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33 Keto Sauces And Dressings That Are Sure To Impress

Louise Hendon | November 14
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When you’re going Keto it’s fairly easy to prepare your favorite entrees in a ketogenic way. But what about sauces and condiments? They often include sugar or other ingredients that may wreck your diet, and in the beginning, it can be difficult to try and tweak your old recipes accordingly.

To me, a nice sauce is what crowns the meal, so I’ve been collecting recipes that can help me prepare a complete low carb meal – without having to worry about extra carbs.

Traditional Sauces Or Condiments With A Modern Twist?

When you want to make your favorite comfort foods Keto, it’s obvious you’re going to need some of the following:

  • Keto tomato ketchup – No-one wants the hidden sugar that is added in almost all store-bought ketchup. Make your own and there is no going back.
  • Keto BBQ sauce – Enjoy your favorite grilled dishes and enhance the flavors with this sauce. You can also try using it as a marinade.
  • Keto gravy – I cannot imagine a holiday meal without gravy!
  • Keto mayo simply makes everything better.

Believe it or not, pasta dishes can be made low carb. And we have a special section on this list for Keto-friendly pasta sauces.

  • Keto spaghetti sauce brings back those familiar flavors, and you won’t have to feel guilty eating this.
  • Are you a fan of marinara or Alfredo sauce? Great! You’ll find a ketogenic recipe for both, here.
  • Keto basil pesto will make you feel like you’re dining in an authentic, Italian restaurant.

Boost your dinner with these special sauces:

Don’t forget the salad dressings; combine them with one of these tasty ketogenic salad recipes for an easy lunch.

Here are just a few of the ketogenic sauces we’ve included:

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Classic Sauces & Condiments

Keto Mayo

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Keto Mayo

Ingredients: egg, apple cider vinegar, olive oil.

With zero carbohydrates, this mayonnaise makes a wonderful base for sauces and dressings and lets low carb dieters enjoy the creamy texture without breaking the rules. You can customize it by adding garlic and turning it into aioli as a dip for veggies. Mayonnaise can look difficult to make, but if you follow the instructions here, you can easily make it on a regular basis.

Easy Keto Tomato Ketchup

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Easy Keto Tomato Ketchup

Ingredients: diced tomatoes (in can), Italian seasoning, star anise, white vinegar, salt, ground black pepper.

When you look at the ingredients in store-bought ketchup, you will be horrified at the amount of added sugar that is in there – sugar that we need to avoid on a ketogenic diet! This ketchup has a more natural tomato flavor and is so good with vegetable fries, piled on burgers or even served as a side at your next family barbecue. It is easy to make, so you can rustle up a batch when you need it.

Keto BBQ Sauce

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Keto BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, coconut aminos, ghee, yellow mustard, stevia.


This sauce must be one of the healthiest ever as it is zero carbs and very low in calories, making it great for anyone on a weight loss plan. The sauce has a lovely smoky hint and just the right amount of sweetness, and this makes it great to serve with any grilled meat. It also makes a great dipping sauce for mini meatballs or burgers.

Keto Hollandaise Sauce

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Keto Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients: egg yolks, lemon juice, ghee, salt, pepper.

This is an easy recipe that you can use to make a basic, but really tasty Hollandaise sauce that you can adapt to suit your taste. This sauce is traditionally served with eggs in an eggs Benedict, but it can also be served with vegetables like asparagus for a really impressive side. This recipe is low in carbohydrates but relatively high in healthy fats.

Keto Gravy

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Keto Gravy

Ingredients: raw beef bones, olive oil, onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, cold water, thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, egg yolks, salt, ground black pepper.

When you are serving roast meats or sausages it can absolutely make the dish if you serve some gravy on the side, so now you can make our own rich and delicious gravy, thickened with egg yolks for a luxurious sauce. Using the tempering method can be a bit tricky, but take your time and it will be perfectly ketogenic every time!

Keto Tomato Sauce

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Keto Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, garlic cloves, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, stevia.

It doesn’t matter what type of Italian meal you are having, this tasty, low carb sauce will be your healthy go-to! It works on cauliflower pizza bases, as a sauce with vegetable noodles, or as a pour-over sauce for chicken. So, if you are having an Italian-themed dinner party you can make a big batch of this to impress your dinner guests or use it as a ‘pizza’ sauce for your next film night.

Keto Caesar Dressing

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Keto Caesar Dressing

Ingredients: Keto mayo, anchovies, Dijon mustard, garlic cloves, salt, freshly ground black pepper.

If you enjoy Caesar salad but can’t tolerate dairy then this is the recipe you’ve been looking for! You have all the flavors of garlic, anchovy and lemon melded together in paleo mayonnaise and it tastes great served on crisp lettuce and cooked chicken. This dressing only takes five minutes to prepare, so it would be a good ingredient for a speedy lunchtime salad.

Keto Ranch Dressing

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Keto Ranch Dressing

Ingredients: Keto mayo, coconut cream, garlic, onion powder, fresh parsley, fresh chives, fresh dill, salt, pepper.

This creamy, dairy-free ranch dressing is sure to hit the spot. You have all the flavors of fresh herbs and the creamy texture that makes ranch such a favorite for salads and dipping your favorite vegetables. So take 10 minutes to whip up a batch of this classic dressing to enjoy with all your low carb snacks.

Italian Dressing

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Italian Dressing

Photo Credit: Lisa from Cook Eat Paleo

Ingredients: fresh herbs, dried oregano, clove garlic, sea salt, black pepper, red wine vinegar, organic extra virgin olive oil.

You will love this quick and easy dressing recipe. It is dairy and gluten free and vegan-friendly but packed with flavor from the garlic and herbs. This lovely low carb dressing can also be used as a marinade for chicken or fish, giving the meat a true taste of Italy.

Pasta Sauces

Chunky Keto Spaghetti Sauce

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Chunky Keto Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, diced tomatoes (in can), fresh basil leaves, salt, pepper, stevia.

Here is a really useful recipe if you are following an eating plan to help you lose weight as it is really low in carbs and calories, but serving this sauce with vegetable noodles can be filling and satisfying comfort food. This recipe is also suitable for vegetarian and vegan people and is grain and nut free, so is perfect for sleepovers when you are catering for kids!

Keto Marinara Sauce

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Keto Marinara Sauce

Ingredients: onion, olive oil, diced tomatoes (in can), tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper.

Sometimes healthy sauces can taste so different to traditional ones that they can put folks off, but this marinara sauce is so delicious you will probably prefer it to regular ones! This sauce is rich and thick enough to use for dipping but tastes just as good with veggie noodles or shirataki. It works well as a pizza sauce, but our favorite is to cook meatballs and add them to this for a super-tasty dinner.

Keto Alfredo Sauce

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Keto Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients: ghee, cauliflower, coconut cream, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, bacon.

Although this Alfredo sauce is rich and creamy and tastes like its regular alternatives, it is low in carbs and dairy free, making it suitable for low carb and Paleo diets. The sauce can then be used as a coating for vegetable noodles or ‘pasta’ as a filling and satisfying but healthy meal midweek. If you like to add a bit of protein you can add in some bacon or a few chunks of cooked chicken.

Easy Keto Basil Pesto

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Easy Keto Basil Pesto

Ingredients: olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, fresh basil leaves, flat-leaf parsley leaves, nutritional yeast flakes, fresh lemon juice, salt, ground black pepper.

Traditional pesto involves using parmesan cheese, but as we don’t advise you eat dairy products on the ketogenic diet, we have used nutritional yeast to give the ‘cheesy’ flavor. Pesto makes a fantastic partner for vegetable noodles or other ‘pasta’ and can bring a whole new level of flavor to an ordinary dish. If you are on a tight budget you can make this cheaper by omitting the pine nuts.

Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

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Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

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Ingredients: butter, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan Cheese, powdered garlic.

Alfredo sauce is normally used with pasta, and it can certainly liven up vegetable alternatives. Because this recipe uses a lot of dairy products, we would advise you only eat this occasionally, perhaps for a special occasion. This is a low carb recipe for a sauce with cheese and garlic goodness that makes a great partner for zucchini noodles.

The non-pasta experiment (Vivica’s Puttanesca Sauce)

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The non-pasta experiment (Vivica's Puttanesca Sauce)

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, black Kalamata olives, homemade tomato puree, garlic cloves, fresh herbs (like oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary), Celtic Sea Salt.

If you have to eat a certain way for health reasons, it can be very helpful to have a bunch of recipes for really tasty sauces to liven up your vegetables and to serve over veggie noodles. This puttanesca sauce is rich and so full of flavor from the olives, tomatoes and fresh herbs that you will even want to use it as a dip! Try it over cabbage or strips of zucchini for lunch.

Easy Keto Marinara Sauce

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Easy Keto Marinara Sauce

Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Ingredients: Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, salt.

This sauce is packed with flavor and makes the perfect coating for a low carb pizza base. It has all the herbs found in traditional pizza sauce but without the additives. You can use it for other dishes too – you could try making homemade meatballs and adding them before serving it over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles, or use as a rich sauce for chicken parmesan. This freezes well, so you can have more for another day!

Perfect Low Carb Marinara Sauce

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Perfect Low Carb Marinara Sauce

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: olive oil, garlic, Tuttorosso Tomato Paste, Tuttorosso Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes with basil, Pyure All Purpose or Swerve, basil leaves, salt, pepper.

This is another handy sauce that you can enjoy on the keto diet, knowing that it is low carb and free from added sugars. It tastes great as a dip for low carb bread, crackers, as a pasta sauce or even as a base sauce for cauliflower pizza. Please don’t be tempted to miss out the fresh basil as it gives the sauce a really authentic Italian flavor and adds aromatics to make your mouth water!

Roasted Garlic Walnut Pesto (Contains Dairy)

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Roasted Garlic Walnut Pesto

Photo Credit: Amanda from Wicked Stuffed

Ingredients: fresh basil leaves, walnuts, garlic cream, lemon juice, sea salt, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil.

Traditional pesto is made using pine nuts, but if you are being strict with your intake of carbs you might be better using this recipe which uses walnuts instead. There is some parmesan in this, but you can substitute some nutritional yeast flakes instead if you can’t have dairy. This pesto takes just a couple of minutes to make and can be stored in an airtight container for a week in the refrigerator.

Other Keto Sauces

Keto Burger Sauce

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Keto Burger Sauce

Ingredients: Keto mayo, tomato paste, yellow mustard.

Here is a really good recipe for a basic burger sauce that you can use for barbecues, or make it your own to serve with other dishes. For example, add in a little garlic and some fresh dill for a great sauce to serve with salmon!

Keto Teriyaki Sauce

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Keto Teriyaki Sauce

Ingredients: gluten-free tamari sauce, applesauce, garlic, fresh ginger.

Originating in Japanese cuisine, teriyaki is a sweet sauce served with meats and fish. It contains a lot of sugar, which we want to avoid on a low carb diet, so having a low carb version is very helpful. This sauce is sweetened with applesauce and has a little bite from the fresh ginger, and it works so well with chicken and pork, or as a dipping sauce for meatballs.

Easy Asian Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

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Easy Asian Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

Ingredients: coconut aminos, sesame oil, ginger powder, onion powder, dried minced garlic.

When you have had a busy day and you don’t have time to stand at the stove for ages, stir-fries can really come in handy to feed a hungry family, and this really easy sauce can give you all the flavor you need! This is a Paleo and Keto-friendly recipe that gives you a sauce you can make ahead of time for even quicker meals, and it works well with any meat or fish.

Keto Pizza Sauce

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Keto Pizza Sauce

Ingredients: tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper.

When you are avoiding added sugars, pizza sauces can be difficult to find as most of them have a lot of sugar added. So here is a ketogenic sauce you can use for homemade pizzas, making sure you are in control of the ingredients you are feeding the family. Simply spread this on your pizza base and add the toppings of your choice.

Keto Coconut Dijon Sauce

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Keto Coconut Dijon Sauce

Ingredients: ghee, mustard, chicken broth, coconut butter, salt, pepper.

Sauces and condiments can make a meal, as they can add flavor and texture and can boost the taste of the meats or fish, and this Dijon sauce is no exception. This sauce tastes so good with chicken, but it also makes a great partner with salmon or tuna as the coconut flavor enhances the taste of the fish. Don’t worry if the sauce looks split – it just needs a quick mix before serving!

Keto Special Sauce Egg Salad

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Keto Special Sauce Egg Salad

Ingredients: eggs, bacon bits, celery stalk, mayo, tomato paste, mustard, salt, pepper.

Egg salad is a popular dish for most of us, but the sauces can be a low carb nightmare, so here is a creamy sauce you can use to liven up the taste of the salad. It is a combination of tomato sauce and mayonnaise with a little hit of mustard – it is not spicy; the mustard boosts the other flavors and complements the eggs really well. This is a really low carb dish which is perfect for lunch.

Keto Salmon Fish Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce

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Keto Salmon Fish Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce

Ingredients: salmon, fresh dill, eggs, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut oil, salt, pepper, mayo, coconut milk, garlic.

Salmon fish cakes have that feeling of comfort food and can be a really healthy family dinner. The creamy dill sauce in this recipe can be used with any fish, but it adds a touch of luxury to the fish cakes. These can be served with a vegetable side dish or just as they are for a delicious lunch, but they also freeze well so you can keep a store in the freezer for a speedy dinner.

Paleo Chinese Chili Oil/Sauce

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Paleo Chinese Chili Oil/Sauce

Ingredients: dried red Chinese or Thai chili peppers, Szechuan peppercorns, coconut oil.

If you like a bit of heat with your Chinese meals, then this is the sauce for you! It combines chilis and peppercorns and is really easy to make and can be stored in a jar for several weeks. You can use this as a Paleo dipping sauce for meats and vegetables, or add it as a sauce for a stir fry to give it a bit of a kick. If you just want to flavor the oil, you can strain this mixture after cooking and store it in a jar.

Flavorful Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

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Flavorful Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

Ingredients: coconut aminos, chicken broth, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, garlic, stevia.

In this delicious recipe, the bone broth adds a lovely savory note to the flavor of the sauce, making it a great one to use in stir-fries. The vinegar adds a tanginess and the Stevia lends just enough sweetness to offset it. This sauce is very low in carbs and calories, making it a good one for those of us who are watching our weight, and stir-fries can be filling and delicious meals to make midweek when you don’t have much time to cook.

Spicy “Peanut” Butter Keto Stir-fry Sauce

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Spicy “Peanut” Butter Keto Stir-fry Sauce

Ingredients: coconut aminos, almond butter, hot sauce.

If you like a bit of spice in your stir-fries then this spicy sauce is for you! This is a Keto-friendly recipe, very low in carbs but full of flavor, and the taste goes well with pork, chicken or shrimp. You can even use this as a marinade for chicken satay, then cook the skewers on the grill for a delicious meal with cauliflower rice or veggie noodles. This can also be used to add flavor to sautéed vegetables.

Low Carb Salad Dressings

Green Goddess Dressing

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Green Goddess Dressing

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: mayonnaise, avocado, anchovy filet, garlic, fresh parsley, fresh chives, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, nutritional yeast.

This is a dairy-free dressing that is full of flavor from the garlic and lemon, and it uses avocado to replicate the creamy texture that regular green goddess dressings have. This dressing has a lovely green color and would be a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day meal or you could use it as a dip with vegetable chips or crudités.

Super Simple Salad Dressing

– Ditch the Carbs

Super Simple Salad Dressing

Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs

Ingredients: eggs, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard or garlic.

Have you ever had a really boring salad and wished you could have something to make it shine? Then try this amazing but really simple salad dressing and your dull salads will be a thing of the past! It is rich and creamy but can be made in minutes and it is packed with wonderful flavor and it goes well with any meat or fish. Adding garlic gives this the taste of a good Caesar dressing.

Keto Butter Salad Dressing

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Keto Butter Salad Dressing

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: Keto Butter (or Almond Butter), MCT oil, Keto Collagen, Lakanto Sweetener, lemon juice, water, powdered ginger, powdered turmeric, sea salt.

The first thing you will notice about this great salad dressing is the rich color and texture and you will find it hard to believe that it is low carb! It contains more healthy fats and less sugar than other dressings and is a great source of slow release energy. With the warming note from the ginger and the zingy citrus tang, this dressing can liven up any dish with fish, chicken or just on a salad.

Paleo Raspberry Salad Dressing

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Paleo Raspberry Salad Dressing

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: raspberries, coconut butter, coconut oil, lime juice.

If you are fed up with ranch dressing and oil-based ones, why not give this fruity alternative a try! It adds a boost of flavor and a wonderful color to offset the green salad leaves. This amazing dairy and egg free dressing is so quick and easy to make and can help to enhance even a dull salad. If you can find raspberries that are sweet you can even make this sugar free too!

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing

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Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: balsamic vinegar, garlic, black pepper, salt, Dijon mustard, olive oil.

One of the world’s most popular salad dressings is a mixture of oil and vinegar and using balsamic can give this dressing a really vibrant flavor. This is such a simple low carb recipe and can be made in just two minutes because you don’t even need a blender! Just put all the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake! You never have to have a boring salad again and this will store in the fridge for ages!


Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.