15 Mouth-Watering Keto Side Dishes for Christmas

keto side dishes for christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. And with that, it’s time to think about planning your Christmas dinner.

Now, planning Christmas dinner is tricky for anyone, but it’s even trickier if you’re on a ketogenic diet.

It’s not the main dish that’s the hard part. That’s usually some kind of meat dish, like turkey or ham.

It’s the sides that get you into trouble. Sides like mashed potatoes, candied yams, and stuffing are oh, so yummy, but loaded with carbs.

And you definitely don’t want to pack on the pounds during Christmas! That’s where having keto versions of your favorite side dishes comes in handy.

I’ve got you covered with 15 keto side dishes for Christmas that are just as tasty as your traditional sides. With these sides, you’ll feel satisfied and stay on track with your diet.

I’ve also included all the macros, so you know exactly how many calories, carbs, fats, and proteins you’re consuming.

1. Coleslaw

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With so many delicious sides on the table, salads usually are last on the list. But for good reason!

Salads are usually big bowls of lettuce with some token tomatoes and cucumbers. And who wants to be eating grass, when there are so many better options to choose from…until now.

To make your mouth water, we’re serving up coleslaw KFC style. And who doesn’t love the original KFC style coleslaw?

Now, your original KFC style coleslaw is loaded with carbs- 15.3 grams of net carbs to be exact!

However, this coleslaw contains only 3 grams of net carbs and has only 139 calories. Perfect for if you’re watching your calories and following a keto diet.

Plus, it’s packed with cabbage which is extremely nutritious. Just one cup of chopped cabbage provides a whopping 85% of your vitamin K needs and 54% of your vitamin C needs.

Besides being healthy for you, this coleslaw is delicious. It’s creamy and crunchy- just like your tradition coleslaw but even better.

That’s because we’re using heavy cream instead of buttermilk to cut down on the carbs. It also adds extra creaminess.

To add sweetness to the salad, make sure you use some erythritol. Erythritol is one of the best all-natural sweeteners on the market right now and you can stock up on it right here.

So, make sure you try this coleslaw. You just might find that there’ll be no leftover salad to pack away!

But, surely that’s something you can incorporate into meal prep after Christmas too!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 139
  • Fats: 16g
  • Net Carbs: 3g
  • Protein: 1g

Recipe

2. Cranberry Pecan Cauliflower Rice

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Are you looking for a low carb alternative to your traditional stuffing? If so, you’ll enjoy this dish.

Traditional stuffing is so yummy. But let’s face it, it’s so packed with carbs.

And as yummy as stuffing is, who wants to blow their diet for a serving, or two of stuffing?

This stuffing is packed with flavor, and only contains 2.2 grams of net carbs.

To make this stuffing, use some riced cauliflower in place of bread. It’s a great ketogenic substitute. Riced cauliflower is super easy to make if you have a food processor.

All you need to do is pulse some cauliflower in your food processor until it becomes like rice. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly food processor, here’s the one I recommend.

Also, you’ll probably need to steam the cauliflower beforehand. Just get a steaming basket like this one here. Otherwise, you can always just sauté your cauliflower rice in a large skillet too.

Otherwise, you can always just sauté the riced cauliflower in some butter, spices, parmesan cheese, roasted pecans, and dried cranberries.

Once done, you can serve it as is, or stuff it in your turkey like traditional stuffing. It’ll do for a perfect Christmas keto comfort food!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 127
  • Fats: 10g
  • Net Carbs: 2.2g
  • Protein: 4.4g

Recipe

3. Gingerbread

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Nothing screams Christmas like gingerbread. I love all things ginger during the holidays: ginger tea, gingerbread cookies, and of course, ginger bread.

Yet, your typical gingerbread is loaded with carbs thanks to the regular flour. However, this gingerbread only contains 2 grams of net carbs and a whopping 26 grams of fats.

This is sure to keep you in ketosis and out of a holiday carb coma! Plus, it tastes just like traditional gingerbread.

It’s chock full of spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. All topped with a luxurious cream cheese frosting.

The key to keeping this gingerbread low carb is that you use almond flour instead of regular flour.

Now, almond flour contains 80% less net carbs than regular flour and contains tons of fat. This makes it the perfect flour if you’re planning to do lots of baking over the holidays.

So, for your baking needs, make sure you stock up on some almond flour here.

And making the cream cheese frosting is super easy. All you have to do is mix some butter, cream cheese, and a powdered sweetener like this organic sweetener here.

Here are more keto bread recipes in case you’re loving this one!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 275
  • Fats: 26g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 6g

Recipe

4. Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus

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Next to the token salad that gets served at Christmas, are the token veggies.

Now, I’ve had my share of token veggies- overcooked veggies that you need a dollop of butter to gulp down.

These Asiago Bruschetta Roasted asparagus spears are anything but token veggies. Indeed, they may steal the show at your Christmas dinner!

They have all the mouth-watering flavor of asiago bruschetta but without all the carbs. And they’re super easy to make.

To make them, top your asparagus with seasoning, chopped tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil, and some asiago cheese. Bake them in your oven for about 10 minutes, and they’re good to go.

You’ll definitely want to make these roasted spears as they’re sure to be a hit. So, even if your oven is occupied with turkey, you can also make them in a toaster oven like this.

Need more ketogenic Christmas recipes? Check this article here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 100
  • Fats: 7g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Recipe

5. Cauliflower Casserole

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I’m a big lover of casseroles, as I’m sure many of you are. But casseroles tend to be full of carbs because they’re made with pasta.

This casserole is creamy, crunchy, and just plain delicious, and it only has 4 grams of net carbs per serving. That’s because you use cauliflower in place of pasta.

Cauliflower adds freshness to the dish and is extremely healthy. One cup of cauliflower provides 10% of your daily fiber needs and a whopping 77% of your vitamin C needs.

And who doesn’t need that extra vitamin C to ward off pesky colds!

To make this dish, season your cauliflower florets with salt and pepper. Then roast your cauliflower on an oiled baking sheet for about 12 minutes before adding to the cream sauce.

Transfer your cauliflower mixture to an oiled baking dish, top with cheddar cheese and bake until the cheese melts. Then garnish with bacon bits and scallions.

Loving the casserole? Here are more ketogenic casserole recipes I recommend to check out!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 167
  • Fats: 12g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 8g

Recipe

6. Keto Cauliflower Bites

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Are you a fan of anything breaded? I sure am!

However, breaded means loads of carbs. And loads of carbs means your ketosis is out the door.

These keto cauliflower bites contain only 7 grams of net carbs. Plus, they’re also vegetarian-perfect if you’re vegetarian or have vegetarian guests.

But they’re so delicious that even your non-vegetarian guests will love them.

The key to these cauliflower bites is the breading. For the breading, you’ll need almond flour, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Now, you can make these cauliflower bites in your oven. But, you can also use an air fryer instead.

I recommend this high quality yet budget-friendly air fryer. It’s sure to keep your fried food nice and light.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 378
  • Fats: 27g
  • Net Carbs: 7g
  • Protein: 21g

Recipe

7. Egg Salad

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Are you looking for a side dish that is super easy to make? Then, this dish is for you.

This dish is not only easy to make but also good for you. It contains only 1 gram of net carbs and a whopping 16 grams of fat per serving.

And it is to die for! It is creamy and spicy, with a hint of sweetness and tanginess.

For this egg salad, you’ll need some boiled eggs. Boiled eggs can be super easy to mess up, which is why I like using an egg maker instead.

You’ll also need some red onions, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and Dijon mustard to make this egg salad extra flavourful.

To serve it, you can serve it by itself or wrap it in some collard greens. You can find more keto salad recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 197
  • Fats: 16g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 8g

Recipe

8. Keto Roasted Radishes

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Next to stuffing, roasted potatoes are my next favorite side. However, if you’re on a keto diet, they’re definitely a big no-no.

For instance, one small potato can easily net you over 25 grams of carbs! However, these roasted radishes provide only 1 gram of net carbs per serving.

Now, if you’ve never had roast radishes before, be sure to be blown away. These radishes taste remarkably good, and taste pretty close to potatoes, but without the carbs.

To make these radishes extra flavorful, you’ll need some olive oil, seasonings, and some Parmesan cheese.

Do keep in mind that radishes take longer to cook than potatoes. So, I recommend using a toaster oven like this, so you can free up your oven for other things- like turkey.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 91
  • Fats: 8g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Recipe

9. Keto Bread Rolls

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Now, we simply can’t have Christmas without some freshly baked rolls! After all, who doesn’t love the smell and taste of freshly baked rolls?

But, your typical roll has carbs … a lot of carbs. Just one roll has a whopping 40 grams of net carbs.

These bread rolls, however, are totally keto-approved as they have only 2.9 grams of net carbs per serving. As an added bonus, they also contain 26 grams of fats, sure to keep you in ketosis.

Best of all, they’re moist and yummy. They also taste much better than your typical roll because you use mozzarella cheese and full-fat cream cheese to make these. Yum!

Keep in mind that for these rolls, you’ll need super fine almond flour. Superfine almond flour mimics the texture of regular flour more and will make your rolls smooth, so be sure to stock up on some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 271
  • Fats: 26g
  • Net Carbs: 2.9g
  • Protein: 5g

Recipe

10. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

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If you love Cracker Barrel Hashbrown casseroles, but don’t love the carbs, you’ve got to try this dish.

It’s creamy, cheesy, and potatoey- and tastes like the real thing. Best of all, it only contains 4 grams of net carbs per serving.

It is also super easy to make and only takes 10 minutes of prep time. The rest of the time is spent in the oven, so you can focus on making your other sides.

To make it low carb, you use shredded cauliflower stalks instead of potatoes or hash browns. To save time, and your fingers, you’ll definitely want to use a good food processor like this.

Then, place your shredded cauliflower stalks along with the rest of your ingredients in a baking dish. Top with some more cheese, and out it comes, nice and bubbly.

More casserole dishes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 223
  • Fats: 21g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Recipe

11. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon

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Christmas is all about the 3F’s: food, friends, and family. But sometimes, you can get so caught up in making the food that you have no time for friends and family.

This dish is simple and takes only 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It is also super creamy and yummy and contains only 5 grams of net carbs.

To make it, cook some chopped bacon in a skillet and reserve the bacon fat. Then, after adding some olive oil and butter, sauté some garlic and mushrooms.

After the mushrooms have cooked, add some chicken broth and heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens.

You can certainly eat this delicious dish on its own, or dunk some keto buns in it!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 121
  • Fats: 8g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 4g

Recipe

12. Fried Cabbage with Bacon

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Here’s another bacon recipe that’s nice and easy. If you’re like me, you can never get enough bacon!

This dish is extra tasty and is packed with cabbage. Cabbage is not only low carb but extra nutritious.

Just half a cup of shredded cooked cabbage contains 47% of your vitamin C needs and a whopping 102% of your vitamin K needs. And the best part is that it is low in calories, perfect for preventing the dreaded holiday bulge.

For this side dish, you’ll be frying the cabbage with some bacon, onions and salt, and pepper. This adds some extra calories but provides much-needed fat and flavor.

And with the added flavor, you may even be able to get your kids to eat their veggies. That’s a win in my books!

Afterward, they can enjoy a few low carb holiday desserts!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 121
  • Fats: 8g
  • Net Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 4g

Recipe

13. Zucchini Tomato Casserole

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Let’s face it- turkey is definitely the star of the show on Christmas. But after eating all that meat, it’s nice to give your system a break.

This delicious zucchini tomato casserole does just that. It’s creamy, cheesy, and light.

And it looks pretty seasonal with the green zucchini and red tomatoes. But the best part is that it contains only 4 grams of net carb and 16 grams of fat.

To make this casserole extra cheesy, you’ll be using cream cheese, Italian Blend shredded cheese and a tiny bit of milk. If you’re super strict on keto, you can simply swap the milk for some cream and water. 

This casserole is lightly seasoned with basil, salt, and pepper, and a hint of nutmeg for a nice holiday flavor.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 180
  • Fats: 16g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 6g

Recipe

14. Blueberry Bread

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I’ve talked a lot about sides for Christmas dinner, but we can’t forget about Christmas breakfast!

And what would be better than freshly baked bread? This bread contains blueberries, which are not only yummy but good for you too.

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and lots of vitamins and minerals. For instance, one cup of blueberries provides 25% of your manganese needs and 36% of your vitamin K needs!

This blueberry bread is super tasty and goes well with a nice cup of tea. Perfect for a nice relaxing morning before you start making your Christmas spread.

Now, to make this delicious treat, you’ll need coconut flour in addition to almond flour. So you can stock up on some coconut flour here.

Also, check out more of the ketogenic breakfast options here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 175
  • Fats: 15g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 6g

Recipe

15. Bacon Halloumi Bites

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Now, we can’t forget about appetizers. While you’re making the turkey, people have gotta have some munchies right?

These bacon-wrapped cheese bites are the perfect appetizers. They’re savory and cheesy, and so easy to make.

Best of all, they contain 0 grams of net carbs. You can’t get better than that!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 62
  • Fats: 5g
  • Net Carbs: 0g
  • Protein: 5g

Recipe

Conclusion

Are you going to try any of these ketogenic Christmas side dishes? Let me know in the comment section!

Also, check out these keto Christmas cookie recipes for dessert this holiday.

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