Low-Carb Alternatives to Potatoes (+15 Great Recipes)

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One of the hardest parts of a keto or low-carb diet is giving up potatoes. Everyone loves potatoes! They go with everything. But just because you’ve chosen to give up carbs doesn’t mean you have to give up the joy of potatoes.

There are many alternatives to potatoes that have much less carbohydrates, but still have the texture of potatoes. You can use these alternatives to make things that mimic your favorite potato dishes, like French fries, mashed potatoes, and scalloped potatoes.

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In this post, we’ve collected 15 great potato alternatives for you. These dishes range from side dishes, to appetizers, and main dishes where potatoes must be substituted.

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What Are the Low Carb Alternatives to Potatoes?

There are many alternatives to potatoes that have a low carb count and are less starchy.

Some of these alternatives have the same or similar texture to a potato. The flavor is different, whether it’s minor or a bit more noticeable, but these alternatives can all be used in place of potatoes in your favorite dishes.

Some of these vegetables are lower in carbs than others, so we’ll give you an idea what to expect.

There are 15.3 grams of carbs in 3.5 oz of potatoes and 1.7 grams of fiber.

  • Cauliflower – Per 3.5 oz: 25 calories, 5 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar
  • Daikon – Per 3.5 oz: 20 calories, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar
  • Turnips – Per 3.5 oz: 28 calories, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar
  • Rutabaga – Per 3.5 oz: 36 calories, 8 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 6 g sugar
  • Butternut Squash – Per 3.5 oz: 41 calories, 10.5 g carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 2 g sugar
  • Celeriac – Per 3.5 oz: 42 calories, 9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar

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Low-Carb Dishes That Mimic Potatoes

Keto Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
This loaded cauliflower casserole makes a great side dish or main dish on a low-carb diet.
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loaded cauliflower
Keto Mashed Cauliflower
The cauliflower mashed potatoes are smooth, buttery, and creamy, plus perfect for a keto diet.
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Keto Mashed Cauilflower
Baked Kale Chips
These baked kale chips are a healthy snack that will give potato chips a run for their money.
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kale chips
Grilled Radishes With Garlic & Dill Butter
These Grilled Radishes are the new hot thing this grilling season and a great side dish for your cookout. Toss aside the potatoes and get these little gems on the grill. You're going to love them!
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Grilled Radishes
Keto Cauliflower “Potato” Salad
This Cauliflower "Potato" Salad recipe is packed with all the regular "potato" salad ingredients – green onion, hard-boiled egg, and pickle – but with tender cauliflower instead of potato.
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Cauliflower Potato Salad and Ribs
Keto Gnocchi
These keto gnocchi are light and fluffy, with a texture and flavor that's perfect for any sauce.
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keto gnocchi
Celeriac Fries
These Celeriac Fries are sweet, nutty and crispy, and a great alternative to regular fries! For an added bonus, they are naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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Celeriac Fries
Crispy Zucchini Chips
They’re chips, but healthy and without the carb-heavy potatoes. These crispy golden brown zucchini chips are full of flavor and easy to make.
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Crispy zucchini chips
The Beefiest Keto Beef Stew
This big and beefy Beef Stew uses turnips instead of potatoes, and you’ll never taste the difference!
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keto beef stew 1
Celeriac Gratin
A creamy, cheesy celeriac gratin is a tasty low carb alternative to potatoes. Slices of celeriac are cooked in a garlic cream sauce until tender.
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Celeriac Gratin
Keto Hasselback Turnips
Hasselback turnips are an elegant way of enjoying a low carb vegetable. Thinly sliced and roasted in a garlic herb butter until golden.
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Hasselback turnips
Mashed Turnips Recipe
Mashed turnips make a healthier side dish option. Turnips are under appreciated, but can be turned into a delicious side dish that is very similar to mashed potatoes.
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Mashed Turnips Recipe
Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash
Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash is a healthy and delicious side dish the whole family will enjoy! It’s quick and easy to make rutabaga mash with the Instant Pot.
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Rutabaga Mash
Fried Radishes with Crispy Bacon
This Fried Radishes with Crispy Bacon Recipe is a healthy alternative if you’re craving those starchy potatoes! Simple seasonings with bacon make for a perfect blend of flavors.
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Fried radishes with bacon

What to Serve With This Dish?

This side dish goes well with a lot of different main dishes. Here are a few of our favorites:


All of these recipes will go a long way to helping you fill your potato cravings while on a low-carb or keto diet. I hope you’ve tried many of them and enjoy them as much as we do!


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7 thoughts on “Low-Carb Alternatives to Potatoes (+15 Great Recipes)

  1. Rebecca Smith says:

    I love my potatoes so it is very difficult to give them up when doing keto! This is so helpful and reminds me that there are some delicious alternatives.

  2. jacque hastert says:

    I don’t know which one to make first. These are perfect for the holiday and I bet your guests won’t know they are low carb.

  3. Toon says:

    This is a marvelous overview! I get so inspired by it and get so many good ideas. Thank you for collecting these ideas.

  4. Tara says:

    Oh yum! What a fun collection of recipes. Those celeriac and turnip fries especially look amazing. Definitely great alternatives to potatoes.

  5. Toon says:

    Thank you for making this overview. There are some very good Ideas that I might want to make in the near future.

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