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.

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

Low-Carb Dishes That Mimic Potatoes

Loaded Baked Cauliflower

loaded cauliflower

You won’t miss the potatoes with this dish. Adding cream cheese, butter, and bacon to cauliflower makes a side dish or main dish you can’t wait to eat. It’s filling and delicious, just like loaded baked potatoes.

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Easy Mashed Cauliflower

Keto Mashed Cauliflower

Keto Mashed Cauliflower is a fantastic alternative for high-carb potatoes with their creamy, buttery flavor and smooth texture. It’s one substitution you won’t mind making.

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Seasoned Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

If you have an affinity for potato chips, you’ll be searching for something to fill that craving. Kale Chips are a great way to experience the crunchy saltiness of potato chips without the extra carbs from the potatoes.

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Celeriac Fries

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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Crispy Turnip Fries

turnip fries

Turnip fries that taste just as good as your favorite crispy french fries but with fewer carbs and baked in the oven for a healthy, low carb side dish.

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Cauliflower Casserole

baked cauliflower casserole

This keto loaded cauliflower casserole is an EASY 30-minute keto comfort food for the cheese and bacon lovers! If you miss a classic loaded baked potato casserole on your keto journey, this keto cauliflower casserole will fix it!

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Crispy Zucchini Chips

crispy Zucchini Fries

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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Beef Stew With Turnips

stew with turnips

This big and beefy Beef Stew uses turnips instead of potatoes, and you’ll never taste the difference!

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Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower

twice baked cauliflower

This Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower is definitely a cheesy side dish the whole family is going to love. This is easier than twice-baked potatoes and just as delicious!

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Celeriac Gratin

celeriac gratin

This cheesy, cream celeriac gratin makes a delicious low carb side dish. It uses celeriac in place of the potatoes, but has a very similar texture and the taste is just as amazing.

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Hasselback Turnips

hasselback turnips

With this recipe, thinly sliced turnip halves are roasted in a herb and garlic butter until golden and crispy. A great vegetable side dish with roasted beef or chicken.

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Mashed Turnips

mashed turnips

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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Cauliflower Hash Browns

Cauliflower hash browns

Cauliflower hash browns are a healthy low carb alternatives to regular potato hash browns. This dish is vegan & gluten-free, also.

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Oven Roasted Radishes with Rosemary

Low-Carb Alternatives to Potatoes (+10 Great Recipes)

These oven roasted radishes with rosemary and honey are a simple way to prepare radishes and mellow out their intense flavor. A great lower-carb option for potatoes!

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Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash

Low-Carb Alternatives to Potatoes (+10 Great Recipes)

Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash is the perfect side dish for your meal. It is quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. Delicious and satisfying, the whole family will enjoy this tasty dish.

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Fried Radishes with Crispy Bacon

Low-Carb Alternatives to Potatoes (+10 Great Recipes)

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. Whether you use it for a savory side dish or an over the top breakfast…this recipe will be a must have for your table!

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

6 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.

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