If you’re looking to lose weight, you may have considered following a keto diet. These diets are high in fat but low in carbohydrates and have become a popular diet for weight loss in recent years.
If you have an Instant Pot, you can take advantage of its main features and functions to make some delicious meals that also follow a Keto diet.
In this article, we will list 28 easy keto Instant Pot recipes (see also ‘33 Delicious Keto Recipes For Breakfast‘) that you can make at home. They’re all listed in alphabetical order and are keto-friendly.
1. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
With only five basic ingredients, this broccoli cheddar soup is easy to make but still delicious. The recipe makes a smooth, creamy, and cheesy soup that you can make a little spicier with some added sriracha if you want to.
You can use either fresh or frozen broccoli if you wish and you can make the recipe vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
2. Butter Chicken
This is one of the more simple recipes for butter chicken that you will find but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. It’s best with boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breasts and the sauce makes it creamy and delicious.
The base of the sauce is full-fat coconut milk and canned roasted tomatoes and the chicken is seasoned with paprika, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala powder.
3. Cauliflower And Cheese
Macaroni and cheese doesn’t feature in many low carb and keto diets but this makes for a delicious substitute. It’s a hearty and filling side dish that is based around cauliflower rice, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.
If you need a cheese fix, this is the dish for you.
4. Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is a common keto recipe as it can be substituted for regular rice in many different recipes. It’s very low in carbs and is a suitable side dish for a wide variety of foods.
You can add seasonings to your cauliflower rice if you want, but even plain cauliflower rice is delicious. It only takes five minutes to make, as well!
5. Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
You don’t need bread or tortilla wraps with this recipe as instead, your filling is wrapped in lettuce leaves for a healthy and crunchy alternative.
They only take around 30 minutes in total to prep and cook, making them a relatively quick and easy meal to make.
6. Chicken Fajitas
You will need to cook your chicken first and this can be from fresh or frozen.
Once the chicken has been cooked for around 15 to 20 minutes, you can then add the sliced onions and peppers, as well as the tomatoes, taco seasoning, and salsa.
After 10 minutes, the chicken should be seasoned and easy to shred apart.
7. Chicken And Mushrooms
This recipe cooks succulent chicken breasts in a deliciously creamy mushroom sauce. The chicken needs to be sauteed in your Instant Pot first before adding the mushrooms and later the chicken stock.
Finally, the sauce is made creamier with the addition of heavy cream and gains some extra flavor from Dijon mustard. The dish can be served with low-carb vegetables.
8. Chicken Noodle Soup
Although this is called a noodle soup, it’s really a zoodle soup as the noodles are made from zucchini (see also ‘34 Delicious Zoodle Recipes‘). Switching pasta for zucchini noodles will help keep the carb content down and as low as possible.
The soup is made from chicken broth and the soup also includes spinach and celery. It’s best to use skinless chicken for this recipe but you can use either chicken breasts (see also ‘27 Incredible Chicken Breast Recipes To Try‘) or thighs.
9. Chocolate Cake
Although most of the recipes on this list are main courses and side dishes, we thought it was suitable to include a dessert!
You can make this low-carb, vegetarian, and gluten-free chocolate cake in your Instant Pot in only 30 minutes.
It uses almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and heavy whipping cream to make a delicious and moist chocolate cake.
10. Crack Chicken
You can use this Instant Pot crack chicken in many different ways once it is prepared. It tastes delicious as the filling in a lettuce wrap but it also works with tacos, sandwiches, or low-carb pasta.
As well as chicken breasts, the recipe calls for bacon (see also ‘33 Try At Home Bacon Recipes‘), cream cheese, and ranch seasoning mix to make a filling and creamy low-carb dish.
11. Creamy Cheddar Broccoli Soup
This recipe makes a soup that is deliciously thick and creamy and will keep you warm during cold winter nights. It’s overloaded with cheese and broccoli and thickened with cream.
You can add some paprika powder for some extra seasoning if you wish.
12. Creamy Chicken With Bacon And Cheese
Bacon and cheese are a great pairing and when added to succulent chicken, they’re even tastier! This recipe also uses heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, and cream cheese to make a creamy sauce that brings out the flavor of your chicken.
13. Fried Cabbage
This is a classic side dish that has a southern flavor (check out our favorite Southern side dishes). Cabbage is a great vegetable for keto diets and by keeping the level of onion low, you can reduce the carbs even further.
This fried cabbage recipe is cooked in chicken broth and also has bacon and red pepper flakes to give it some more flavor.
14. Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
Following a keto diet doesn’t mean that you have to skip appetizers or party snacks as these chicken wings can work as both. They’re also great snacks to eat while watching the big game!
First, you will need to bake your chicken wings and this can take around 40 minutes.
They can then be coated in a mixture of butter, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, pepper, onion powder, and parsley and baked for another 10 to 20 minutes.
The exact timings will depend on how crispy you want your wings to be.
Jambalaya is a popular Cajun recipe that has influences in several different cuisines. It’s full of flavor thanks to the Creole or Cajun seasoning and is a hearty dish.
It has a high meat content thanks to the andouille sausage (see also ‘5 Great Andouille Sausage Alternatives‘) and boneless and skinless chicken thighs but this is balanced by the low-carb vegetables and cauliflower rice.
Usually lasagne is off the menu due to the pasta sheets but this lasagna instead uses layers of ground beef (see also ‘26 Keto-Friendly Ground Beef Recipes That Are Super Simple To Make‘) separated by layers of cheese.
This is a great recipe for cheese lovers as it has ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and slice mozzarella.
17. Lemon Garlic Salmon
The salmon (see also ’13 Of The Most Delicious And Simple Canned Salmon Recipes‘) in this recipe can be cooked from frozen so you don’t need to worry about buying fresh or even defrosting any salmon you have in the freezer.
Begin by putting water, lemon juice, and fresh herbs into your Instant Pot and placing your steamer rack in place. Season your salmon with garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and place lemon slices on top before cooking on high pressure.
The salmon will be infused with the flavors and taste delicious.
18. Loaded Cauliflower Soup
This cauliflower soup is considered “loaded” because it contains six rashers of bacon. Sauteeing the bacon is your first step and then you can begin to make the rest of the soup.
The base of the soup is chicken broth and it’s made creamier by the addition of sour cream and cheese.
19. Low-Carb Keto Chili
Who doesn’t love chili? This chili leaves out the beans so it is not only delicious but also low-carb and keto-friendly. It still has all of the spices that you expect from chili though so it doesn’t sacrifice the flavor.
If you like your chili even hotter, you can swap the green chilis for jalapeños.
These meatballs are easy to make as you don’t need to prepare the meatballs or sauces first and can instead just throw all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot together.
The meatballs are made from either ground beef or turkey as well as spring onions, parsley, oregano, and garlic puree.
21. Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl
If you love a little Mexican spice in your food, this Mexican cauliflower rice bowl (see also ‘28 Rice Bowl Recipes To Liven Up Your Diet‘) is sure to become a favorite for both lunch and dinner.
It has no regular rice and instead uses cauliflower rice so you can be sure that it is a low-calorie dish that is suitable for keto diets (see also ‘33 Easy And Wholesome Keto Casseroles‘). The Mexican flavors come from Taco seasoning and ingredients such as black beans and avocado (see also ‘16 Easy Navy Bean Recipes‘).
It’s a quick and delicious meal that you can make at any time.
22. Sausage And Peppers
You can use any type of Italian sausages in this recipe and it doesn’t matter if they’re still frozen. If you do use frozen sausages, just remember to increase the cooking time to take this into account.
To make the recipe, just put all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot and set it to high pressure for 20 minutes.
The combination of red and green peppers plus Italian seasoning will make these sausages a big hit with your family and friends.
23. Smothered Pork Chops
Pork chops (see also ‘45 Easy Keto Pork Chop Recipes You Can Make From Home‘) are an excellent dinner recipe and can be combined with a wide variety of side dishes to make a hearty and filling meal.
As it’s a keto recipe, it skips the flour that is usually needed in gravy-smothered dishes but keeps the butter and heavy cream. The gravy is a rich onion gravy and will keep your pork chops succulent and tasty.
24. Taco Meat
Taco meat is versatile and can be used for more than just taco shells. The ground turkey or beef is flavored with taco and fajita seasoning which can be homemade or store bought.
The recipe also adds onion and bell peppers to the meat for extra flavor.
25. Taco Soup
With only five ingredients, this taco soup is very easy to make. One of these is taco seasoning which you can either buy or make from scratch.
There are no taco shells included in the soup and you can add a few extra ingredients for garnish when the soup is finished if you wish.
The key ingredients, however, are ground meat, diced tomatoes, water, cream cheese, and a bouillon or soup stock (see also ‘Chicken Bouillon Granules: Top 5 Substitutes‘).
26. Thai Coconut Curry
This coconut curry is easy to make as it needs no pre-preparation. Instead, you can just put all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot together.
This curry is smooth and can be made as spicy or mild as you wish by adjusting the amount of curry powder used.
27. Tikka Masala
After a Thai-style curry, we now have an Indian-style one!
It’s made with chicken and the tikka masala sauce (see our favorite sides for chicken tikka) is full of complex flavors provided by the mix of onion, ginger, garlic, garam masala, cumin, and turmeric.
The curry is also creamy, however, thanks to the addition of yogurt and heavy whipping cream. It’s traditionally served with rice, but for a keto diet you might want to use cauliflower rice instead.
28. White Chicken Chili
This delicious chicken chili is so creamy and filling. It’s perfect for winter meals and is sure to become a family favorite.
It does include some black beans so it’s not zero carbs, but the rest of the ingredients are very low in carbs so overall, the dish is keto-friendly. The chili is spiced by salsa, chili powder, and jalapeño peppers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some lingering commonly asked questions about keto instant pot recipes (see also ‘28 Delicious Keto Crockpot Dishes‘).
What Is A Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet aims to put your body into a state of ketosis. Usually, the body takes glucose from carbohydrates.
However, if there aren’t enough carbohydrates to create glucose, the body burns fat instead and uses this as its main energy source. Keto diets are designed to be low in carbs so that more fat is burned.
What Foods Are Commonly Allowed On A Keto Diet?
The most common foods used in keto diets are high-fat meats, oils, nuts, and fish. You’ll also see lots of high-fat dairy products as well, such as cheese.
Foods that are high in carbohydrates are usually not allowed so don’t expect to see much pasta, rice, or bread in a keto diet.
Starchy vegetables such as potatoes don’t usually feature in keto diets and neither do root vegetables or many types of fruits.
What Are Instant Pots Used For?
Instant Pots (see also ‘34 Amazing Instant Pot Beef Recipes‘) are very versatile multi cookers that have a wide range of functions and features. They can be used as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, slow cooker, and reheater.
As they are so many appliances in one, they can save you space in the kitchen and also save you time.
If you’re following a keto-friendly and low-carb diet, you will find 28 delicious recipes in this article.
They can all be made in an Instant Pot and some of them are dump-style recipes so they’re quick and easy to make (see also ‘35 Simple Recipes For Instant Pot Chicken‘).
We hope that whatever recipes you’re looking for, that there is something in this article that will appeal to you.
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