The way I see it, easy keto thanksgiving recipes are those that don’t require too many ingredients and don’t have too many steps. I mean, after all, less ingredients and less steps also means less things to think about which generally also leads to fewer mistakes.
I’ve compiled some of those easy recipes below but before we get to them, I’m anticipating a problem that I’m quite certain a lot of you will experience. It’s that in celebrations like this, turkey is likely one of the few, if not the only low carb food on the table.
I mean, you’ve got mashed potatoes, yam, stuffing, all sorts of pies, cranberry sauce… those are all traditionally loaded with carbohydrates! So, you might be asking:
How can I eat low carb on Thanksgiving?
First of all, substitution is key.
For example, using almond flour instead of regular flour to make the bread for your stuffing or using zero-carb sweeteners instead of sugar.
These are just a couple of ways but trust me, there’s lots more you can do to still enjoy a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving meal without risking your ketosis. You’ll find more of these in the recipes I listed below.
Second, it’s all about mental conditioning.
This is especially true if you’re not hosting the party.
You have to understand that not everyone has the time to make food that satisfies your low carb needs. If you’re not cooking, you’ve got to be okay with not having the starchy, sweet side dishes on your plate.
One thing I like to do in times like these is offer to bring about 1 or 2 recipes of my own. The hosts don’t usually mind because it’s more food on the table. This way, I can make low carb dishes and have more than just turkey (or ham) on my plate come dinner time.
Oh, and doing this circles you back to substituting for low carb ingredients as well.
Now finally, here are some of the easiest keto thanksgiving recipes you might want to try:
Cranberry sauce recipes for an amazing low-carb holiday
1. 4-ingredient sugar-free cranberry sauce
I asked some of my keto friends about low-carb cranberry sauce and a whopping majority of them pointed me towards Wholesome Yum’s version. I looked it up and it’s currently one of the highest rated and most reviewed recipes of its kind on Google. So, I guess it’s safe to say it’s doing something right.
Having said that, this recipe is mostly the same as traditional cranberry sauces but instead uses erythritol to sweeten the sauce.
Macros: 32 calories | 4g net carbs | 0g fat | 0g protein
2. Blueberry sweetened cranberry sauce
You read that right and it’s exactly what this is — a cranberry sauce that uses blueberries to sweeten the sauce. Blueberries aren’t actually the most keto-friendly berries out there but compared to actual sugar, it’s definitely better. Plus, I think it tastes better, too.
The twist, however, is that this recipe still uses another kind of sweetener — Stevia, to be exact — but not as much as you’d normally use. Overall, it’s still low carb; it’s still low calorie; and it’s still incredibly delicious.
Visit Low Carb Yum for the full recipe.
Macros: 15 calories | 2.8g net carbs | 0g carbs | 0g protein
3. Cranberry sauce with powdered monk fruit sweetener
The recipe specifically says to use powdered sweetener to stop the sauce from crystallizing. I think that’s great advice. More specifically though, That Low Carb Life uses monk fruit to boost the sweetness of their cranberry sauce. Also a little different from other recipes, at least to my knowledge, is their use of cinnamon.
Personally? I love everything about this recipe and I definitely love that it’s low carb.
Macros: 44 calories | 4g net carbs | 0g fat | 0g protein
4. Cranberry sauce using frozen cranberries and unsweetened apple sauce
No sweeteners whatsoever needed in this recipe from Diet Doctor. Just frozen cranberries, unsweetened apple sauce, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. If it were up to me though, I’d go for fresh cranberries if I can get it.
Also, you might want to try adding orange notes to the sauce to bring it closer to the traditional. To do that, I suggest adding either orange zest, a bit of orange juice, or some orange flavoring. Just remember to adjust your macros if you do that.
Macros: 28 calories | 5g net carbs | 0g fat | 0g protein
Guilt-free and easy keto stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving
5. Keto stuffing with low carb cornbread that actually tastes like real cornbread!
If you’ve been cooking keto for a while, you know that a lot of these low carb versions don’t even taste remotely like the original. For a foodie like me, that’s just disappointing.
Lo and behold That Low Carb Life’s keto stuffing recipe! To me, the cornbread legit tastes like the real thing, making this stuffing a welcome addition to the tables of both keto and non-keto families. The catch is that you have to make the cornbread yourself but trust me, both the cornbread recipe and the stuffing are easy to make.
Macros: 277 calories | 3g net carbs | 23g fat | 11g protein
6. Keto cornbread and stuffing
Like the previous recipe, this keto Thanksgiving stuffing recipe from A Girl Worth Saving will have you make your own low-carb “cornbread”. However, the cornbread in this recipe uses traditionally different ingredients, so it might not be the closest thing to the real thing. Well, to me at least.
For instance, it uses coconut oil instead of butter and just water instead of buttermilk or heavy cream. It does replace the sourness of buttermilk with apple cider vinegar though, but still. But don’t get me wrong. It’s a good recipe (great, even). Just different from what I’m used to.
Macros: 117 calories | 5g net carbs | 8g fat | 4g protein
7. Thanksgiving stuffing with keto sourdough
Speaking of different, this recipe uses keto sourdough baguettes for its stuffing. What’s so great about this is that the bread only takes about an hour to make, unlike the traditional version that’ll have you do days of waiting and feeding before you can actually begin baking.
Now, while the sourdough baguettes sets this recipe apart, the rest of it is actually close, if not identical to what you’d normally serve on a Thanksgiving dinner. This includes sausages, celery, and several others.
Head over the KetoDiet App for the full recipe.
Macros: 278 calories | 3.6g net carbs | 21.7g fat | 14.3g protein
8. Keto cauliflower stuffing
Obviously, the star of this recipe is cauliflower — a keto staple best known as a low carb substitute for several foods, including rice, pasta, and in this case, bread.
It does need quite a bit of ingredients though but about a third of it is all seasoning. Plus, it’s all about mixing all the ingredients, laying them all on a sheet pan, and roasting them in the oven, so it’s still quite the easy recipe.
Tastes Lovely has the full recipe if you need it.
Macros: 144 calories | 4.1g net carbs | 13g fat | 2.4g protein
9. No bread sausage stuffing
Instead of going through the trouble of substituting bread for something else, this recipe from Healthy Recipes simply omits it all together. It’s a bold move in my opinion, considering how I don’t know any family who would celebrate Thanksgiving without bread in their stuffing.
But, you know what? I think it works. The recipe has directions on how to make a delicious homemade pork sausage but if you’re short on time, you can also use the store-bought kind.
Macros: 158 calories | 4g net carbs | 11g fat | 11g protein
Easy whole turkey, turkey breast, and turkey legs Thanksgiving recipes
Before we get to the recipes, let me just say that turkey is naturally keto-friendly. It’s mostly protein after all, so you don’t have too much to worry about when it comes to carbohydrates.
But, if you want to make it even more ketogenic, the trick is in finding ways to up the fat — which is exactly what the recipes below have done. Check ‘em out:
10. Simple turkey recipe with herbed butter
For a lot of families, it’s customary to smear butter on the turkey before roasting it. They say it helps keep the turkey moist. There’s all sorts of ways to do this, too — rubbing it on or under the skin, using softened butter, using melted butter, etcetera.
If you cook your turkey this way, I think infusing your butter with flavor adds amazing depth to your fowl. Keto Karma, in particular, keeps it simple and flavors her butter with rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. I highly recommend you give her method a try!
Macros: 240 calories | 1g net carbs | 11g fat | 32g protein
11. Mayonnaise roasted turkey
Want something different for thanksgiving? How about some mayonnaise on your turkey? And don’t worry. This recipe from She Wears Many Hats won’t let your bird taste like mayo but it adds flavor for sure and helps keep the meat soft and juicy. Oh, and did I mention that it still also has butter?
Unfortunately, the blog doesn’t list the nutritional facts of the recipe but with both the mayo, the butter, and the ensuing gravy, I’m more than confident that it’ll fit a keto Thanksgiving.
12. Garlic aioli roasted turkey
Aioli and mayonnaise are fairly similar condiments. In fact, a lot of people consider aioli as just garlic mayo. I’m saying this because I like to think of this recipe from Epicurious as another version of mayonnaise roasted turkey.
What’s so great though is that you don’t have to go through the trouble of whisking garlic and olive oil to make aioli because a good food processor can do that for you. So, if you’re ever in the mood for simple, garlic-y turkey, give this recipe a go.
Macros: 667 calories | 13g carbs | 32g fat | 79g protein
13. Roast turkey breast with garlic lemon butter
Sometimes, you just don’t have enough time, energy, and/or money to serve up an entire turkey. When you’re in tight situations like this, I personally think turkey breasts are a great alternative. This way, you only need a fraction of the time, ingredients, and elbow juice to feed the people around your table.
WIth that said, Diethood has a great recipe for turkey breasts that you might want to check out. It’s easy, delicious, looks absolutely incredible, and most of all, keto friendly.
Macros: 452 calories | 6g carbs | 22g fat | 60g protein
14. Instant Pot turkey breast with garlic butter gravy
Speaking of being short on time, have you ever considered using an Instant Pot instead of the oven? While the prep time remains relatively the same, the time you need to cook your bird is cut down significantly. Instead of waiting hours, 35 minutes in the Instant Pot is all you need. It’ll still be tender and it’ll still be packed with flavor.
Oh, and if you’re worried about browning the skin, don’t. After the Instant Pot, you can always finish your turkey breasts in the oven or use a torch to give it more color.
Visit Recipes From A Pantry for more details.
Macros: 267 calories | 1g net carbs | 12g fat | 37g protein
15. Bacon wrapped turkey breast
Imagine the most amazing turkey breast you’ve ever eaten.
Now imagine it wrapped in bacon.
I mean, that’s just… I don’t even have the words to describe how good that is. I don’t know about you but I think there’s very little ways better to ketofy (is that even a word?) food than wrapping it in bacon. Just thinking about the literal extra layer of flavor has me drooling right now, not to mention the welcome addition of fat.
Anyhow, get the full recipe at That’s Low Carb.
Macros: 458 calories | 2g net carbs | 29g fat | 45g protein
16. Oven roasted turkey legs
Who says it always has to be the whole turkey or turkey breasts you should cook for the holidays? Those are a good majority of the turkey recipes I see and honestly, it gets a little boring.
Having said that, Ruled.me’s oven roasted turkey legs feel like a breath of fresh air. It’s so easy to make, too, that it’ll probably make novice cooks look like pros.
Macros: 382 calories | 0.8g net carbs | 22.5g fat | 44g protein
The most amazing keto Thanksgiving ham recipes you can easily make
Next up on our list of easy keto Thanksgiving recipes is ham. I don’t know why but I’m more intimated about cooking ham than I am about serving turkey on the holidays.
So, whenever I want to have it on the table or when my family requests it, I pay close attention to recipe instructions and imagine myself doing them. If it feels easy in my mind, it usually is in real life (although some are slightly harder than anticipated). That’s what I did with these recipes to make sure you and I can easily get them done. Have a look:
17. Not-so-sweet baked ham
From the name of the recipe alone, you can already tell it won’t be loaded with carbohydrates. True enough, it should have just a little over 0 (yes, ZERO) grams of carbs per serving because it doesn’t use any kind of sugar or sugar substitute. Just ham and broth. That’s it.
On that note, rachelbshepard posted this recipe on Allrecipes(.com) and it’s one of the most keto-friendly and easiest ham recipes I’ve seen so far.
Macros: 559 calories | 0.2g carbs | 42g fat | 42g protein
18. Sugar-free keto glazed ham
Moving on from ham with no sugar at all, here’s a glazed ham recipe from Peace, Love, and Low Carb. But instead of using actual sugar for the glaze, you can either use monk fruit or Swerve’s brown sugar substitute to keep the carb count down.
However, this recipe also requires you to brush the glaze on the ham every 15 minutes. While it definitely adds more flavor, it can also be troublesome. It’s not that big of a deal though. Just set a timer on your phone to make sure you don’t forget.
Macros: 708 calories | 3.6g net carbs | 42g fat | 79g protein
19. (Another) keto ham recipe with sugar-free glaze
This recipe came from Kasey Trenum and just in case you weren’t satisfied with the previous sugar-free glazed ham, here’s another one.
Both recipes are actually pretty similar in that they both substitute brown sugar for monkfruit. They both also have butter and water (of course), cinnamon, and cloves. The difference is that this recipe uses a maple syrup substitute instead of molasses.
Macros: 354 calories | 3g carbs | 27g fat | 29g protein
20. Low carb crock pot ham
You already know about Instant Pot turkey, so how about some slow cooked ham? I like using my Crock Pot on a lot of things because while it may take longer to cook, it also makes cooking tender and delicious meals so much easier. Of course, this ham recipe from Recipes That Crock is no exception.
All you’re going to need are ham, your choice of brown sugar replacement, and a can of coke zero. Throw them all in the slow cooker, come back 4-6 hours later, and you’ve got yourself an amazing keto Thanksgiving ham with very little effort.
The recipe doesn’t have detailed info about its macronutrients though, but don’t worry. Just 1 look at the ingredients list and you’d know it’s keto.
Other easy recipes you can add to your keto Thanksgiving table
Now that you’ve got multiple choices on what I feel like are the main events when it comes to Thanksgiving, here are a few others (mostly side dishes and appetizers) to round out your table.
21. Mashed cauliflower with roasted garlic and rosemary
Okay, I won’t sugarcoat this. From experience, a lot (not all) of cauliflower substitutes don’t taste anywhere near what they’re trying to replace. Cauliflower rice and mashed cauliflower, for instance, generally doesn’t taste or feel like rice and potatoes.
Enter: Keto Cooking Christian’s mashed cauliflower recipe.
Now, I won’t say it tastes exactly the same but at least it feels a lot like the real thing. Plus, I think the garlic, rosemary, and monterey jack do a good job of hiding the taste of cauliflower.
Macros: 171 calories | 4g net carbs | 14g fat | 6g protein
22. Keto butternut squash risotto
You know what else you can do with cauliflower? Risotto.
This recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry doesn’t just substitute cauliflower rice for grains though. No, because she sneaks in mashed squash, too, for even more keto goodness! Serve this beside your turkey and you’ve got yourself a party!
Macros: 337 calories | 6g net carbs | 25g fat | 8g protein
23. 2 easy ways to make keto Thanksgiving turkey gravy
I mean, come on. No Thanksgiving turkey is ever complete without gravy. So, here’s 2 ways you can easily get it done:
First, you can use broth (store-bought or homemade works fine) and thicken it up with glucomannan powder instead of flour. I like the idea because it’s low carb and it’s great for digestion. For flavor and a smoother texture, add some butter, parsley, and rosemary. This is how I Save A to Z does it.
- Macros: 99 calories | 3.5g carbs | 8.6g fat | 2.2g protein
Second (and I honestly prefer this), you can use the pan drippings from the turkey you just cooked. You will still need to add broth though but those drippings just add layers upon layers of flavor! Thicken up the gravy with xanthan gum and add even more flavor with worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Check out Delish for more details.
Unfortunately, the second method from Delish doesn’t have macronutrient information but, trust me, it’s keto.
24. Sugar-free pecan pie
Moving on to another dish that you won’t want to miss during the holidays, here’s All Day I Dream About Food’s pecan pie without any sugar.
I know. Pecan pie without sugar sounds insane, right? Well, I don’t know if you realized it yet but there’s a substitute for virtually everything. In this case, it’s Swerve’s brown sugar replacement. Plus, the recipe simplifies both the crust and the filling. So, it’s not just low carb, it’s downright easy, too!
Macros: 390 calories | 2.7g net carbs | 37g fat | 7g protein
25. Wrapped asparagus (2 ways!)
How hard can it be to wrap a handful of asparagus spears in deli meat, drizzle them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and pop them all in the oven? I mean, I know this list is filled with easy keto Thanksgiving recipes but, come on. This has to be one of, if not the easiest side dish you can make for the holidays.
Anyhow, you can either wrap the asparagus with prosciutto or bacon to introduce more flavor, fat, and protein. If you need more detail, here’s where you can find it:
- SkinnyTaste’s grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus
- Macros: 50 calories | 2g net carbs | 2.5g fat | 4g protein
- Wholesome Yum’s bacon wrapped asparagus
- Macros: 202 calories | 2g net carbs | 18g fat | 6g protein
26. Cheesy skillet bread
Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without bread, am I right? If you agree with me, then this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food should help fill that void.
It uses an oven-proof skillet to bake and highly recommend you use a cast iron skillet. Not only does it fit the oven-proof bill, it literally gets better every time you use it. And, given the right care, it’ll last you a lifetime (maybe even more).
Anyhow, I like this recipe largely because of cheddar cheese and butter that brown and crisp the crust. Almost like a pie but not really. I can’t explain it well (sorry), so go check it out for yourself.
Macros: 357 calories | 3.1g net carbs | 31g fat | 12.5g protein
27. Keto “mac and cheese”
Something else that’s great for Thanksgiving, or for pretty much any celebration for that matter, is mac and cheese. Unfortunately, pasta isn’t keto-friendly. The solution? Substitute the macaroni with cauliflower.
A little weird, I know. But How To This And That has a tasty and simple way to do it. It won’t be the exact same as traditional mac and cheese but it’s satisfying nonetheless.
Macros: 281 calories | 3g net carbs | 24g fat | 11g protein
28. Keto stuffed mushrooms with cream cheese and bacon
If you’re looking for an appetizer you can whip up quick, then this might be it. This recipe from Word To Your Mother will only take you about 30 minutes to make and not only is it easy and keto-friendly, it sure looks pretty.
Macros: 127 calories | 3.3g carbs | 10.5g fat | 6g protein
29. Easy rustic apple tart
For this recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry, you’re going to have to make 3 things:
- The crust,
- The filing, and
- The topping
Worry not. All these layers can be easily done if you just follow the recipe instructions. Also, it’ll likely be one of the first desserts to run out. It’s that good. You will need a 10-inch springform pan though. It makes life so much easier because you won’t have to scrape the entire tart out of the pan.
Macros: 302 calories | 7g net carbs | 26g fat | 7g protein
30. Pumpkin pie cheesecake
Speaking of springform pans… cheesecake.
More specifically, Low Carb Yum’s pumpkin pie cheesecake. Everybody’s going to love it because, well… everybody seems to love pumpkin nowadays.
Besides being a likely party favorite though, its macronutrient profile is insanely good for keto. I’m talking about a whopping 44g of fat with only 6g net carbs per slice! Also, I haven’t tried doing this yet but I imagine it’ll be great topped with blueberries.
Macros: 460 calories | 6g net carbs | 44g fat | 10g protein
During the holidays, I truly wish you spare a bit of your time to appreciate the people around you. The same people who support you day in and day out.
And, biases aside, I honestly believe that one of the best ways to show your appreciation is to cook and share food. We are social beings, after all, and delicious food that’s cooked from the heart has a way of bringing people together and uplifting everyone’s spirits.
With that said, mix and match any of these recipes and I can almost guarantee you’ll have an amazing time.
Oh, and lastly… don’t forget to share us with your friends! Ciao!