Keto shepherd's pie

Keto shepherd’s pie

A traditional savory classic from the English countryside, without the unnecessary carbs. You can't go wrong with our keto version of this cozy casserole. The creamy mashed cauliflower and cheese combo is irresistible... and you know it!

Keto shepherd’s pie

A traditional savory classic from the English countryside, without the unnecessary carbs. You can't go wrong with our keto version of this cozy casserole. The creamy mashed cauliflower and cheese combo is irresistible... and you know it!
4 servingservings


Cauliflower mash
  • 1½ lbs 650 g cauliflower
  • ½ cup 125 ml crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • 3 oz. 75 g butter, melted
  • ½ ½ leek, finely choppedleeks, finely chopped
  • 5 oz. 150 g cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper
Minced lamb
  • 1¾ lbs 800 g ground lamb or ground pork
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp tabasco
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp butter, for frying


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Clean and cut the cauliflower into smaller florets. You can also use frozen cauliflower. Cook in lightly salted water until soft. Drain thoroughly. Mash the cauliflower with a hand mixer or food processor.
  3. Mix in crème fraîche or sour cream, egg, butter, leek and half of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fry the ground meat in butter. Add the sauces and the spices.
  5. Spread the meat out in an oven-proof dish and cover with the cauliflower mash. Top with the rest of the cheese and maybe some extra butter.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until it gets a nice golden color.
  7. Serve with leafy greens or as is.


Feel free to make a bigger batch at once. You can divide them in smaller portions, freeze and just grab a portion when you don't have enough time to cook or you want to have a ready-made delicious lunchbox for work.

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  1. Steve
    I don’t get your grams to ml conversions? 1g is pretty much equal to 1ml but in this recipe it’s halved?
    Reply: #3
  2. Mariane
    I love this recipe, I have made it a few times and it is delicious!
    Reply: #4
    If you put a solid into something that weighs a liquid in mL like a glass measuring cup for example, it is going to take up more space than if it were a liquid. That is my guess. You're measuring the VOLUME in mL vs the MASS in grams. This is used in this instance because people commonly have measuring utensils in mL but not necessarily in grams. A gram of cheese may not be equal to 100mL of volume.
  4. Pat
    Just made this for the first time, it was a winner with all the family
  5. Sip
    Two tablespoons of worcestershire sauce: 12gr carbs there. I don't think you need it here.
  6. Paul
    But it’s 4 servings. 3 grams of carb per serving from the sauce. Well worth the flavor boost from the whatsthishere sauce. Unless ones goal is zero carbs, I think this is an acceptable amount of carbs. But we all have different needs.
  7. Dana
    This was SOOOO good! I added a little bit of onion and garlic in with the meat (I used hamburger). Other than that I followed to a 't' and it's a keeper!
  8. Andrea
    this was just OK, for us. We used ground turkey, that may be why it was a little dry.
    Reply: #13
  9. Gil
    Made it tonight...FANTASTIC
  10. Maggie
    Brilliant cold weather comfort food...with all of the full on taste...and low carb...we loved it
  11. Jane
    I make a version of this where I don't mash the cauli, but simply us tender florets to make a full-on chunky cauiflower cheese which I then use as a topping, over a really savoury mince mix. Delicious!
  12. Shirley Snow
    Wow! Excellent, I switched out the Leek for spinach and it was amazing. Loved it! Thanks!
  13. Savana
    Yes, I find turkey to be a terrible substitute for beef. The flavor is just gross to me. My sister loves it and I can always tell when she subs it as it ruins the taste of the dish.
  14. Melanie
    A big winner. This will always be in my freezer. A great winter warmer.
  15. Agha
    Made this tonight, I mixed pork and turkey since I did not have enough of either, added leftover celery and spinach to the meat, and leftover broccoli to the cauliflower mash, so it was green but still tasted great! Will make again.
  16. Tim
    Used two pounds of beef, because I couldn't find lamb, I usually use half beef and half lamb, which I think is technically a "cottage pie." Added a pound and a half of mushrooms (crimini, shitake and white button) and a large shallot, plus about a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. Just a hint of worcestershire and I sacrificed some carbs with a small can of well-drained diced tomatoes. Added beef concentrate, beef broth and thickened it with xanthum gum.

    I made more of a souffle with the cauliflower, 3 eggs, three egg whites, subbed my part cream homemade greek yogurt for the sour cream (it's more like lebneh), 8 ounces cheddar and about a cup of Trader Joe's parm cheese. Added two tablespoons of coconut flour and 1/2 teaspoon of xanthum.

    Baked for 40 minutes at 400F.

    Probably a bit higher carb with the shallot and tomato, but higher protein from the extra eggs and cheese. I bodybuild, so my macros are much higher protein than normal keto.

    Delicious, will increase the coconut flour to four tablespoons and the xanthum to 3/4 tsp.

  17. Mish
    Made this with ground beef which is the correct meat for a cottage pie. If you use lamb then it is a shepherds pie.
  18. Linda
    I absolutely love this recipe! The mince is so tasty with the sauces and the mash is unbelievable with the chopped up leek in it. A new favourite in our house!! Real British flavours which might not be to everyone's taste. I guess that's why the rating is not as high as it deserves...
  19. Kay
    April 6

    Made this tonight for dinner, left out the tabasco sauce cause don't like anything hot. It was absolutely delicious
    Differently a keeper. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Res
    Made this for my meal prep. It actually tasted like a Shepherd's/cottage pie. I'm not fussed on what it is just as long as it tastes good. I don't like cauliflower but you can't taste it in this recipe. Now I'll be buying more cauliflower.

    Thank you for this recipe. I now have another to add to my Keto meal list.

  21. Angel
    We made this 2 nights ago and it was REALLY good and very filling/satisfying! My husband even liked it and he doesn't eat veggies. We did decide to mix hamburger with the lamb to tone down the gaminess which we were both concerned about and we couldn't tell it had lamb in it at all. I also had it last night as leftovers and it reheats great, just as good as when it was fresh. We will DEFINITELY be making this again.
  22. Pam
    Isnt this a bit high in sugar with worcester sauces added in, as most sauces have hidden sugars ??
    Reply: #23
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Isnt this a bit high in sugar with worcester sauces added in, as most sauces have hidden sugars ??

    Those carb counts are included in the 10g net carbs for the whole dish. There are recipes available online if you wish to make your own worcestershire sauce.

  24. purichan
    This turned out so well! I recommend using a 9x13 size pan to cook it in. My pan is 2.5” high and the ingredients filled up the pan completely! (I used just an extra half pound of cauliflower and 14/lb of pork. I know this sounds HUGE but remember the cauliflower rice has very few calories.

    I think the only thing I will do differently next time is to add half of an onion to the pork when browning it, it would add a nice touch.

  25. HeatherB
    I enjoyed this a lot and didn't miss the vegetables typically included in the meat mixture. I did think the meat mixture was a bit over seasoned so next time, I might decrease the soy or worcestershire slightly. This will definitely go in my rotation.
  26. Shirley Devlin
    Wow! Really delicious! I used half ground pork and half ground lamb. The combination of the Worcestershire and the tamari was amazing. Actually I used coconut aminos since I didn't have tamari, but no worries!
  27. Emily
    Tip: Let the meat mixture cool before adding on the cauliflower mash.
  28. Sally
    I liked this - the taste was good. And I used whole cauliflower and made it more cauliflower cheese on top which pleased no. 2 son. However, I missed a gravy with the meat, there was a lot of fat so maybe I'll add xanthan gum to thicken a little. We had peas on the side. I know, I know, before anyone says anything :). But definitely a keep and I will be doing again.
  29. Daniela
    One of my favourites on the whole site! So delicious - I could not tell the difference from mashed potatoes.
  30. Amy Giddins
    Can you use Beef Mince for this?
    Reply: #31
  31. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Can you use Beef Mince for this?

    Yes, that would be fine.

  32. Anna
    When I followed these instructions for the cauliflower mash it turned out way less thick than it should have been and it tasted like all sour cream. I had to add another 12 oz bag of cauliflower to fix it and it still wasn't amazing, but it worked. Anybody know what I could have done wrong here?
  33. Jane D
    This came out really well - very tasty and extremely filling. Mine was 13g carbs per portion and a bit lower on calories, but I didn’t need another meal that day (just coffee), as it was so filling. Made some extra for the freezer too.
  34. Jess
    Anna same happened to me, turned out to be very very sloppy and wet with overwhelming sour cream taste, had to add lots more cauliflower and still was too sloppy

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