The Best Low Carb Sides to Complement Your Steak

Steaks are undeniably delicious, but what if you could enhance your dining experience by pairing them with mouthwatering low carb side dishes? We’ve got you covered! In this ultimate guide, we’ll introduce you to a variety of keto-friendly side dishes that perfectly complement beef. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned keto enthusiast, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds.

The Low Carb Magic of Beef

Beef is not only flavorful but also incredibly low in carbohydrates. In fact, red meat contains zero carbs! Additionally, beef is surprisingly low in calories, making it an ideal choice for those watching their waistlines. Depending on the cut, beef can be low or high in fat. While the fattier cuts are more caloric, they offer a more satisfying and flavorful experience. In terms of nutrition, beef is a protein powerhouse loaded with essential nutrients like zinc, iron, selenium, and B12. It’s a true superstar that deserves a place on your dinner table!

Elevating Your Steak Experience with Low Carb Sides

Now, let’s dive into the star of our article—the sides! We’ve curated a collection of dishes that will tantalize your taste buds while keeping your carb count in check.

Cauliflower Mash: A Mashed Potatoes Substitute

Let’s address the elephant in the room—traditional mashed potatoes are packed with carbs. However, fear not! We’ve discovered an excellent alternative—mashed cauliflower. Believe it or not, when seasoned properly, mashed cauliflower closely mimics the taste and texture of its starchy counterpart. Get creative with four different flavors of mashed cauliflower, such as cheesy or buttery, to perfectly complement your juicy steak.

Keto Caesar Salad: A High-Protein Delight

Craving a refreshing and high-protein salad? Look no further than keto Caesar salad. Packed with crunchy lettuce, extra bacon, and poached eggs, this low-carb version will satisfy your cravings without any guilt. Just remember to skip the croutons!

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Creamed Brussels Sprouts: A Creamy Delight

Imagine savoring your steak alongside a creamy sauce. Look no further than these luscious creamed Brussels sprouts. Cooked in a mouthwatering garlic parmesan sauce, they provide the perfect dipping companion for your meat.

Bacon, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Salad: A Smoky Sensation

Anything tastes amazing with smoky bacon, but this side takes it a step further. Our bacon, broccoli, and cauliflower salad combines the deliciousness of smoky bacon with the creaminess of sour cream. Prepare to be amazed!

Spaghetti Squash: A Sweet Surprise

Missing the sweetness of sweet potatoes? Try spaghetti squash! With just a fraction of the carbs, it offers the same delicious flavor. For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle some keto maple syrup over it.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus: A Grilled Sensation

If you’re grilling your steak, this recipe is the perfect match. Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus offers a smoky grill flavor that pairs beautifully with your main dish, whether cooked on the grill or in the oven.

Stuffed Mushrooms: A Meaty Delight

This side dish is a bit of a cheat because it features beef within it! Make these stuffed mushrooms for dinner, and set some aside to enjoy with your steak the next day. It’s a win-win!

Cheesy Garlic Bread: A Heavenly Indulgence

Ah, garlic bread—a classic that never fails to delight. You’ll fall in love with our buttery, cheesy keto garlic bread. The perfect addition to elevate your steak experience.

Crusty Bread: A Perfect Match

If you love savoring your beef with a side of crusty bread, you’re in luck! Our keto-friendly focaccia bread will satisfy your cravings. Pair it with a dish of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and chopped garlic for a delightful dipping experience.

Baked Zucchini Chips: A Low Carb Crunch

When you’re craving some fries or chips alongside your burger, turn to our zucchini chips. While regular potatoes are off-limits on a low carb diet, these zucchini chips are the perfect alternative. Enjoy them in various flavors like salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, Mexican, garlic, or cheesy.

Keto Cheesy Baked Asparagus: A Creamy Delicacy

Yearning for a sauce with a creamy texture? Look no further than our delicious baked asparagus side dish. Baked in a creamy sauce made with cream cheese and mozzarella, this cheesy asparagus bake is a healthy twist on scalloped potatoes. Perfect for impressing guests at your next dinner party!

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: A Smoky Delight

Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a match made in heaven. Indulge in the smoky flavor of this side dish, complemented by a touch of citrusy zest from orange. It’s a symphony of flavors you won’t want to miss!

Cauliflower Rice: A Versatile Option

Cauliflower strikes again! Our simple and mess-free cauliflower rice can be flavored in countless ways. Turn it into a stir fry with vegetables or mix it with heavy cream and cheese for a tasty, cheesy rice substitute.

Zoodles: A Pasta Alternative

Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are a fantastic low-carb substitute for pasta. Whether you enjoy them warm or cold, they make a great side dish for your steak. Embrace their freshness and crunch as the perfect accompaniment.

Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower: A Baked Delight

Take your veggie game to the next level with our baked broccoli and cauliflower side dish. These vegetables are cooked in a cheat’s cheese sauce that’s incredibly easy to make and incredibly delicious.

Low Carb Mexican Coleslaw: A Crunchy Delight

Craving something crunchy alongside your beef? Look no further than our Mexican coleslaw. With its zesty lime sauce, it’s guaranteed to add a burst of flavor to your meal.

Simple Side Dish Ideas (No Recipe Needed)

Sometimes, simplicity is key. These side dish ideas require no recipes but still pack a punch when paired with beef.

Green Beans: A Classic Choice

Fresh or canned, sautéed in butter or steamed, green beans are a classic side that pairs beautifully with red meat. For an extra burst of flavor, squeeze some lemon juice over the top.

Salad: Simple, Versatile, and Delicious

Salad is a versatile companion that can be customized in countless ways. Create a pile of leafy greens, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and low-sugar balsamic vinegar dressing, or just squeeze some lemon juice for a zesty touch. You can even opt for a pre-packed salad kit—just be cautious of hidden carbs. Keto Caesar salad is a great high-protein option, just remember to skip the croutons and add extra bacon.

Roasted Veggies: A Crispy Delicacy

For a delightful twist on your veggies, try roasting cauliflower, broccoli, or other hearty vegetables like carrots. Combine them with some oil and spices, such as thyme, and roast until they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Sauteed Greens: A Garlicky Sensation

Heat some olive oil and garlic in a pan, then add in your choice of greens like collard greens, chard, kale, or spinach. Let your creativity flow as you experiment with different seasonings and toppings.

Simple Steamed Low-Carb Vegetables: Quick and Easy

Steamed or boiled broccoli and cauliflower are simple yet delicious mid-week options. Always keep a supply of fresh or frozen vegetables on hand for easy preparation.

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Low-Carb Condiments for Your Steak

A steak is incomplete without a delectable sauce or seasoning to accompany it. Here are some of our favorite steak toppings and seasonings:

  • Blue cheese: Its creamy tanginess pairs perfectly with tender, juicy steak. If blue cheese isn’t your thing, try gorgonzola or shaved parmesan.
  • Ketchup: Be mindful of the carbs and added sugar when choosing your ketchup. Opt for a sugar-free version like our Instant Pot recipe.
  • BBQ sauce: Indulge in a tangy keto BBQ sauce for guilt-free enjoyment. With just 1 gram of net carbs per 2 tablespoons, it’s a winner.
  • Creamy sauce: Explore the wonders of a creamy sauce like our cream cheese mushroom sauce. It’s bound to elevate your steak experience.
  • Minced garlic and butter: A classic and simple topping, a generous pat of butter and some garlic or chives will take your steak to another level.
  • Red wine sauce: Cook your steak in a red wine reduction with seasonings for an elevated flavor profile.
  • Salt and pepper: Sometimes, the classic combination of salt and pepper is all you need to let the flavors of your steak shine.

Beyond Side Dishes: Best Keto Dishes Featuring Beef

While we’ve covered an array of tantalizing side dishes, let’s not forget about the star of the show—beef itself. From thick, juicy steaks to ground beef, there are numerous ways to enjoy this versatile meat. Here are some healthy, kid-friendly, and family-friendly beef recipes to inspire your culinary adventures:

  • Easy keto crack slaw
  • Slow cooker beef rendang
  • Keto hamburger salad
  • Keto-friendly zucchini boats
  • Low carb skillet lasagna
  • Low carb sloppy joe
  • Bacon cheeseburger casserole
  • Low carb beef stroganoff
  • Slow cooker meatloaf (wrapped in bacon)
  • Easy low carb Instant Pot meatballs
  • Low carb shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash
  • Keto sheet pan beef fajitas
  • Self-saucing meatballs (kid-approved)
  • Low-carb keto sweet and sour beef/pork meatballs
  • Quick and easy keto spicy garlic meatballs (under 30 minutes)


Pairing your steak with delicious low carb side dishes is a surefire way to make your meal even more memorable. From creamy mashed cauliflower to zesty Mexican coleslaw, the options are plentiful. Experiment with different flavors and seasonings to find your perfect combinations. Remember, a satisfying and flavorful steak experience is just a side dish away!

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Easy Keto Side Dishes