10 Low-Carb Dinner Recipes That Have Plenty of Protein

updated Nov 21, 2023
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If you’re cutting back on carbohydrates, for whatever reason, you know that one of the most important components is figuring out how to stay energized after a meal. That’s where protein comes in. Bump up the protein when you lower the carbs, and you can rest assured you’ll stay well-fueled without midday crashes.

These 10 dinner recipes do just that — they keep the carb counts to a minimum, but have plenty of protein.

Low-Carb, High Protein Recipes

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Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
A quick and easy one-skillet dinner that fits the bill on weeknights and at dinner parties alike.
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Gorgonzola-Stuffed Steak Roll-Ups

This eye-catching steak may look fancy (read: hard to make), but it’s actually quite simple which means it’s as great for a weeknight dinner as it is for a dinner party.

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Easy Low-Carb Meatball-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
A delicious low-carb spin on spaghetti and meatballs featuring roasted spaghetti squash.
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Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

One of the difficulties in low-carb diets is that things can tend to be meat-focused. To mix it up, here’s a veggie-forward salad. The tofu and nuts add protein, while the crunch and flavor of the veggies keep it refreshing. This salad holds up well after it’s been dressed, so definitely make extra and pack leftovers for lunch.

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Baked Chicken and Veggies
A quick recipe for roasted chicken and mixed vegetables that's perfect for meal prep.
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30-Minute Creamy Garlic Mushroom Pork Chops
An easy recipe for boneless pork chops cooked in a creamy garlic mushroom sauce on the stovetop.
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Egg Curry with Cherry Tomatoes

Eggs aren’t the first thing you may think of when it comes to Indian curries, but using them is actually quite traditional. This dish is spicy, juicy, and bright-tasting. Serve it with cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb.

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Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

It doesn’t get simpler than this oven-baked steak and roasted veggie dish. Feel free to swap in other vegetables, depending on what’s in season or what you have in your crisper drawer.

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Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl
Bagged slaw makes this egg roll in the bowl a cinch to make.
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Salsa-Simmered Fish
An easy recipe for white fish fillets simmered in tomato sauce on the stovetop and served over rice.
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