low-carb and ketogenic diets.

Note: all ingredients are per person.

Just multiply them depending on how many servings you need.

1. Grilled Salmon Steak With Avocado Salad

A Low Carb Dinner of Grilled Salmon and Green Vegetables.

  • Total carbs: 18.9 grams
  • Net carbs: 5.1 grams

This grilled salmon steak recipe provides a low carb dinner full of healthy fats.

Thanks to the choice of food, it is also very nutrient-dense.

The combination of salmon, arugula and avocado combine to offer large amounts of virtually every major nutrient.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 8 oz (225 g) salmon fillet
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup fresh arugula
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 1 pat of butter
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • First, rub the butter across the top of the salmon fillet. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and then place it on the grill – you can also use a BBQ if you want.
  • While the salmon is cooking, chop an avocado into slices, and place on a plate alongside some arugula leaves and a few slices of lemon.
  • Remove from heat once the salmon has reached an internal temperature of around 52°C (125°F) for medium of 63°C (145°F) for well done. You can check the temperature using a food thermometer.
  • Put the salmon on a plate, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon onto it and eat!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

773 kcal

Carbohydrate

18.9 g

  – Fiber13.8 g
  – Sugar2.0 g
  – Net Carbs5.1 g
Fat51.9 g
  – Saturated Fat9.7 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat26.8 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat11.2 g
Protein61.6 g

2. Steak Salad

A Steak Salad Featuring Beef, Quail Eggs, Cherry Tomatoes and Salad.

  • Total carbs: 8.9 grams
  • Net carbs: 6.6 grams

This steak salad features beef, quail eggs, cherry tomatoes and an assortment of fresh veggies.

It is a perfect summer salad and it provides large amounts of iron, potassium and zinc.

Best of all, this low carb dinner takes minimal preparation time – the prep time is only about 20 minutes!

Ingredients (per person)

  • 6 oz (170 g) chuck steak
  • 2 quail eggs (halved)
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Firstly, prepare the salad by combining the arugula, cooked quail eggs, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper.
  • Next, pour the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt onto the salad and give everything a good mix.
  • When the salad is ready, it is time to start preparing the steak. Put a bit of butter/oil in the pan and pan-fry the steak until it reaches your preferred doneness.
  • After this, cut the steak and mix it into the salad, and then everything is ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

489 kcal

Carbohydrate

8.9 g

  – Fiber2.3 g
  – Sugar4.6 g
  – Net Carbs6.6 g
Fat33.6 g
  – Saturated Fat9.2 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat17.6 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat2.6 g
Protein41.0 g

3. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks

Oven-Roasted Low Carb Dinner of Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks.

  • Total carbs: 3.9 grams
  • Net carbs: 0.9 grams

Take the tastiest part of the chicken (that is the drumstick) and make it even better by wrapping each one with two rashers of bacon.

This oven-roasted recipe is a delicious carb-free meal for all the family.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 2 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • Black pepper
  • A handful of black olives and cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F)
  • Following this, take two chicken drumsticks and tightly wrap each one with two rashers of bacon, and then place in a baking dish.
  • Cover the drumsticks with lots of black pepper, and add a handful of olives and cherry tomatoes to the fish.
  • After about 45-50 minutes, the bacon should be crispy and the chicken will be ready.
  • Serve!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

432 kcal

Carbohydrate

3.9 g

  – Fiber0.9 g
  – Sugar1.9 g
  – Net Carbs3 g
Fat27.4 g
  – Saturated Fat8.0 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat11.9 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat4.4 g
Protein40.4 g

4. Herb-Coated Grilled Chicken Breast With Asparagus and Salad

A Grilled Chicken Breast With Asparagus and Chopped Tomatoes.

  • Total carbs: 18.1 grams
  • Net carbs: 12.3 grams

Chicken breast can be a little bit boring, but it can be good if you’re looking for a light meal with a decent hit of protein.

This healthy dinner contains almost no carbohydrate, and this herb-coated chicken breast combines well with some delicious marinated veggies.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225 g) chicken breast
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • 3 medium-size tomatoes chopped
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pat of butter
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • First, coat the chicken breast in some butter and Italian herbs. After doing this, cook the chicken breast in the oven at 175°C (350°F) for about 35-40 minutes.
  • During the cooking time, cook the asparagus spears and then mix them in a bowl with the raw chopped tomatoes and basil leaves.
  • Add the extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of Italian herbs, salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice into the salad bowl and stir.
  • Once the chicken is ready, serve alongside the side vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

608 kcal

Carbohydrate

18.1

  – Fiber5.8 g
  – Sugar10.8 g
  – Net Carbs12.3 g
Fat26.5 g
  – Saturated Fat6.8 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat13.8 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat3.7 g
Protein74.4 g

5. Pork Chop and Side-Salad

Freshly Cooked Pork Chops With a Fresh Vegetable Salad.

  • Total carbs: 6.3 grams
  • Net carbs: 4.7 grams

Pork chops are one of the most popular cuts of pork and that is no surprise; they taste delicious.

Generally speaking, pork chops are a very fatty cut of meat which makes them the perfect fit for a low carb dinner.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 2 bone-in pork chops (300 g including bones)
  • Pat of butter
  • 1/2 cup of lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of radicchio
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic (mashed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • First of all, preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
  • Next, rub the pork chops with the butter and mashed garlic, cover with salt and pepper, and then put them in the oven.
  • Prepare the side salad of lettuce, radicchio and cherry tomatoes while the chop is cooking.
  • After approximately 40-45 minutes, the pork chops should be done, so remove them from heat and serve alongside the salad.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

578 kcal

Carbohydrate

6.3 g

  – Fiber1.6 g
  – Sugar2.9 g
  – Net Carbs4.7 g
Fat44.1 g
  – Saturated Fat17.5 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat18.2 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat3.9 g
Protein37.6 g

6. Beef Steak and Mushroom Omelet

A Delicious Low Carb Omelet Featuring Steak and Mushrooms.

  • Total carbs: 9.8 grams
  • Net carbs: 7.5 grams

We usually think of omelets as a quick and cheap morning breakfast meal.

However, omelets can work well as a main dinner too.

This is especially the case if they contain tasty ingredients like steak and mushrooms.

This healthy and nutrient-dense low carb omelet makes a delicious dinner.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 oz (115 g) strip steak (chopped)
  • 1 cup (75 g) white button mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pat of butter

Instructions

  • Start by pan-frying the steak and white button mushrooms.
  • When the meat is nearly done, add the tamari sauce and garlic powder and stir well.
  • Once the meat and mushrooms are ready, leave them on the side.
  • Heat the butter and then make a quick omelet. When the omelet is firm, add the steak and mushrooms onto it and fold the omelet over.
  • Serve alongside a side salad of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (for the steak omelet)

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

530 kcal

Carbohydrate

9.8 g

  – Fiber2.3 g
  – Sugar3.2 g
  – Net Carbs7.5 g
Fat28.7 g
  – Saturated Fat10.3 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat10.3 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat3.3 g
Protein56.3 g

7. Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Chicken Salad Wrap

Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Chicken Chunks on a Leaf Bed With Mayo.

  • Total carbs: 9 grams
  • Net carbs: 6.8 grams

Bacon and chicken always taste amazing together, and even more so when you add some (healthy) mayo and cheese to the mix.

This tasty low carb dinner is kind of like a sandwich, but with a huge lettuce leaf instead of the bread.

A word of warning: it is a little bit high in calories, so don’t make it a regular thing!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz (170 g) chicken breast
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 oz (56 g) cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp healthy mayo
  • Large lettuce leaf
  • 1 large tomato (sliced)

Instructions

  • Start by preparing a large lettuce leaf on the bottom of a plate. Add some slices of cheese and tomatoes on top of it.
  • After this, lightly pan-fry the bacon and chicken. Once they are done, remove from heat and allow to cool in a bowl.
  • When the bacon and chicken are cool, add the mayonnaise to them and stir everything together well.
  • Finally, scoop the bacon and chicken mayo onto the top of the lettuce leaf and the meal is ready.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

962 kcal

Carbohydrate

9 g

  – Fiber2.2 g
  – Sugar5.1 g
  – Net Carbs6.8 g
Fat67.7 g
  – Saturated Fat23.3 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat22.8 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat15.2 g
Protein77.3 g

8. Grilled Lamb Chops With Feta Salad

A Plate Containing Lamb Chops and a Feta Cheese and Vegetable Salad.

  • Total carbs: 8.1 grams
  • Net carbs: 6.9 grams

Lamb chops are quite possibly the tastiest meat around.

The fact that they are full of fat and extremely flavorful makes them a delicious meal at any time of day.

However, this low carb dinner is perfect for a delicious Greek-style evening meal.

Lamb chops and feta cheese salad go perfectly together!

Ingredients

  • 2 lamb chops
  • 1.5 oz (42 g) feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start by salting and peppering the lamb chops and then cooking them on the grill. It should take around 20 minutes, but keep an eye on them and take them off heat at your desired level of doneness.
  • As the lamb chops grill, prepare a side-salad by mixing the arugula and halved cherry tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Cut some feta cheese into bite-sized cube shapes and mix them in with the salad.
  • Once the lamb chops are ready, serve alongside the salad.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

662 kcal

Carbohydrate

8.1 g

  – Fiber1.2 g
  – Sugar6.5 g
  – Net Carbs6.9 g
Fat46.2 g
  – Saturated Fat19.1 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat21.3 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat2.8 g
Protein51.0 g

9. Baked Salmon With Sauteed Spinach and Lemon-Butter Sauce

A Dinner Plate Containing Baked Salmon and Spinach Sauteed in Butter.

  • Total carbs: 4.2 grams
  • Net carbs: 2.8 grams

Salmon is a delicious and healthy oily fish that supplies large amounts of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

This low carb dinner features baked salmon on a bed of spinach sauteed in butter, with a lemon-butter sauce on top.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225 g) salmon fillet
  • 2 cups (60 g) of spinach
  • 1.5 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • Salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • To start with, place the salmon fillet in the oven and bake at 175°C (350°F) until it is cooked how you like it.
  • Next, add 1 tbsp of butter into a pan and the juice of half a lemon. Add salt and pepper, and cook on low heat until the liquid reduces and thickens.
  • Just before the salmon is ready, sauté the spinach in half a tablespoon of butter.
  • Place the sauteed spinach on a plate, put the salmon on top, and then pour the lemon-butter sauce over the top of everything.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

578 kcal

Carbohydrate

4.2 g

  – Fiber1.4 g
  – Sugar0.8 g
  – Net Carbs2.8 g
Fat35.5 g
  – Saturated Fat13.6 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat10.5 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat8.0 g
Protein59.0 g

10. Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Pasta

Low Carb Version of Chicken Alfredo in a Bowl Made With Zucchini Noodles.

  • Total carbs: 17.1 grams
  • Net carbs: 12.8 grams

Have you ever heard of “zoodles”?

If not, they are not really a noodle at all, but they do have a similar appearance.

They are also an excellent low-carb alternative to traditional noodles/pasta.

This tasty dinner contains minimal carbohydrate, but lots of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz (170 g) chicken breast
  • 2 medium spiralized zucchinis (use a spiralizer)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 oz (42 g) Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 large egg (yolk only)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • First of all, spiralize the zucchini into “noodle” shapes and place to one side.
  • Next, heat the olive oil in a pan and add the chicken and Italian seasoning.
  • Once the chicken is almost ready, add the heavy cream, salt and black pepper.
  • Stir continuously on low heat and after about five minutes add the parmesan cheese and the egg yolk. Stir well until the egg and cheese are thoroughly mixed in.
  • Add the zucchini noodles into the pan for the last minute of cooking. No longer! This is to soften them a little and make them warm, but if you cook them for too long, then they will develop a soggy texture.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient

Amount (Grams / % RDA)

Calories

923 kcal

Carbohydrate

17.1 g

  – Fiber4.3 g
  – Sugar7.8 g
  – Net Carbs12.8 g
Fat59.5 g
  – Saturated Fat6.3 g
  – Monounsaturated Fat23.9 g
  – Polyunsaturated Fat5.0 g
Protein80.5 g

Notes

As you may have noticed, some of these meals are a little indulgent and high in energy.

However, others are just light meals that are quite low in overall calories.

There is nothing wrong with eating a more substantial meal from time to time, as long as your meal plan is balanced and it isn’t all the time.

The majority of the ingredients in these meals are from whole foods, supply a large number of nutrients, and can help support a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re looking for some new recipes, give one of these low carb dinners a try.

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  • Hi, these look to be very handy and quick keto meal ideas, thank you. They would be even better with a photo showing the plated meals. Regards, Karen.