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.

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Will a high-protein low-carb diet help me lose weight?

Are you working hard to lose weight, but not seeing the results that you had hoped for? A high-protein, low-carb diet can be a highly effective method to reach your goals.

The logic is simple: Eat fewer carbs and simultaneously keep your protein intake high so that you feel fuller, longer. Protein also provides more essential nutrients per calorie than fat or carbohydrates.

The power of protein

Video You can also listen to our podcast, The Power of Protein. In this conversation, we unpack the science behind protein and satiety, weight loss, muscle and bone health, and longevity.

There’s good evidence to support a faster rate of weight loss when people go on a high-protein low-carb diet compared to other popular diets. To learn more about high-protein low-carb diets for weight loss, read our medically reviewed guide, “Studies show high-protein diets are better for fat loss.”

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Beginner high-protein recipes – 10 min or less

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 30% 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 20 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 20% of total calories per meal.

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

1. Classic bacon and eggs

A classic high-protein keto breakfast. Prepare the eggs any way you like. 33 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. Scrambled eggs with spinach and smoked salmon

A lightning-fast keto scramble with sophisticated flavors. 25 grams of protein

4. Keto chaffles

This gluten-free keto chaffle recipe, made with eggs and almond flour, is the perfect base for creative toppings. 20 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 breakfast tapas

Go for the best quality cheeses, cold cuts, and veggies, and you will have a stunning keto spread in no time. 24 grams of protein

9. Smoked salmon sandwich on spiced pumpkin bread

Smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs on spiced pumpkin bread. It’s a culinary match made in heaven. 22 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 30% 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 at least 10 grams of protein and a protein percentage of at least 15% of total calories per dessert.

1. High-protein peanut butter brownies

This is the ultimate high-protein and low-carb treat. Rich and decadent, but also healthy! Light and moist brownie with crunchy peanut butter swirls. 11 grams of protein

2. Swedish high-protein cheesecake

This protein-packed, low-carb version of the Swedish cheesecake is creamy and crunchy from the chopped almonds. Served with a sugar-free strawberry jam. 15 grams of protein

3. Creamy high-protein “rice” pudding

With just a few superstar ingredients, you can have an amazing low-carb version of the classic rice pudding. 11 grams of protein

4. Blueberry chaffles

These keto waffles “chaffles” have a hint of vanilla and a pop of sweet blueberry. They make a light and fluffy dessert that all will love. 13 grams of protein

5. Ricotta and lemon pancakes

Low-carb coconut flour pancakes fluff up and buff up by adding ricotta cheese. With hints of lemon, there’s no need for syrup. 12 grams of protein

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