32 easy low-carb recipes
Try our lighter, low-carb meal ideas that pack in plenty of flavour, from sumac chicken with green bean salad to harissa lamb cutlets and roast red pepper frittata
Looking for low-carb meal ideas? Try our best brunches, like vegan tofu scramble and baked avocado eggs. Get stuck into our leaner lunch recipes such as Spanish omelette, all made with plenty of protein to fuel you through the rest of the day. And be inspired by our delicious dinner recipes, all made with no more than 40g of carbohydrate per serving. For the veggies, there's healthy aubergine parmigiana, for fish lovers there's coconut ginger fish parcels and for any meat eaters there's keto chilli con carne.
Easy low-carb recipes
Low-carb breakfast/brunch ideas
A protein-rich egg, salmon and avocado breakfast will keep you going for longer – with only 1.8g of carbohydrate per serving.
Prepare this comforting chorizo stew and top with zesty avocado salsa and soft boiled eggs for a vibrant brunch dish.
Drink this healthy green smoothie in the morning for a quick, nutrient-packed pick-me-up, perfect if you're following a low-carb diet. Cucumber, spinach, lime and kiwi are a great combination, and the avocado adds a lovely texture.
Check out this low-calorie vegan breakfast recipe made with smoked tofu, punchy chilli and pan-fried courgette.
Soft baby spinach in a creamy, nutmeg-infused sauce makes the perfect bed for crispy parma ham and runny yolked eggs – dunk slices of toasted ciabatta in for brunch.
Serve up this no-fuss show-off brunch, packed with juicy tomatoes, eggs and avocados, and let everyone dig in. There's only 6.3g of carbohydrate per serving.
Low-carb lunch ideas
This crab, chilli and herb omelette is low-calorie, gluten-free, high-protein and ready in just 20 minutes – perfect for a midweek lunch when you're working from home.
This sumac chicken and green bean salad is ready in just 20 minutes and comes in at under 300 calories.
The ultimate comfort food which clears out the fridge too – try our best Spanish omelette recipe with red onion, red pepper and new potatoes. Serve with a rocket salad.
This is an upgraded classic that's perfect for summer with smoked mackerel and crispy onions. The caesar dressing also works well with chicken salads, new potatoes or salmon.
Add some warming spices to prawns with this low-carb recipe, with fresh lettuce leaves and salsa for a pretty, nutritious finish.
Soft-boiled eggs make the fastest meal. Nutritious, good-value and perfectly matched with salty pancetta – they make a delicious dish, especially when paired with purple sprouting broccoli.
This hot and sour fish soup is quick, easy and under 300 calories – the perfect light, fragrant meal to warm you up. Omit the rice or noodles and add some extra spinach for a filling carb-free meal.
Low-carb dinner ideas with meat
Fill courgettes with a mix of lamb mince, garlic, cumin and harissa, and bake in a fiery tomato sauce to make an exciting weeknight meal for two.
This recipe for paleo chicken piccata is fast, healthy and easy to freeze. Serve with a green salad or cauliflower rice to keep things paleo-diet-friendly and low-calorie.
These harissa lamb cutlets with tahini yogurt sauce are easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes and under 500 calories.
This recipe for pork fillet with pepper stew is easy to make and ready in under an hour, and is low in carbs but packed full of flavour.
This healthy chicken curry recipe bulks up on veg to keep the calories low. Freeze in portions for quick midweek meals.
This recipe for steak with garlic mushroom cream and winter greens is really quick and easy to make but feels like a real treat.
This wholesome beef chilli con carne is a satisfying meal, packed with mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes. It's a winner whether or not you're following a keto diet.
This recipe for cheat's chicken mole uses a clever product so it's ready in less than an hour and is under 300 calories – perfect for a midweek treat.
This classic dish sees chicken breast slathered in a white wine and cream sauce with smoky lardons. It's a low-carb, flavour-packed dinner for two, ready in just 25 minutes.
Low-carb dinner ideas with fish
Mackerel's oily flesh means it can withstand strong flavours such as chilli and citrus – both of which are used in this dish alongside ginger, tamarind, cumin and garam masala. Roast the fish until the skin becomes crisp and lightly blistered.
This recipe for a cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with salad, or orzo if you prefer.
These coconut ginger fish parcels are easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes and under 500 calories – perfect for a midweek meal.
Simple but packed with flavour from the garlic, chilli and cinnamon, this colourful recipe for grilled cod with salsa rossa is quick and easy to make, as well as being low in calories.
Vegetarian low-carb dinner ideas
Try our lightly spiced vegan curry for a wholesome midweek meal for four. Make the most of storecupboard ingredients such as chickpeas and chopped tomatoes in this flavoursome dish.
An absolute classic, made that little bit healthier by using a few clever tricks. It's high in protein, low in salt and calories, and delicious to boot.
Once you’ve mastered the art of courgetti, branch out and try spiralising different vegetables. This quick and easy tofu steak with beetroot noodles and dukkah is a great vegetarian meal for one, ready in half an hour.
Using quinoa instead of rice means these rolls are higher in protein (and lower in carbs). We've kept them vegan, too, which means leftovers will keep for a healthy lunchbox the next day.
This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low in calories and carbs.