Low-Carb Easter Dinner Menu Ideas

Glazed roast ham for Easter
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Luckily, there are many easy low-carb options that are sure to impress your Easter guests. From main dishes to desserts, let's explore ways you can feed everyone while ensuring it's healthy and diet friendly.

Traditional Main Dishes

Any main dish can be used for Easter, but some are more traditional than others. Turning your favorite lamb or ham into a low-carb delight is rather easy.

Lamb is an excellent choice because it usually isn't served with a lot of sugar. Use your favorite recipe or look for those with a simple herb rub like a crown roast of lamb with rosemary and oregano.

Ham is a slightly different matter because sweet glazes are so popular. Begin by seeking out a ham that isn't sugar-cured or baked in honey. You can use a low sugar or sugar-free jam (apricot jam or orange marmalade work well) as the basis for your own glaze or simply use it as a substitute for sugary jams in a recipe. Another option is to go with a savory mustard-glazed ham recipe. 

When serving, you can also look for the slices of a regular glazed ham that have a minimum amount of glaze. It's also easy to cut it off altogether once it hits your plate. 

Other Main Dishes

Salmon is a nice spring dish and the salmon season just happens to start right around Easter. It's the perfect alternative to ham and lamb. Recipes especially suited for Easter dinner include spinach and pesto salmon and an easy baked salmon with herbs.

Roasted meats, such as roast pork, pot roast, or roast beef are other good choices for Easter.

Side Dishes

One welcome development around Easter is that we are starting to turn away from the starchy vegetables of winter towards the lighter vegetables of spring. Take advantage of this by serving salads or cooked spring vegetables.

Some of the simplest and most elegant vegetables are left whole and cooked simply to bring out their fresh flavors. A favorite of the season is oven-roasted or grilled asparagus with a little lemon and herbs. Steamed artichokes are another spring vegetable that is fun to eat, either dipped in mayonnaise or a butter sauce. Finally, Brussels sprouts are great either roasted in the oven or shredded and quickly cooked with bacon and nuts.

If you are looking for a potato substitute, rutabagas are a good choice. Rutabagas are related to the turnip and sometimes called "yellow turnips." However, they are milder and a bit sweeter, with a hint of spice. They also contain less than one-third the carbs of potatoes. Oven-roasted rutabaga fries are a perfect introduction to this veggie.

Cauliflower also works instead of potato in dishes. You might try mashed cauliflower or cauli-rice for healthy alternatives. For more of a vegetable salad feel, consider a cauliflower "potato" salad or a broccoli salad with bacon.


There are no real rules for Easter dessert, so feel free to use your favorite low-carb recipes. Need some ideas to get started? We have a few ideas:

A Word From Verywell

Easter dinner is often pretty casual with no real "rules" or expected dishes. This makes it one of the easiest holidays to maintain your low-carb diet. Keep in mind the rules you've learned about reducing carbs in your cooking and you'll be sure to create some tasty dishes that everyone will love.

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