Sausages can be enjoyed at almost every meal. From breakfast to lunch to dinner to snacks. They are very versatile and come in all types, but they are usually a mixture of ground meat and spices in a casing.
A brief history of sausage
Sausages appear all over the world and almost every culture has its own traditional sausage recipe. Food historians have even traced the first sausages as far back as 3100 BC, to ancient Mesopotamia, where Sumerian culture was prevalent. From there the concept of sausage migrated to Turkey around 1000 BC (sausage) and to China around 580 BC (Lap Cheong). These two cultures still eat those sausages.
Sausages can be included in any meat-based recipe which makes the cooking process easier as the meat is already seasoned with a variety of spices. But be careful and read the label and ingredient list carefully because some sausages may contain wheat flour or breadcrumbs for icing.
So let’s clear up some misconceptions…
Are sausages keto-friendly?
Yes, but you can’t automatically assume all sausages are keto-friendly, as some recipes use flour or cornstarch as a binding agent. Some use sugar, honey and maple syrup as seasonings.
Is summer sausage keto-friendly?
Yes! This sausage is ideal on the keto diet and is a great addition to a charcuterie bar. Plus, it’s high in sodium and can give you a much-needed electrolyte boost.
Are breakfast sausages suitable for a keto diet?
Yes, but not all of them. Regular breakfast sausages contain about 1 gram of carbs per link, but the specialty ones can be hidden carb bombs. In particular, it is best to avoid those that contain maple syrup.
Is Italian sausage keto-friendly?
Yes, this delicious sausage contains only 3 grams of carbohydrates and is a great addition to a variety of dishes.
Are Vienna sausages keto-friendly?
Yes, these are also great on the keto diet, as they contain only 2 grams of carbs.
Is smoked sausage keto friendly?
It depends on the sausage, but most have about 5 grams of carbs per serving. For example, the famous kielbasa contains sugar as one of the ingredients, and therefore will not be suitable for keto.
What recipes can be made with sausage?
ingredients: Butter, breakfast sausage, heavy cream, cheese, onions, broth
Gravy is that exotic sauce on the table whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s usually packed with carbs, but this easy recipe is not only keto-friendly, but also has a taste of nostalgic broth, perfect for pairing with some roast beef or meatloaf.
ingredients: Sausage, zucchini, coconut oil, eggs, coconut cream
This thin and egg casserole is amazing not only for breakfast, but also for lunch. Plus, you can change the flavor profile simply by choosing a different sausage or replacing the zucchini with other keto-friendly vegetables, such as mushrooms, spinach, or tomatoes.
ingredients: Italian sausage, green pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic, tomato sauce
Sausage and peppers are a quick, keto-friendly dish that has many different faces. It can be a stew if you add more water or broth..or, if you keep the water level low, it can be used as a filling for an omelette or enchiladas. It is perfect for many occasions and can be prepared in advance. Keeps well in the refrigerator and becomes tastier on the second day.
Keto sausage balls
ingredients: sausage and eggs
Yes, it can be that simple. This two-ingredient recipe is quick, easy, and cost-effective. It’s perfect as a game day snack or appetizer for a special event. It freezes well, so you can prepare it in one go.
Keto sausage egg casserole
ingredients: Sausage, spinach, peppers, eggs, onions, pork rinds
This is one of those recipes that gets better over time. It is ideal for breakfast as it can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator where the flavors blend and enhance the recipe.
ingredients: Sausage, eggs, cream cheese, shredded cheese, coconut flour
This is another recipe to add to your meal prep list. It freezes well and can be cooked from the freezer. It’s great for breakfast or as a snack. It’s also great as an on-the-go snack, just toss a few in a ziplock bag and you’re good to go.
Image source: Lisa from Low Carb Yum
ingredients: Chicken broth, fresh cabbage, sausage, mushroom, garlic, salt, pepper.
There can be no such thing as a delicious bowl of soup for when you need to warm up or if you’re feeling a little weak – it’s kind of a bowl hug! This amazing keto-friendly soup contains chunks of sausage, mushrooms, and kale and uses chicken broth as a base. If you like thick soups, you can add some cauliflower, but this dish is delicious as is.
keto italian sausage soup
ingredients: Italian sausage, bacon, onion, garlic, chicken broth, coconut cream, kale
Italian sausage is a very tasty variety of sausage, and it goes well with a light soup and broth, giving it a deep flavor. This Zuppa Toscana recipe is a wonderful autumnal dish that will warm your heart and make you forget about rainy weather.
ingredients: Sausage, eggs, cream cheese, mozzarella, almond flour
The secret to this biscuit is the dough, which uses only a few ingredients to great effect. Biscuits turn salty, flaky, cheesy, and delicious. And it pairs well with our previous sausage broth recipe so no one will notice that it’s low in carbs and good for you.
ingredients: Sausage, onions, celery, garlic, chicken broth, eggs
Even if you’ve been sticking to Keto during the holidays, you don’t have to skip one of the most important parts of your Thanksgiving meal…the stuffing. With this recipe, you get a crunchy filling full of protein and fiber. You can even use our previous rusk biscuit recipe.
2 . Keto Sausage Egg Cups
ingredients: sausage and eggs
Egg cups are usually made with sliced bacon, but you can always substitute bacon for sausage. Line each muffin pan with a thin, pressed layer of sausage meat. Beat eggs and season and fill cups? from the road. If you want more flavor, you can add diced onions or paprika to the egg mixture. Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for up to 20-25 minutes or until sausages are tender.
ingredients: Italian sausage, butter, carrots, cauliflower, kale, onions, chicken broth, heavy cream
This delicious soup made with Italian sausage brings the flavors of Italy straight to your kitchen. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner, and the best part is that you can make it in a cooking pot and not have to worry about cleaning multiple utensils. The rich and creamy broth balances the earthy undertones of sausage creating the perfect fall dish.
ingredients: Bacon, yellow onion, cabbage, salt, garlic powder, beef broth, bay leaves, italian chicken sausage, parsley.
This is another great adaptable paleo and keto recipe that the whole family will enjoy! You can use any type of sausage your family likes, even spicy ones to give the dish a kick, but it may be best to use mild if you’re cooking this for the kids. If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can do this on the stovetop in a regular saucepan but be careful to stir often so that food doesn’t catch on the bottom.
Keto sausage and jumbo shrimp
ingredients: Smoked sausage, shrimp, onion, garlic, red pepper, celery, tomato, chicken broth
This recipe can rival any of the traditional Louisiana-style gumbo recipes. It doesn’t lack any depth and flavor, and you won’t even miss the starchy vegetables commonly found in these types of stews. Trust us, this okra will become your go-to food in no time.
ingredients: Sausage, bell pepper, mushroom, cauliflower, marinara sauce, butter, mozzarella
This is a great dish after a long day at work because it’s quick and doesn’t require much prep time. You can even skip the grated cheese on top for a dairy-free version. These stuffed bell peppers are even more delicious if you serve them with coconut sour cream or regular sour cream.
Image source: Melissa Who I’m breathing I’m hungry
ingredients: Sausage, sun dried tomatoes, eggs
A frittata is a traditional Spanish-style omelette that usually contains two main ingredients: eggs and potatoes. Of course, potatoes are too starchy to include in a keto diet, but there are other options for making a frittata. This recipe takes on all the notes of a traditional dish without the heavy carbohydrate content. Sun-dried tomatoes and basil add an earthy flavor and balance the richness of eggs and sausage.
Image source: Tasha from Kitujasem
ingredients: Sausage, mozzarella, cheese, eggs, garlic powder, marinara sauce, olives, Canadian bacon, pepperoni.
This meat-based pizza is so low in carbs that it will definitely fit into your diet plan! The recipe calls for ground turkey for the base, but you can substitute it with some Italian sausage for extra flavor. The base can be as thick or as thin as you like, but the thinner the crust, the more brittle it will be. Again with this recipe, the topping can be modified to suit your taste, so if you don’t like olives, just replace it with something else! However, I suggest you try the mix of bacon and pepperoni – it tastes amazing!
ingredients: Sausage, zucchini, onion, garlic, tomato, parmesan
This recipe is similar to stuffed bell peppers, but has less cooking and preparation time, and requires fewer ingredients. This dish contains enough protein, vegetables, and fats to satisfy everyone. Plus, these boats are delicious, healthy, and cheesy all at once!
ingredients: Smoked sausage, broccoli, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar, parmesan
This is another perfect recipe for the busy person. It uses smoked sausage that cooks very quickly due to the smoking process. This makes it fast, efficient and timely. Plus, the sausage and broccoli will swim in a creamy sauce that will make you drool. It is suitable as a main meal or a side dish, it is entirely up to you how to include it in the menu.
ingredients: Sausage, eggs, almond flour, parsley, coconut oil
This has to be my favorite way to eat eggs. It’s very easy to make but really packs a punch. Cover a boiled egg with a thin layer of sausage meat. Make sure that the meat is homogeneous and completely covers the eggs. For the coating, use a beaten egg and some almond flour. Dip the beaten egg first in the beaten egg, then in the almond flour, and repeat the process. Leave it for a minute or two, then deep fry until golden brown. Make sure to keep the sausage layer thin so that it has enough time to cook.
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