Keto Egg Bake Recipe with Bacon

Keto Egg Bake Pin

This super easy Keto Egg Bake is a great keto breakfast casserole recipe for a crowd.

Keto Egg Bake in skillet

We love an easy breakfast and this low-carb breakfast casserole (AKA Keto Egg Bake for the Google Gods ) is one of our go-to’s!

Our version here is keto-friendly, gluten-free, and perfect for the keto diet.

Ingredients in this Keto Egg Bake

  • 8 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease reserved from cooking the bacon 
  • ½ yellow onion, diced – about 4 oz
  • 1 bell pepper of choice, diced we used half a red bell pepper, and half of a green bell pepper 
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced  
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided 
  • 12 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 12 ounces shredded cheese (your choice – we used 6 oz mozzarella and 6 oz cheddar)
  • Green onions to garnish, optional 

How to make this keto egg bake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Preheat a 12” cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add your raw bacon bits to the pan, and cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the skillet, and remove all but 3 tablespoons of rendered bacon grease in the skillet. 
  2. Add your onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms to the pan with a pinch of salt, pepper, and about half of the Italian seasoning. Cook until vegetables are slightly softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, some salt, pepper, and the remaining Italian seasoning. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetable mixture, and stir in…

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Keto Chicken Fajitas Skillet

This Keto Chicken Fajitas recipe is a perfect go-to recipe for an easy dinner the entire family loves. This recipe is gluten-free, keto-friendly, low-carb, and ready in just about 30 minutes.

Keto Chicken Fajitas with toppings in bowls off to the side

Who doesn’t love fajitas?! They’re such an easy dinner option but for some reason, fajitas often get overlooked as a make at home meal option. We’re here to change that with our easy Keto Fajitas! Our fajitas are packed with onions and bell peppers, and chicken. Either chicken thighs or chicken breasts will both work, use your favorite.

You could even make this into a sheet pan-style dinner if you want a more hands-off approach.

Read on for the details on how to make the best Keto Chicken Fajitas at home.

Ingredients in Keto Chicken Fajitas

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil – don’t use olive oil as it won’t be able to handle the heat to char the chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (you can use all avocado oil or all butter if you’d like)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 Roma tomato, quartered and seeded (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons CIK taco seasoning
  • Sea salt, to taste

A note on the taco seasoning – we used our taco seasoning here as the fajita seasoning. You can use any taco seasoning blend you like!

A note on modifications – if dairy-free, use all avocado oil instead of butter. If Whole30, do the same and leave out the butter. Yes, you can use steak, shrimp, salmon or a white fish, or even our…

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs [Keto Recipe]

These Keto Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs are totally weeknight dinner-worthy and ready in just about 30 minutes. Grab a side salad and maybe some green beans and dig in!

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs in cast iron skillet

Crispy Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs 🤤 Aren’t those the 5 greatest words you’ve ever heard? We are digging this easy skillet dinner. What more could you want? We’ve got crispy chicken thighs, melty cheese, and the perfect ranch seasoning along with pork rind crumbs to make a deliciously crispy topping.

We love using pork rinds as a breading as they get super crispy, stick well, and also brown well. Low-carb flours like almond flour and coconut flour aren’t always the greatest options since they tend to burn. Since we’re broiling these thighs, we opted for pork rinds for their stability.

You can purchase pre-made pork rinds crumbs or make your own! Just place the pork rinds in a food processor and pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs or panko. Easy!

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs in cast iron skillet with a spoon removing one

Ingredients in Ranch Chicken Thighs

  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 batch ranch seasoning (recipe below)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced – not pre-minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (we like avocado oil instead of olive oil since it has a higher temp tolerance)
  • 56 grams pork rind crumbs 
  • Fresh parsley, dill, and green onions to garnish (optional) 

For the ranch seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½  teaspoon salt

Dairy-Free options

Simple! You just need to swap the sour cream for a vegan…

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Easy Keto Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Keto Chicken Pot Pie is made in a single cast-iron skillet or baking dish for a no-fuss low-carb meal.

Keto Chicken Pot Pie in a cast iron skillet with a spoon taking a serving out

Pot pie is such a classic comfort food, we’re excited to add our no-fuss Keto Chicken Pot Pie to our archive of recipes. Our gluten-free and keto friendly version will easily become a go-to when you’re craving something comforting.

Ingredients in this Keto Chicken Pot Pie

For the pot pie filling:

  • unsalted butter – we use unsalted so that we can control the amount of salt in the final dish. If you use salted butter, just be sure to reduce any added salt just a bit. You can always add more if necessary but it’s harder to make a salty dish less salty.
  • celery
  • yellow onion
  • fresh garlic – always, always, always use fresh garlic. Pre-minced garlic will not give you the fresh garlic flavor that this recipe needs
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • herbs + spices – a poultry seasoning blend
  • chicken broth
  • cream cheese
  • heavy cream
  • xanthan gum (optional) – used for making the filling a bit creamier, feel free to skip it if you’d like. If you’re okay with a few additional carbs, you can add in a bit of cornstarch or tapioca starch in its place to thicken the filling.
  • shredded chicken breast – this can be a rotisserie chicken for even more flavor and time savings! If you need to cook the chicken in a flash, we love using the Instant Pot method.

For the crust (makes enough for a top crust only:

The ingredients for the crust are basically a type of Fat Head style dough so you know it’s going to be good.

  • shredded mozzarella – part-skim /…

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Is Peanut Butter Keto? Carbs, Sugar, Brands, and Recipes

If you’re just starting out on a keto diet, we bet you’ve asked yourself the question “is peanut butter keto?” right? Well, we have all the nitty-gritty details for you along with our favorite brands, recipes, tips, and tricks. Read on to learn all about everyone’s favorite snack, peanut butter.

What is peanut butter?

Peanut butter, like all nut butter (even though peanuts aren’t a nut, they’re a legume ), is simply peanuts ground into a paste. Sometimes oil is added to help make the butters smooth and sometimes flavors and sugars are added in as well.

The earliest example of grinding peanuts into a paste can be traced back to the Aztecs and Incas but for modern-day peanut butter that we’re all used to, the US National Peanut Board credits modern inventors with the earliest patents related to the production of modern peanut butter. Mostly, peanut butter was initially used as a meat substitute during rationing. It was also used for patients who needed a soft diet but also needed lots of protein and high fat.

Today, peanut butter is used in all sorts of ways. From straight up on a spoon as a snack to stirred into baked goods, desserts, even savory dishes. Peanut butter is also used often in marinades or sauces. We can’t think of anything that you couldn’t include peanut butter on, just look at this peanut butter burger!

Is all peanut butter keto-friendly?

No, not all peanut butter is keto-friendly. When choosing peanut butter for your low-carb diet, you’ll want to make sure that the peanut butter is free from added sugars.

Our best tip is to purchase peanut butter that is just two ingredients: peanuts and salt.

We like to steer clear of peanut butter with added oils as well. Peanuts are naturally high in healthy…

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Is Cream Cheese Keto Friendly?

If you’re considering embarking on a Ketogenic diet, you may have asked yourself “is cream cheese keto?” or “can I eat cream cheese on a low-carb diet?” Well, we have the answer (hint: it’s yes!) as well as more details.

Is Cream Cheese Keto? We find out! This image is a white bowl containing cream cheese topped with chives.

Here at CIK we LOVE cream cheese so we thought we’d make a whole post on a common question: “can I eat cream cheese on a keto diet?”. Below you’ll find all the information about cream cheese you’ll ever need to know, more than enough probably .

First, a disclaimer:

There is no “Keto” food group, “Keto” refers to a metabolic state where your body uses fat for fuel instead of glycogen. As long as your macros are 5-10% for your daily carbohydrate intake, you’ll likely be in ketosis. For most people, this will fall between 20g to 50g net carbs per day. A Ketogenic diet is low is carbs, high in fat, and moderate in protein.

So, if you want to get all of your carbs from a tablespoon of double chocolate cheesecake or a bite of fried chicken, then by all means do it. Are there healthier ways to incorporate carbs into your diet? Of course! However, don’t get hung up on what is or isn’t “Keto”, eating this way shouldn’t be stressful.

Common Questions:

Is cream cheese keto?

Yes, cream cheese is Keto friendly and can be included on any low-carb diet plan. Whether you’re using cream cheese to make our famous keto cheese ball

What is cream cheese exactly?

Cream cheese is a soft mild-tasting cheese made with milk and cream.

The FDA defines cream cheese as containing at least 33% milkfat with a moisture content of less than…

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Keto Chicken Fried Steak with Southern Gravy

This Keto Chicken Fried Steak recipe is total Southern comfort food. The black pepper gravy is what dreams are made of. This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly.

crispy fried cube steak on a white platter topped with southern gravy and parsley

Keto Chicken Fried Steak. Are those not the most glorious 4 words you’ve ever heard? Crispy Keto fried steak gets smothered in a Southern-style gravy for one epic dinner.

Fried steak and gravy was a definite staple for a lot of our staff growing up so we’re all very excited about this recipe that mimics that Southern classic perfectly. The crunch of the steak + the creamy gravy is just the Bee’s knees.

Read on for the ins and outs of the recipe plus some answers to common questions.

To make Keto Chicken Fried Steak, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 4 (4-ounce) tenderized cube steaks
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream 
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds (about 1 ounce) 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 cup avocado oil, for frying

How to make easy keto chicken fried cube steak:

  1. In a shallow bowl beat the egg and heavy cream together. On a medium plate combine the parmesan cheese, pork rind dust, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip each cube steak into the egg then dredge it through the cheese mixture.
  3. Carefully place the cube steak into the oil and fry it for 3-4 minutes per side until it is golden brown. Set aside on paper towel-lined plates to soak up excess grease.
  4. Drain cast iron of all but 2 tablespoons of oil used for frying. Add butter to the pan and melt….

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Easy Mozzarella Keto Cheese Sticks

Keto Cheese Sticks

These Keto Cheese Sticks are super easy to make. They’re the perfect crispy and melty snack or keto appetizer you’ve been looking for!

Keto Cheese Sticks being pulled apart to show a long pull of cheese in the middle. There is a plate of cheese sticks in the background along with fresh parsley and marinara dipping sauce

We’ve been trying out recipes for keto mozzarella sticks for quite some time and never nailed the recipe until now. These are gluten-free, low-carb, and perfectly crispy on the outside, and melty in the middle. Just look at that cheese pull! 🤤

The key to the perfect fried cheese sticks turns out to be a double breading + freezing before frying. This ensures that the mozzarella sticks don’t burst in the hot oil and that the breading stays put as well. Follow the instructions and these will be the best cheese sticks you’ve ever had, promise.

We love these as an easy snack or game-day appetizer but they’re also great as a straight-up side dish. We love making a huge chopped Italian salad and adding diced mozzarella sticks as “croutons”, pretty much perfection if you ask us. Who wouldn’t love crispy melty cheese in a salad?!

Read on for the details on how to make this recipe with a bit more commentary than the recipe card at the bottom of the page. Have a question? Leave it in the comment section below and we’ll try to be as helpful as possible!

Ingredients in Keto Cheese Sticks

  • mozzarella sticks
  • egg 
  • heavy cream 
  • coconut flour
  • pork rind crumbs (the key to EXTRA crispy cheese sticks!)
  • almond flour
  • spices
  • oil (we used avocado oil due to its ability to withstand high heat)
  • fresh herbs (parsley + basil) for garnish, optional
  • dipping…

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Baked Keto Fried Zucchini Chips

These Keto Fried Zucchini Chips are a great low-carb appetizer, snack, or side dish that can be fried in oil or simply baked.

THIS Keto Fried zucchini IS SPONSORED BY OUR FRIENDS AT BOB’S RED MILL. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE BRANDS THAT MAKE CAST IRON KETO AND OUR MISSION POSSIBLE.

It’s zucchini season and what better way to use up this garden veggie than to make fried zucchini! These Keto Fried Zucchini Chips are super tasty, gluten-free, and perfect for sharing…or not, we won’t judge

Chips or fries?

You can easily make these zucchini chips into zucchini fries! Instead of slicing the zucchini into rounds, simply cut it into fry shapes. The method and the bake time will be the same.

A note on air-frying

Can these Keto Fried Zucchini Chips be made in an air-fryer? Probably, but we haven’t tested it. If you do, please leave your results in the comments below!

Ingredients in this Keto Fried Zucchini Recipe

  • 3 large zucchini, cut into ¼” rounds
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour – this is our go-to almond flour as it’s blanched and very finely ground so it sticks really well for breading!
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese – regular or vegan, for a vegan option we like VioLife
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch – this affects the net carbs a very negligible amount and you’ll even have some of the slurry mixture left over.
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt (or garlic powder + sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Cooking spray (or avocado oil if frying and not baking)
  • Marinara, for serving – be sure to opt for a sugar-free kind or…

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Easy Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole

This easy Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole is packed with bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onions. It’s a great low carb side dish! You can also make this recipe vegan!

Keto Cauliflower Casserole in a cast iron skillet on a grey background with a wooden spoon and green onions to the side.

We’re loving this easy Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole as a perfect low carb side dish! Cauliflower recipes are usually shunned but we happen to LOVE them. I think most of you agree since you love our Keto Sticky Sesame Cauliflower and our Keto Street Style Cauliflower. No boring mashed cauliflower here (even though our Keto Mashed Cauliflower is – recipe in our cookbook but also coming to the site this fall).

Ingredients in this keto loaded cauliflower casserole

  • bacon
  • head of cauliflower – either fresh or frozen cauliflower will work – if short on time buy frozen and steam the cauliflower florets in the microwave
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • spices: garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded Monterey Jack
  • green onions

How to make low-carb cauliflower casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet (10.25” or larger) over medium heat. Cook the bacon pieces until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Drain fat from skillet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, dry seasonings, half the bacon, half the cheese, half the green onions, and the salt. Mix well then add in the cauliflower and mix again until combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the skillet and top with remaining cheese and bacon. Bake for 15 minutes, and then broil on high for 3-5 minutes to brown the cheese on top….

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