Typical Southern Soul Food is deep-fried and carb-loaded because it’s more about fun, comfort and flavor, not carb counting. But, these Keto Soul Food Recipes prove that you don’t have to choose between flavor and carbs. Here, you’ll find some of the best keto comfort food to make a soul food dinner like cornbread, collard greens with hammocks, fried chicken, and more!
Why Make Keto Soul Food Recipes:
- Soul food without sugar and carbs: Soul food wasn’t invented with a keto or any low-carb diets in mind. So, these easy recipes allow you to have soul food flavors and stick to your goals.
- Tried & tested keto-friendly recipes: this list includes classic soul food dishes with tweaks to make them fit a keto and low-carb way of eating.
Top Tips for Cooking Low Carb Soul Food:
- Find your favorite keto sweetener: whether you are following a keto way of eating or simply want to cut down on carbs, finding a keto-friendly substitute for sugar is an easy way to cut down on carbs in any recipe. Each of these recipes includes an option.
- Use a tested keto recipe: making a soul food recipe keto-friendly isn’t just about swapping regular flour for almond flour or using a vegetable in place of noodles. So, always use a tried and tested recipe like the ones included in this list.
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Keto Soul Food Main Dishes
I don’t believe in punishing my taste buds for a diet’s sake. That’s why I’m big on finding enjoyable keto options. Below are my top low-carb soul food main dish ideas!
Chitterlings are classic and keto-friendly, so you can enjoy this hearty meal guiltlessly. They contain 0g net carbs and are high in fat.
Okra & Tomatoes with Chicken
Okra and tomatoes are low-carb veggies usually served as a side dish. The chicken makes this one-pot dish complete and extra yummy. You need 7 ingredients and a little patience.
Keto Chicken and Waffles [+Video]
Waffles and fried chicken is an all-time favorite, but the classic dish is nothing near keto. My recipe uses low-carb almond flour, and an air fryer replaces the deep fryer.
Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe [+VIDEO]
You need about 30 minutes and 7 ingredients to make this sumptuous comfort food. No breading is required, but the results are delicious and crispy.
Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops
These juicy low-carb pork chops take less than 30 minutes to cook. They will give you the feel-good soul food vibes without interfering with your keto goals.
Keto Southern Shrimp and Cauliflower Cheese Grits
The soul food menu isn’t complete without grits, but the grains and extra carbs aren’t keto. This recipe replaces regular cornmeal with cauliflower rice to make a hearty, low-carb delicacy.
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs
If you ever need keto soul food recipes for chicken thighs, this is the bomb. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and uses simple ingredients.
Easy Keto Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy
This dish mimics the Southern fried chicken minus the chicken and breadcrumbs. Cube steaks are breaded in almond flour to make a low-carb version.
Keto BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe
My homemade dry rub and keto BBQ sauce are the secret ingredients in this magical dish. The goodness in this food is indescribable.
Easy, Keto Low-Carb Meatloaf with Glaze
This meatloaf recipe will bring back your childhood memories without the extra carbs. Almond flour replaces breadcrumbs to make this gluten-free delicacy.
Keto Fish Cakes
These fish cakes are a riot of flavors giving your taste buds an unforgettable experience in a keto-friendly way. They’re high in proteins and low in carbs.
Baked Jerk Chicken Wings
You can never go wrong with chicken wings, and this particular dish is perfect low-carb soul food. Remember to use keto brown sugar in the jerk spice blend.
Air Fryer Keto Crab Cakes [+VIDEO]
Have Maryland-style crab cakes without breadcrumbs using this easy recipe. You can make the crab cakes in your air fryer or a skillet!
Keto Soul Food Side Dishes & Appetizers
Most soul sides are full of carbs, making them bad for keto. Below are some tasty keto soul food sides and appetizers to consider:
Easy Collard Greens With Ham Hocks
Collard greens with ham hocks are as traditional as they can get and are already keto-friendly. This side dish makes holidays like Thanksgiving and Sunday dinners extra special.
Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon
This is a great option for anyone looking for a low-carb delicious soul food side. The cabbage is fried in bacon fat, and the result is keto and nutritious.
Keto "Cornbread" Stuffing [+VIDEO]
If you need cornbread dressing without corn meal, this recipe is your fix. You’ll get equally amazing results using almond flour. This dish has only 4g net carbs.
Keto Cornbread Recipe [+VIDEO]
Cornbread is a traditional Southern delicacy that nobody is willing to let go of. This recipe replaces cornmeal with almond flour, and the dish comes together in about 30 minutes.
Easy Keto Grits (No Cauliflower)
Grits are staple and tasty but loaded with carbs. Try this recipe if you’re looking for a keto way to make grits, but don’t care for cauliflower. It replaces cornmeal with almond flour.
Keto Potato Salad (No Cauliflower)
Radishes serve as perfect substitutes for potatoes in this side dish, so you’re still covered if cauliflower isn’t your favorite.
Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? The only issue is the extra carbs from the pasta. This recipe replaces pasta with cauliflower to make a tasty, keto side dish.
Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage
If you need a super-easy way to make your cabbage, try this. It takes less than 10 minutes in an instant pot and 6 ingredients to cook.
Easy Low Carb & Keto Coleslaw Recipe [+VIDEO]
Most keto soul food recipes are easy to follow. This coleslaw side takes less than 5 minutes to make and requires simple ingredients.
Easy Keto Low-Carb Cauliflower Potato Salad
If you grew up eating the Southern potato salad, you might have a problem finding a matching keto alternative. This dish does the magic by replacing potatoes with cauliflower.
Air Fryer Crab Stuffed Mushrooms + VIDEO
This recipe allows you to make the most delicious, keto-friendly crab-mushroom dish in under 30 minutes. Avocado oil mayonnaise keeps things low-carb without compromising on the taste.
Cauliflower Jollof Rice
If you enjoy West African Jollof rice, this low-carb version will do justice to your taste buds while keeping your keto goals on track.
Keto Soul Food Desserts
Regular desserts have added sugar and other high-carb ingredients. They are good for enjoyment but don’t serve keto dieters’ goals. Below are some low-carb and keto soul food dessert alternatives:
Keto Low-Carb Key Lime Pie
This lime pie uses simple ingredients, has no added sugar and doesn’t require baking. A zero-carb monk fruit sweetener replaces regular sugar in this dish.
Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake [+VIDEO]
The secret ingredients for this dessert are coconut flour, almond flour and fresh strawberries. It’s sweet, easy to make and great for keto.
The Best Keto Low Carb Carrot Cake Recipe [+VIDEO]
A carrot cake is a popular staple dessert, yummy but keto-unfriendly. This low-carb carrot cake is super delicious without the extra carbs.
Sugar Free Pound Cake
This is an easy recipe for a sweet, sugar-free keto cake. It uses simple ingredients, and the result is moist, fluffy and light.
Easy Sugar-Free Cheesecake
Here’s a flavorful cheesecake made from almond flour instead of the regular high-carb flour and carb-free granular monk fruit sweetener.