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Top 5 Easy Keto Recipe Ideas for Busy Weeknights

If you're like most people, you're running on fumes by the time Friday night rolls around. Here are five easy keto recipe ideas you'll have ready in no time.

Approximately 4% to 5% of Americans religiously follow the keto diet. One of the top perks of this diet is you're encouraged to eat high-fat foods, such as red meat and dairy products.

The basis is that fats burn fats. So eating fats helps you lose weight.

Whether you're ready to try this diet or already on it, you'll likely look for more recipes. A keto recipe is safe to make and eat if you're on this diet.

Here are five easy keto recipes to try. They're simple, delicious, and ideal for busy weeknights.

1. Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are a simple a versatile recipe. Fajitas are naturally keto-friendly if you use carb-free tortillas. This recipe takes around 30 minutes from start to finish.


You'll only need a few ingredients for this recipe. You can begin by gathering these ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken
  • Vegetables, such as peppers and onions
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 3 T. taco seasoning mix
  • Other seasonings as desired

You can substitute shrimp for chicken. You can also make it colorful by adding red, green, and orange peppers.


First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

You can use any cut of chicken and as much as you'd like. You can also choose any vegetables you prefer, but most people limit fajitas to onions and peppers.

Next, slice the chicken thinly and chop the vegetables into strips. Place the chicken and vegetables in a bowl. Pour the oil and seasonings over the chicken and vegetables and mix well.

Finally, spread the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

The trick with fajitas for the keto diet is choosing the right tortillas. A traditional six-inch flour tortilla has 15 grams of carbohydrates. So you'll need an alternative.

You could try cauliflower wraps or other keto-friendly wraps instead of flour tortillas.

You can find hundreds of keto chicken recipes if you're tired of eating chicken the same way you always eat it.

2. Air Fryer Fish

Fish is a healthy meat option to eat on the keto diet. You can whip up this air fryer keto diet recipe quickly. Then, you can serve it with a fresh salad and cottage cheese.


Here are the ingredients you'll need for this recipe. This quick recipe will take less than 20 minutes to prepare.

  • 3 T. mayonnaise
  • 3 T. parmesan cheese
  • 4 fish fillets
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • Green onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • Spices

You can use any type of fish for this recipe. However, sole fillets work extremely well.


Start by preheating the air fryer to 375 degrees. Next, mix the cheese and mayonnaise and add the spices you like. Then, spread this mixture over the fish fillets.

Cook the fish in your air fryer for about 5 minutes or until it flakes easily. You may have to cook it in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

Finally, mix the bread crumbs, green onion, and spices in a bowl. Stir in the butter and spread the mixture evenly over the fillets. Air fry the fillets for an additional 2 to 3 minutes to brown.

3. Thai Chicken

If you enjoy ethnic foods, you'll likely enjoy Thai Chicken. This simple keto recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.


You'll need a few Thai ingredients for this recipe. However, the rest are items you'll likely have on hand.

  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 - 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped

You can also use dry or Thai basil if preferred. You can also substitute shrimp for chicken.


Place the coconut oil in a large pan and heat. Once the oil is hot enough, place the garlic and red pepper in the oil and cook for about two minutes.

Next, add the chicken pieces and cook until the chicken is done. This might take around five minutes, but it depends on the size of the chicken pieces.

After that, add the sauces. You can add more or less of each type or use other sauces. The final step is adding the basil, which is more of a garnish. Thus, you shouldn't cook it long.

Some people also like to add keto-friendly vegetables to this recipe. You can eat it plain or serve it in carb-free wraps.

4. Italian Sausage and Peppers

You can throw this recipe together in the morning before leaving for work, as it's a crockpot recipe. Then, you'll have a delicious meal to eat when you get home. The best part is it's keto-friendly.


This meal is a hearty option, yet fast and simple. Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 5 Italian sausages
  • Red and green peppers, sliced
  • Onion, chopped
  • Pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1 c. marinara sauce
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil

You can prepare this recipe in about 10 minutes. You can also substitute other types of sausage if you prefer.


Place a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan and heat. Place the sausages in the hot pan and sear for a few minutes. You need to brown the sausages before placing them in the crockpot.

When finished, remove them from the pan and place them in a greased crockpot. Next, spread the sliced peppers and onions over the sausages.

Then, sprinkle the seasonings on the vegetables and pour the marinara on top. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

You can eat these plain or melt the cheese on top after cooking them in the crockpot. You can also place them on low-carb buns if desired.

5. Crockpot Pork Chops

Keto port chop recipes might also hit the spot for something different. Here is an easy crockpot recipe to try if you like pork chops.


One of the best parts of this recipe is that it cooks all day while you're gone. Here is the list of ingredients it requires:

  • 2 lbs. boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Parsley flakes
  • Red pepper
  • 5 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

You could use bone-in porkchops if preferred. However, boneless ones work better for this recipe.


Melt 2 T. butter in a frying pan and heat. Cook the pork chops on each side for about three minutes over high heat until browned.

Place the pork chops in a greased crockpot. Mix the remaining ingredients, using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of each spice. Pour over the pork chops.

Cook on low for four minutes and serve with cauliflower rice or another keto-friendly side dish.

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