25 BEST Keto Thanksgiving Recipes (2024)

Planning a holiday menu when you're trying to follow a specific health plan isn't always easy. Let us help you plan your keto Thanksgiving menu or holiday dinner with our favorite low carb and keto-friendly holiday recipes!

We have 25+ of the best keto Thanksgiving recipes from your appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, sauces, and desserts! Most are from our website, a handful are from other low carb food blogs. It's a Whole Lotta Yum!

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  • Keto Thanksgiving Menu
  • Holiday Meal Planning Tips
  • Main Dish Ideas
  • Hot Side Dishes
  • Holiday Salads
  • Holiday Sauces
  • Thanksgiving Desserts
  • Appetizers
  • Low Carb Breads
  • More Keto Holiday Recipes

Some of the dishes are low carb and might not be true keto. We have a wide variety of readers and some try to follow strict keto during the holidays, and others are just trying to keep their carbs down but want to still enjoy their favorite holiday. Just do what's best for you and your health program when planning out your keto Thanksgiving recipes!

Keto Thanksgiving Menu

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is always one of my favorite family celebrations. For the most part, we stick to the same core dishes but it's always nice to add in a few new surprises each year.

As a general rule of thumb, here's what I serve as our Keto Thanksgiving Menu. If you can get your guests to help bring some of the dishes, even better!

My go-to holiday appetizer is putting together a simple meat and cheese board, with the addition of low carb vegetables. No one would guess it's low carb and it's ALWAYS an impressive crowd-pleaser. Even better? This is an easy dish for older kids to assemble for you. Here's what we suggest for an entire menu of keto Thanksgiving recipes:

  • 2-3 appetizers
  • turkey
  • 2-4 hot side dishes (depending on your party size)
  • salad
  • bread (whether it be keto or just bread for your non-keto guests)
  • 1-2 desserts

Holiday Meal Planning Tips

Wondering how to juggle it all and not end up stressed and frazzled by the time dinner is served? Here are my top tips after serving large holiday meals for the past 20+ years:

  • Get your guests to help! Trust me, they WANT to! Whether it be to bring a dish or help with prep, let them assist.
  • Assemble the baked dishes and desserts 2-3 days in advance.
  • Set the table the day before.
  • Don't make everything from scratch, some store-bought items like a meat and cheese tray or olives for an appetizer are just fine.
  • Make some dishes in a crockpot, Instant Pot, or air fryer to free up oven space.
  • Put older kids (and spouses!) to work. Don't try to do it all.
  • Scared of a big turkey? Cook turkey breasts instead.

Main Dish Ideas

Herb Roast Turkey Breast

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If you're cooking for a small group, our roast turkey breast recipe in the oven is the way to go. You'll love the herb butter that coats the entire breast while baking. Dare I say you won't even need gravy?

If you're wanting a whole bird, you'll love our easy roasted turkey in the oven!

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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Do you have an air fryer yet?? Thanksgiving might just be the best time to go out and get one if it's been on your wish list! Here's our recipe for yummy crisy air-fried turkey breast that cooks in under an hour.

More of Our Air Fryer Turkey Recipes

  • turkey cutlets
  • Air fryer boneless turkey breast (from frozen)
  • turkey thighs
  • turkey legs
  • turkey tenderloin

Air Fryer Cornish Hens

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If you aren't a turkey lover, making air fryer Cornish game hens is a great alternative for Thanksgiving. Allow ½-1 hen per person. For a small group use your air fryer, otherwise, you can bake this entire recipe in the oven too.

Hot Side Dishes

Loaded Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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You have to have mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving meal but don't want the carbs. You won't believe how creamy and addictive our keto cauliflower mashed potato recipe is, the consistency is similar to mashed potatoes since we mix in cream cheese, cheese, and garlic. Make ultimate potatoes or top with keto gravy.

Keto Sausage Stuffing

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Our keto stuffing recipe with sausage hits it out of the ballpark! No one will ever know this is a keto dish. We show you how to make your own dried bread cubes with keto bread. It takes a bit of time, but it's totally worth it and all of the steps are super easy.

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole

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Casseroles were popular in my house growing up. But a low carb, gluten-free, keto green bean casserole?! Count me in.

It's rich, creamy, and perfect for the holidays, made with a cream cheese sauce instead of canned mushroom soup. Serve fried onions on the side or make our keto fried onions.

Pureed Butternut Squash

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You'll seriously love our low carb mashed butternut squash. So creamy and flavorful, you won't even miss sweet potatoes. This is not a strict keto recipe, but is low carb. To reduce the carbs puree half squash and cauliflower together.

Keto Baked Mac N Cheese

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In some parts of the country, having Mac N Cheese on the holiday table is the norm, if you're missing it from your Thanksgiving table this year, make a lower carb version with our keto friendly mac n cheese recipe using cauliflower. The cheese sauce is amazing!

Keto Roasted Radishes

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Before you turn up your nose at the thought of roasted radishes, you'll be surprised to hear that radishes are actually the closest-tasting cooked vegetable to our dear old friend the potato! Even our kids loved these low carb baked radishes.

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This simple Brussel sprouts casserole is made with roasted Brussels sprouts combined with a creamy cheeese sauce and bacon. I promise, even Brussels sprouts haters will love this casserole.

More Low Carb Hot Sides

Holiday Salads

While the hot veggie dishes are often prominent during the holidays when you're looking for keto Thanksgiving recipes, we suggest serving a cold salad on the side too. Here's a handful of the best everyone will love and no one would ever guess they are low carb.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

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Aspinach salad with hot bacon dressing was always one of our favorite holiday salads, we've adapted our family recipe to make it keto friendly.

Keto Broccoli Salad

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Here’s another keto take on the traditionalraw broccoli salad, which is a holiday classic for many families. Don't be put off by the raw broccoli, it's seriously amazing. It's also the most popular salad on our website with over 500K reshares.One of the most popular recipes on our site!

Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

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If you didn't realize you can eat Brussels sprouts raw, you can! The best way to serve them is thinly sliced and tossed with flavorful ingredients such as bacon, blue cheese, and our apple cider vinaigrette like we did in our shaved Brussel sprouts salad.

Holiday Sauces

The only two keto Thanksgiving recipes you need as far as holiday sauces go are cranberry sauce and gravy. We've included our two favorite recipes for both.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

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If you thought you had to skip the cranberry sauce for a keto Thanksgiving, have no fear, keto friendly cranberry sauce is easy to make and cooks in just 15 minutes.

It's very yummy on turkey, chicken, keto biscuits, and more. This is definitely something you should add to your keto Thanksgiving menu.

10 Min Make Ahead Keto Gravy

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If you can't live without gravy, and I feel ya there, we created a fantastic easyketo gravy you can make ahead that just takes 10 minutes. It's rich and thick, just the way you'll like it. We show you how add a touch of drippings on turkey day if preferred.

Thanksgiving Desserts

To plan an entire low carb holiday meal, don't forget the keto Thanksgiving recipes like a dessert or two that no one will even know is sugar free. While pumpkin is traditional, there's multiple other options if you want a variety.

Keto Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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If you're looking for an AMAZING keto pumpkin pie recipe, be sure to try our crustless recipe, it's highly rated. You can either bake it in a pie pan, bake it in individual muffin tins to make mini desserts, or bake them in ramekins.

Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

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More Low Carb Dessert Ideas


You'll just need a couple of keto Thanksgiving recipes that are appetizers for your low carb holiday. Two hot dishes and something simple like veggies and cheese are great options. You don't want to stuff the guests before dinner even starts.

Hot Artichoke Green Chili Dip

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4 ingredients, 15 minutes, and one happy chef. This mild artichoke green chili dip puts a kick in your guests' steps and a smile on their faces.

Antipasto Skewers

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Boursin Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cream Cheese

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Keto Charcuterie Board

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Our favorite holiday appetizer is just putting together a meat and cheese board. All of the ingredient ideas for our low carb charcuterie board are keto friendly, other than the sliced apples (our son's favorites).

We love to shop at Trader Joe's when making a charcuterie board, they're hands-down the cheapest plus have a fantastic variety.

More Appetizer Ideas

Low Carb Breads

Low Carb & Keto Dinner Rolls

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What's a holiday meal without the dinner rolls and butter? You don't have to skip out just because you're on a health mission for yourself. This recipe uses almond flour and the bread-like texture turns out beautifully.

Find the recipe on Low Carb Maven

Low Carb Biscuits

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Also made with almond flour, these biscuits work wonders with keto gravy, or honestly a little Thanksgiving biscuit sandwich.

Keep in mind this recipe is low carb, wheat and grain-free only.

Find the recipe on Heart of a Country Home

Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins

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These little cauliflower muffins are adorable and so tasty! You can alter the amount of cheese you use, depending on how much you love cheesy foods. They make for a great appetizer, snack, bread-like side dish, and anything else you can think of, really!

Find the recipe on Kirbie's Cravings

More Keto Holiday Recipes

  • 18 Keto Side Dishes
  • 25 Days of the Best Keto Christmas Cookies
  • 12 Low Carb co*cktails to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright

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What is a lazy keto meal? ›

A lazy keto diet consists of low-carb foods like meat, fish, full-fat dairy and non-starchy vegetables, but limits high-carb foods such as bread, potatoes, sugary snacks and some fruits. If you've tried the keto before and found it too tedious, lazy keto could be a good compromise.

How do you survive Thanksgiving on keto? ›

Here are some easy tips and swaps to keep keto this Thanksgiving while still enjoying those traditional favorites:
  1. Consider time-restricted eating (TRE). ...
  2. Eat off a salad plate. ...
  3. Choose dark meat over white meat. ...
  4. Stuffing swap. ...
  5. Sugar-free cranberry sauce. ...
  6. Sweet potato casserole. ...
  7. Mashed potatoes and gravy.
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What is 75 20 5 keto meal plan? ›

"With a keto diet, the breakdown is approximately 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 5 percent carbohydrates." For example, a woman who weighs 150 pounds and is moderately active is recommended to eat 25 grams of carbs (think one medium sized apple!), 86 grams of protein (a little over three 3 oz chicken breasts) ...

What food can I eat unlimited on keto? ›

Foods you can eat on the keto diet include fish and seafood, meat and poultry, non-starchy vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and zucchini, avocados, berries, nuts and seeds, eggs, high-fat dairy products, olive oil and other oils, and high-cocoa chocolate.

What is filling but has no carbs? ›

Salmon is a filling fish that provides you with zero carbs. It's high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help you burn fat, make your skin glow and fight inflammation. Add salmon to eggs, top a high fiber cracker and a squeeze of lemon or grill with a pomegranate glaze.

How to eat less than 20 carbs a day? ›

To stay under 20 grams of carbs a day, fill yourself up with lots of vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats.

What happens if you eat keto but not in ketosis? ›

Without getting into true ketosis, dieters risk ingesting an enormous amount of fat—and potentially a lot of saturated fat, if you're eating animal meat—without any of the fat-burning effects of ketosis. “The fat is the thing that's problematic for a lot of people on keto,” Fung says.

Can I eat as much as I want on keto? ›

While it's true that the keto diet involves eating lots of protein and fat with very limited carbohydrates, it doesn't mean you can eat in infinite quantities. Like any diet, its success depends on you achieving a calorie deficit.

How do I end my keto fast? ›

5 Top Tips To End Your Fast
  1. Go Gently With Liquids. One of the best ways to break your fast is by enjoying a cup of broth or soup. ...
  2. Stick To Small Meals. As you begin to eat again, take your time and eat small amounts at first. ...
  3. Avoid All Carbs. ...
  4. Enjoy The Best Whole-Foods. ...
  5. Support With Supplements.

Can you go keto cold turkey? ›

Before starting, you should be aware that if you drop carbs cold-turkey, the first few days you will most likely experience symptoms of your body adjusting to lack of glucose. Many people starting off keto will go through this and it's often referred to as the “Keto Flu”.

Can I quit keto cold turkey? ›

Regardless of the reasons you stop the ketogenic diet, there will be consequences to reintroducing carbs. Maybe you've decided you're anti-diet, or perhaps you just want to enjoy meals without counting every macro. The key to transitioning off the low-carb, high-fat keto diet is to do it slowly.

How fast to lose 20 pounds on keto? ›

“If the patient can maintain a steady calorie deficit, I expect them to lose one to two pounds per week,” says Dr. Seeman. So after 12 weeks, her clients are usually down around 20-25 pounds.

What alcohol can you drink on keto? ›

Many low carb alcohol options are available if you follow a keto diet. For instance, pure forms of alcohol like whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, and vodka are all completely free of carbs. You can drink them straight or combine them with low carb mixers for more flavor.

What are the top 5 keto foods? ›

These are the top 10 keto foods you should include if you're on...
  1. Salmon. Whether wild or farm-raised, salmon is rich in fat, making it an essential ketogenic diet staple. ...
  2. Eggs. This affordable protein and fat source is highly versatile. ...
  3. Cauliflower. ...
  4. Greens. ...
  5. Avocado. ...
  6. Nuts. ...
  7. Olive oil. ...
  8. Zucchini.

How to feel full without eating carbs? ›

  1. Add nuts to your shopping list. They're a good snack option. ...
  2. Introduce seafood to your diet. ...
  3. Eat the right breakfast. ...
  4. Ask for lettuce-wrapped burgers. ...
  5. Fatty meat is definitely a filling Atkins-friendly food. ...
  6. Add sardines to your diet. ...
  7. Don't shy away from grains. ...
  8. Make sure you are consuming the right protein sources.
May 15, 2019

How do you satisfy your hunger on a low-carb diet? ›

Focus on high protein foods

If you're a fan of carbs but still trying to cut back, one of the best ways of keeping yourself satisfied is to focus on high protein foods. Protein has been shown to help increase satiety, which means it helps you feel fuller longer. It may also help you eat less throughout the day ( 37 ).

How to eat 1,000 calories a day on keto? ›

Simple 1000-Calorie Keto Diet Plan
  1. Breakfast – Pesto Scrambled Eggs (276 Calories)
  2. Lunch – Turkey Lettuce Roll-Ups (290 Calories)
  3. Dinner – BLT Lettuce Wraps with Eggs (409 Calories)
  4. Breakfast – Spinach, Swiss, and Egg White Omelet (326 Calories)
  5. Lunch – Baked Honey Mustard Chicken – (282 Calories)
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