Keto Skillet Meatballs


These keto skillet meatballs are the juiciest, most tender meatballs that you will ever try. With lots of cheesy mozzarella and low-carb marinara sauce on top, this delicious recipe will make your mouth water. This simple meatball recipe is also super easy to make and meal prep!

Keto Skillet Meatballs Recipe Video

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Keto Meatballs Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef, ground sausage or ground elk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup pork panko
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 25 oz low carb marinara
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Keto Skillet Meatballs Directions

  • Keto Skillet Meatballs
  • Low Carb Skillet Meatball Casserole Recipe

    a skillet with meatballs and melted cheese topped with parsley

    These easy keto skillet meatballs can be made with any type of ground meat, including ground beef, sausage, chicken, turkey, or even wild game like elk or venison. Every kind of ground meat has a unique flavor and a slightly different texture, so make sure to choose your favorite. You can even try a combination of meats like ground beef and ground sausage or ground turkey with chicken.

    The key to making these keto skillet meatballs so tasty is to use lots of garlic and Lawry’s seasoning salt. These seasonings and flavors complement one another for the perfect keto meatballs. Plus if you are using game meat like ground elk or venison, the garlic and seasoning salt will help take the gamey flavor out of the meat.

    Once you pan-fry these meaty meatballs, you can finish the dish off with your favorite low carb marinara sauce and top it with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle on fresh basil. You can even add your favorite keto noodles, such as the heart of palm noodles, zucchini noodles, or shirataki noodles, to make a delicious keto spaghetti and meatballs.

    major cheese pull from lifting a cheese covered meatball up

    How to Make Meatballs

    To make up these juicy low carb meatballs, we use some key ingredients that all play a roll in make these best tasting meatballs. There are some substitutions, but I would stick the original keto meatball recipe as much as possible for ultimate flavor and texture to make the best meatball recipe.

    • Egg is used to hold the meatballs together. You can omit this if you are allergic to eggs; however, you meatballs may crumble. Add an additional 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese may help to hold them together.
    • Pork panko is used in place of the breadcrumbs. It is ground pork rinds. Regular breadcrumbs are not keto friendly as they are higher in carbohydrates and contain gluten. If you can’t consume pork, try substituting with more parmesan cheese or almond flour.
    • Seasoning salt gives these keto meatballs a unique flavor. You can replace this with extra salt if you don’t want to use the seasoned kind.
    • Use any ground meat you prefer. I have used ground beef for a beef meatball recipe, ground elk, ground pork and a mixture of all. Even experiment with chicken meatballs.

    To form the meatballs, simply pinch off some meat mixture and roll it in the palm of your hands to form a 1 inch ball. You can also use a 1 inch cookie scoop if you don’t want to get your hands dirty.


    Marinara Sauce

    When it comes to selecting a keto pasta sauce, you need to make sure you are getting one with the lowest carbohydrates. Tomatoes and tomato sauces already are naturally higher in carbs so we want to make sure the sauce you are selecting doesn’t have added sugars that will increase the carb count.

    Some of my favorite brands are YoMama and Rao’s. You can even make your own homemade keto marinara, which is cheaper and easy to make. Or in a pinch, you can use tomato sauce. Then just add in some Italian seasoning and garlic powder for flavor.

    pulling a cheesy meatball out of a cast iron skillet

    Low Carb Noodles

    These cheesy skillet meatballs are delicious on there own with just keto meatballs, sauce and cheese. But you can to pour them over noodles and make keto spaghetti and meatballs! Options for keto noodles are hearts of palm spaghetti noodles, zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) and shirataki noodles. These options are all gluten free and very low in carbs.

    The zucchini noodles you can make yourself by spiralizing a zucchini or often you can purchase zoodles in the freezer section or produce section of the grocery store.

    Other option for noodles are some keto spaghetti that is low in carbs but contains gluten. These noodles look and taste like regular noodles.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Skillet Meatballs

    Servings: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 533
    Fat 41.2g
    Protein 34.8g
    Total Carbs 5.2g
    Net Carbs 4.3g

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    1. Delicious comfort food! Next time I make this, I’ll use half hot italian sausage (pork) and half beef. I froze half the recipe in individual servings so I can have this tasty dish any time the mood strikes.

    2. Hi! I made these last night and they were a huge hit, even with my non-keto son and husband! I didn’t have the panko, so I substituted hemp hearts, which worked great. I’ve done this before with meatloaf, so I thought it’d be okay. This is definitely going to be a “go to” for me–it was so easy to throw together, the ingredients are usually on hand, and like I said, they loved it! I love your recipes! Thanks for helping me succeed at keto!

    3. Quick question- The Lawrys Season Salt contains sugar, (2nd ingredient) plus other undesirable ingredients. Would McCormick Garlic, Onion, Pepper, mustard, & sea salt be a better option? Thanks for all you do, love tour presentation, enthusiasm and of course menus & recipes!

    4. Love these! I add a little dried basil (same amt as oregano), about half the garlic (I love it but it can make me queasy) and some minced onion. Oh, and some shaved parmesan on each serving on top of the mozzarella. Delicious!

    5. Delicious! I didn’t have pork panko so had to sub w/almond flour, which worked fine, except it probably altered the macros a bit. Still a very tasty & satisfying recipe.

    6. This meatball recipe was delicious. I paid attention to adding plenty of season salt and spices. Very good! Cooked in air fryer to avoid turning and oil splatter. Made half Asian and hope they are as good as your recipe. I really love all your videos and food suggestions. Thank you.

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