Do you want to feel your family good food, but you’re on a Ketogenic diet?
We know that it can be challenging to do so. But we’re here to help you find the best keto recipes that you can also whip up for your family.
What is Lazy Keto?
The term lazy keto is used mutually with dirty keto.
Lazy keto (or dirty keto) is where the only thing people track is carbs, and they try to consume less than 20 grams of carbs a day.
They don’t follow any other macros—not fat, not fiber, and not protein—just the carbs.
Another distinction between lazy keto and clean (or pure) keto is that the former enables people to eat food from whatever source they want. What’s important is that they consume less than 20 grams of carbs per day.
Many people who follow lazy/dirty keto rely massively on 1-minute mug cakes, low-carb bars, and other fast meals.
It is not as stern with the types of meals you eat or the amount of the macro ratio as long as you adhere to the 20g of carbs or less.
Lazy Keto Recipes
For the busy, the tired, and the lazy – we’ve got you covered.
Keto Fried Salmon with Asparagus
Another one-skillet sensation to savor. Just three ingredients—salmon, asparagus, and butter —molded into a tasty dinner in only 15 minutes. It’s keto, and it’s simply exquisite.
- 8 oz. green asparagus
- 3 oz. butter
- 9 oz. salmon, boneless fillets, in pieces
- salt and pepper
- Rinse and trim the asparagus.
- Heat a hearty dollop of butter in a frying pan where you can fit both the fish and vegetables.
- Fry the asparagus over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Gather everything in one half of the frying pan.
- If necessary, add more butter and fry the salmon pieces for a couple of minutes on each side. Stir the asparagus now and then. Lower the heat towards the end.
- Season the salmon and serve with the remaining butter.
NOTE: This keto dish can be prepared with other low-carb vegetables such as zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, or spinach. Feel free to use your favorite seasonings to give this dish more flavor.
Keto Vanilla Berry Mug Cake
This single-serve keto mug cake uses only 1 minute to prepare. It is filled with healthy fats and fiber. Plus, the fruit has antioxidants that your body requires to fight those free radicals.
- 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) butter melted
- 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) cream cheese full fat
- 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) coconut flour
- 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) granulated sweetener of choice or more to taste
- 1 tsp (1 tsp) vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) baking powder
- 1 (1 ) egg medium
- 6 (6 ) frozen raspberries
- Place the butter and cream cheese in your chosen mug. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.
- Add the coconut flour, sweetener, vanilla, and baking powder. Mix well. Add the egg. Mix again
- Scrape down the sides of the mug, then press in 6 frozen raspberries into the cake batter.
- Microwave on HIGH for one minute and twenty seconds.
- You can lower the total carbs further by eliminating the raspberries (1.5 total carbs) to make a simple keto vanilla mug cake.
- Adjust the microwave cooking times according to the power of your microwave. Some microwaves are pretty powerful and only need a minute, but most standard microwaves may require the 1:20 as stated in the recipe.
- No microwave? No problem. Simply bake at 180C/350F in a cupcake case or muffin tray for 12 minutes.
Keto Meat Subs
These are the EASIEST keto sandwiches you’ll ever create.
- 9 oz (250 g) Italian style ham
- 4 1/2 oz. (125 g) prosciutto
- 5 1/2 oz (150 g) salami soppressata
- 5 1/2 oz (150 g) genoa salami
- 2 avocados (12 oz/340 g), peeled, pit removed, and sliced
- 4 green onions, cut in half
- 2 leaves of iceberg lettuce or kale
- 8 toothpicks, optional
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) NOW Foods Elyndale Organics Avocado Oil, MCT Oil, Liquid Coconut Oil, or Canola Oil
- 4 teaspoons juice from banana peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon grey sea salt
- pinch ground black pepper
- Place a slice of ham on a clean plate or cutting board. Layer a piece of prosciutto, followed by three or four pieces of salami, layering like a pyramid or making a square shape with the layers.
- Add a couple of slices of avocado, followed by a piece of green onion and an iceberg to the far side of the meat stack.
- Roll the ingredients up like a California roll. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining meat and filling.
- Afterward, combine all sub sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and serve alongside the low-carb sandwich.
Note: If you don’t want to make the sub sauce, no worries. You could add a scoop or two of bacon mayonnaise to the wraps before you add the filling.
Double Chocolate Chaffles
Chaffles are some of the most amazing creations for keto recipes. They are fantastic cheese waffles and super versatile.
These double chocolate chaffles taste like dessert! You make them right on your waffle maker in a matter of just minutes.
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pre-shredded/grated mozzarella
- 1 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice or more to your taste
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 tsp heavy or double cream
- Combine the ingredients for your chosen flavor in a bowl.
- Preheat your waffle maker. When it is hot, spray with olive oil and pour half the batter into the mini-waffle maker (or the entire batter into a massive waffle maker).
- Cook for 2-4 minutes, then remove and repeat. You should be able to make two mini-chaffles per recipe or one large chaffle.
- Top, serve, and enjoy.
Keto Shrimp Scampi
The traditional shrimp scampi recipes include lots of fettuccine pasta. Not low-carb friendly at all.
This quick keto version uses a base on spinach instead. It only takes 15 minutes to get to your plate. Choose peeled shrimp to make it even quicker!
- 40 large raw shrimp
- 1/2 onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tbsp parmesan
- 4 handfuls spinach
- To start, place your shrimp in a bowl of cold water and let them defrost. If the shrimp are not peeled, wait until they thaw and peel their shells off.
- While you’re waiting for the shrimp to defrost, chop up some onions into small pieces.
- Pour olive oil into a pan and cook your shrimp for about 2 minutes or until they are all pink. We’re not cooking the shrimp all the way through. Take the shrimp off the pan and onto a plate to rest.
- Then on the same hot pan, cook your onions until translucent. Add some salt to encourage all the ingredients to let their juices out! Then squeeze the garlic and let it cook for about another minute.
- Add your butter, cream, and parmesan, and stir until you have a combined sauce. Let this cook for about 2 minutes to let some moisture out and let the whole sauce thicken a bit.
- Now add the shrimp back into the pan and stir very well. Let all the sides of the shrimp soak up the delicious sauce. Cook this all together for no longer than 2-3 minutes. Overcooked shrimp are dry, rubbery, and hard to chew.
- When the shrimp are done, take them off and let them relax. On the same pan yet again, cook all your spinach slightly. Don’t let them shrink and get too soggy. The closer to raw, the more vitamins and minerals are spared.
- Now, combine the spinach and the scrimp to create one tasty, quick dinner! Enjoy!
When you are craving bread or muffins, make these keto muffins in just a minute. They come out pretty fluffy and taste just like carby muffins.
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp coconut flour or more depending on the brand used
- pinch baking powder
- pinch salt
- Grease a ramekin dish (or huge coffee mug) with coconut oil or butter.
- Mix all the ingredients with a fork to ensure it is lump-free.
- Cook the 1-minute keto muffin in the microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds – 1 minute. Alternatively, they can be baked in an oven, at 200C/400F for 12 minutes
- Cut in half and serve
Keto Chicken and Cabbage Plate
Do you want to know the secret to super-fast keto meals?
It is the secret weapon for many lazy (or very busy) keto cooks. Just check at the deli that they don’t add any sauces to the chicken before cooking in the rotisserie.
This Keto chicken and cabbage plate recipe uses rotisserie chicken – but you can use leftover chicken too.
- 1 lb of rotisserie chicken
- 7 oz. fresh green cabbage
- ½ red onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- salt and pepper
- Shred the cabbage using a sharp knife or a mandolin and place it on a plate.
- Slice the onion thinly and add it to the plate, together with the rotisserie chicken and a hearty dollop of mayonnaise.
- Drizzle olive oil over the cabbage and add some salt and pepper to taste.
NOTE: For this dish, we’ve used rotisserie chicken, but you can use any leftover chicken.
You can also pan-fry a piece or two of raw chicken if you wish. Just make sure it’s fully cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F) before serving.
You can have that delicious hazelnut spread on the keto diet— just make it with clean ingredients and no sugar. This sugar-free Nutella tastes fantastic on your favorite chaffle!
- 150 g (1 1/4 cups) walnut halves
- 1 tsp (1 tsp) vanilla
- 4 tbsp (4 tbsp) cocoa unsweetened
- 4 tbsp (4 tbsp) coconut oil
- 4 tbsp (4 tbsp) granulated sweetener of choice or more, to your taste
- Place all the ingredients in your mini food processor that attaches to your stick blender or small blender with sharp blades.
- Blitz until smooth. This will probably take a minute or two. The coconut oil doesn’t even need melting as it softens with the warmth of the blades rotating.
- Store in the fridge if you would like it to be a firm spread in the summer or store in an airtight container in the winter.
NOTE: Please taste the chocolate spread and adjust to your liking. Even though cocoa brands have similar carb values, their strength of flavor differs dramatically.
Easy Pork Stir Fry Recipe
Stir-Fries are one of the best meals for lazy cooks – it has your meat, fat, and veggies all cooked in one pan. And you can even buy the meat and the veggies pre-cut into strips, ready to drop into the pan.
Even for picky eaters, this Easy Pork Stir Fry Recipe is bound to be a hit!
- 3/4 pound pork loin, cut into thin strips
- 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil (divided)
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 12 ounces broccoli florets
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 bunch green onion (scallions), cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons Tamari soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1 tablespoon extra dry sherry
- 1 1/2 tablespoons low carb sugar (or sugar or coconut sugar)
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch (or arrowroot)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- red pepper flakes
- sesame seeds
- Mince a clove of garlic. Cut a 1-inch piece of ginger and peel the thin skin with a spoon. Mince the ginger and add it to the garlic. Cut the pork loin into thin strips and mix with 1 tbsp. oil and the ginger and garlic.
- Cut the red bell pepper into strips and place into the bottom of a medium bowl. Cut the green onions (scallions) into 2-inch pieces, including some of the green stems, and add them to the bowl. Cut the broccoli florets into large bite-sized pieces, layering them on top.
- Add the sweetener and cornstarch (arrowroot) to a small bowl and mix together. Stir in the Tamari soy sauce, dry sherry, and sesame oil.
- Place the wok over high heat. It’s ready when a drop of water skips across the surface. Add one tablespoon of oil and quickly tilt the wok to coat all surfaces. Pour out the remaining oil. Place the wok back onto the heat and add the pork to the pan’s sides and bottom. Leave the pork undisturbed until it has cooked halfway through; the bottom half will turn white. Stir the pork and cook until it is almost cooked through. Remove from the pan to the serving bowl.
- Dump the bowl of vegetables into the wok with the broccoli at the bottom. Cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute. Stir the vegetables and add the pork and any juices back to the pan. Stir the pork and vegetables together. Stir the stir fry sauce and pour it over the pork and vegetables. Push the pork stir fry to the sides and let the sauce boil at the bottom of the wok, occasionally stirring for several seconds until the sauce thickens.
- If you would like the sauce a little thicker, remove the stir-fried pork and vegetables to the serving bowl and let the sauce cook a little longer. Pour the sauce over the stir fry when it reaches your desired level of thickness. Serve.
Keto Chicken Salad
Break out of the monotony of salads. Here are three completely different ways to eat the same zesty keto chicken salad. It’s a fun way to shake up your meal prep routine!
You don’t even need to cook the chicken, just pick up a hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, and voila! Dinner will be an assembly line.
- 450 g (1 lb) cooked chicken chopped or shredded
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt unsweetened natural
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs parsley, basil, etc
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cubed avocado optional
- 1 tbsp feta cheese optional to garnish
- To bake your chicken, place the chicken in a baking pan and drizzle it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake the chicken at 220C/425F for 10-15 minutes or until done. Alternatively, grill, broil, barbecue, or buy a rotisserie chicken.
- Chop your cooked chicken and vegetables. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Garnish and serve as lettuce wraps, with FatHead crackers, or with mozzarella dough flatbread. Store leftover chicken salad in the refrigerator.
Even if lazy keto seems fascinating, it is so much healthier to eat whole foods that take a little longer to cook at home.
Quit relying on the sweet keto snacks and desserts. Base your meals on whole foods made at home.
These recipes are the best idea to transition to clean keto when you don’t enjoy cooking. That’s because recipes don’t require much of your time.