But that’s not true. There are plenty of keto-approved, low-carb appetizers you can make for the next game, event, or office potluck that will keep you in fat-burning mode and on track with your weight loss or health goals.
Here are some of the best ideas for keto appetizers.
What Appetizer Foods Should I Have On Hand?Making appetizers shouldn’t be a huge hassle. Keep things bite-sized, simple, and tasty so you can minimize prep time and clean-up.
Here are some “staple” keto appetizer items to have on hand. They are the kinds of foods you can’t go wrong with serving before a meal, and will be enjoyed by everyone, whether or not they’re keto. Plus, they’re versatile and can go in many different appetizers, side dishes, or desserts.
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, etc.)
- Peppers (bell peppers or spicy peppers, like jalapeños)
- All things coconut (coconut oil, coconut flakes, coconut flour for baked goods)
- Crunchy vegetables (celery, radish, zucchini, etc.)
Keto Appetizers That Keep You In KetosisHere are some keto appetizer recipes for your next gathering.
Delicious Keto DipsDips are perfect for keto appetizers. There are plenty of keto-friendly dip options out there, but these recipes below are our favorites. Dipping vessels we love include low-carb veggies (celery, cucumber, bell peppers), low-carb crackers, and cheese crisps.
GuacamoleThe first thing that comes to mind for keto dips is Guacamole. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy fats and packed with vitamins C, E, K, and B6, along with other trace nutrients.
Our guacamole recipe uses olive oil to increase the fat-to-carb ratio. A simple combination of onions, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice and spices, and you’re good to go. Start to finish, this recipe only takes ten minutes.
You’ll have to ditch the chips for this if you want to stay in ketosis. Cheese crisps like Keto Crisps are a tasty substitute with a savory crunch. You can also use cucumbers, celery, or carrots.
Spinach DipOur Spinach Dip recipe is also simple. Combine Parmesan cheese and spices then bake it for 25 minutes. Keto spinach dip is an amazing comfort food dish during cold weather get-togethers.
Buffalo Chicken DipThis Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe combines juicy chicken thighs with shredded cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and hot sauce. Serve it with carrot and celery sticks, which provide a refreshing complement to the spicy dip.
Tasty Keto Hors D'oeuvresHors d’oeuvres (pronounced “or-dervs”) are a traditional part of European cuisine. They’re the “starter,” a small dish or offering before the meal, which makes them perfect for keto appetizers.
Jalapeño PoppersCream cheese stuffed into jalapeño peppers, then wrapped with bacon. Enough said. These Jalapeño Poppers are so easy to make and fun to eat. Feel free to customize it with different cheeses if you desire.
Bacon Deviled EggsOur Bacon Deviled Eggs recipe gets a crispy taste boost from bacon. You’ll need to hard boil the eggs first and let them cool, but the rest of your prep is under 20 minutes. They’re as easy as they are tasty.
Sausage-Stuffed MushroomsCombine mushrooms with Italian sausage, add cheese and spices, and you’ve got a pre-game snack sure to win over keto and non-keto dieters alike.
Our Stuffed Mushrooms take 15-20 minutes plus prep time. Cook the sausage through and wait until the mushrooms are nice and tender.
Nutritious Keto SaladsYou might be used to eating salads for meals if you’ve been following the keto diet. But salads are also a great appetizer for staying in ketosis when you’re hosting. And they don’t have to be super fancy, either.
Some of our keto salad recipes are written as appetizers, while some recipes are written for meals. You can always adapt the latter to smaller bowls so your guests still have room for dinner.
Here are some of our favorite salad ideas.
Taco SaladThis Taco Salad recipe uses ground beef, spices, lettuce, tomato, avocados, and cheese. Serve it with sour cream and salsa, along with a tangy homemade balsamic vinegar vinaigrette. For “croutons,” toss in a handful of cheesy and crunchy Keto Crisps.
Kale Chicken Caesar SaladOur Kale Chicken Caesar Salad is a nutrient-packed recipe that features a delicious homemade Caesar dressing. It uses anchovies, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, parsley, and fresh lemon juice.
Cucumber SaladHow about a fresh Cucumber Salad with feta cheese before the main course? This refreshing recipe is packed with detoxifying and anti-inflammatory ingredients, plus it’s super easy to make.
Protein-Packed AppetizersRounding out our list of appetizer ideas is something all keto dieters are familiar with: protein. Protein helps rebuild and grow muscle, skin, and hair, plus helps regulate your metabolism.
Because protein also has a satiating effect (it makes you feel full), offering your guests a little meat before the meal might make the evening more enjoyable for everyone. But keep these appetizers small so people still have room for dinner.
Italian MeatballsItalian Meatballs are always a hit. Our recipe skips the breadcrumbs and uses flaxseed, cheese, and egg to bind it together. Serve on a large platter with toothpicks. So easy and delicious!
Lamb Kofta MeatballsSend your taste buds on an adventure with these tender and juicy Lamb Kofta Meatballs. They’re seasoned with turmeric, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon, plus fresh garlic and mint. And they’re served with a creamy cucumber-mint yogurt sauce made with olive oil, plain Greek yogurt, mint, cumin, and cucumber.
Instant Pot Keto Chicken WingsThese Instant Pot Keto Chicken Wings yield fall-off-the-bone wings drenched in a buttery hot sauce. They’re very easy to make and contain zero carbs!
Keto Appetizers For The Win!It’s much easier to make lifestyle changes stick when you don’t restrict yourself. Instead of deciding you can’t host or attend parties because you are following the keto diet, use some of these keto appetizer ideas to celebrate your decision and show people that you’re not missing out on great tasting food.
The beauty of all of the recipes above is that they’re also enjoyed by carb lovers!
Check out the KetoLogic recipe page for more tasty low-carb entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more.