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21 Low Carb High Protein Recipes

Whether you’re living a keto lifestyle or just seeking some extra protein, I’ve got you covered. Living life with certain dietary restrictions can make life a bit tough if you don’t have the right recipes.

Luckily, it’s easy to build up a book of reliable recipes if you know where to look! Enter: this list of twenty-one delicious low-carb, high-protein recipes to fuel the week ahead.

low carb high protein keto recipes

1. Chicken Mozzarella Bake

Chicken Mozzarella Bake


First up, here’s a low-carb take on chicken parmesan that will have your mouth watering. This is a comfort-filled Italian classic that comes together quicker than its carb-heavy counterpart.

The fact that this is a casserole makes it even better for mid-week cooking. Keep the rest for leftovers (if you don’t already demolish it!).

Per Serving:

• Calories: 395

• Fats: 18g

• Protein: 50g

• Net Carbs: 6.2g

2. Baked Salmon with Avocado Mash

Baked Salmon with Avocado Mash


Sometimes delicious mid-week meals can be as easy as a delicious bake. Case in point: this tasty salmon dish! I whipped this recipe up because I love giving salmon its day in the sun.

This dish serves four, so it’s easy to feed the family in just under thirty minutes. Customize it to suit your unique tastes.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 463

• Fats: 35g

• Protein: 28g

• Net Carbs: 4.5g

3. Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast


Here’s another delicious way to enjoy some lean chicken with a ton of flavor packed into every morsel. The mozzarella helps trap the moisture in the chicken, ensuring it’s super tender.

The tomato and the sauce is the cherry on top, creating something of a sauce while it bakes in the oven.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 619

• Fats: 29g

• Protein: 70g

• Net Carbs: 12.8g

4. Keto Pork Chops with Asparagus

Keto Pork Chops with Asparagus


I’m a huge fan of cooking with pork chops, especially when I’m aiming for a high protein meal. Pork chops are rich in flavor and healthy fats. This meal offers over 40g of protein per serving!

Pair that with a side of delicious asparagus, and you’ve got an easy meal the whole family can enjoy.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 748

• Fats: 61g

• Protein: 44g

• Net Carbs: 4g

5. Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast


Cooking with cast iron is one of the – if not the – best ways to naturally imbue your chicken with flavor. The seasoned pan packs flavor into every morsel, so you don’t need to add much oil.

The secret to true success with this meal is to let the skin crisp as much as possible. Add a salad on the side, and enjoy!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 185

• Fats: 9.8g

• Protein: 22g

• Net Carbs: 1.1g

6. Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon


Cooking with an air fryer is so convenient. Arguably one of the best appliances in the world, it effortlessly crisps proteins of all kinds. In this case, we’re relying on it for a fillet of salmon.

This meal relies on a delicious sesame glaze to bring everything together. The natural protein and vitamins in the salmon make it an excellent pick for a high-protein diet.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 287

• Fats: 17g

• Protein: 26g

• Net Carbs: 6.6g

7. Salmon Stir Fry

Salmon Stir Fry


If salmon is up your alley but you’re looking for something a little extra fancy, this stir fry should suit you. The salmon is flaky, moist, and rich enough to anchor the meal without overwhelming you.

The sauce is what really makes this sing. Craft the stir fry with any vegetables you have on hand, and watch your family devour it!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 293

• Fats: 15g

• Protein: 30g

• Net Carbs: 5g

8. Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ground Turkey Egg Roll in a Bowl


Egg rolls are delicious and incredibly tempting, but they’re typically high in carbs and not super healthy. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sample of this delicious takeout.

Twenty minutes is all you need to whip up this healthy bowl, which is faster than most takeout places (and you don’t have to leave the house).

Per Serving:

• Calories: 243

• Fats: 11g

• Protein: 30g

• Net Carbs: 5g

9. Low Carb Chicken Parmesan

Low Carb Chicken Parmesan


Speaking of meals that take no more than twenty minutes to prepare, here’s another one to spark some inspiration. This is a low-carb version of chicken parmesan.

No breadcrumb crust here. Just tender, seasoned Italian chicken on a bed of basil marinara. Be generous with the cheese, that makes it really sing!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 261

• Fats: 12.2g

• Protein: 32.1g

• Net Carbs: 4.4g

10. 4-Ingredient Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon

4-Ingredient Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon


Some of the best meals in the world only require a few ingredients. After all, less is more! That’s the case with this tasty salmon dish.

Salmon fillets packed to the brim with delicious Greek ingredients, this tasty dish comes together in about forty minutes.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 213

• Fats: 14g

• Protein: 28g

• Net Carbs: 4g

11. Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats


I’ve included zucchini boats on many of my lists before, because they’re just that good! This ground beef version is packed to the brim with protein, all covered in a layer of bubbling cheese.

The bed of marinara ensures the zucchini and beef stay super moist. Delicious!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 359

• Fats: 26g

• Protein: 22g

• Net Carbs: 8g

12. Cajun Shrimp

 Cajun Shrimp


Delicate shrimp coated in the spiciest, warmest assortment of Cajun spices you’ve ever eaten. Vibrant and zesty, this dish offers the perfect mix of hot, sweet, and savory.

This is an effortless recipe you can whip up in just fifteen recipes, and made even easier with a bag of frozen shrimp in hand.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 207

• Fats: 7g

• Protein: 31g

• Net Carbs: 3g

13. Pan Fried Trout Fillet

 Pan Fried Trout Fillet


Feeling the seafood, but not in the mood for shrimp? Here’s a quick and easy pan-fried trout recipe that the whole family can enjoy.

The best part about this recipe is that you can customize the side dishes to make a meal all your own.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 597

• Fats: 31g

• Protein: 71g

• Net Carbs: 4g

14. Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Seekh Kebabs

Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Seekh Kebabs


Cheese-stuffed chicken seekh kebabs, a great way to feed your friends and family on a hot summer’s day. Prepare the kebabs ahead of time, whack on the grill, and have a BBQ!

You can easily enjoy these on their own thanks to the cheese stuffed in the middle.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 101

• Fats: 7g

• Protein: 9g

• Net Carbs: 1.6g

15. Instant Pot Boneless Turkey Breast Roast

 Instant Pot Boneless Turkey Breast Roast


When it comes to easy cooking, nothing will serve you better than your Instant Pot. Whether you’re preparing for Thanksgiving dinner or just need an easy protein-rich meal, this is a great option.

Turkey often ends up dry, but that’s why the Instant Pot is so important here. Cooked to perfection in broth, the turkey is moist and delicious.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 165

• Fats: 3g

• Protein: 34g

• Net Carbs: 1g

16. Keto Cube Steak

Keto Cube Steak


Keto cube steaks don’t have to be a challenge to make, and this recipe is proof. You’ll never get tired of the deep, earthy taste of this comfort food classic.

Best of all, you can make it your own by including any number of side dishes or unique spices in the mix.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 678

• Fats: 48g

• Protein: 52g

• Net Carbs: 6g

17. Air Fryer Sea Bass

air fryer sea bass


Walking into a restaurant and ordering some Chilean Sea Bass is a unique treat, but what if you could whip it up for yourself at home? Better yet, what if you could do it in just 15 minutes?

This recipe gives you that opportunity! Just you, your air fryer, and a perfectly-seasoned fillet of this protein-rich fish.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 397

• Fats: 28g

• Protein: 28g

• Net Carbs: 7.8g

18. Keto Chicken Nachos

 Keto Chicken Nachos


Nachos are a delicious, family-friendly dinner option, but they’re heavy on the carbs! The secret? Sub out the carb-rich corn chips with some protein alternatives.

These delicious chicken nachos are leaner and meaner than the usual ground beef counterparts, and just as easy to make.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 229

• Fats: 7g

• Protein: 36g

• Net Carbs: 1.8g

19. Zucchini Bake

 Zucchini Bake


Dinner is served thanks to this super simple zucchini bake. This is much more robust than it seems, boasting ground chicken and plenty of cheese in every mouthful.

This is a great way to use zucchini to its full effect, and an ideal choice if you’re looking for something affordable.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 298

• Fats: 16g

• Protein: 27g

• Net Carbs: 8g

20. Chipotle Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer

Chipotle Chicken Thighs in Air Fryer


Chipotle chicken is a staple takeout choice for many, but did you know they’re even easier and more affordable to make at home? All you need is an air fryer and half an hour of your time.

These chicken thighs only require five ingredients, so you can whip them up any night of the week.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 278

• Fats: 22g

• Protein: 18g

• Net Carbs: 0.3g

21. Keto Ground Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

 Keto Ground Chicken and Cauliflower Rice


Finally, let’s pay homage to one of the most balanced meals in the world: the humble bowl. This keto ground chicken and cauliflower rice bowl is varied, delicious, and high in protein.

Not to mention, the cauliflower rice ensures that this dish only features complex carbohydrates.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 450

• Fats: 30g

• Protein: 32g

• Net Carbs: 7g

And with that last recipe, we’ve completed our list of twenty-one delicious low-carb, high-protein recipes to build out your week of meals! With these on hand, you’ll never be without inspiration.

I’m curious: which of these recipes is your favorite? Is there a go-to keto-friendly recipe that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments, and happy cooking!