Recipes for a Low-Carb BBQ

A summer night with a cool breeze… the warm sun still up… and the scent of steak or chicken on the grill… Quintessential summer magic, and barbecuing takes center stage. Work ahead on these sides and dishes, and your summer celebrations will go off without a hitch.

Make July 4th, or any special summer night, low-carb or keto AND delicious with this collection of recipes for cookouts. Inspiration, here we come!


If you can, get your family and friends to lend a hand. Sharing the workload makes it faster, and the company makes it more fun. Most of the sides, dips and sauces featured here can be made a day early and pulled out just in time for your guests. The food that will be cooked on the grill can be seasoned in advance.

For the best results take the food out of the fridge about an hour before placing it on the grill. If it is room temperature before it hits the grill, you should get more even cooking and better results.

Side dishes

Pick and choose among low-carb friendly vegetables, preferably those in season. Serve them “as is” or enjoy inspiration for how you can prepare them, below.

Dips and sauces

You don’t need to make or buy any sauces at all when eating low carb or keto. A dollop of butter with a little sea salt sprinkled on top or good quality mayonnaise will do the trick without much fuss. Check out our guide on fats and sauces for more information.

If you feel like going the extra mile and serving delicious condiments, we have the recipes you need right here.

Marinades and seasonings

A marinade can consist of just about anything, but a rule of thumb is that it has some sort of acid to help the flavors penetrate the meat. Start by choosing a seasoning of your liking. Check out our DIY spice blends for inspiration, add a few tablespoons of vinegar, lemon juice or wine and slightly more good quality oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil or ghee.

Make your own signature marinade by experimenting with chili, garlic, Dijon mustard or your own local spices. The longer you let you meat marinate, the more tender and flavourful it gets.

And how about salt? We believe you get the best results adding it about 45 minutes before cooking, about the same time you take your meat out of the fridge. That way, the meat gets the flavor from the salt, and the juices that accumulate on top have a chance to reabsorb. You can also add salt just before cooking; that works great too.


If you’re planning to put large, thick pieces of meat or poultry on the grill, we recommend precooking it in a slow cooker first. That way, you’ll know it’s cooked through (especially important with poultry and pork) but still juicy and tender. And by tossing it quickly on the grill, you get a slightly charred surface and lovely flavor.

Meat and poultry

Pick your favorite source of protein and don’t be afraid to try new cuts of beef, lamp, pork, game or poultry.

Fish and seafood

These are delicate sources of protein, but nonetheless delicious for a barbecue. If overcooked, fish and seafood have a tendency to get dry. Keep an careful eye on fish and seafood when grilling, and remember that they continue to cook for a while after you’ve taken them of the grill.


Who can resist a juicy burger straight from the grill? Make a low-carb bun or leave the bun out all together. Wrapping your patty and toppings in a lettuce leaf is a great way to enjoy a burger without the carbs


You don’t need meat to enjoy a great barbecue. Placing vegetables or different kinds of frying cheese on the grill works just as well. Pair them with a nice dip and you’re good to go.

Last minute details

There are a few things that make all the difference when serving grilled meat. Be sure to let it rest for at least 10 minutes after taking it from the flame. This allows the juices to distribute evenly throughout the cut of meat. This holds true for all kinds of grilled meats and poultry. If you’re cooking a larger piece and want to cut it up before serving, try to cut it at an angle, against the grain. This makes the meat much more tender and pleasant to eat.


Fruit is nature’s candy; if you’re avoiding sugar then enjoy it only in moderation and on special occasions. Check out our guide on low-carb fruit to help you make informed choices about which sweet treats to choose.


For even more ideas on what to eat, please see all of our low-carb recipes

For more information about low-carb and keto diets, check out our guides:

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  1. Nidhi
    Is there a vegetarian diet for keto/lchf? I'm looking to start monthly membership for diet plans and i just wanted to confirm if there is option for pure vegetarians?
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  2. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Nidhi!

    For vegetarians, Yes.
    For vegans, No.

    Is there a vegetarian diet for keto/lchf? I'm looking to start monthly membership for diet plans and i just wanted to confirm if there is option for pure vegetarians?

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