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30 Best Keto Side Dishes

If you’re looking for the best keto side dishes to round out your meals, I have you covered!

With these delicious low-carb recipes, you can indulge in all your favorite dishes without feeling deprived.

Keto Cauliflower Au Gratin
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Easy Low-Carb Keto Sides

From garlic bread to mac and cheese to potato salad and onion rings, this list has it all!

Try these keto side dishes to add some welcome variety to your meals. These recipes are so good, even carb lovers will eat them up!

A serving of cheesy cauliflower on a black plate with spoon.
Source: Wholesomeyum.com

1. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is an American classic! Unfortunately, pasta is a big no-no on the keto diet.

But you can make a side dish just as cheesy and delicious by substituting cauliflower for the macaroni. 

Be sure to use heavy cream to give it a smooth, gooey texture.

Cheesy asparagus tossed with a frying ladle.
Source: Cafedelites.com

2. Garlic and Cheese Roasted Asparagus

I’m a big fan of asparagus in all forms, but roasted asparagus topped with mozzarella cheese and smothered in garlic? It’s nearly unbeatable.

Best of all, it takes only 5 minutes to prepare and 15 to cook this low-carb side dish.

This is one of the easiest keto recipes I’ve found!

Mushroom with creamy sauce on a pan.
Source: Diethood.com

3. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon

These creamy garlic mushrooms are another tasty side dish ready in 20 minutes or less. 

The mushrooms soak up the flavors of the bacon, garlic, chili powder, paprika, and other spices.

The broth is rich, creamy, and almost as flavorful as the mushrooms themselves. 

Bowl of mashed cauliflower puree.
Source: Ibreatheimhungry.com

4. “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile veggies on the face of the earth. You can use it to make macaroni, rice, pizza crust, and more.

For this keto recipe, you use it to make mashed potatoes. They’re smooth, buttery, and fluffy, like real mashed potatoes, but the taste is slightly different. 

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With the right seasonings, they’re a wonderful stand-in!

Gravy in a boat shaped bowl.

5. Keto Gravy

There’s no use making cauliflower mashed potatoes unless you plan to make some keto gravy go with them.

You can whip this low-carb side up in about 5 minutes with broth, bouillon cubes, or meat drippings. This recipe only has a single carb per serving. 

Coleslaw on a plate with spoon.
Source: Elavegan.com

6. Keto Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a surefire hit at any cookout. But traditional versions often contain sugar, which isn’t keto-friendly.

This recipe is made with erythritol instead, plus a vegan mayo and apple cider vinegar.

Serve it up at your next barbecue and watch it disappear!

Brussels salad with bacon on a plate.
Source: Pinchofyum.com

7. Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad

You can prepare this healthy, hearty salad in about 20 minutes. All you need is bacon, Brussels sprouts, parmesan cheese, and almonds for the salad. 

The dressing takes the most time, but you can always make extra and refrigerate it for later use.

Broccoli casserole on a skillet pan.
Source: Castironketo.net

8. Broccoli Casserole with Bacon

Traditionally, you make broccoli casserole with rice, but try adding some bacon.

That, along with the garlic, broccoli, and multiple cheeses, will ensure you don’t even miss the rice!

It takes about 10 minutes to pull together and 45 to bake. 

kale salad with with kale, blueberries, onions, pomegranate, apples, and sliced almonds.
Source: Tasteslovely.com

9. Keto Kale Salad

This gorgeous salad is full of crunch, flavor, and color! It’s loaded with kale, blueberries, onions, pomegranate, apples, and sliced almonds.

Topped with a keto-friendly balsamic vinegar dressing, it has a touch of sweetness without the carbs.

If you add chicken or salmon, you can turn it into the main event!

Breaded cauliflower laid on top of newspaper sheets.
Source: Kirbiecravings.com

10. Keto Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower comes to the rescue again, this time in bite-sized, deep-fried (or baked) morsels.

To make it keto-friendly, you must make the breading using the exact ingredients listed here.

You’ll also want to cook it in one of the many keto-friendly oils.

Stack slices of cornbread topped with a piece of butter.
Source: Drdavinahseats.com

11. Keto Cornbread

Believe it or not, there is a keto version of cornbread! It has an almond flour base to keep the carbs low.

With only six ingredients, it’s easy to whip up and even easier to devour.

Serve it alongside your favorite meats or as the perfect accompaniment to bean-free chili.

Sliced Jalapeno bacon cheese bread on a white plate.
Source: Fittoservegroup.com

12. Keto Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Bread

Surprise! You can have bread on the keto diet. But it has to be made from the right ingredients, such as flaxseed, coconut flour, and lots of cheese.

It takes about 50 minutes to bake but only 15 to prepare.

The spicy jalapeno flavor meshes perfectly with the bacon’s saltiness and the richness of the various cheeses.

13. Keto Green Bean Casserole

This delicious green bean casserole is keto-friendly and gluten-free. Every bite packs a powerful punch of cheesy, herby awesomeness. 

The ingredients list seems a little long at first. But most of those are for the cheese sauce, which holds most of the flavor. 

The whole casserole takes less than an hour to make.

Roasted cauliflowers, bell peppers and veggies tossed with a wooden spoon.
Source: Wholesomeyum.com

14. Keto Oven Roasted Vegetables

Although there are some vegetables you should only eat in moderation on the keto diet, this recipe is perfectly portioned.

Thanks to the garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning, each vegetable is well-seasoned. As a bonus, these veggies take less than an hour to cook.

Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon on a pan.
Source: Castironketo.net

15. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This easy Brussels sprouts side dish will be your new favorite low-carb side dish!

All you need to make it is the sprouts, some bacon, a little olive oil, and various seasonings.

In about half an hour, you’ll have a delicious low-carb and low-calorie side dish to complement any protein.

Sliced garlic bread on a cutting board with dipping sauce.
Source: Delish.com

16. Keto Garlic Bread

Keto garlic bread may not be as thick and doughy as other garlic bread you’ve eaten. But it’s just as garlicky and herby, and even cheesier than most. 

It takes 5 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook, and 0.2 seconds to devour. I suggest making two loaves.

Cheesy cauliflower and potato salad served on plate sprinkled with paprika powder and chopped onion leaves on top.
Source: Wholesomeyum.com

17. Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

This mock potato salad is one dish you’ll want to add to your family gathering staples list. It fits almost every type of diet. 

It’s paleo- and keto-friendly, whole-30 compliant, low-carb, and gluten-free.

If you want to leave out the eggs and use vegan mayo, you can also make it vegan-friendly.

Top view of broccoli salad with bacon served on a blue plate with spoon and fork.
Source: Twosleevers.com

18. Keto Broccoli Salad

This recipe barely requires any cooking!

You’ll have to cook the bacon, but everything else gets mixed in a bowl.

Leave out the bacon for a no-cook, vegetarian-friendly dish. I also like to add a little feta cheese to mine.

Bunch of breaded onion rings served on a plate.
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19. Keto Onion Rings

If you’re looking for something crunchy and yummy to serve with your keto burgers this summer, give keto onion rings a try.

They take half an hour to make. Since they’re baked, they’re healthier and less greasy than conventional onion rings. 

Zucchini sticks covered with parmesan cheese served with dip.
Source: Wholesomeyum.com

20. Parmesan Zucchini Fries

If you’re more traditional in your burger side choices, try these fantastic parmesan zucchini fries instead. 

All you need to make them is zucchini, parmesan cheese, garlic, black pepper, an egg, and 30 minutes.

Serve them with a cup of marinara or Dijon mustard. 

Cauliflower rice in skillet.
Source: Myketokitchen.com

21. Cauliflower Rice

To make cauliflower rice, you use cauliflower, butter, and salt. That’s it!

You can prepare it in 20 minutes and serve it with anything sweet, salty, or savory.

Try it as a base for a keto-friendly stir-fry. You won’t regret it!

Sliced cucumber served with creamy dressing.
Source: Foodfaithfitness.com

22. Keto Cucumber Salad

This low-carb side dish is light and refreshing. It’s creamy and delicious, yet it only has 50 calories per serving.

The sour cream dressing is made with monkfruit sweetner instead of sugar, keeping it keto-friendly.

This is an ideal dish to bring to your next summer potluck.

Stack of zucchini fritters with sour cream on top.
Source: Gimmedelicious.com

23. Zucchini Fritters

These savory zucchini fritters are so good, even non-keto dieters will love them!

The explosion of flavors in these fritters is intense, and I never can tell which specific ingredient’s flavor I’m enjoying the most. 

The outsides are satisfyingly crispy, and the insides are full of warm, tasty goodness. 

Bunch of cauliflower tots with dip.
Source: Thatlowcarblife.com

24. Cauliflower Tots

However, one thing a lot of people miss on the keto diet is tater tots. If that sounds like you, try making these cauliflower tots instead. They’re just as crunchy and delicious. 

Dip them in your favorite sauce or devour them by the handful!

Roasted zucchini and mushrooms on plate topped with goat cheese.
Source: Kalynskitchen.com

25. Roasted Zucchini and Mushrooms

This simple dish is pretty, healthy, and tasty. It has many colors in it, which always makes me happy.

There are only four ingredients aside from those needed for the marinade.

Let your veggies marinate long enough to soak in all the zesty flavors. That’s what makes the dish so good.

Zucchini noodles with garlic, butter, and parmesan on a pan.
Source: Bestrecipebox.com

26. Zucchini Noodles with Garlic, Butter, and Parmesan

If you’re serious about going keto, invest in a spiralizer.

You can do so much with this one appliance, including turning zucchini into all kinds of noodles!

This light, slightly spicy “pasta” is 100% keto-friendly and will quickly become one of your all-time favorite keto side dishes.

Squash stuffed with shredded squash meat, broccoli, and cheese.
Source: Domesticsuperhero.com

27. Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If you’re looking for a low-carb dish that’s easy to make and tastes terrific, start with spaghetti squash.

You can do so many wonderful, healthy things with it. 

You can make this one stuffed with broccoli and cheese in no time.

You can cook it on the stovetop or in the oven. Either way, you’ll be surprised by just how delicious it is. 

Green beans coated with parmesan cheese served with dipping sauce.
Source: Lowcarbmaven.com

28. Parmesan Green Beans

Green beans are naturally keto-friendly, but they can get a little boring sometimes. 

Spice them up by covering them in Parmesan and garlic . Then, serve them with the homemade sweet mustard dipping sauce.

You’ll never look at green beans the same way again. 

Creamed spinach with cheese and vegetable kebab on plate.
Source: Joyfilledeats.com

29. Keto Creamed Spinach with Cheese

Creamed spinach is another dish you can jazz up with just a few extra ingredients.

Throw in some bacon and shredded gouda to take it to the next level of yumminess. 

In addition to being keto-friendly, this recipe is also a great way to entice kids into eating more spinach. 

Asparagus wrapped with bacon strips.
Source: Thebigmansworld.com

30. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus 

Bacon-wrapped anything is always cause for celebration! And these bacon-wrapped asparagus appetizers are a guaranteed hit.

Since it’s made in the oven, it’s a one-pan dish with super easy cleanup.

The asparagus gets perfectly tender, and the bacon is nice and crispy, which is the ultimate combination. Enjoy!

30 Best Keto Side Dishes

Course: SidesCuisine: French
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

208

kcal

Looking for the best keto side dishes? This keto cauliflower au gratin turns a classic comfort dish into a low-carb delight with each creamy bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, grated

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Place cauliflower florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a splash of water, cover, and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender but not too soft. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking dish with the olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, gruyere, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Add cauliflower and sour cream mixture to the prepared baking dish. Toss well to coat. Sprinkle parmesan evenly on top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  • Cool for a few minutes, and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you prefer a crisper top, sprinkle almond flour over the cheese before baking.
  • Pair with a protein like grilled chicken or steak for a balanced keto meal.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 208kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg
  • Sodium: 567mg
  • Potassium: 496mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Calcium: 253mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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