20 Keto Lunch Ideas That'll Make Sticking to the Diet Easier
Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes
If you want to stay committed to a diet, having plenty of options that you actually like is key. It’s especially important with the keto diet, since you have to mind your macros carefully in order to reach or maintain ketosis. These recipes can all make sticking to the diet easier since they can be prepped in advance and toted to work. More importantly, they won’t bore your taste buds.
Pickle-Brined Keto Fried Chicken
When the fast-food cravings hit, you've got options. (Here's how to order at Starbucks and Chipotle.) This fried chicken will also do the trick. You'll brine chicken thighs in pickle juice, bread them, and fry them in avocado oil until they're golden and crispy.
Get the recipe: Pickle-Brined Keto Fried Chicken
Keto Cuban Sliders
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Keto Calzone
With the right subs you can make Italian dishes ketogenic—even something as doughy as a calzone. You'll just have to incorporate low-carb flours (in this case almond and coconut) since fatty meats and cheeses are already a given.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Keto Calzone
Low-Carb Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza-Stuffed Peppers
Another Italian-inspired option, these roasted peppers are piled high with meat lover's toppings. Good luck ever going back to quinoa-stuffed peppers. (Check out our keto meal plan for beginners.)
Get the recipe: Low-Carb Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza-Stuffed Peppers
Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
No Bean Whole30 Keto Chili in the Instant Pot
Spicy Tuna Stuffed Avocado
This stuffed avocado recipe is an easy 10-minute option when you don't feel like playing chef. You'll just whip up the filling using canned tuna, scoop it onto avocado halves, drizzle with sriracha, and then it's ready to eat cold.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tuna Stuffed Avocado
Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese
Keto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
There are a lot of things you can't eat on the keto diet, but on the flip side you get to be liberal with fats. That means this classic grilled cheese that's properly fried in a layer of butter is completely fair game.
Get the recipe: Keto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Keto Egg Roll Wrap
"Egg roll in a bowl" is a keto classic. For a handheld version, try these pork "egg rolls" made by literally rolling eggs into a wrap.
Get the recipe: Keto Egg Roll Wrap
Instant Pot Chili Verde
Should this chili verde be the cozy stew that you make on repeat this winter? We think yes. (Here are more awesome keto soup recipes that are low-carb but flavorful.)
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chili Verde
Healthy Mexican Chicken Meal Prep
For this meal-prep keto lunch option, you'll assemble chicken and eggs with fresh produce and an avocado cilantro ranch to dunk everything. You'll get a healthy mix of nutrients. Peppers are rich in vitamin C, and leafy greens and avocado are high in folic acid.
Get the recipe: Healthy Mexican Chicken Meal Prep
Vegan Keto Lo Mein
Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl
Sushi's a fun lunch option but also a pain to make. Cut out the rolling with this deconstructed spicy salmon roll made with cauliflower rice.
Get the recipe: Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl
Antipasto Grilled Chicken Salad
Beef Taco Meal Prep Bowls
If you'll be on the go or eating at the office, this beef taco bowl is a convenient option. With fresh pico de gallo, avocado, and seasoned beef, it's the opposite of a sad desk lunch.
Get the recipe: Beef Taco Meal Prep Bowls
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad
Chicken salad might be a played-out lunch option, but jalapeño popper chicken salad is a different story. This recipe has 38.7 grams of fat and 1 net carb per serving.
Get the recipe: Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad
You can't have nachos on the keto diet, but nachos made of cheese sound better anyway, right? You'll load them up with all the usual nacho fixings before digging in.
Get the recipe: Low-Carb Nachos
Low-Carb Big Mac Bites
McDonald's fans: These little Big Macs are definitely worth a try. Each mini burger has an all-beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions. (The only thing missing is the sesame seed bun.)
Get the recipe: Low-Carb Big Mac Bites
Cheesy Salsa Chicken Foil Packets
When you're feeling too lazy to chop food and can't face washing the dishes—but you're still set on avoiding takeout, make these foil packets. They're filled with chicken, cheese, salsa, and cauliflower rice, so you know you're going to like it.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Salsa Chicken Foil Packets