Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Your Complete Dinner Planned Out!
Thanksgiving can feel disappointing on Keto when you can’t eat so many of the traditional dishes you used to eat. Dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and sweet potato souffle.
Well fear not, my friends! Here is a list of amazing Keto Thanksgiving recipes that will let you treat yourself with the best of them!
You’ll find everything here from tasty appetizers, through indulgent mains like the roast ham studded with cloves, to little sweet truffles for dessert. All you have to do now is enjoy!
And if you’re cooking an entire Keto Thanksgiving meal, then just pick a few appetizers, a main meat with a gravy recipe, 2-3 side dishes, and 1-2 dessert recipes.
Here are some of our favorite Keto Thanksgiving Recipes included below:
- Paleo Coconut Curry Deviled Eggs
- Pepperoni Garlic Bites
- Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten-Free Gravy
- Easy Crock-Pot Ham
- Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken
- Cauliflower Gravy
- Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- Coconut Creamed Collards
- Memommie’s Onion Casserole
- Easy Rustic Leek Gratin
- Loaded Cauliflower Mash
- Sesame Keto Buns
- Herbed Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Green Beans with Lemon & Sage Crumbs
- Cardamom Orange Walnut Truffles
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Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Appetizers
These frittatas make the perfect appetizer for a celebration meal as they are light and tasty, but not too filling. You get the meatiness of the bacon offset by the fresh taste of the asparagus and the result is a delicious combination. Mini foods are also great for the younger members of the family and are a good way to get them eating healthier too!
Here is another light but tasty appetizer that won’t fill you up too much. These little crustless quiches are delicious with a combination of the ham, spinach and leeks giving them a wonderful flavor. This is a totally versatile recipe which can be served warm as a side, for breakfast or cooled and packed in a lunchbox.
– Delicious Paleo
Ingredients: eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, yellow onion, basil, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, lime juice.
I often say you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth, so an appetizer that looks as good as this one would be perfect to serve for a celebration! They look as if you have put so much effort in, yet they are quite simple to make. The traditional curry spices used give these eggs a true taste of the East! If you like things hot, try sprinkling cayenne on the top instead of paprika.
These little garlic bites take a little more time to prepare, but they are worth the time! The bite-size parcels are packed with flavor and have a wonderful combination of textures, thanks to the smooth olives and crunchy garlic. These make a great appetizer for a dinner party, or as party food for a drinks night with friends.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Main Dishes
– I Breathe, I’m Hungry
Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry
Ingredients: turkey, apples, lemon, onions, fresh rosemary, olive oil, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, sage powder, lemon juice, kosher salt, black pepper.
One of the problems you sometimes have with roasted turkey is that the meat can be quite dry, so why not try this method and you will end up with tender, juicy meat every time! With the skin crisp and golden, this method looks great served at Thanksgiving as it is an impressive centerpiece for the table. If you don’t want to have a sweetness to the gravy, choose an apple like Granny Smith which are more tart.
– Holistically Engineered
Ingredients: turkey, lemon, garlic, celery, carrot, onion, ghee, or olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, chicken broth.
With this recipe, please don’t worry about using a whole head of garlic – once roasted, it gives the turkey a wonderful sweetness, which is offset by the lemon, giving you full-flavored meat and tasty gravy. Like all roast meats, it is important to remember to rest the joint or fowl well before serving, as this allows the meat to relax and become tender, and the juices to flow through. And if you want to lower the carb count, then omit the carrots from the recipe.
– Gutsy by Nature
Ingredients: salt, filtered water, turkey, onions, celery, carrots, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, lemon, garlic, water, ghee or preferred solid fat.
Brining turkey, especially a large bird for Thanksgiving, can really help to maintain the juiciness in the meat and prevent it from drying out, so this would be great to try if you are feeding the whole clan. When you come to making the gravy, it would be a good idea to taste before adding any seasoning, as the brining can make the pan juices salty enough. Serve the gravy hot, poured over the carved turkey for a wonderful main.
– Life Made Full
Ingredients: turkey, mandarin oranges, salt, Herbes de Provence, ghee.
Here is a fantastic recipe for a roast turkey with a bit of a difference! The mandarins added a wonderful sweet note to the meat and they go so well with the herby flavors on the skin. This recipe would be amazing for Thanksgiving, or for an impressive main for a dinner party. This recipe involves dry-brining, which is a great way to help keep the meat tender and stop it from becoming too dry.
If your family are not fans of the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving, why not try this amazing lamb instead! Lamb is one meat that can take a lot of herbs, and the traditional mix of sage, rosemary and thyme is perfect here. Braising the meat means that the end result will be soft and succulent, and with a tasty gluten-free gravy to pour over the top, you will have the perfect celebration meal.
– Practical Stewardship
Ingredients: ham, water, cinnamon, cloves, or other flavorings.
What an impressive dish this is! Mouth-wateringly studded with cloves, you won’t want to wait to tuck into this delicious ham, and using the crockpot takes away all the stress over timings that so often happens when you are catering for a celebration. This method also frees up space in the oven for sides and other dishes, so it’s a win-win situation. Just remember to rest the ham before carving to make sure it is tender.
It can be a bit daunting cooking a whole tenderloin as it can be an expensive cut of beef, but if you follow the recipe here, you will have an amazing joint to serve for any family feast! Each slice of this roast has a great combination of tender beef and crispy prosciutto that will impress any guest. A meat thermometer would be very useful here to ensure the meat is cooked uniformly and to make sure the beef is not overdone.
Lemon chicken has its origins in Chinese cuisine and has been popular for many years, so why not let it become a part of your celebration meal? Cooking a whole chicken is quite easy, so don’t be put off. If you follow this recipe and insert the fat under the skin, you will keep the meat moist and tender as it bastes itself during the cooking. Then you can just sit back and enjoy the rich and zesty flavors on your plate.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Keto Gravy and Stuffing Recipes
This recipe is so easy to do, but the results are fantastic! You end up with a rich and creamy gravy that will be a great addition to any celebratory meal. Even if you are not so keen on cauliflower, you will find that if you cook it till it is really soft, once it is blended with the broth, the cauliflower flavor really doesn’t stand out! This gravy could be used with poultry or even with roast pork.
– Empowered Sustenance
Ingredients: ghee, onion, cauliflower florets, broth or juice from a roast, sea salt, pepper, fat from the pan drippings.
Traditionally, gravy was thickened using flour or starch, but this recipe avoids using any of that, yet it is smooth and creamy and full of flavor making it the best solution to serve with poultry, lamb or even salmon. It can be batch-cooked and frozen to use in other dishes too, so you will always have some on standby. Just remember to add some pan juices to boost the flavor of the gravy.
– Beyond the Bite
Ingredients: taro root, celery, onions, fresh sage, fresh thyme, dried rosemary, cranberries, apple, duck fat, sea salt.
When you cook this stuffing you will notice that traditional scent of Thanksgiving or Christmas that you remember from your childhood! The herbs, celery and cranberries give you the festive flavors and the taro root takes on the overall taste of the other ingredients, so is a good sub for the breadcrumbs used in many households. Watch out you don’t overeat on this side dish as taro roots are very starchy and high in carbs – indulge with a small portion.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Side Dishes: Low Carb Mash Recipes
This mash gives you such a fresh-tasting side dish – a total contrast to traditional mash! It has the added zing of the lemon and the bright color looks so appealing. Before cooking, break off the woody ends of the asparagus spears and chop into small pieces so that they will cook evenly and process more evenly. Serve with a parsley garnish for an impressive side dish.
Cauliflower mash can be a very helpful dish for anyone who is trying to lose weight, and the healthy fats can be good for people with blood sugar issues. It is so rich and creamy that many people are fooled into thinking it is actual mashed potatoes! This recipe can help with keeping the healthy option for big celebration meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or just for a family meal.
– Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind
Photo Credit: Vanessa from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind
Ingredients: bacon, cauliflower, butter or ghee, sea salt, black ground pepper, garlic salt, egg, coconut flour, yellow onion, fresh chives.
Wow! This side dish looks amazing and would look fabulous on the dinner table! The creamy mash and tasty bacon bits are topped with onion rings and garnished with chives, making it look as good as it tastes. If you would like to use fresh garlic, it is best if you roast it first to give it a subtler flavor so that it doesn’t overpower the whole dish.
The addition of the celery root in this mash adds a whole new slant on the flavor, as it has a nutty taste. This complements the sweetness of the roasted garlic and makes this the perfect side dish for a roast dinner. Any leftovers can be reheated and served with eggs for breakfast, or with chopped cooked bacon for a filling lunch.
– Crock Pot Ladies
Ingredients: acorn squash, water, butter, ground nutmeg.
Here is another delicious side that won’t occupy that much-needed oven space at Thanksgiving! It can be served with added seasonings or spices of your choice as a separate side dish or in place of the more traditional mash. Once the squash is cooked, it is much easier to remove the seeds, making it even easier to prepare. Just be aware that acorn squash can be high in net carbs if you overeat it. So take a small portion and enjoy the rest with family and friends.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Brussels Sprouts and Other Low Carb Vegetable Side Dishes
This dish has become a regular feature of Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, but there is no reason not to serve these sprouts throughout the year. Adding the bacon to the sprouts gives them a milder flavor, not quite so earthy, so even people who don’t like them much can be tempted to try sprouts again. The texture of the sprouts is complemented by the crunch of the bacon, making this a fabulous side to serve with roast meats.
Often people are put off by over-cooked, watery and bitter Brussels sprouts, myself included, but with the addition of the lemon and garlic and the delicious glaze, these would make a really appealing side for any roast dinner. Cook the sprouts until you can push a fork into them easily and remember to drain them well, then serve with a glaze of a good-quality balsamic vinegar and the whole family will enjoy them.
Radishes can be quite spicy when they are raw, but when you cook them with bacon they take on a milder flavor that goes so well with any roast meats. They have a freshness to the taste which can work with fattier cuts of meat such as roast pork, but the slight heat from the radishes sets off the gentler flavor of roast turkey too. Bacon lardons could be used here, giving you little cubes of bacon flavor to enjoy.
Even though this dish is a salad, it is best served warm, so would make a great addition to your dinner table. The earthy broccoli goes really well with the saltiness of the bacon, then you have the slight sweetness from the red onions. It might be a good idea to taste this dish before adding any extra salt, as the bacon can provide you with enough salt already. This dish is also suitable for anyone following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
In many countries, sage and onion are used to flavor stuffings used for poultry, but this recipe gives you a different way to enjoy the combination of flavors. Green beans are great on their own, but sprinkling them with the crumb mix boosts the taste and adds a lovely crunch to the veggies. Any leftover crumbs can be used over salads, and they would work really well over asparagus instead of beans.
– Phoenix Helix
Ingredients: coconut milk, collards, shallots, coconut oil, sea salt.
The health-giving properties of collards are quite amazing! They can be a good source of calcium and can aid digestion, so this would be a particularly good side to serve for anyone with digestive issues. But apart from that, they just taste so good with the shallots and the subtle coconut flavor. Another benefit is that they cook in only a few minutes, which can be helpful if you have loads of other dishes on the go at the same time.
– Adventures in Partaking
Ingredients: beef fat or lard, yellow onions, sea salt, toasted coconut.
Here is another simple, yet super-tasty side dish that would look great with roast turkey. The soft, sweetness of the onions and the crunch of toasted coconut are a real combination of textures that work really well with poultry. If you decide to toast the coconut yourself, just take care not to let it catch and burn as that can make it taste bitter.
– A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Ingredients: leeks, full-fat coconut milk, dried sage, dried oregano, sea salt.
I have only just started using leeks as a vegetable on their own, rather than in soups and stews, and recipes like this one make a lovely addition to a special dinner. The leeks have a great fresh taste and the herbs sit well with them, enhancing the overall flavor. This side would work with any roast meats, but especially with chicken or turkey.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Butternut Squash Sides
Note – while butternut squash is a typical addition to thanksgiving dinners, it is pretty high in net carbs (just like pumpkins, sweet potatoes, other squash and root vegetables). So enjoy a small serving, but don’t overeat these butternut squash dishes.
– Stupid Easy Paleo
Ingredients: butternut squash, coconut oil or other fat of choice, fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, salt.
If you are faced with cooking a big celebration meal for the whole family, the last thing you need is a recipe with loads of ingredients and complex method, so try this one for a light and appealing side for any roast meats. The subtle caramel flavor of the squash is set off by the herbs and balsamic glaze, giving you a wonderful side dish that is packed with taste. If you find cutting the squash too difficult for you, pop it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes first and that will soften the skin.
Note – again, butternut squash as well as balsamic vinegar can be high in net carbs, so don’t overeat this.
– Well Fed
Ingredients: butternut squash, water, garlic, coconut oil, canned coconut milk, salt, Ras el Hanout, egg, pecan halves.
This is another impressive dish that will enhance your dinner table at Thanksgiving. The smooth squash is a fantastic alternative to mash, and the roasted garlic adds a lovely sweetness to the flavor. If you don’t have or like pecans, you can substitute walnuts instead. Either way, the nuts give an added texture to this lovely dish.
For a lower carb option, make this dish using zucchini or spaghetti squash instead.
– The Curious Coconut
Ingredients: butternut squash, homemade beef or chicken bone broth, broccoli slaw, olive oil, pancetta/bacon, red onion, salt, cumin, paprika.
This side dish tastes quite decadent, thanks to the smooth and silky butternut squash sauce, and it has the lively flavors of the bacon and red onion, making this side nutritious and satisfying. If you are serving this dish with turkey, you might like to choose chicken bone broth, as the flavors echo the taste of the poultry. The broccoli slaw can be shredded using a grater or a mandolin and adds even more flavor to the dish.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Bread Rolls
Imagine sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner and realizing that you can’t eat some things – like the bread rolls. Well, panic not! This recipe can come to your rescue and the rest of your guests can enjoy them too. These rolls are safe for many diet plans and are delicious served with soups or stews. The Italian seasoning works well with most dishes, but you can replace it for a seasoning of your choice.
Have you noticed that a lot of ‘diet’ breads have hidden nasty ingredients? The answer is to make your own! These buns take just a few minutes to rustle up and could soon become your go-to recipe for dinner rolls. They are light and soft in the middle and have a wonderful crunchy outer layer from the sesame and pumpkin seeds. These buns would look so good on the table for a celebration meal.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
Cardamom is a spice that originates from India, although some varieties are grown elsewhere. It has a strong flavor of its own and is so aromatic that it pairs really well with citrus fruits. These little truffle treats taste luxurious, thanks to the cocoa and butter and can be enjoyed as a treat for a party or dinner. Store these in the fridge as they can soften at room temperature.
– Wholesome Yum
Ingredients: almond flour pie crust, pumpkin puree, coconut cream, eggs, erythritol, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, vanilla extract.
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without pumpkin pie. So give this delicious Keto pumpkin pie recipe a try to keep your whole family happy without introducing too many carbs.
Here’s another gorgeous Keto pumpkin dessert recipe, but this time it’s in the form of a pudding.
Fat bombs are very often used as a dessert, as they are rich, indulgent and very satisfying. These ones have a real chocolate taste which is complemented by the raspberry. Packed with healthy fats, they mean you can enjoy dessert without feeling too guilty! They are very filling, so you won’t need much to satisfy, making them perfect for after a large meal. These also make fantastic gifts for friends or as a dish to take to a pot-luck meal.