Lunch can be one of the most difficult meals of the day. Most people have to take their lunch with them to the office and may not have access to a full kitchen. Maybe you have the chance to head home for lunch but lack the time to actually cook a meal. Either way, it’s convenient to have some great recipes for no-cook keto lunches that you can consume with minimal prep time and no use of the stovetop or oven.
Fortunately, we have plenty of recipes for no-cook keto lunches that you can whip up in a hurry with minimal ingredients.
Seafood-Based No-Cook Lunches
Seafood makes a great option because so much of it comes pre-cooked. If you can buy cooked shrimp at the grocery store (often sold in the frozen food aisle), you can whip up a batch of this shrimp ceviche. Prep ahead by chopping the shrimp the night before. Then, all you’ll have to do is mix everything in a bowl.
Another delicious no-cook lunch recipe in our catalog is shrimp-stuffed avocados. You’ll start with chopped cooked shrimp, mix with mayo, red onion, hot sauce, lime juice, and cilantro, and spoon the mixture into avocado halves for a filling high-fat, high-protein meal.
If you have about 15 minutes to whip up a nutritious meal for yourself, then you might want to turn to this tuna recipe utilizing cucumber cups. It makes just two servings, so it’s perfect if you want to share with a spouse or a coworker. The only real kitchen tool that you’ll need is a spoon or a paring knife, making it super work-friendly.
If you love sushi but want to keep things keto, then you may want to make a restaurant-quality keto poke bowl. Using sushi-grade salmon or Ahi tuna, you get a zesty sauce with some healthy fats from an avocado. The best part is that no-cooking is required for this tasty sushi bowl.
For those who do want some sushi on their diet, this keto sushi recipe will help you to satisfy the cravings for smoked salmon sushi. It takes just 15 minutes to throw together and you can have a gourmet meal from your home kitchen.
Smoked salmon is useful for lots of no-cook recipes, as it requires no prep. Try this smoked salmon lettuce rollup to crush your wrap cravings. Our recipe contains smoked salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese rolled up in leaves of lettuce, but you can add whatever additional fillings you want, including avocado, crab meat, and pickled radish.
No-Cook Keto Salads
It likely goes without saying, but salads are a great no-cook keto lunch option if you are a little creative with managing your ingredients. This chopped tahini salad is a Mediterranean delight. While it does call for cooked chicken breast, you can purchase pre-cooked chicken from a bag at the grocery store, often in the deli meat aisle, to save time and make this recipe truly “no-cook.”
A cheeseburger salad is another great option if you have some leftover ground beef that needs to be eaten. You can make this salad up to a week in advance, allowing you to pull a jar out of the fridge and eat whenever you have a spare moment.
Tuna salad is another great way to mix up a meal in under five minutes. Using canned tuna, a helping of avocado mayo, and a little bit of red pepper, you will have a fantastic tuna salad that you can make ahead for those days when you have minimal time to spend on meal prep.
Combine the best of seafood and salad together in this salmon salad. It’s a fresh take on a tuna salad with a little bit of crunch, a sprinkle of green onions, and some fresh lemon juice to brighten up the meal. Eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon or spread it on a lettuce leaf.
This BLT salad with zesty sesame mustard dressing is another easy pick for a no-cook keto lunch. All you have to do is buy pre-cooked bacon and whip up a batch of this dressing for a complete meal that you will want to try over and over again. It’s a little higher in net carbs than some of our recipes (10.5 grams) but it’s worth every mouthful!
Light Meals and Snacks
Some people prefer to keep their midday meal a little bit lighter. To this end, a cucumber salad is a cool and crunchy way to satisfy your tastebuds. You need minimal ingredients and won’t have to chop much to whip up a batch of this tangy meal. As a bonus, it only has 3 grams of net carbs, which makes it perfect if you are saving those macros for dinner.
If you have the time to prep your meal the night before, then you may want to turn to this tasty broccoli salad. Seven ingredients combine to give you a chilled salad that you will turn to for a healthy helping–and maybe even seconds! Just keep in mind that it does have a higher net carb count (6 grams).
If you’re looking for a simple no-cook keto snack, these prosciutto rollups have your name on them. Just roll slices of prosciutto around mozzarella sticks and get to eating (our recipe does suggest baking them briefly to help them stay rolled up, but it’s no problem to skip that step).
Or, make this keto spinach artichoke dip the night before. It’s creamy and delicious, the perfect way to make eating your raw keto veggies more appetizing.
The Perfect No-Cook Keto Lunch
Lunch is typically a lighter meal–and there’s usually less time to make it–but that does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor. Even with a no-cook option, you can have a delicious meal that leaves you feeling satisfied for hours to come. If you have minimal prep time due to a rushed lunch break, lack access to an oven, or just don’t want to turn it on, these recipes will save the day–while keeping you in ketosis.
Ashley Simpson is a freelance writer dedicated to helping people improve their
lives -- in every way possible. She understands that food and diet are necessary
components to a healthy lifestyle and experiments with both. When she isn't
typing away, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
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