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Choosing the Best Fresh Fish

The How-to Guide for Choosing the Best Fresh Fish

Fish is renowned as being a great option for all types of healthy diets, and is a perfect fit for the low carb lifestyle. Fish is high in protein, and is a very versatile ingredient for many different styles of cuisine from around the world. It’s also an ingredient where freshness is absolutely critical to its taste and how well the final dish turns out. Choosing fresh fish is an important skill to have, but it’s not always clear on what to look for, especially since there are so many ways to buy fish. The things you look for in a whole fish are different from what you need to see in a filet. Fortunately, in this article, we will detail all the tips you need to know in order to choose the best fresh fish at your local grocery store or fish market.

For starters, it’s essential that you know the telltale signs of truly fresh fish, and what to be wary of if the fish may be past its prime. Some of these factors are visible to the eye, but some rely on touch or smell. If the fish is sealed up, you may not be able to smell it or touch it, which reduces the number of signs you can rely on to make your choice. So, while you may not be able to use them all each time you shop, using as many as you can will help ensure that you get the best insight in to the freshness of the fish.

Is It Really Fresh?

Figuring out the freshness of a fish is essentially as simple as going through a checklist and seeing if the fish hits all the right marks. This list of factors is slightly different for whole fish and for filets, since whole fish will usually include the head and gills, which give additional indications of freshness. Here’s how to check for freshness for both types of fish you’ll find at a typical market.

Freshness of a Whole Fish

Check the eyes – The eyes of a fresh fish will be clear, bright, and shiny. If the eyes have taken on a dull, grey, or cloudy appearance, this is an indication that the fish is no longer fresh.

Examine the skin and scales – Similar to the eyes, the scales and skin of a fresh fish will be clear and shiny, with a metallic appearance. Avoid it if the skin and scales look dull or dry.

Have a look at the gills – If you can examine the gills of the fish, they should be a vibrant red. If they’ve started to take on a pale hue or brownish tinge, then skip this fish.

Smell check – Ironically, a fresh fish shouldn’t smell ‘fishy’, but rather will have very little odour to it at all. If it does have a scent, it should be very light and similar to brine or simply like fresh water.

Freshness of a Fish Filet

Colour of the flesh – This is easier to see on coloured fish like salmon, tuna and trout, but the flesh of the fish should be a vibrant colour. If it appears faded or dull, this could indicate the fish is no longer fresh.

Firmness of the flesh – Fresh fish meat will spring back quickly to shape if you gently press it with your finger. If it feels spongy or mushy, it’s not fresh and should be avoided.

Examine the skin and scales – If the filet is still on the skin, check it for the same signs you look for on a whole fish. Shiny, clean, and metallic scales are signs of freshness.

Smell check – Filets should not have any strong smells to them at all. If they smell the least bit fishy, they aren’t fresh and you should choose something else.

If you want an additional bit of guidance on choosing the best in fresh fish, you’d be hard pressed to find better advice than this video featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as he dishes all the details on choosing the perfect fish.

Different Types of Fish

Now that you know what to look for in a fresh fish, how do you know what kind of fish you really want to buy? Well, if you’re not using a recipe that calls for a specific type of fish, and just want to try something new to grill or pan-fry for dinner tonight, there are three main types of fish you can choose from that each has unique characteristics.

Dark Coloured Fish

Dark coloured fish tends to be very flavourful and is more oil-rich, and comes from fish that are generally open-ocean and long-distance swimmers. Examples of dark fish are Bluefin tuna, Chinook salmon, herring, and mackerel.

Medium Coloured Fish

Medium coloured fish are also quite rich in oils, and include fish such as Arctic char, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, and sockeye salmon. These fish tend to have a stronger flavour than white fish, but are generally not quite as strong as the darkest fish types.

White Coloured Fish

White fish is the lightest tasting fish type, and comes in a wide variety of textures and oil content. Some white fish, such as halibut, rockfish, haddock and catfish are lean in oil and have a firm feel. Others, such as tilapia, sea bass, and flounder have a flaky texture and are lean in oils. You can also find white fish that are firm and oil-rich, such as sturgeon, lake whitefish, and albacore tuna.


We certainly hope that you’ve found these tips helpful, and that you’ll put them to good use the next time you visit your local fresh fish market. As with any type of food, however, you’ll find that choosing a fish is as much a personal preference as how you like your steak done or what toppings you want on your burger. Sure, some fish lend themselves to certain styles of cooking, but ultimately the choice is yours when it comes to what ends up on your plate.

We suggest trying fish from different categories and exploring the different tastes and textures to find what you truly enjoy in fish. Regardless of the type of fish you desire, we know that with these tips you’ll be better equipped to get a nice, fresh fish that will definitely taste great in whatever recipe you use it in.

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Make Sugar-Free Easter Chocolates at Home


Sugar-Free Easter Chocolates

Easter just wouldn’t be the same without a selection of delicious chocolate treats to enjoy, especially for the kids! But how do you give everyone the sweet treats they love without all the excess sugar and carbs? Simple! All you have to do is get a little creative, gather the right supplies, and you can make your own fun Easter chocolates right at home.

This is a fun activity that the whole family can participate in, and it’s extremely easy to do. The number of supplies and ingredients you’ll need is short, and the process is simple. Here, we will show you just how fast and easy it is to make your own sugar-free and low-sugar Easter chocolates. You’ll get a list of essential ingredients and tools, as well as ideas for different ways you can customize the treats and make them truly unique. Let’s hop to it!

Choose a Good Quality Chocolate

The basic ingredient you’ll need, of course, is a good quality chocolate to use to make your treats. Chocolate comes in a wide variety of flavours and types, from milk chocolate that is common in all kinds of candy bars, to extra dark chocolate that is made with a very high percentage of pure cocoa. Chocolate can be flavoured with all kinds of different tastes, like orange or raspberry, and if you’re using white chocolate, can be any colour of the rainbow.

Regardless of what you may want your chocolates to look like or taste like, one thing you’ll want to be sure of is its sugar content. Indulging in chocolate while on the low carb diet requires careful measuring and moderation, since the high sugar content can easily send your carb counts through the roof. That’s why it’s important to find a good quality sugar-free chocolate or low-sugar chocolate to use instead.

There are many choices for sugar-free and low-sugar chocolate that is suitable for baking or making homemade Easter treats. For example, these sugar free Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips from Krisda are sweetened with stevia, and are completely sugar-free. If you prefer your chocolate to be of the darker variety, with a more potent cocoa flavour, these low sugar dark chocolate chips from Lily’s are extremely low in sugar and are a great choice for any chocolatey creations you want to make.

While sugar-free white chocolate options are a bit more limited, we’ve found a fantastic recipe for sugar-free white chocolate that you can make at home from scratch! It produces a beautiful and delicious white chocolate that is absolutely perfect for making molded chocolate treats. This recipe for Sugar-Free White Chocolate comes from Nora at and is the perfect solution for making white chocolate treats for Easter.

Tips for Melting Chocolate

Melting chocolate may seem like an extremely simple job, but there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind while you do it. First, chop up the chocolate in to smaller bits to make it faster and easier to work with. Next, be sure to melt the chocolate over very low heat. Here’s a great video from on how to melt chocolate using a combination of a heat-proof bowl and a saucepan with simmering water to create the perfect conditions for melting chocolate without any risk of burning.

As the chocolate melts, be sure to stir it to blend it smooth and avoid any lumps or un-melted bits, this will ensure smooth and perfect-looking treats when you remove them from the molds.

Fun & Festive Chocolate Molds

Now that you’ve got the chocolate melted and ready to go, you’ll need some fun and festive chocolate molds to pour it in to and make your treats. Bunnies, eggs, chicks, and more are easy to find and make for some cute shapes for your treats. Pour the chocolate in carefully and slowly, and give the occasional gentle shake to the mold to encourage any air bubbles to the surface. Allow the chocolate to cool completely before removing from the mold. Chill in the refrigerator if you’re in more of a hurry, but don’t rush too quickly or you’ll end up with a big mess on your hands.

Chocolate molds come in several different materials, including silicone, plastic, and metal. Silicone molds are very popular since they are soft and bendy, making it easy to remove the chocolates without risking any damage to them. Metal or hard plastic molds may need to be gently tapped, or warmed in order to have the chocolates removed once they are chilled, so be careful not to hit them too hard and risk damaging the mold or breaking the chocolates as they come out.

Add Some Colour to your Creations!

If you’ve decided to use white chocolate, you can easily pour out a bit in to several smaller cups and add a drop or two of food colouring to create multiple different colours of chocolate. These can be used separately, or combine them to create fun patterns in the chocolates that are unique and interesting. Play around with a few different methods and have some fun experimenting with swirly, coloured chocolate!

Try Different Ingredients & Toppings

If you’re feeling extra-creative, why not try including some fun accent ingredients or toppings? For example, if you’re a fan of licorice, try inserting a small sugar-free licorice piece in the middle of the chocolate while it’s still soft. You can do this with sugar-free gummies or caramels, too. Here’s your opportunity to get really crazy and start coming up with your own individual treats that are truly special. If you’re having fun, then you’re doing it right!


This just goes to show that even those holidays that are famous for their sugary treats don’t need to be a time for stress for low carb dieters. There are plenty of ways to come up with amazingly delicious treats that are low-sugar and sugar-free, and we bet that nobody would ever be able to tell the difference.

We hope that these tips and ideas have given you some inspiration to try something new this Easter. Making your own chocolates is a fun and sweet way to bring the family closer together.





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Keto Recipes in 20 Minutes or Less

6 Fast and Easy Keto Diet Recipes in 20 Minutes or Less

We’ve already talked about how the keto diet has very specific criteria that need to be followed, in our recent article here. Since following these details are critical to success on the keto diet, it also helps to have a broad range of recipes that you can choose from when you are putting together your meal plan for the week. That’s why we’ve put together this list of great keto recipes that are fast and easy to prepare, and can be ready in 20 minutes or less. Here, you’ll find suggestions for delicious keto-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that suit a wide array of tastes and cooking styles.

When going keto, many people find that it can be hard to work in enough variety in to their meal plans, especially with busy schedules and time being in short supply. While it is easy to come up with basic food combos that meet the requirements for keto, it can get repetitive if you just stick to the same old things every week. We hope that with this list of 6 great-tasting keto-friendly recipes you can change up your routine and work in some exciting new flavours for your next meal plan that won’t take you hours to prepare.

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Easy Keto Breakfast Recipes

Let’s get started with a couple of delicious keto breakfast recipes that you can try!

Green Buttered Eggs

Let’s start things off with something truly unusual for your next breakfast menu. This flavourful egg dish comes from Morocco, and utilizes a unique blend of fresh herbs such as thyme, cilantro, and parsley sautéed in savoury garlic butter. Add in some farm-fresh eggs, along with some cumin and cayenne to give it a spicy kick, and you’ve got a hearty breakfast full of robust flavours. Boost the protein of this meal with a side of sausages or bacon, and even the hungriest of us will be completely satisfied with this breakfast. Dig in!

Bacon and Zucchini Eggs in a Nest

This recipe comes from Melissa at, as she experimented with one of her favourite childhood recipes in search of a low carb and keto-friendly alternative version. This is a fun way to prepare and serve eggs and bacon along with a hearty serving of vegetables, and it looks just as good as it tastes. The saltiness of the bacon, the crispy bottom that forms on the base of the zucchini, and the flavour of the Asiago cheese all combine to create a delicious breakfast that will definitely leave your whole family full and happy.

Quick Keto Lunch Recipes

Now that breakfast is taken care of, let’s explore a few incredible lunch recipes that are sure to pique your interest!

Ultimate Keto Burgers

With a name that includes ‘Ultimate’, you can be sure that these will be good! This recipe for delicious keto beef burgers also includes a recipe to make some buns from scratch, but you could save even more time by going with a pack of Smartbuns. These burgers go great with any of your favourite keto toppings, but this recipe also includes some suggestions for toppings along with recipes, such as Sriracha chili sauce or Russian slaw. Whatever you decide to top these burgers with, you can be sure they won’t last long on your plate.

LCHF Chicken Caesar Salad

LCHF (low carbohydrate high fat) is the name of the game when it comes to the keto diet, and this salad definitely delivers on that. This recipe starts with a fresh batch of leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, and piles on the protein with loads of chicken, cheese, anchovies, parmesan and mayonnaise. For an added twist of flavour, the chef suggests to season the chicken with paprika or whatever your favourite seasoning might be. We bet that this would work really well with some kind of Mediterranean chicken seasoning.

Fast Keto Dinner Recipes

It’s time to move on to the dinner menu with these fantastic meal ideas that are definitely going to end up on your list of favourites!

Turkey Vegetable Pesto Bolognese

With a name like pesto Bolognese, you’d never expect this recipe to be ready so fast! This recipe makes excellent use of just a few key ingredients to produce a delectable pasta dish that is both light and filling. If you’re in an even bigger hurry to get dinner on the table, you can save time by using a prepared low carb pesto mix, like this Pesto from Mayacamas.

Pair this dish with your favourite Miracle Noodles, Shirakiku, Shirataki and other low carb noodles, and you’ve got an extremely healthy low carb and keto friendly meal that’s loaded with protein and tasty vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms and onions. Simply delicious!

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce

Here’s a recipe that is definitely not your every-day kind of chicken. Fortunately, it’s also deceptively simple to make, so don’t worry about it taking hours to prepare.

This savoury chicken dish combines the fresh taste of green onions with a rich and creamy sauce that drenches the chicken in comforting flavours. Serve with a side of your favourite vegetables, or pair it with a salad full of crisp greens, depending on your preference.


We hope that this selection of healthy recipes has added some excitement to your next keto meal plan. It’s definitely plain to see that just because you need keto-friendly meals that doesn’t mean that they need to be repetitive, complicated, or boring.

With recipes like this in the rotation, you’ll save time and not have to compromise on making dinners full of great flavours that will consistently satisfy your whole family. Happy eating!

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3 Low Carb Beef & Pork Chili Recipes

3 Ultimate Chili Recipes

We’re going to let you in on a huge chili secret: the best chili has absolutely nothing to do with carbs. There, we said it! You can check all the carbs at the door when you make chili, because you won’t need them, and here’s why. When is the last time you heard someone raving about how great the beans were in a chili recipe? Or how amazingly sweet the sauce was? We’d be willing to be the answer is never. Beans don’t make the chili, and neither does sugar. It’s all about the spices, seasonings, vegetables and of course, the meat.

This is why chili is such a fantastic option for low carb dieters. You can make tons of different amazing chili types that have almost no carbs in them, and that’s why you’re reading this article. We’ve gathered together three of the best low carb chili recipes we’ve found and want to share them with you. This list has recipes for beef chili, chicken chili, and pork chili, that are easy to make and taste absolutely wonderful. So, without further delay, let’s get right to it!

Ultimate Chipotle Beef Chili

This recipe is a simple modification of a classic no-bean beef chili recipe to bring the carb counts down and adds in some smoky Chipotle flavour to distinguish it from a typical beef chili. It’s colouful and hearty, with lots of vegetables and just the right amount of heat. We’re sure you’ll love it! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large bell peppers, chopped – one each of green, yellow, red
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup sugar-free ketchup
  • 1 ½ tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano

The recipe to prepare is quite simple, and only involves a few steps:

1 – Brown the ground beef, adding the diced onions to soften for the last 5 minutes of cooking

2 – Add all ingredients to your slow cooker / crock pot, and mix thoroughly.

3 – Set timer to high heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

4 – Serve topped with some shredded cheddar cheese, a scoop of sour cream, and a scoop of guacamole.

Some additional tips for this recipe:

If you like your chili to be thicker, swap out the can of diced tomatoes for a second can of crushed tomatoes to help thicken it up even more.

If you find the heat from the Chipotle pepper to be a bit too much, or perhaps not enough, you can easily adjust the amount to your taste. Or, if you prefer a different flavour of chili, you can replace it with one of your preference.

This recipe uses a trio of bell peppers to add colour, but if you want to choose a different variety of vegetables, you can easily do so. Some people use zucchini or carrots in their chili to boost the amount of veggies and add a different taste and texture. It’s up to you!

Keto Shredded Chicken Chili

This recipe is one we found while searching for a chicken chili that also qualified as keto-friendly. While many chicken chili recipes out there call for ground chicken to be used, we tend to prefer how shredded chicken tastes, and how it gives a different kind of texture and appearance to the chili. This recipe can be ready in as few as 30 minutes, making it a quick and easy dinner you can prepare on a cold winter weeknight, and it will definitely warm up the whole family! Alternatively, this recipe can be done in a slow cooker, too. Give both methods a try and find out which one you prefer.

Creamy Spicy Pulled Pork Keto Chili

You don’t normally think of the word ‘creamy’ to describe chili, but this recipe is definitely going to change that! Much like the shredded chicken recipe above, we love how pulled pork adds a different feel to the chili when compared to ground meats. This recipe takes things a step further by using coconut milk to give it a creaminess that definitely sets it apart from other kinds of chili. In addition, this particular recipe doesn’t use veggies, so you can easily pile it on a low carb bun or wrap it up in a low carb tortilla if you prefer. Of course, if you want to add veggies in to round it out, you can easily do so with the vegetables of your choice.


Well, now that we all have huge cravings for chili, it’s time to adjourn this article. As you can see, chili is a great fit for the low carb lifestyle, and we’re sure you’ll find that even these three amazing recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. For a fast and easy way to kickstart your own chili creation, or to simplify the seasoning process, try this tasty Chili Sauce Mix from Frontera as a great way to save time.  We love to play around with chili recipes to find new flavours and twists to try, and you will, too. Chili is a fun kind of food to play with, and we always look forward to discovering the latest and greatest combinations!

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5 New & Unusual Omelette Recipes

5 New and Unusual Omelette Recipes to Try

Eggs are an amazingly versatile food, and can be prepared in what seems to be a thousand different ways. One of the most popular ways to use eggs is to craft a delicious and healthy omelette. In this article, we’ve gathered a selection of the most unusual and delicious omelette recipes that we can find that are sure to add some flair and variety to your weekly meal plans.

Omelettes have many advantages as part of the low carb diet. The most basic omelette uses just a handful of ingredients, such as eggs, milk, cheese, and vegetables, all of which are low in carbs. In addition, omelettes are one of the easiest foods to customize, since you can essentially leave out or swap in any ingredient that you choose, except for the eggs of course, and you still end up with a healthy and delicious dish that makes a great meal at any time of day.

There are hundreds of different takes on how to prepare omelettes, from the simple and classic Western to the most complex creations you can think of. However, these particular omelette recipes were selected for a couple of reasons. First, they feature a wide range of healthy and low carb ingredients. Second, they are simple to prepare, and don’t take a lot of time to get them on the table. So, with that said, let’s start exploring this list of 5 exciting omelette recipes you can try!

Chicken Omelette with Sautéed Mushrooms

Even though the most common meat to include in an omelette is some sort of ham or bacon, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other proteins you can include to change things up. This amazing recipe uses savoury sautéed chicken and mushrooms, and a handful of other fresh ingredients as the filling for the omelette, and the results are simply scrumptious! This recipe is quite easy to prepare, and is very low in carbs. This would make a fantastic lunch or dinner option that the whole family would devour.

Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelette

Heading across to the Mediterranean for some inspiration for this recipe, and the results are simply delicious! This omelette uses a variety of traditional Greek flavours including olives, feta cheese, and tzatziki, just to name a few. The ingredient list is long, but the end result is totally worth the effort. This is an omelette with a taste that is robust, and yet still fresh and light. Although the recipe calls this a ‘dinner’ omelette, we’d wager that it would work perfect for a fancy lunch, too. It’s important to be careful with the amount quinoa in this recipe, since too much can easily add to the carb count. It’s not really essential to the flavour of the recipe, so don’t be afraid to simply leave it out to bring the carbs down.

Pesto & Roasted Tomato Omelette

This omelette recipe incorporates some Italian elements to make a breakfast that you will want to serve over and over again. From just a few simple ingredients, the end result is an omelette unlike any you’ve ever had. The pesto and roasted tomatoes complement each other perfectly, and the light and fluffy eggs complete the whole experience. This recipe can easily be customized to use whatever your favourite pesto may be, like this Sweet Basil Pesto mix from Simply Organic. And if tomatoes aren’t your preference, those can easily be changed out for roasted red peppers in a pinch. Either way, the results are definitely delicious!

Breakfast Egg White Spinach Enchilada Omelette

Now it’s time to head to the Southwest for this breakfast omelette, but you don’t worry about carbs from tortillas this time. In this unique spin, the chef uses egg whites to create a zero-carb enchilada wrap that gets loaded with spinach, cheese, avocado, and topped with enchilada sauce. For added convenience, try this Enchilada Sauce from Frontera. The final product is a hearty, comforting breakfast that is extremely low in carbs, and perfect for a big family breakfast. For those of us who like things a bit spicier, try working in a little chipotle pepper for an added zing, without risking the recipe getting too flaming hot.

Omelette Waffles

Don’t put that waffle iron away, yet! You’ll need it for this fun omelette recipe. While the ingredients might all be the traditional omelette fare, the preparation method is what gives this recipe it’s place on this list. Making omelettes in your waffle maker will definitely get the whole family smiling in the morning. And since it’s so fast and easy to prepare and cook using this method, you’ll have full tummies in almost no time. Give it a shot, and don’t be afraid to customize the ingredients to whatever you’d like to include in your omelettes. We’re sure you’ll be sold on this technique!


Not only are these recipes inspirational for a great low carb breakfast, but we’re sure that you’re now considering working omelettes in to your meal plan for lunch and dinners, too! Omelettes provide a lot of benefits as part of a low carb meal plan, including plenty of protein and nutrients, ease of preparation, and so many different flavour combinations that you’ll definitely never get bored of them. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about these recipes, and that your next omelette creation is just as fantastic as these.

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Ultimate Keto Diet Gravy

How to Make Low Carb Gravy & Sauce

A good gravy or sauce adds an extra bit of depth to many different types of foods. A Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner table wouldn’t be complete without a turkey and a gravy boat filled with piping hot turkey gravy, a great steak can be made even better with some rich peppercorn sauce on top, and Hollandaise sauce is essential to making a great plate of Eggs Benedict. Gravies and sauces come in lots of different styles and forms, and many of them contain more carbs than you might expect at first glance. This is where low carb dieters need to be a little more careful when choosing what kinds of gravy and sauce to use on their meals.

This article is intended to help identify the not-so-obvious carbs that can hide in gravy and sauces that are commonly served alongside some of our favourite foods. Making small substitutions and adjustments to the recipes is often all it takes to lower the carb count of gravy and sauces, and still keep them as part of your menu.

Let’s start by breaking down the most common types of gravy and sauces, and how they are typically used.

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Gravy for Meats and Poultry

Traditional gravy typically uses a combination of simple ingredients to produce a thick, rich sauce for a variety of different meats. The main ingredient to most gravy will be the pan drippings from the cooked meat being served, such as roasted turkey, pork or beef, for example. These drippings will be collected and mixed with some stock or broth, whatever spices you like, and then a thickener is added to thicken the gravy and finish the process. Most of the time in traditional gravy recipes, this thickener will be wheat flour, which contains carbs. One way to remove the carbs from traditional gravy recipes is to simply serve them in an ‘au jus’ format, which is essentially just a thinner, more broth-like gravy. If this suits your preference, then you can simply proceed without adding a thickener of any kind.

Alternative Thickeners for Gravy and Sauces

If you desire your gravy to have a thicker consistency, you’ll need to find an alternative thickener. Fortunately, there are many other options that can be used as thickeners for gravy that do not contain carbs and perform the job just as well. Many people use cornstarch as an alternative, which has significantly fewer carbs than an equivalent amount of flour, and requires less of it to achieve your desired thickness. For a zero-carb thickener, most people opt for a vegetable gum, such as this Xantham Gum from Bob’s Red Mill. It will effectively thicken gravy and sauces without adding any carbs, but requires careful attention to how its added to the mix, and how much is used.

Other Sauces for Meats and Vegetables

Of course, gravy isn’t the only kind of sauce that you can choose to accompany your meal. There are many kinds of sauces that go exceptionally well with all kinds of meats, as well as other types of dishes. Hollandaise sauce is an essential part of Eggs Benedict recipes, Peppercorn and Béarnaise sauces are common on steaks and beef roasts, and cheese sauce is perfect for smothering cooked vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.

Much like gravy, these sauces often utilize flour as part of their recipes to thicken them, too. Fortunately, they can also be made with the same alternative thickeners as described for gravy, and achieve the desired consistency without adding to the overall carb count.

Great Low Carb Gravy & Sauce Recipes

Now that we’ve covered the basics of gravy and sauces, let’s take a look at some fantastic low carb recipes that are easy to prepare, and taste absolutely delicious.

Classic Low Carb Gravy

For a classic gravy to accompany your dinner, this recipe works with virtually any type of roasted or cooked meat in order to create a delicious low carb gravy. Laura at provides step-by-step instructions on how to craft a perfect gravy, and offers several alternative thickeners that help keep the carb count low.

Keto Béarnaise Sauce

This fantastic Béarnaise sauce recipe comes from Maria over at, and is the perfect way to add some extra depth to a perfectly grilled steak. It puts an interesting twist on the classic Béarnaise sauce by using browned butter to give it a unique flavour profile that is definitely a winner.

Low Carb Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise is another versatile sauce that works wonderfully on many foods such as eggs, fish, and vegetables, just to name a few. This tasty low carb version comes from Martina at, and includes helpful tips and advice on how to prepare this sauce, which can be tricky at times.

Premade Gravy Mixes

In the event that you need a faster alternative for gravy that still fits the low carb diet, you can check out our selection of low carb gravy mixes here. These are delicious, healthy alternatives and are ready to serve in just minutes. You’ll find options for a wide range of gravies and sauces including demi-glace, turkey gravy, savoury herb gravy, and more.


We hope that these recipes and tips have proven to be helpful for you, as the right sauce can make a big difference in the overall experience of a perfectly roasted cut of meat.

We’re sure that with these tips you’ll be able to craft the perfect low carb gravy for your next big family dinner – enjoy!

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  • This offer may not be combined with other offers, limit 1 per customer