12 Restaurant-Inspired Keto International Recipes

12 Restaurant-Inspired Keto International Recipes
Craving your favorite international cuisine but can't get takeout or delivery?

Looking for an awesome low-carb recipe to make that'll spice up the dinner menu?

Good news: we’ve got you covered. 

Not being able to eat at restaurants and being on the keto diet don't have to be hindrances. With just a few modifications, you can enjoy Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and Indian food right at home. 

And you can still eat low-carb!

Below we'll share 12 restaurant-inspired keto international recipes you can make in your own kitchen.

Growing Popularity of Global Cuisine

First, here's a fascinating stat for you: sale of global foods through grocery stores and restaurants is more than $12 billion each year in America [1].

In this cultural melting pot, it's safe to say that many of us enjoy international foods. We might be up for standard "American" fare like burgers from time to time, but we clearly love our Mexican, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European cuisine as well.

And contrary to popular belief, you can still eat all these foods on a keto diet if you just make a few modifications.

Keto Guidelines for International Cuisine

Keto dieters aim to eat a maximum of 50 grams of net carbohydrates per day [2]. This means any food you eat, international or not, is going to be higher in fats and proteins. 

It'll also help to cook foods that are high in fiber, because that can help offset your carb count (the amount of fiber in food helps determine the number of net carbs).

Here are some guidelines you can follow to make sure you're sticking to your nutrition plan.

Italian Cuisine

What to avoid:
  • Pasta
  • Bread crumbs
  • Pizza
What is keto-friendly:
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes and tomato sauces (sugar-free)
  • Italian sausage 
  • Garlic

Mexican Cuisine

What to avoid:
  • Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Tortilla chips 
  • Beans
What is keto-friendly:
  • Low-carb tortillas (made with coconut flour)
  • Meat (chicken, beef, fish, shrimp)
  • Guacamole
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa / Pico de gallo 
  • Most likely any type of "bowl" recipe (take away the tortilla and rice and the rest of the ingredients should be good!)
  • Most types of mexican salads (avoid tortilla strips, corn, and beans)

Chinese Cuisine

What to avoid:
  • Rice (substitute riced cauliflower instead; see #10 below)
  • Noodles (lo mein, chow fun, mei fun, etc.)
  • Scallion pancakes 
  • Steamed buns 
  • Appetizers (dumplings, egg rolls, crab rangoons, wontons, etc.)
  • Sauces with sugar or corn starch (better to make your own from scratch)
  • Anything breaded or battered
What is keto-friendly:
  • General Tso's chicken (see recipe #9 below)
  • Low-carb veggies
  • Meats (beef, chicken, pork, seafood)
  • Fried wings

Indian Cuisine 

What to avoid:
  • Rice 
  • Naan 
  • Samosas
What is keto-friendly:
  • Curries
  • Most soups
  • Grilled dishes (meat and veggie pairings)

Japanese Cuisine 

What to avoid:
  • Sushi 
  • Noodles (udon, ramen, etc.)
  • Rice 
  • Teriyaki sauce 
What is keto-friendly:
  • Sashimi 
  • Barbecued or grilled meats
  • Soups (clear broths with veggies; made without noodles)

International Keto Recipes 

You don’t need to go to a restaurant to get your fix of Italian, Mexican, Chinese, or Indian cuisine. Instead, send your taste buds around the world by making these keto-friendly international recipes at home. 

1. Chicken Piccata 

chicken piccata

Skip the breading and up the healthy fats, and this classic Italian dish becomes a keto superstar. There are less than 4 grams of carbs per serving, 39 grams of fat, and almost 30 grams of protein. 

Not only is it low-carb, it's also gluten-free and grain-free. 

2. Eggplant Lasagna

Many people don't cook eggplant because they don't know how to prepare it correctly. That'll change once you try this eggplant lasagna, which uses the firm veggie in place of pasta.

Made with delicious ricotta cheese and Italian sausage, it's the perfect dish to make and eat for days because of how well it reheats. 

3. Chicken Enchiladas 


These chicken enchiladas use low-carb tortillas but you can skip them and enjoy this dish as a casserole to further minimize the carb count. If you're craving Mexican food, this is one of our go-to keto recipes. It's packed with veggies, has 4 grams of fiber per serving, and 26 grams of protein.

4. Taco Salad

Mexican food is pretty easy to modify for the keto diet—just remove the shell or tortilla and you're pretty much good to go. 

You'll find all the other classic taco ingredients in this recipe: ground beef, onions, salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc. Simply put them over a bed of romaine lettuce and dig in!

5. Thai Shrimp Curry 

If you're craving something a little sweet and spicy, you're going to love this Thai shrimp curry recipe. It's made with yellow and green curry along with fresh ginger, fish sauce, and soy sauce.

And with only 8 grams of net carbs per serving, you can make a big batch all at once without worrying about going overboard.

6. Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Yes, you read it correctly. Maybe not a traditional recipe, but our keto Pad Thai recipe uses Shirataki noodles, which help keep net carbs to only 6 grams per serving. Might sound too good to be true, but it's not! 

7. Lamb Kofta Meatballs

Kofta is a family of meatball and meatloaf dishes that's popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Mint, onion, garlic, turmeric, and ginger help give the beef a unique flavor while also helping to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system! These savory and flavorful meatballs will become a family favorite. 

8. Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Here's a more traditional Indian curry recipe that also fits the bill for keto dieters. 

One of the highlights of this dish is the use of coconut milk and coconut oil, which contain medium-chain triglycerides. MCT oil has been shown to support ketosis, which can enhance weight loss, boost energy, and improve focus. 

On top of all the health benefits, it’s delicious!

9. General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

With our natural sugar-free sweetener, KetoLogic erythritol, you can still enjoy the sweet flavors of Chinese takeout right at home. The version you make will be made with far fewer preservatives and way more healthy ingredients. 

Plus, 31 grams of protein per serving!

10. Cauliflower Fried Rice

cauliflower fried rice

This is the perfect recipe if you're making a buffet-style Chinese dinner for the whole family, or need a low-carb side dish. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how well cauliflower serves as a rice substitute.

Plus bacon, coconut oil, and fresh veggies—what more do you need?

11. Moroccan Meatballs with Curry Sauce

Moroccan Meatballs

These immune-boosting meatballs are seasoned with a delightful blend of cinnamon, Garam Masala, and garlic powder, then are gently simmered in a curry sauce that features coconut milk, red curry paste, fresh garlic and ginger, and lime juice. The combination of flavors will have your taste buds dancing.

12. Jamaican Jerk Chicken

jerk chicken

Rounding out this list, we head down to the Caribbean for some deliciously spicy jerk chicken.

The true superstar is the creamy jerk chicken sauce made with coconut milk and an amazing blend of spices, including ground ginger, allspice, and cinnamon. Only 6 grams of net carbs per serving!

Order Up at Home 

These international recipes give global cuisine restaurants a run for their money. And since it’s challenging to find keto-friendly dishes at many international restaurants, you may find that you prefer making these dishes at home instead. Being able to control and monitor the amount of carbs you eat is one of the keys to success on the keto diet. Visit the KetoLogic recipe page for more delicious keto recipes that are easy to make at home.

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