High-protein recipes
for weight loss

If you’re looking for high-protein, low-carb recipes that are easy to prepare, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve got easy meals that you can make in under 20 minutes as well as recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The best part? They’re all packed with protein and designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals.


Easy high-protein meals

What are high-protein, low-carb meals? Our medical team defines high-protein meals as having at least 30 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 25% of total calories per meal.

To get you started on a high-protein diet for weight loss, here are our top 10 easy high-protein meals, ready in 20 minutes or less.

1. Turkey salad with cilantro-lime dressing

A zesty dressing, crunchy green tomatoes, and delicious turkey make this high-protein, low-carb salad a perfect meal. 42 grams of protein

2. Keto chicken and green beans plate

Real food on a plate. Chicken, green beans, creamy butter. Because a healthy dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. 75 grams of protein

3. Pork loin with bacon-wrapped green beans and baked tomatoes

This quick and easy keto meal is packed with nutrients and flavor. 63 grams of protein

4. Grilled tuna with raita salad

A fresh, crunchy, cucumber salad, dressed with delightful Indian flavors. 48 grams of protein

5. Crispy bacon & kale with fried eggs

One of the easiest and quickest brunch recipes, so that you can make the most out of your weekend. 30 grams of protein

6. Pork scallopini

This pork scallopini is easy to prepare but it will look and taste like you spent hours in the kitchen. 35 grams of protein

7. Keto chicken pesto zoodle salad

A Mediterranean feast, combining the classic flavors of basil, tomato, and feta in a fresh and delicious salad. 36 grams of protein

8. Keto Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur sounds so much more up-market than a fried ham and cheese sandwich, non? Either way, our keto version will have you enjoying every bite! 42 grams of protein

9. Keto ground beef and broccoli

A one-skillet wonder: real food, affordable ingredients, simple prep, and easy cleanup. 47 grams of protein

10. Garlic steak bite salad with tarragon dressing

This salad is quick, healthy, and packed with flavor. Juicy steak bites, fried to perfection in garlic butter, served with fresh veggies, and a dressing you’ll want to put on everything. 52 grams of protein


High-protein breakfast recipes

We define a high-protein low-carb breakfast as having at least 25 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 25% of total calories per meal.

Our top 10 high-protein breakfast ideas for weight loss:

1. Scrambled eggs in a mug

The quickest high-protein keto breakfast. Ready in 3 minutes. 31 grams of protein

2. Veggie keto scramble

Scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms and peppers are topped with Parmesan cheese and chopped green onions. 32 grams of protein

3. Spinach and feta breakfast scramble

A lightning-fast keto scramble with sophisticated flavors. 32 grams of protein

4. Egg-free Mexican breakfast scramble

Egg-free? No problem. You can still enjoy a high-protein savory breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours. 39 grams of protein

5. Lox omelet

All of the flavors of a lox bagel, without the carbs. 28 grams of protein

6. Keto egg muffins

Delicious, savory egg muffins are convenient, easy to make, and perfect for on-the-go adults and kids. 26 grams of protein

7. Cottage cheese breakfast bowl

A light, fresh breakfast that you can make in less than five minutes. 29 grams of protein

8. Keto mini-quiche with ham

Crispy prosciutto is the perfect protein-packed crust, filled with a creamy egg, mascarpone cheese, and chives on top. 32 grams of protein

9. Smoked salmon with avocado and watercress

This is an ideal healthy keto breakfast, no cooking required. 31 grams of protein

10. Keto Croque Madame

Ham, cheese, eggs with cottage cheese, and egg pancakes. All the protein, low in carbs. 43 grams of protein

High-protein lunch ideas

When it comes to midday meals on the go, high-protein, low-carb lunch options may seem tricky. However, we have some delicious and simple recipes for you.

What are high-protein, low-carb lunches? Our medical team defines high-protein lunches as having at least 30 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 25% of total calories per meal.

Some of these high-protein lunch recipes are best prepared in advance and some can be assembled on the go. Here are our top 10 high-protein lunch ideas for weight loss.

1. Keto bacon cheeseburger wraps

Our juicy cheeseburger wraps are quick, inexpensive, and loaded with all of the best cheeseburger flavors. 58 grams of protein

2. Keto mini-quiche with ham

Delicious for breakfast, brunch, or lunch! Crispy prosciutto is the perfect protein-packed crust, filled with a creamy egg, mascarpone cheese, and chives on top. 32 grams of protein

3. Chicken and zucchini curry soup

Make a double batch of this bright, fresh, low-carb soup. Tender chicken and crispy zucchini are the stars of this coconut-infused dish. 45 grams of protein

4. Italian chicken with basil and olives

This cold chicken dish is marinated in a flavorful dressing together with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. It will have you dreaming that you’re lunching on a sunny terrace in Italy. 47 grams of protein

5. Keto baked eggs

A perfect protein, low-carb marriage of eggs and beef. Whip up this tasty gem anytime—breakfast, lunch or dinner—and dig in. 41 grams of protein

6. Smoked salmon with avocado

This simple no-cook keto plate is bursting with flavor and protein to help you power through your day. 31 grams of protein

7. Keto lobster bisque

An elegant yet easy-to-prepare hot soup with tasty lobster chunks. Always better the next day, just reheat and enjoy. 33 grams of protein

8. Keto garlic and sesame prawns

This delicious umami dish brings an infusion of Asian flavors and takes just minutes to prepare. 34 grams of protein

9. High-protein turkey burger

Losing weight has never been more pleasurable! This protein-packed keto burger will keep you satisfied for hours. Enjoy it for lunch, breakfast, or dinner. 59 grams of protein

10. Sheet pan sesame chicken with cauliflower rice

This sheet pan sesame chicken is flavorful, family-friendly, and comes together in 30 minutes. 36 grams of protein

Easy high-protein dinners

Whether you’re cooking for one or a family, we have dozens of healthy, high-protein low-carb dinner ideas for you.

Each of these high-protein dinner recipes has been created specifically by Diet Doctor’s Recipe Team to ensure that you have a well-rounded dinner, full of satiating protein, healthy fats, filling fiber, and of course, low in carbs.

What are high-protein, low-carb dinners? Our medical team defines high-protein dinners as having at least 30 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 30% of total calories per meal.

Enjoy our top 10 high-protein dinner recipes for healthy weight loss.

1. Keto Caprese chicken

Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this Caprese chicken. It has all the fresh and light flavors of summer but it’s a winner all year-round. 52 grams of protein

2. Low-carb “Gumbalaya”

There’s gumbo and then there’s jambalaya, but we’ve taken the best bits from both and it’s delicious. 36 grams of protein

3. Cod loin with browned butter

Cod loin with horseradish and browned butter, a Swedish classic appreciated worldwide. 33 grams of protein

4. Low-carb chicken parmesan

Chicken parmesan is a classic, so moist and so full of flavor. Our low-carb version skips the breading without sacrificing flavor. 64 grams of protein

5. Italian chicken parmesan with cabbage pasta

A simple, creamy chicken parmesan dinner with the added tang of sundried and regular tomatoes. 46 grams of protein

6. Pork tenderloin with olive tapenade

Pork tenderloin, when cooked right, is tender and juicy with maximum flavor. This olive tapenade takes this dish to the next level. 32 grams of protein

7. Baked salmon with spinach and egg

Baking fish in a parchment packet is a simple technique for a quick dinner. We’ve baked our fresh salmon with spinach and egg for a colorful keto result. 38 grams of protein

8. High-protein crack chicken

It’s no surprise that this fuss-free and hearty Keto crack chicken has gone viral. The classic combination of cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon is always a hit. 50 grams of protein

9. Air fryer Moroccan chicken with vegetables

Chicken thighs and flavorful vegetables are marinated in Moroccan spices and cooked together in the air fryer. Served with a cool Tzatziki yogurt sauce, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights. 52 grams of protein

10. Keto sheet pan fajitas

Sheet pan meals are so easy and require minimal clean-up. Delicious chicken fajitas are no exception. Just slice, mix, spread, and into the oven it goes. 40 grams protein

High-protein desserts

Yes, you can enjoy also enjoy a high-protein dessert on a low-carb, high-protein diet.

What are high-protein, low-carb desserts? Our medical team defines high-protein desserts as having a protein percentage of at least 25% of total calories per dessert.

1. Protein strawberry vanilla mug cake

This high-protein dessert takes less than 5 minutes to make and tastes like vanilla custard mixed with sweet strawberries. 19 grams of protein

2. High protein low-carb angel food cake

Light and flavorful because of the whipped egg whites. Enjoy it plain or top it with berries, fresh cream, lemon curd, or our milk chocolate sauce. 12 grams of protein

3. Luscious lime high-protein smoothie

Whip up our simple, high-protein lime smoothie in mere minutes for a fresh treat. 20 grams of protein

4. Quick low-carb frozen yogurt

This healthy, instant frozen yogurt is the perfect sugar-free dessert. This ice cream takes you less than 5 minutes to prepare. 4 grams of protein

5. Cinnamon chaffles with maple cream cheese

Warm, softly spiced with cinnamon, these keto chaffles are topped with a deliciously creamy, sweet maple cream cheese. 19 grams of protein

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