Following a ketogenic diet? Add our top 20 keto recipes to your kitchen repertoire and liven up your diet with our tasty meals. Then, check out our best gut-healthy recipes, low-carb vegetarian recipes or our healthy vegan ideas.


What is a keto diet?

The ketogenic diet, commonly referred to as the 'keto' diet is essentially a very low-carb, high-fat diet. The aim of the diet is to put your body into a state of ketosis, where your body uses fats instead of carbs for fuel. To do this, it is generally recommended that carbs be kept below 50g per day, while filling up on fats such as eggs, avocado, meat, oily fish, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.

Best recipes for a ketogenic diet

Keto chilli con carne

Use extra vegetables to make up for the omission of traditionally used red kidney beans and rice in this keto chilli. It’s a winner whether you're following a keto diet or not – we promise you won’t even miss the rice!

A casserole dish of chilli topped with sour cream next to bowls of grated cheese and coriander

Sriracha and lime salmon with avocado cream

This recipe for sriracha and lime salmon with avocado cream is high-protein, low-calorie, gluten-free and ready in just 15 minutes. What more could you want?

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Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend, lighter pizza base. The parmesan gives the cauliflower crust a deep flavour which you can then personalise with your own toppings.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Baked avocado with smoked salmon & egg

Avocados are really versatile. Try them baked with smoked salmon and egg for a quick, healthy brunch. Serve with a side of lemon and mint courgettes instead of bread to keep this dish keto-friendly.

Baked avocado with smoked salmon and egg

Vegetable omelette

Jazz your omelette up with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes, then serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed simply with white wine vinegar.

Omelette Filled with Green Vegetables on a Plate with Tomatoes

Masala omelette

Check out our easy spiced omelette recipe with fiery ginger and punchy chilli, served with a crisp tomato and cucumber salad.

Masala Omelette Recipe

Chargrilled steak with chopped salad and blue-cheese dressing

Check out our easy rump steak salad recipe with creamy blue cheese dressing. This low -calorie salad is ready in 20 minutes for a quick midweek meal.

Chargrilled steak with chopped salad and blue-cheese dressing

Mediterranean roast peppers with olives and goat's cheese

Stuff sweet crunchy peppers with cherry tomatoes and garlic then roast and top with creamy goat's cheese for a simple and nutritious vegetarian midweek meal. Serve with crusty keto bread to keep this keto-friendly.

Goat's Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Olives

Omelette Irani

Reflecting the food of Tehran's hole-in-the-wall kabab houses, Berenjak restaurant's convivial cooking is ideal to recreate at home. Try this simple omelette as part of a meze feast – just serve without the bread to keep it keto-friendly.

Persian Omelette Recipe

Devilled coronation eggs

Check out this simple dish for coronation chicken devilled eggs. This recipe combines a retro canapé with a simple classic British sandwich for the perfect party food.

Devilled Eggs Recipe with Coronation Chicken

Tex-mex baked avocados

Start the day off with a bang with this no-fuss show-off brunch, packed with juicy tomatoes, eggs and avocados. Serve with keto-friendly bread instead of corn tortillas.

Easy Baked Avocado Brunch Recipe with Eggs

Smoked trout and gruyère omelette

Try our smoked trout and gruyère cheese omelette for a speedy midweek meal. This recipe is quick and easy to make and it's low in calories, too.

Smoked Trout and Gruyère Cheese Omelette Recipe

Chilli, cheese and garlic mushroom omelette

This recipe for chilli, cheese and garlic mushroom omelette is easy, vegetarian and ready in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect midweek meal for one.

Chilli, Cheese and Garlic Mushroom Omelette Recipe

Chicken normandy

Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish. Serve with a side of green veggie or cauliflower rice instead of pasta or potato to make it keto-friendly.

Chicken Normandy Recipe

Broccoli and blue cheese salad

Match purple sprouting broccoli with a blue cheese and garlic dressing, then sprinkle with toasted almonds for added crunch.

Purple sprouting broccoli, blue cheese and almond salad

Courgette soufflé omelette

This courgette soufflé omelette recipe is really easy, ready in under 30 minutes and tastes delicious. We think it makes the perfect midweek meal for one.

Soufflé Omelette Recipe with Courgette

Ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette

This quick and easy recipe for ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette makes a speedy midweek meal for one.

Mushroom Omelette Recipe with Ginger and Spring Onions served in a black frying pan on a wooden board

Broccoli salad with anchovies and eggs

Check out this super-simple broccoli salad with anchovies for an easy keto-friendly dish. Regular, romanesco or sprouting broccoli may be used in this salad and are particularly delicious with the caesar dressing.

Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe with Anchovies and Eggs

Long-stem broccoli and chorizo with poached eggs

Crispy chorizo perfectly complements the flavour of long-stem broccoli in this super-simple recipe. Serve with a watercress, rocket and spinach salad.


Mushroom and cheese omelette

Want an easy lunch recipe? Make this quick and simple grilled omelette with garlicky mushrooms and soft melted taleggio, ready in just 20 minutes.

Easy Omelette Recipe with Mushroom and Cheese

Grilled avocado halves with harissa hummus and tahini yogurt

We love avocado! With this recipe for grilled avocado halves with harissa hummus and tahini yogurt, we've promoted it to barbecue star.

Grilled avocado halves with harissa hummus and tahini yogurt

Hanger steak, braised greens, wild garlic, lemon and olive oil

Check out this super succulent steak with crunchy garlic greens. This easy dish comes from Little Duck The Picklery restaurant in Dalston, and it's perfect for a quick date night dinner.

Hanger Steak Recipe with Braised Greens

Wedge salad with blue cheese dressing

Make the most of Little Gem lettuces in this gluten-free salad. It would be great served with a crispy skinned, soft-in-the-middle baked potato

A lettuce salad with a dressing drizzled on top

Parmesan-crusted cauli steaks

These vegetarian parmesan-crusted cauliflower steaks are super easy and make for a simple side dish, plus they're gluten free, too

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Marinated steak with labneh, pul biber butter and crispy onions

Taking inspiration from the Iskender kebap of Turkey, this dish of marinated steak with labneh (or strained yogurt, if you prefer) and pul biber butter is a simple yet effective explosion of flavours.

Marinated steak with labneh, pul biber butter and crispy onions

Warm chorizo, avocado and feta salad

Assemble this colourful trio of ingredients and serve with a punchy dressing to make a vibrant midweek meal for two. Serve with keto bread as desired.

Warm Chorizo Salad Recipe with Avocado and Feta

The perfect steak

Learn how to cook the best steak of your life with the help of olive cookery writer and ex-chef Adam Bush.

A pan full of steak and butter juices

Steak with garlic mushroom cream and winter greens

This recipe for steak with garlic mushroom cream and winter greens is really quick and easy to make but feels like a real treat.

steak with mushroom and greens

Wedge salad with blue cheese dressing

Make the most of Little Gem lettuces in this gluten-free salad. It would be great served with a crispy skinned, soft-in-the-middle baked potato.

A lettuce salad with a dressing drizzled on top

Courgette and chimichurri salad

Make the most of fresh green beans and courgettes by tossing them in a zingy chimichurri dressing, then crumble over salty feta for a nourishing lunch.

A green courgette salad on a grey plate and light blue background

Chicken supreme

This classic dish sees chicken breast slathered in a white wine and cream sauce with smoky lardons. It's a flavour-packed dinner for two, ready in just 25 minutes.

A plate filled with a chicken breast covered in a creamy sauce with a knife and fork and glass of water on a blue cloth with a beige stone background

Easy garlic and herb cream cheese roast chicken

Putting a thick layer of homemade herb and garlic flavoured soft cheese under the skin will keep the breasts succulent and juicy. Don't forget to slather some on top to give the skin a beautiful finish. Serve with fresh seasonal veg.

Homemade Boursin roast chicken

Buffalo chicken

Vinegary hot sauce is the secret to great buffalo chicken – it's traditionally paired with celery and blue cheese sauce, which we've incorporated into a cooling, creamy slaw here.

A glazed, jointed chicken on a platter with a bowl of slaw

Garlic and cumin butter prawns

Make the most of juicy king prawns by slathering in this buttery garlicky sauce – a light, punchy dinner idea ready in 20 minutes.

Creamy Butter Garlic Prawns Recipe with Cumin

Saag paneer

This easy side dish, featuring crisp, golden cubes of paneer and spiced with cumin and chilli, will go down a treat on curry night and only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Two white bowls of golden cubes of paneer and wilted spinach on a blue background with a naan

Avocado tzatziki

Try this avocado twist on the traditional Greek tzatziki – great as a snack with warm Greek pitta. This recipe comes from Crouch End restaurant, Kalimera.

A blue bowl filled with a yogurt and cucumber dip

Griddled avocados with crab and chorizo

Check out this quick and easy avocado recipe with crab salsa and spicy chorizo. This simple avocado dish is ready in just 20 minutes - a great starter recipe for a summer dinner party.

Grilled Avocado Recipe with Crab and Chorizo

Salmon, avocado and lemon salad

Check out this salad recipe for a quick solo salmon supper, made with just a handful of ingredients.

Salmon, avocado and lemon salad

Thyme-baked halloumi with peppers

This thyme-baked halloumi with peppers is a quick and easy vegetarian dish, perfect for when you're in a rush midweek. The addition of thyme, lemon and garlic help to keep the halloumi interesting.

Thyme-baked halloumi with peppers

Bacon-wrapped halloumi with pea salad

Wrap halloumi slices in streaky bacon and fry until crisp and golden. Serve on a bed of dressed peas and pea shoots for a vibrant midweek meal.

Bacon-Wrapped Halloumi Recipe with Pea Salad

Hasselback halloumi traybake

Hasselbacking the halloumi opens up more surface area for maximum crispness. Serve with flatbreads and a green salad.

Hasselback halloumi traybake


Tracey Raye is health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in Personalised Nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being, in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She curates our nourishing recipes and collections, and stays abreast of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.


Tracey Raye - Health Editor & NutritionistHealth Editor & Nutritionist

Tracey Raye is the Health Editor for Olive and BBC Good Food. She oversees all health, nutrition and fitness related content across the brands, including the bi-annual Healthy Diet Plan, monthly Health Edit newsletter and health column in the magazine.

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