Beef and Lamb

Here you will find all the keto beef and lamb recipes on this site (that include either as an ingredient). Both are fantastic sources of protein and fat, so I grouped these two red meats together.

South African ‘Bobotie’ (Low carb)

I have been in the UK for almost 8 years now, but I simply had to showcase one of South Africa’s traditional dishes: Bobotie. This is my version of it, as I changed up some of the more traditional ingredients to make it more low carb friendly. Its hard to describe this dish.. but in a nutshell: its a fragrant, spicy compressed mince with little hints of sweetness – covered in a savoury ‘custard’ to which I added cream cheese and turmeric. This dish is oily and rich, but I have shown ways below to remove some of the unnecessary grease (those steps are optional). As for serving size, it could feed 4 hungry folks, but I think its better suited to serve 6 with a lovely salad on the side. This dish is packed with interesting flavours: please try it!

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Carbs 4.2g | Fat 41g | Protein 28g
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Low carb Beefy Cheese Burgers

OK, I realise 17g carbs in one mealtime is is not ideal on keto, but for those who are simply shaving carbs off their meals, these are the ultimate low carb burgers for special occasions. I used the Soft Burger Buns recipe, and made a quick sauce using Homemade Mayonnaise and Homemade Fresh Tomato Ketchup. Have all those things ready before you start your fry-up as the time indicated doesn’t include making the buns or the condiments. If the bun seems too heavy for you, just enjoy the patty with cheese and sauce and go bun-less! Enjoy!

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Carbs 17g | Fat 95g | Protein 54g
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Roast Beef with Creamy Hot Mustard Sauce

Roast Beef with a beautifully creamy mustard dressing: it looks like your Sundays are sorted! I love my chef’s knife (and sharpen my baby daily), BUT in cases like this, I dig out my electric carving knife. I am not entirely sure why: maybe because it makes me feel like I am living in the 80’s but it is a little more accurate and will ensure that everyone gets a decent, even-sized slice (or two or three) of the good stuff… Check out the Side Dish ideas to serve alongside.

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Carbs 4.3g | Fat 26g | Protein 43g
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Ribeye with Creamy Blue Cheese & Red Onion Relish (Keto)

What a treat! Funnyman and I love blue cheese on ribeye, and with the addition of sweet jammy red onions, every mouthful is flavour-balanced just beautifully. I like ‘creamy’ blue Stilton as the mouthfeel is lovely – but if you can’t source it, try making a sauce instead by melting regular blue cheese in a small pan with a dash of double cream. These macros are based on using two large ribeyes (220g / 7.8oz whoppers), and truth be told – I couldn’t finish mine. It’s very rich. Funnyman, however, wolfed his portion down happily. Maybe this is one for the boys…!

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Carbs 4.2g | Fat 64g | Protein 70g
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Ultimate Ribeye with Chimichurri (Keto)

I have been very quiet the past few weeks, but I have had the most FABULOUS few weeks so I am #SorryNotSorry. You see, I got a very lucky break a few years ago when a colleague of mine at the Fat Duck had a friend-that-knew-a-guy. He landed me a fab private-cheffing gig cooking for (the dreamy) tennis star Grigor Dimitrov over the Queens & Wimbledon Tournaments: WILD, I know! My first year (2017), I was terrified but embraced the challenge; the second year, I was just grateful that he booked me again. By the third year (2019), I truly felt like I was part of his team! The meals I made were not keto but I cannot pass the opportunity to name-drop a little here! The highlight was when Funnyman joined me one afternoon and we threw them an awesome and authentic South African braai (see the awesome pic at the end) which has now become a tradition every year. Anyway, G loved my ribeye-and-chimichurri, so I have included the recipe below which I did for his team several times on his request. I hope you love it as much as they did! (The chimichuri is made in a mini food processor. Its unlikely you will use all of it over your ribeye: it yields massive flavour and a little goes a long way. Therefore, the macros have  been calculated that you will only use half, leaving the remaining for use in a salad dressing or over grilled fish. Store covered in the fridge.)

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Carbs 1.5g | Fat 54g | Protein 55g
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Lamb Chops with Rosemary Butter (Keto)

I am quite vocal about how lamb is my favourite meat, I love it! Here, my butcher hooked me up with fantastic cutlets and we simply cooked them on the braai (BBQ). Lamb and rosemary go so well together, so I made a quick flavoured butter beforehand to melt on top and #PimpMyChops. And, since its the Bank Holiday weekend coming up here in the UK, why not enjoy these with my Tear-and-Share Keto Garlic Bread and a lovely salad on the side.

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Carbs 0g | Fat 49g | Protein 41g
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Steak Tagliata (Keto)

Beef Tagliata

I know summer is still a while away here up north, but this is a great idea for you to bookmark if you are cooking for one and can’t be bothered with an accompanying sauce or cooking up vegetables. After frying the steak to perfection (I hope your perfection is the same as my perfection: medium-rare) and leaving it to rest, I simply deglazed the pan with lemon juice and used the zingy rendered juices from the pan (after cooling a little) and tossed it with wild rocket (arugula). The steak tagliata only requires a generous scattering of salt flakes and finely shaved Parmesan. If you have a microplane, finely grate a little lemon zest into the salad too. Winner winner singleton’s dinner!

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Carbs 0g | Fat 30g | Protein 35g
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Spicy Low-carb Cottage Pie

Keto Low carb Cottage Pie
Keto Low carb Cottage Pie

When I was young, Cottage Pie was one of the first things I learnt to make. Its dead-easy and the humble flavours make it such a hearty, welcome dinner – you simply can’t go wrong. I added cayenne pepper into the beef to give it some kick, but that is entirely optional (especially if you are cooking for the kids). Top your cooked mince with creamy cauliflower mash and cover the lot in grated cheese before popping in the oven to melt and gratin. Lush! A perfect, guilt-free low-carb cottage pie. Step-by-step pics to help you along…

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Carbs 11g | Fat 34g | Protein 36g
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Roasted Bone Marrow on Keto Chia Toast

Roasted Bone Marrow on Keto Toast
Roasted Bone Marrow

Be still, my heart!‘ This was my reaction when I spotted packaged bone marrow at the Trose. Roasted bone marrow needs only a scattering of sea salt flakes and some micro-herbs to season and garnish. Do not be alarmed that this is such a small meal (one bone per person) as its a sickly-rich little dish: gloriously high-fat and satisfying. I spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread, which happens to be one of the most popular recipes on the blog. If you don’t have a store that sells handy marrow portions, scoop out the fatty marrow from your bones after making Bone Broth. The macros were calculated on using the full recipe of the Quick Keto Chia Bread (3 slices > 1.5 slices per person, as pictured).

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Carbs 2.8g | Fat 52g | Protein 13g
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Concentrated Beef Stock Cubes

Keto Concentrated Beef Stock Broth Cubes
Keto Concentrated Beef Stock Broth Cube

Its very rewarding making your own stock and you should give it a try at least once. If you saw all the nasties hidden in the ‘freshest’, ‘finest’ stocks available in stores you will likely make it more often. Ingredients like barley, sugar and cornflour are pretty common in the stocks you see on the shelves. This recipe uses the Fats of Life Bone Broth recipe as a base. (That recipe takes a few hours to make and overnight to set. The time allocated for this recipe is simply the steps following that.) I will show you how you can make clean, healthy beef stock cubes – yielding as many as 10 portions of good-quality stock from only one batch.

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Beefy Bone Broth: Elixir of Life

Beefy Bone Broth
Keto Beefy Bone Broth

There is a long process to making this glorious bone broth, but the results are worth it. Most of the time is really the pressure cooker doing its thing and the overnight bit is so that the broth can chill so you can easily remove the fat for a more clarified broth. Not only is the broth itself a tasty warm drink (an elixir of life, some say) with numerous health benefits I will leave you to Google, but you can also: Use the bones a second time; use the mince in a meal the next day (although the mince will require plenty of seasoning); use the scooped marrow from the cooked bones and spread it on toasted Quick Keto Chia Bread. Not only that, you can use this exact recipe below as a base to make my Concentrated Beef Stock Cubes. If you haven’t already invested in a pressure cooker, I advise that you do because mine was inexpensive and I get a lot of use from it.

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Ronald’s Lamb & Tomato Stew

Low Carb Lamb Stew
Low Carb Lamb Stew

Today is Valentine’s Day. It would also have been my dad’s 70th birthday. I was 18 years old when it happened. We never figured out what killed him – he had the doctors, specialists and pathologists scratching their heads while he was in ICU and my brother and I didn’t have Google back in 1997 to perform our own Dr Google diagnosis to try and challenge them. A bizarre, unidentifiable bacteria attacked his lungs and he was dead within weeks of getting a blocked nose. We all thought it was a bad case of the flu: it wasn’t. He had made a recent business trip to central Africa, but nothing identifiable came up on the pathology results after a battery of tests. It was – and still is – a medical mystery…

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Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls

Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls
Keto Cabbage Mince Rolls

Get a little creative with ground beef and savoy cabbage and spend some time making these attractive little parcels. I used the full yield of the Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe for this dish, so be sure to have that prepped and ready before beginning. (You could, alternatively use 500g / 18oz of passata, but I want to encourage you to make your own sauces so you know exactly what has gone into them.) One serving = 2 parcels (as pictured) so this recipe will happily feed a family of 4.

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Carbs 15g | Fat 43g | Protein 35g
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Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Keto Lamb Shoulder

Lamb is my absolute favourite meat! Funnyman makes the best lamb ribs, but when we are feeling fancy or entertaining guests on a lazy, winter Sunday afternoon, I love to whip up a slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The best part of this recipe isn’t the lovely roasted tomatoes that are served alongside it (which perfectly cut through the fat with their plump sweetness), but the deeply-rich, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy that I make with the juices and cooked down onions. Check out the Side Dishes section on this site for some ideas for additional accompaniments this Christmas…

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Carbs 7.7g | Fat 32g | Protein 27g
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Quick-and-Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having pho bo (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.

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Carbs 6.9g | Fat 15g | Protein 31g
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