Are you looking for keto Christmas recipes this holiday season? Here are all the best keto recipes for mains, side dishes, cocktail party treats, and shareable desserts!
The holidays are all about family, friends, and of course, food! Fortunately, there are plenty of keto Christmas recipes to enjoy as you celebrate every delicious moment this season.
The holidays are a time when people often throw caution to the wind in terms of eating habits. We may indulge with a plan to deal with it after the New Year. But for many of us with food intolerances, allergies, and sensitivities, veering off track leads us to feel sluggish, sick, and decidedly unmerry. Rather than viewing the holidays as a time to “go off the rails” with your eating habits, stay on track by finding yummy keto-friendly holiday favorites.
From your Christmas dinner menu to treats for the neighbors, here’s a collection of the best keto Christmas recipes that are sure to impress and satisfy your guests. These recipes are low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly as well—perfect for everyone on your list! So, get ready to celebrate with delicious keto Christmas recipes.
Keto Cocktail Party Appetizers
Cocktail parties are a great part of the holiday festivities. It’s a wonderful time to visit with friends and family, whether or not you choose to imbibe. Here are some great keto appetizers, dips, and bites to keep your guests satisfied as they mix and mingle.
Of course, shrimp cocktail is always a party favorite! I absolutely love shrimp and it’s so festive in pink and red when served with my easy keto-friendly paleo cocktail sauce. Shrimp cocktail is a great high-protein food to start your meal or to enjoy at any holiday gathering.
What’s more festive than pretty green guacamole made from creamy avocado? Everyone’s favorite dip at the party, guacamole is perfect with veggies, a great topping for chicken, or even delicious on its own. This simple keto guacamole recipe is a party dip you’ll serve again and again.
Another favorite dip of mine is keto grilled eggplant and roasted red pepper dip. Eggplant has a meaty, satisfying texture that’s different from typical party dips. This dip is so flavorful with roasted red peppers to add zest. Of all the keto party dips I serve, this is one recipe I get asked about every single time. It’s a party favorite.
What’s a cocktail party without deviled eggs? These eggs are topped with festive green chives and of course, everyone’s favorite party treat—bacon! Keto deviled eggs look beautiful spread on a tray. These will be gone in a flash. Use your Instant Pot to start with perfect, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, every time.
Cauliflower may be the most underappreciated vegetable out there. Cauliflower is low-carb, versatile, and easy to pair with other flavors. It’s delicious and nutritious no matter how you choose to enjoy it. When cooked up as roasted cauliflower hummus, the vegetable becomes a party dish your guests will absolutely love. Serve it with red pepper strips or cucumber for a yummy keto party dip.
Festive Low-Carb Salads
Salad may not always be the first thought for the holidays, but nothing looks quite as festive as a pretty red and green dish on the table. I love to serve a salad or two at every dinner party, especially when guests are used to feeling sluggish and stuffed after a big holiday meal. Salad keeps the meal light and bright.
Keto arugula strawberry salad is one of my very favorite salads to serve to company. It’s really beautiful and simple. The berries add a hint of sweetness that’s not overpowering or too much. The Meyer lemon vinaigrette tastes light and fresh, and the crunchy almonds are so satisfying. This salad is lovely with chicken, fish, or simply as a light meal.
This is a hearty Christmas keto recipe that’s great for the holidays or any time of year. I love the green lettuce and olives in contrast with the bright red prosciutto and pepperoni. It looks fabulous with the peppers as well. This is a filling keto salad take on the classic antipasto tray. I top it with my keto Italian dressing. A note to remember: always buy the cleanest pepperoni you can find. Look for versions with just meat and seasonings or as few ingredients as possible.
If you can find heirloom tomatoes, it’s worth the splurge for this show-stopping tomato and avocado salad. This festive and satisfying take on the classic Caprese salad is so perfect for the holidays because of the beautiful vibrant reds and greens.
Mouthwatering Keto Main Dishes
On every holiday table, there’s a showstopping main dish. These keto Christmas recipes are made to impress! Fortunately, many of these dishes are also easy to prepare and don’t require a lot of hands-on time in the kitchen, freeing you up to enjoy the dinner party as well. After all, visiting with friends and family is the best part of holiday gatherings.
Mustard crusted salmon and roasted asparagus taste restaurant-worthy. This beautiful dish really feels festive and special. Amazingly, it’s so simple to prepare and cooks up on a single sheet pan. Clean up is a breeze with this keto Christmas recipe. You won’t need to spend hours washing dishes while everyone else is having fun. Make this salmon and still enjoy the party.
A whole roasted bird is always a showstopper. Making a roasted chicken may seem intimidating, but it’s very easy. This chicken turns out absolutely perfect every single time. It’s juicy and flavorful—a crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves chicken and when you cook a whole bird, you can’t miss!
These shrimps look so festive and pretty in contrast to the bright green chimichurri sauce. The sauce is herby and flavorful. Once you taste it, you’ll want to put it on nearly everything. It’s great for beef, chicken, and vegetables, so go ahead and make extra. This is a great keto Christmas recipe in green and pink.
Of course, some holiday meals call for the classic turkey dinner. A simple roasted turkey breast is the way to go. Once again, this dish is lovely and deceptively easy to prepare. The turkey breast turns out moist and flavorful every time with very little effort. Try this dish and I promise it will become a favorite at your Christmas dinner as well.
Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham from I Breathe I'm Hungry
Baked ham is a family favorite and perfect for a keto Christmas dinner. This recipe uses rosemary and mustard for a savory, low carb version of this holiday classic---and it's simple and easy to follow, even for first-timers. Serve it with roasted asparagus and mashed cauliflower.
Delicious Keto Sides for Holiday Dinners
What’s a holiday dinner without the delicious side dishes? Everyone has a favorite holiday side dish, whether it’s the roasted broccoli, mashed veggies, or gravy. Here are the best and most festive keto Christmas recipes for your holiday meal.
What’s more festive than hollandaise sauce? Everyone’s favorite decadent sauce gets a paleo upgrade in this keto roasted asparagus dish. This is a great side dish for a Christmas brunch, lunch, or dinner. Everyone loves this sauce. Bonus: it's so easy you can make it in the blender in minutes!
I’m often asked for an easy paleo and keto-friendly gravy recipe and this one fits the bill! This is a great go-to gravy whether you want to serve it with mashed veggies or over turkey. It’s a holiday classic.
Once again, the humble vegetable, cauliflower comes into play as a side dish hero. I love cauliflower rice. If you haven’t tried it, it’s simple to make. It’s nutty, hearty, flavorful, and delicious. It’s the perfect accompaniment to nearly any meal.
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus captures the colors of the holiday in a dish that will be a hit at your Christmas table. Everyone loves this vegetable and it often is the first to go. Do yourself (and your guests) a favor by grilling up a double batch.
This dish is simple, but it’s always a big hit at the holiday table. Bright, fresh broccoli is a beautiful color. It’s an easy and familiar vegetable nearly everyone loves, especially when accompanied by earthy, flavorful garlic. This is an easy way to work vegetable comfort foods into your Christmas recipes.
Roasted tomatoes are delicious. These melt down to a texture that’s so satisfying. It’s the perfect topping for turkey, chicken, fish, or as a side dish by itself. This simple dish is lovely and rustic. It’s perfectly at home on your holiday table.
Roasted garlic adds a depth of flavor to this cauliflower mash that can’t be beat. This is the perfect keto stand-in for mashed potatoes, and I promise you won’t miss them one bit. These low-carb mashed veggies are creamy and so satisfying. They’re perfect to go with easy paleo gravy.
Brussels sprouts are often overlooked, but they’re so delicious with salty, smoky bacon and tangy mustard. The flavor combination is unbeatable, and this is a great way to enjoy your veggies. Everyone will ask for seconds when you serve this keto Christmas side dish.
Another mashed vegetable option, this mashed cauliflower is made extra special with savory, earthy white truffle oil. You only need a small amount to really elevate this dish to holiday table-worthy. These mashies will become your go-to keto side dish recipe.
Easy Bacon Fried Green Beans from Perry’s Plate
Green beans are another holiday side everyone seeks, and easy bacon fried green beans are a winner. You can’t go wrong with the combination of vegetables and smoky, salty bacon. It tastes festive and special, but this side dish is oh-so-simple to whip up.
Paleo Baked Zucchini Fritters from Food Faith Fitness
Zucchini fritters are a nice, different swap for latkes and other holiday classics. These fritters are baked, so they’re light and healthy, but still delicious. I love using zucchini in recipes because it’s so easy to work with. It’s filling, mild, and yummy. Your crowd will love these keto-friendly paleo baked zucchini fritters.
Keto Christmas Treats & Snacks
Of course, what’s Christmas without delicious and shareable sweets, treats, and snacks? These recipes are easy to give as gifts, swap with neighbors, or enjoy on your own. Don’t forget to leave out a few keto cookies and chocolate treats to share with Santa!
Peppermint and chocolate are the flavors of the season and they are perfect together in a keto version of this holiday classic. Serve it up with some keto cookies next to a cozy fire. This minty treat is a perfect keto Christmas dessert as well.
These keto chocolates are another delicious Christmas dessert that doubles as a great treat and gift. You can wrap these up to share at your next potluck or treat exchange and I promise they’ll be a huge hit. Everyone loves chocolate!
I love putting out snack mix to nosh on when friends and family come to visit. This paleo and keto snack mix is low-carb, dairy-free, and delicious. You could even package this mix in little bags or jars tied with a ribbon for a cute gift.
Rum Balls from Healthful Pursuit
Rum balls are the ultimate Christmas treat. These incorporate all the flavors of the season in one delicious, pretty bite. Hemp hearts make these rum balls high in protein and a healthy, low-carb take on the Christmas classic.
No-Bake Salted Carmel Energy Balls from The Big Man’s World
There’s a lot of recipes for energy balls in the keto world. These tasty treats are super satisfying and delicious. They’re also beautiful and look really lovely on a plate to share with friends and neighbors over the holidays. It’s the perfect answer for a low-carb cookie or grain-free treat.
Peppermint Bites from Ditch the Carbs
Peppermint and chocolate are perfect for Christmas. Something about mint captures the flavors of the holiday perfectly. These peppermint bites are similar to a peppermint patty or a peppermint truffle, but low-carb and keto-friendly. Yum!
For more keto holiday recipes, The Keto Holiday Cookbook has plenty to choose from including all the holiday classics, Christmas cookies (above), and more.
The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. Make this year a season of healthy eating and get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions. There’s no reason to derail your plan when there are so many satisfying and amazing keto dishes on the menu. Enjoy these Christmas keto recipes all season long!