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22 Low Carb High Protein Meals to Make a Healthy Diet More Fun

Trying to stick to a healthy diet can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be boring! These 22 high-protein low-carb recipes are both delicious and satisfying.
22 Low Carb High Protein Meals to Make a Healthy Diet More Fun
22 Low Carb High Protein Meals to Make a Healthy Diet More Fun
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Counting carbs and calories can feel like a full-time job, but it doesn't have to be. With a bit of creativity, you can make delicious and healthy meals that fit your dietary restrictions.

We have put together 22 low-carb, high-protein recipes to help you stick to your diet without feeling bored or deprived.

15 High Protein Low Carb Foods

Maintaining a low-carb, high-protein diet can help maintain a healthy weight and control blood sugar levels. While a low-carb diet may benefit one's health, it might be difficult to keep the meals versatile and satisfying.

To make a low-carb diet more sustainable it's good to plan your meals around a healthy main ingredient rich in protein.

Here is a list of 15 high-protein foods:
(*protein content according to USDA


  1. Chicken Breast
    3 oz. (85 grams) of cooked chicken breast contains 31 grams of protein.

  2. Lean Beef
    3 oz. (85 grams) of cooked beef tenderloin contains 20 grams of protein.

  3. Salmon
    3 oz. (85 grams) of raw salmon contains 17 grams of protein.

  4. Eggs
    1 large egg contains 6 grams of protein.

  5. Cottage Cheese
    1 cup (225 grams) of cottage cheese contains 25 grams of protein.

  6. Lentils
    1 cup (200 grams) of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein.

  7. Tofu
    1/2 cup (125 grams) of tofu contains 10 grams of protein.

  8. Shrimp
    3 oz. (85 grams) of cooked shrimp contain 20 grams of protein.

  9. Scallops
    3 oz. (85 grams) of cooked scallops contain 17 grams of protein.

  10. Tuna
    3 oz. (85 grams) of cooked yellowfin tuna contain 25 grams of protein.

  11. Halibut
    4 oz. (100 grams) of cooked halibut contains 15 grams of protein.

  12. Edamame
    1 cup (155 grams) of cooked edamame contains 17 grams of protein.

  13. Mozzarella
    4 oz. (100 grams) of whole milk mozzarella contain 22 grams of protein.

  14. Black Beans
    1 cup (170 grams) of cooked black beans contains 15 grams of protein.

  15. Peanut Butter
    2 tbsp. (32 grams) of peanut butter contain 8 grams of protein.


Note: Please remember that everything is good in moderation, and everyone should include healthy carbs from fruits, vegetables, and grains.

1. Low-Carb Chicken Pan Pizza

MAIN DISHCHICKEN

Chicken Pan Pizza

A Fork's Tale

If you crave pizza, you will love this Chicken Pan Pizza Recipe! It has all the benefits of a pizza minus the carbs of a crust! This chicken pan pizza recipe is tasty, low-carb, loaded with protein, and perfect for a hearty dinner.

2. Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Artichoke Pesto

LUNCHSIDE DISH

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Artichoke Pesto

Chef'd

This stuffed chicken recipe is super easy to make! It's full of lean protein from the chicken breast, healthy fats and nutty flavor from the walnuts, and delicious crunchy fiber from the green beans.

3. Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

APPETIZERSBEEF

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

Picture The Recipe

A fun, easy, and adaptable recipe for pan-seared steak rolls stuffed with veggies and topped with a delicious balsamic glaze steak sauce.

4. Classic Meatloaf with Sautéed Kale

MAIN DISHBUDGET-FRIENDLY

Classic Meatloaf with Sautéed Kale

StreetSmart Kitchen

Ground beef is a fantastic source of protein, and there is a great number of delicious recipes to make with it.

This classic meatloaf recipe is easy and delicious; it's paired with refreshing kale sauté for a well-balanced meal for a workday dinner!

5. Feta Mint Lamb Burgers

KETODINNER

Feta Mint Lamb Burgers

SideChef

Take your burger game to the next level with these delicious patties, made with a beef and lamb mix, fresh mint, and stuffed full of tangy feta cheese.

These feta lamb burgers taste amazing, wrapped in fresh and crispy lettuce.

6. Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Kimchi

HEALTHYLUNCH

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Kimchi

StreetSmart Kitchen

Easy and fun lettuce wraps featuring Korean-style grilled ground beef patties and spicy kimchi.

7. Avocado and Salmon Salad

SALADHEALTHY

Avocado and Salmon Salad

Healthy Laura

Quick and easy avocado and salmon salad recipe that comes together in 10 minutes! It is low-carb, high-protein, and very satisfying. Perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner.

8. Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce

LUNCHDINNER

Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce

Candid Appetite

These salmon cakes are a perfect appetizer for any meal. The great thing is that you can make them into larger patties and serve them as a main course alongside a tossed salad and roasted vegetables or make these into burger-sized portions and slather the creamy dill sauce onto lettuce leaves to make delicious low-carb salmon burgers.

Feel free to leave out the flour or swap it for a low-carb alternative or keto-friendly bread crumbs.

9. Lox, Dill and Goat Cheese Yogurt Omelette

BREAKFASTBRUNCH

Lox, Dill and Goat Cheese Yogurt Omelette

What Jew Wanna Eat

This deliciously inventive omelet recipe combines goat cheese, lox, and dill. Packed with healthy nutrients and full of flavor, this low-carb meal is sure to satisfy.

10. Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet

BREAKFASTBRUNCH

Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet

SideChef

Hearty, low-carb, AND one-skillet?? Check, check and check. This delicious Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet recipe replaces the traditional potato you’d typically find in a hash with cauliflower, then tops it with some runny eggs and crunchy diced bacon.

11. Stir Fried Eggs, Prawns and Tomatoes

LUNCHDINNER

Stir Fried Eggs, Prawns and Tomatoes

Anncoo Journal

Packed with healthy protein from eggs and prawns, this quick and easy low-carb stir fry recipe will not disappoint you!

12. Instant Pot Lentil Gumbo

HEALTHYDINNER

Instant Pot Lentil Gumbo

Cotter Crunch

This vegan lentil gumbo recipe comes together quickly and easily in the instant pot! A wholesome, flavorful dinner that feeds a crowd. Rich in plant-based protein, this gumbo is filling and nourishing with the addition of lentils!

13. Pan-fried Tofu with Egg and Chive

SIDE DISHBUDGET-FRIENDLY

Pan-fried Tofu with Egg and Chive

China Sichuan Food

This is a traditional Chinese dish you won't find in a typical Chinese restaurant in the US, and it is so worth trying!

14. Zucchini Noodles with White Wine Shrimps

KETOLUNCH

Zucchini Noodles with White Wine Shrimps

The Fit Mediterranean

This dish is simple, very healthy (as it brings veggies, good fats from the oil, and lean proteins from the shrimps), and takes less than 20 minutes to make.

15. Chicken Meatball Zoodles

PASTAHEALTHY

Chicken Meatball Zoodles

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This chicken meatball zoodle soup is an incredibly flavorful and satisfying low-carb meal!

16. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

LUNCHMAIN DISH

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Wok & Skillet

The popular bacon-wrapped shrimp dish tastes even better homemade.

17. Grilled Cilantro Lime Scallops

LUNCHDINNER

Grilled Cilantro Lime Scallops

CaribbeanPot

Scallops are virtually carb-free and oh so delicious! They are super easy to make and only require 15 minutes of your time!

18. Spanish Tuna with Peppers and Onions

LUNCHDINNER

The Ultimate Spanish Tuna with Peppers and Onions

Spain on a Fork

Nothing is better than a simple dish packed with flavors and done in under 30 minutes. This Spanish Tuna with Peppers and Onions is just that. It is made with everyday ingredients, beyond easy to make, and done in a jiffy—the perfect dish for a busy weeknight or weekend lunch.

19. Blackened Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

DINNERPESCATARIAN

Blackened Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

SideChef

There is a fine line between blackened and ‘burnt.’ If you’re skeptical about blackened food, this is the recipe to change your mind! The charred fish has a herby fragrance full of caramelized sweetness with a kick at the end.

Paired with a smooth, lemony butter sauce to balance out the spiciness. You can substitute halibut with any fish of your choice. Catfish, trout, or salmon will all taste great with this magical blackened seasoning mix!

20. Roasted Wild Salmon with Edamame Cauliflower Rice

HEALTHYDINNER

Roasted Wild Salmon with Edamame Cauliflower Rice

The Fit Mediterranean

Paleo low-carb one-pot recipe that’s ideal for a family dinner. High in protein and fiber, it makes a healthy and filling meal!

21. Low Carb, Keto-Friendly Garlic Bread

APPETIZERSSIDE DISH

Easy Garlic Bread

Nicko's Kitchen

This low-carb Garlic Bread recipe is low-carb and filled with protein from mozzarella and cream cheese - a fantastic healthy snack dipped in marinara sauce that will help you keep to your low-carb diet and not give in to the cravings!

22. Low-Carb High Protein Breakfast Burrito

HEALTHYBREAKFAST

Easy Breakfast Burrito

The Skinny Fork

An 'inside-out' breakfast burrito that's low-carb and keto-friendly. The eggs are used as a wrap for all the breakfast goodness of bacon, salsa, cheese, and turkey too!

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