14 Keto Side Dishes for Steak

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14 Keto Side Dishes for Steak

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The best keto side dishes for steak are more expansive than you might think. People hear the term “keto diet” and might confuse it for a really restrictive meal plan. But eating keto means going for high fat, lots of protein, and a low carbohydrate intake overall. So, while keto meal plans include the guidelines on cooking this way, if you’re looking for easy sides to go along with your keto meal, you’re in the right place. For the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on a great keto meal, a hearty steak.

Steak can provide a hearty dose of protein, healthy fat, and valuable vitamins and minerals like iron and vitamin B-12 (via Men’s Journal). Unprocessed meats are a great keto option because they have virtually no carbohydrates. This is dependent on the cut of meat, but a steak is definitely keto-friendly, so now let’s find some side dishes that will go well. 

In this post, you’ll get a basic rundown of some great keto side dishes for steak. Learn what ingredients you need, the cooking time, and the prepping process. You’ll be well prepared for any grocery store run, or dinner planning by the end of this. And, perhaps you’ll have a better idea of what recipes are, in fact, keto-friendly. Don’t let the term keto scare you, it just means you need to pay attention to the fat content, protein content, and carbohydrate count of your meal. Labels are great for this and will guide you in picking the right ingredients. So, let’s get into some keto-friendly side dishes for your soon-to-be-perfect steak dinner

1. Broccoli Cheese

Next up, we have a Broccoli Cheese Bake. Gather frozen, chopped broccoli, Velveeta cheese, spices, and salt to taste, garlic powder, butter, and a sleeve of Ritz crackers. Cook your broccoli and in a separate skillet melt the butter with the Velveeta cheese. Combine the broccoli, crumble in crackers, and load into a casserole pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow to cool and then serve.

2. Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic

Have some Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic for which you'll need a head of cauliflower, olive oil, rosemary, seasonings, and 8 cloves of garlic. Preheat your oven to 450º Fahrenheit, mix your spices, and put your cauliflower into a casserole dish, season and oil, and roast for 20 minutes. Take out to toss, and then bake for another 10 minutes. This keto side dish pairs wonderfully with steak.

3. Zucchini Cheese Bake

This Zucchini Cheese Bake calls for zucchini, chopped onions, butter, bread crumbs, heavy cream, and eggs. You'll need American cheese, salt, black pepper, and chopped fresh dill. Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit, and oil a soufflé or casserole dish. Peel your zucchini and grate it into strips. Squeeze out the juice from the chopped onion, and add to the zucchini. Combine melted butter, breadcrumbs, and eggs. Add in cheese, spices, and fresh dill. Fill the casserole pan, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, adding foil if the zucchini is browning too quickly.

casserole with cheese and zucchini in baking dish
This zucchini cheese bake comines healthy veggies and delicious cheese.

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4. Creamed Spinach

Starting off with Creamed Spinach. This leafy green is not only a great source of iron, but low in carbs and chock full of antioxidants and great vitamins. You can keep this recipe keto by using heavy cream for the fat content. For this recipe, you'll need baby spinach, butter, and yellow onion, garlic cloves. Get some heavy cream, milk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and parmesan cheese. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove, and cook the spinach for 30 seconds. Drain and put into an ice bath. Drain again and allow it to dry. For the cream sauce, combine your heavy cream, milk, butter, and chopped onion in a skillet. Simmer and add in spices. Combine with spinach and parmesan cheese, stirring frequently.

5. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Try this Cauliflower Mac & Cheese which calls for a head of cauliflower, vegetable oil, heavy cream and cream cheese. You'll need Dijon mustard, sharp cheddar (shredded), ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Take your casserole dish and oil the sides. Cook the cauliflower until tender (5 minutes), drain and dry before placing into the casserole dish. Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit and prepare your cheese mixture. You'll need to simmer the heavy cream in a saucepan, add cream cheese, mustard, seasoning, cheese, and whisk until melted and properly combined. Pour over the calulflower in the cassedrole dish and stir up while adding more shredded cheese. Bake until bubbly and slightly browned (15 minutes).

6. Asparagus And Avocado Salad

For this Asparagus and Avocado Salad you'll need asparagus, mushrooms, avocado, zucchini, tomato, and a medium red onion. Your dressing will be made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, one garlic clove, dried basil, thyme, and salt and pepper. Cook your asparagus in a microwave until crispy and tender, and combine with the other chopped vegetables until properly combined. Mix up your oils and vinegars for the dressing, add spices and seasonings to taste. Coat your salad and refrigerate before serving. Enjoy this keto side dish salad that will pair wonderfully with some well-done steak.

7. Cabbage and Tomato Salad

For another great keto side dish, try this Cabbage and Tomato Salad. Get a head of cabbage, tomatoes, and radishes. You'll need salt, pepper, red pepper, olive oil, rice vinegar, and freshly chopped cilantro. Combine your cubed, chopped, and shredded veggies. In a separate bowl, combine spices, viegar, olive oil and other seasonings. Mix well, dress your veggies, refrigerate and then enjoy.

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This healthy cabbage and tomato salad is the perfect keto side dish for a hearty steak.


8. Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole calls for drained canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheddar cheese, and fried crispy onions. Additional, optional ingredients include crumbled bacon, mushrooms, onions, garlic, black pepper, and garlic. Heat your cream of mushroom soup and green beans together in the microwave, add some cheese and microwave again to fully melt. Pour contents into baking dish and top with fried onions and more shredded cheese. Bake until the cheese is perfectly melty and the onion layer on top has nicely browned.

9. Cheese Baked Asparagus

This Cheesy Asparagus calls for asparagus, heavy cream, minced garlic and several kinds of cheese. You'll need garlic cloves, josher salt, red pepper flakes, and ground black pepper. Preheat your oven to 400º Fahrenheit, fill a baking dish with chopped asparagus, add heavy cream, season, and then add in lots of cheese. Bake for up to 30 minutes until it's melted and golden-brown in color.

10. Keto Onion Rings

If you're wondering, yes there are such a thing as Keto Onion Rings! These onion rings use coconut flour which cuts down on the unnecessary carbohydrates. They're also baked instead of fried. You'll need eggs, heavy whipping cream, cooking, pork rinds, white onion, and parmesan cheese. Slice your onion rings, and prepare stations for dipping coconut flower, eggs, heavy cream, and pork rinds. Dip your onion rings and then coat them all with an egg wash. Place them on a baking rack and bake for 15 minutes at 425º Fahrenheit. Serve alongside some hearty steak, and enjoy these crispy keto onion rings.

13. Sauteed Bell Peppers

These Sautéed Bell Peppers need olive oil and bell peppers. Cut your peppers into strips, heat oil and sautée them until they've softened. Add salt, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, stir in the basil, parsley, garlic, and any other seasonings. Serve alongside your main keto meal, and enjoy!

14. Eggplant Parmigiana

And last, but not least, try this keto side dish of Eggplant Parmigiana. You'll need egplants, all-purpose flour (use almond or coconut flour if you want to decrease the carbohydrates), granualted sugar, eggs, and whole milk. Get Italian breadcrumbs, seasonings (pepper, salt, oregano, thyme,) mozzarella, parmesan, vegetable oil, and basil. For the sauce get some EVOO, yellow onions, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, and a can of San Marzano whole plum tomatoes.

Combine your sauce ingredients in a pan over medium heat, break up the tomatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes til everything is well blended. Allow this to cool and prepare your eggplant. Salt and let your eggplant halves sit to draw out any bitterness, rinse and dry after an hour. Combine flour and spices, and in another bowl make an eggwash with milk, and more seasonings. Mix breadcrumbs with the fresh herbs, and dip your eggplant halves into the flour then the egg wash, then the breadcrumbs.

Arrange on baking sheet with 1/2 inch of oil, and cook the halves for 2 minutes on each side at between 380º and 400 º Fahrenheit. Lastly, assemble your layered casserole dish with tomato sauce, fried eggplant, mozzarella cheese, provolone and parmesan. Repeat this at least three times to properly layer. Cook at 350º Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes until cheese is bubbling and the top bis nicely browned.


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Peppercorn Steak with Thyme Butter Sauce

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink.com
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 1/4 pounds flank or skirt steak
  • 2 Tablespoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Coat a stovetop grill pan or griddle with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of the steak with salt and the cracked peppercorns.
  3. Place the steak on the hot pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare to medium.
  4. Remove the steak from the pan and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing crosswise (against the grain) into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  5. Melt the butter, thyme and Worcestershire sauce together in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Serve the steak slices with the butter sauce spooned over the top.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan-Frying
  • Cuisine: American
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