38 Keto Thanksgiving Recipes! Low Carb Thanksgiving Menu (2024)


Sticking to the keto diet or any diet for that matter-during the holidays can be a major struggle. And explaining to your Great Aunt Linda why you can’t eat her famous homemade dressing is always a blast.

My first Thanksgiving experience on the keto diet was a littletoughHUGE DISASTER and consisted of me picking through carb-filled casseroles and eating nothing but turkey as I watched my family feast on all my favorite foods. It took all the willpower I had not to cheat, and by that, I mean dive face first into the green bean casserole!

I was miserable, and I was starving. I figured out if I was ever going to enjoy Thanksgiving or any holiday meal again, I’d have to take matters into my own hands-literally-and learn to cook the Thanksgiving classics keto style.

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Finding the best recipes and ingredients to duplicate my favorites took some time, but now that I’ve got a little over four years of experience I’ve built up a mighty collection of low carb resources. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes with you in case you’re planning your turkey day menu.

Now, about these recipes…We’ve got plenty of variety to cover all the bases. There’s a few different keto Thanksgiving recipes for cranberry sauce, several appetizers to choose from, a bunch of keto Thanksgiving recipes for sides from cauliflower to asparagus to brussels sprouts, keto bread recipes, a couple of main course ideas (don’t you dare miss the bacon wrapped turkey), and finally, dessert!

Cranberry Sauce

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This healthy low carb cranberry sauce is sugar-free, gluten-free, and requires only 4 ingredients. Find all of the details here on Wholesome Yum

Chipotle Lime Cranberry Sauce

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries

Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Appetizers

Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese & Bacon

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An easy pick up style appetizer: cream cheese stuffed mushrooms wrapped in bacon via Word To Your Mother Blog

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are a must-have around here during the holidays, but as you know, the traditional recipe is not low carb. Enter this recipe made with almond flour and cream cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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Go ahead and put this one from Maya at the top of your keto Thanksgiving recipes list! Everyone loves these bacon wrapped asparagus appetizers that are ready to serve in 30 minutes!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Baked Brie

Any appetizer with a hint of brie goes fast at our holiday parties so when I saw this version by Taryn of Joy Filled Eats that combined our favorite with cranberry and almonds I knew it would be a hit!

Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers

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Keto-friendly cajun shrimp over creamy avocado settled nicely on top of crisp cucumber slices. Yum. This delightful appetizer will no doubt be one of your favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes thanks to Natasha’s Kitchen

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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If you are looking for an epic appetizer for your Thanksgiving grazing table, but you don’t want to spend too much time cooking-here ya go. All you need is 4 ingredients to get these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts together! Trust me on this-Savory Tooth’s got it going on with one of the most popular keto Thanksgiving recipes!

Low Carb Breads

Grain Free Herbed Biscuits

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Put this one from Carol of Ditch the Wheat at the top of your must try keto Thanksgiving recipes! Hop over to find out how to prepare these fine low carb biscuits and get a super helpful & entertaining lesson in baking with coconut flour.

Cheesy Skillet Bread

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A most delightful keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food that you’ll need later on to make the Thanksgiving stuffing! But make no mistake this Cheesy Keto Skillet Bread holds its own-this is as close as you’ll get to cornbread on keto. And it’s fabulous!

Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins

Ultimate Keto Buns

Cheesy Garlic Bread Muffins

Almond Flour Cheddar Biscuits

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Side Dishes

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t have green bean casserole! I think I’ve enjoyed this southern staple every year of my life, so I was thrilled to find this healthy spin on my Thanksgiving favorite from Kyndra at Peace, Love and Low Carb!

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This loaded cauliflower casserole is the ultimate healthy comfort food swap for mashed potatoes. Loads of cream cheese, cheddar, butter, and bacon combined with cauliflower create an unbelievably delicious side dish that is ready to serve in 45 minutes – with 4.7 net carbs per serving.

Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese & Asiago

Ready to serve in 40 minutes! This is one of my favorite quick and easy sides, and it’s always a hit! You can bake it the day before & reheat it in the microwave on Thanksgiving day which is a huge bonus! Find out more on Joy Filled Eats

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

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This asparagus recipe from Low Carb Maven makes an easy and elegant side dish. Save time & energy by making the delicious Hollandaise Sauce in the blender! Get the full scoop on Low Carb Maven

Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese & Bacon

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

Cauliflower Gratin

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Who’s going to miss potatoes when they have this keto Thanksgiving recipe served? You certainly won’t! This low carb Cauliflower Gratin recipe from Sandy (AKA Reluctant Entertainer) is easy, cheesy, and keto-friendly! Oh, and I almost forgot-it calls for BACON!!! Boom!

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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These are not just every day Brussels Sprouts! This special keto Thanksgiving recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb includes delicious bacon and is topped with a garlic parmesan cream sauce.

Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

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This butternut squash casserole tastes like your holiday sweet potato casserole, but has none of the guilt attached! Try one of the most shared keto Thanksgiving recipes this year-all the details can be found on Wholesome Yum

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin with Bacon

Creamed Spinach

A very healthy & easy side for your Thanksgiving meal! Find the full recipe on Tastaholics

Spicy Cheddar & Sausage Stuffing

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The stuffing can make or break the entire meal if you ask me. Pre-keto diet I made my dressing with two skillets of buttermilk cornbread. Obviously, that recipe has been retired. Thankfully, I found this keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn-it has all the bases covered & is pretty darn close to real thing as far as taste with only 2 carbs per serving!!!!

Cauliflower Stuffing

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If you want to go a bread-free route Maya of Wholesome Yum has you covered with this tasty cauilflower stuffing that’s full of flavor thanks to caramelized onions and toasted pecans.

The Main Event

Juicy Turkey Baked in a Cheesecloth

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Sage, Rosemary and butter soaked turkey with white wine – looks like the perfect Turkey Day bird from Serena Bakes

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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If you don’t want to wait around all day on your turkey use the power of your instant pot & this recipe from The Cookie Rookie!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Beef Tenderloin

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This tenderloin recipe from Melissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry is perfect for entertaining a crowd & easy to put together. Oh, and of course it tastes divine!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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If you’re looking for a main dish that will turn a few heads consider this one from Craig at Ruled.Me. His bacon wrapped stuffed pork tenderloin is a delicious pork on pork recipe filled with cream cheese, spinach, onion, and garlic!

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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Honestly, if you serve this bacon-wrapped turkey that Kacey (AKA The Cookie Writer) created it really won’t matter what else you cook on Thanksgiving. This will steal the show-because-hello, it’s a bacon wrapped turkey! Now, I will tell you this isn’t a traditional keto recipe-Kacey includes potatoes & a little flour (for gravy)-so you’ll need to leave those out to keep it keto-friendly! The good news is that you don’t need them to keep it fabulous!

Low Carb Desserts

Shortbread Cookies

An easy, low carb, gluten-free cookie recipe that tastes like legit old school classic buttery shortbread with 2.3 net carbs.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Low Carb Pecan Pie

No Bake Chocolate Mousse Tart

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Keto Peanut Butter Balls

2-Ingredient Whipped Cream

Easy Pumpkin Pie

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This easy keto pumpkin pie from Wholesome Yum has a delicious almond flour crust and is surprisingly simple to prepare! Perfect for the holidays!


Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes

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These could possibly be the cutest keto Thanksgiving recipe ever created! Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes from Keto Connect are the perfect dessert for any holiday gathering or just any time you feel like being festive-with a net carb count of 3.5 grams you can treat yourself anytime without feeling guilty!

I hope you have a fabulous & safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I’d like to take a moment and thank you for reading my words on this website. I’m very grateful to be able to write & share and without you I would not have this opportunity. So, Thank You!

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How do you eat keto on Thanksgiving? ›

Protein — You've got that covered with turkey, but it's also OK to slip some bacon, ham, sausage and/or eggs into your sides. Vegetables — avocado, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, eggplant, kale, mushroom, peppers, spinach and Swiss chard, to name a few.

Can I break keto for Thanksgiving? ›

There Are Plenty of Conscious Ways to Have a Keto Cheat Day

Or, if it's Thanksgiving, don't offer to cook green beans or turkey (which are already keto-compliant). Instead, bring a low-carb pumpkin pie or make mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

Is turkey OK for low carb diet? ›

Foods to Eat

Here are the main foods that are high-in-fat, low-in-carbs and are great starting place for anyone wanting to dip their feet into keto diet: Meat: Steak, ham, sausage, bacon, turkey, and chicken. Cheese: Cheddar, cream cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella, or blue cheese (always unprocessed).

Are carrots keto? ›

The bottom line. Carrots can be eaten on keto, but it may be difficult to include them regularly or in large quantities, as they contain a fair amount of carbs. Some less starchy alternatives to enjoy raw or cooked include celery, broccoli, and cauliflower.

What are the golden rules of keto? ›

The basic rules of keto are eating few carbohydrates and emphasizing fat with a moderate intake of protein. In order to be in a state of ketosis, you will likely have to track the amount of carbohydrates you eat by weighing out your food.

How many carbs will stop ketosis? ›

Eating more than 50 grams of carbs may disrupt ketosis.

With keto diets, however, carb restrictions vary from person to person. Some people can eat more and still stay in ketosis, whereas others may need to restrict their carb intake more in order to stay in ketosis.

What happens if you eat too many carbs on keto? ›

“If you have too many carbohydrates, you're going to build up your glycogen stores, and it's going to be very hard for you to get back into ketosis,” she says. She says to think about your glycogen stores, which are your body's supply of stored carbohydrates, as a gas tank.

Will one slice of pizza leave ketosis? ›

Regular Crust

This type of pizza crust can have up to 33g of carbs without any added sauce or cheese. If you're limiting your carbs to 20-50 grams per day, one slice of this type of crust will likely kick you out of ketosis.

What happens if I eat no carbs for a month? ›

Severe carb limits can cause your body to break down fat into ketones for energy. This is called ketosis. Ketosis can cause side effects such as bad breath, headache, fatigue and weakness.

What is the best fruit to eat on keto? ›

Keto-friendly fruits include avocados, watermelon, strawberries, lemons, tomatoes, raspberries, peaches, cantaloupe, star fruit, and blackberries. If you're unsure whether the keto diet is right for you or how it may affect your health, consider speaking with a dietitian or your healthcare provider.

Is cottage cheese keto? ›

While cottage cheese is known for its high protein content, it also contains a relatively high amount of carbs and not that much fat, making it a less-than-ideal choice for keto. A ½-cup serving of cottage cheese contains 88 calories, 2.4 g of fat, 4.5 g of carbs, and 11.6 g of protein, per the USDA.

Which vegetables are not allowed in keto? ›

- Starchy Vegetables: Potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, yams, corn, cassava, artichoke, etc. - Refined Carbs: Bread, pasta, pastries, tortilla, sandwich, etc. Due to the high-carb content of these food items, they are not keto-friendly.

How do I get back into ketosis after Thanksgiving? ›

Here are a few tips to help you get back into ketosis:
  1. Try intermittent fasting. Combining intermittent fasting with the keto diet may help your body shift its fuel source from carbs to fat ( 9 ).
  2. Track your carb intake. ...
  3. Try a short-term fat fast. ...
  4. Exercise more. ...
  5. Try a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) supplement.
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Is turkey cold cuts keto friendly? ›

Nearly all minimally processed meats are good sources of keto-friendly protein, including beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, turkey, bison, and lamb. A 100-gram serving of these meats typically contains 17-21 grams of protein. Fattier cuts, like bacon and sausage, are lower in protein than leaner cuts.

Can you go keto cold turkey? ›

Liz Weinandy, MPH, RDN, LD, lead outpatient dietitian for nutrition services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recommended that you don't go cold turkey and drop all of the carbs right away. Shifting into ketosis rapidly can be uncomfortable and hard to do.

Do you have 3 meals a day on keto? ›

There is no limit regarding the number of times you should eat in a day. Eat when hungry and stop when full. Ensure all the macronutrients are in the right proportion.

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