Make your low carb meals even more satisfying with these delicious keto side dishes. Just because you’re trying to reduce your carbs doesn’t mean you can’t have side dishes.
The most common side dishes include rice, potatoes, and other carb-loaded ingredients that will not go well with the keto diet.
However, these are not your only options. There are lots of healthy, low carb sides that can go well with your low carb meals. If you need inspiration, here are some of the best recipes for keto side dishes.
For more keto and low carb side dishes see these Low Carb Side Dishes for Christmas. They are suitable for other times of the year as well.
Keto Side Dishes
1. Keto Cauliflower Tots
Tater tots are some of the most popular side dishes loved by both kids and adults. However, they are made with potatoes, which means they are among those foods you need to avoid while on keto.
Thankfully, there’s a low carb version of these savory sides. These Cauliflower Tots from Karly of That Low Carb Life will remind you of tater tots, but you won’t feel the guilt in every bite since they are low in carbs.
Made with cauliflower, parmesan, coconut flour, and grated cheddar, these cauliflower tots will be loved by everyone, whether they are on the low carb diet or not!
2. Keto Grilled Avocado with Cilantro-Lime Cream
Avocados are a staple in the keto diet, and it’s easy to see why. They are not only delicious and healthy but also low in carbs and high in healthy fats! So, avocados can make a perfect ingredient for keto side dishes.
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This Grilled Avocado with Cilantro Lime Cream from Shelby of Grumpy’s Honeybunch would be a great recipe to try for a keto side dish. It’s so easy – you only need to grill the avocados, prepare the sour cream, and drizzle the cream over the avocados. They are perfect with keto tortillas.
Not a side dish but if you love avocados try this Avocado Soup with Basil and Cucumber made in a blender.
3. Keto Bacon Wrapped Asparagus in the Oven
Good quality bacon is another ingredient commonly used in meat-based keto dishes. It is high in fat, making it an ideal candidate for a keto-friendly, low carb side dish.
This Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Marissa of Pinch and Swirl is a great inspiration if you’re looking for a low carb side dish made with bacon.
Like bacon, asparagus is also a keto-friendly food. With only 3 grams of net carbs, these veggies can make a perfect addition to your keto diet. In addition, asparagus is a good source of fiber, essential for the keto diet.
Related reading: What Are Net Carbs And Why Are They Important?
4. Cauliflower Breadsticks
If you’re looking for the perfect side dish to go with your low carb pasta, these Cauliflower Breadsticks from Karly That Low Carb Life are worth a try. They are healthy, cheesy, and super easy to make.
Made with cauliflower, mozzarella, coconut flour, and Parmesan cheese, each breadstick contains only 4 grams of net carbs. You can also serve these delicious breadsticks with marinara sauce or other low carb dips.
5. Keto Stuffed Mushrooms
If you’re looking for mushroom-based keto side dishes, you can give these Keto Stuffed Mushrooms from Lauren of Explorer Momma a try.
Mushrooms are naturally low in carbs. They are nutritious and contain fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and folate. They can be high in Vitamin D too if they have been exposed to the sun.
For this recipe, the mushrooms are stuffed with grated mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection. They are so delicious and can be eaten as a meal in itself!
6. Low Carb Air Fryer Zucchini
If you’re looking for keto side dishes that take only a few minutes to make, check out this Air Fryer Zucchini recipe from Arman of the Big Man’s World. It’s absolutely so easy to prepare, and you only need two main ingredients – zucchinis and olive oil!
So, if you are pressed for time and need to quickly prep a side dish for dinner, this is the side dish you need. With only 2 grams of net carbs per serving, they are perfect for anyone doing the keto diet.
7. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Recipe
Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern side dish. Traditionally made with tahini, garbanzos (chickpeas), lemon, and different spices, it is eaten as a side dish or a dip for pita bread. Unfortunately, garbanzos/chickpeas are high in carbs, so it’s not ideal for those following a low mcarb diet.
But, if you find yourself craving hummus, you can try the low-carb alternatives, such as this Roasted Cauliflower Hummus from Maya of Wholesome Yum. Instead of chickpeas, the recipe used roasted cauliflower, which is more keto-friendly.
For an alternative recipe check out this delicious Keto Hummus.
8. Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
These Baked Parmesan Tomatoes from Aubrey of Real House Moms are the perfect accompaniment to any Italian dish. While some would argue that tomatoes are not ideal for keto, these fruits contain minimal carbs and have plenty of nutrients.
In fact, this recipe contains only 3 grams of net carbs per serving. It’s also easy to prepare. You only need to arrange the tomato slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oils and some spices, top with parmesan cheese, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes!
9. Low Carb Keto Cucumber Salad
Cucumbers are very refreshing and are low in carbs. A cup of chopped cucumbers will only give you three grams of net carbs. Therefore, they can be the perfect ingredient for keto side dishes.
This Low Carb Keto Cucumber Salad from Taylor of Food Faith Fitness is a great recipe to try if you’re looking to add this refreshing veggie to your low-carb diet. The salad is dressed with full fat sour cream, ideal for the keto diet and dill.
It’s creamy, refreshing, delicious, and super easy to prepare. It goes well with any main dish, although it can also be eaten by itself!
10. Low Carb Bok Choy Stir Fry
Bok choy (known as Pak Choi in the UK) is a low carb leafy green veggie, also known as Chinese cabbage. The entire plant is edible and is used for various savory recipes. One of the easiest bok choy recipes you can try is this Bok Choy Stir Fry from Michelle the Greedy Gourmet.
Cooked with coconut oil and seasoned with garlic and chili flakes, it is one of those savory keto side dishes that everyone will love. In fact, it’s the perfect dish to serve for those who are following the Vegan Diet or Plant-based Keto Diet.