If you’re looking for the best keto recipes for your holiday meal, this menu will get you there from start to finish! It includes everything from a signature low carb cocktail, the perfect appetizers, dinner sides and main dishes, all the way to the keto friendly desserts all your family and friends will absolutely love this holiday season.
How do you stay keto during the holidays? Well, it sure isn’t easy BUT it is 100% possible with this gourmet menu and guide of recipes that are sure to be huge hits at all your holiday parties (big or small).
As a huge foodie and entertainer myself, I have tested these recipes out on so many people in my life and can attest that whether your loved ones follow a ketogenic diet or not, they will be digging in for seconds and be asking for these recipes for years to come.
Because keto foods do NOT have to be boring foods. You can create a gourmet meal of all your favorite classic side dishes to fit a low carb keto diet and I will help you get there! Trust me!
While cooking for a normal holiday can feel intimidating, I want to reassure you that with my help and menu outline you can completely create a feast that will make everyone second guess how delicious keto can really be.
Check out the full outline of recipes for cocktails and appetizers, easy to make ahead classic holiday keto side dishes, all the best main dish fixings, and finish it all off with epic keto desserts that are the real deal! Now, let’s get to planning!
Signature Keto Holiday Cocktails:
Every good celebration needs a holiday cocktail, am I right? While I know drinking alcohol can feel really intimidating on keto it is possible, especially during the holidays. Take a moment and read my guide to drinking alcohol on a keto diet here and choose below which signature keto drink best fits your day!
Apple Cider Whiskey Smash
This widely popular (and stunning) whiskey based cocktail uses delicious apple cider for the perfect fall cocktail. If you want an even lower carb option, check out how to skip the cider (a little higher in carbs) and try this apple infused whiskey with it too!
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
A delicious way to imbibe this fall! This cocktail utilizes the easy to make sugar free keto pumpkin spice syrup, mixed with coffee and a little cream and of course some vodka, you’re on your way to having your keto cocktail and drinking it too.
“Shoot Your Eye Out” Tequila Shooters
A Christmas Story inspired, 2 net carb tequila shot that is low carb and keto friendly and delicious. Ensuring the only thing you’ll be shooting this holiday is a few of these delicious drinks with friends and family!
Cranberry Pisco Sour
A holiday friendly cocktail featuring pisco brandy, fresh cranberry juice and syrup, topped with a classic egg white foam. A fun and beautiful way to enjoy the season.
Memorable Keto Low Carb Holiday Appetizers:
Let’s be real, appetizers can be a whole meal if we want them to be (and I’m totally here for it). So whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season, snag a few of these delightful nibbles that won’t make you jiggle after!
Low Carb Bacon Wrapped BBQ Delicata Squash
I am obsessed with this recipe. It’s so easy to prepare, works just as well as a side dish as it does an appetizer, and its sweet, spicy, and wrapped in bacon. Trust me, everyone will love this one and each bite is just 1 net carb!
Sweet Potato Canapes (With Bacon, Onions, and Goat Cheese)
These little gems are rich, decadent, and also only 1 net carb per round! Yes, you can have squash or sweet potato on keto and still absolutely stay on track. This one is easy to prep and plan ahead with and keeps everyone going back for more.
Smoked Crab Dip
EVERY party needs a good dip! This is a handful of ingredients and can be made on your smoker (or in your oven) to help free up space and add a ton of smoky flavor to your seafood. Serve with Keto Tortilla Chips or Keto Crackers or even a Keto Pita Chip. Plan ahead… but you have options!
Easy Grilled Brie with Blueberry Compote
Easy is in the title for a reason! Utilize one of the many store bought low carb tortillas in place of traditional puff pastry, get it crispy on the grill (or again in the oven) and add the simplest blueberry compote to the top to add some fruit flavor! Serve it up with your keto crackers of choice (even a pork rind here could work) and you’re good to go!
Keto Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant Rounds
If you love a good eggplant parmesan or an eggplant lasagna, then you will fall in love with this easy to make gluten free, keto recipe. With in season sliced eggplant rounds, stuffed with herb filled ricotta cheese and dredged in pork rinds, it makes the perfect keto friendly snack, appetizer (or even as a side).
Homemade Keto Chex Party Mix
If you love a good crunchy snack that you can enjoy and share with others, this keto friendly take on classic Chex style party mix is where it’s at!
Craveable Traditional Keto Side Dishes:
Sides are what really make a meal! If you love your Thanksgiving table to be packed with the classic comfort food sides, but want to take a lower carb, gluten free, or keto approach, this list will absolutely get you there!
Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
I would make this recipe even if I wasn’t eating keto. It is THAT good and honestly it’s so easy too (even though it as a 100% from scratch recipe). This one is definitely low carb and high fat (so it’s pretty freaking good ok). You can prep it ahead of time and bake the day of too!
Keto Cornbread Stuffing with Herb Butter
Another perfect make ahead recipe that is another fan favorite. I have gotten so many compliments from readers over the years that make this and share it with non-keto family members. It’s a memorable side and so so good!
Smoked Cauliflower Bacon Mac and Cheese
A crowd pleaser even if it does use cauliflower as a base. This recipe packs a ton of flavor when grilled up or smoked too and I love that this frees up some oven space! Easily convert to bake it however if grilling isn’t in your plans and give it a go!
The Best Cauliflower Mash
If you need to have mashed potatoes on your table but need a lower carb alternative, this guide to making the best cauli mash is where it’s at (butter pools and all).
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Prosciutto, Pecans, and Goat Cheese
The perfect keto friendly fall side dish that serves a crowd this holiday season. Crispy, roasted brussel sprouts, cooked prosciutto and toasted pecans, topped with crumbled goat cheese to tie it all together.
Make the Main Holiday Dish a Keto Standout:
You have to have a star of the show no doubt! Which one are you adding to your holiday table?
Champagne Brined Spatchcock Turkey
There are a lot of ways to have an epic turkey at your Thanksgiving or holiday table, but this one is my tried and true go-to recipe. Learn how I keep the bird juicy and flavorful, crispy skin included, and cook it a little faster to boot!
A Classic Holiday Glazed Ham (Keto Low Carb Friendly)
If you prefer a ham to dine on, this is my go to for any whole or spiralized ham. It’s easy to follow, requires a few ingredients, and is a beautiful centerpiece to dig into.
Smoked Crab Legs
Get your seafood feast on! This is a beautiful and easy 30 minute dish to tuck into and it looks so festive for the holidays.
Pistachio Sesame Crusted Salmon
A flavorful salmon recipe that feeds a crowd. Whether you cook it on the grill or roast it low and slow in your oven, it’s a nice way to serve a low carb and healthy main dish.
Coffee Rubbed Rack of Lab
Grab my guide to making the best rack of lamb (on or off the grill) and serve it up on the perfect platter.
Keto Desserts and Holiday Treats:
Get the most popular holiday desserts, cookies, pies, and candies you can serve to bring your whole evening to a fabulous close!
Keto Turtle Candies
The perfect keto friendly candy! A pecan turtle made with easy keto caramel sauce and melted chocolate that’s keto and low carb compliant, and just as delicious as the real thing!
Low Carb Pumpkin Pie
A classic pumpkin pie style recipe made to be low carb and keto friendly with the perfect almond flour pie crust. This classic pie is perfect for a keto friendly holiday table!
Keto Peanut Butter Blossoms
The perfect low carb, keto holiday cookie made with the classic peanut butter blossom in mind! This low carb Christmas classic was recreated to be sugar free, gluten free, and only 1 net carb each!
Keto Marble Pound Cake
This Keto friendly marble pound cake is the perfect moist cake recipe! It’s gluten free, sugar free, and would trick any non-keto eater into thinking its a regular cake!
Low Carb Gingerbread Cookie Bars
The easiest keto gingerbread cookie recipe! These are gluten free, simple to make, and perfect for the holidays!
Keto Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
These almond flour based, sugar free sugar cookies (I know, it sounds crazy) are the perfect base for all your keto baking cookie desires! Whether you bake up a batch as is, plan to make cut out cookies, or add other flavors, this recipe lends to so much creativity and deliciousness!