10 Essential Keto Sauces

With recipes for everyday staples like basic mayo, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce and ketchup, these Keto sauces are essential! You’ll also find some other low carb sauces like alfredo and stir-fry sauce to jazz your meals up a bit.

Collage picture with keto cheese sauce, mayo and stir fry sauce. Text overlay in middle

Keto diet challenges

When I first did a trial of the Keto diet, I found it challenging for 2 reasons:

  1. Limiting carbs took out some of the regular vegetables I eat (onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, etc.). I found it hard to get a lot of variety and felt I was eating the same thing regularly.
  2. Getting enough healthy fat each day. This is especially challenging if you’re limiting or not eating dairy.

Looking for more? You can find all of our Low Carb Recipes here.

Homemade Keto Sauces to the rescue

Something that can help solve both of these problems is finding a few low carb sauces that you like. Sauces are great because they can add flavor (and healthy fat) to any meal with minimal effort.

I especially like making homemade sauces because they only take a few minutes to whip up and you can control the exact ingredients. Instead of spending 20 minutes at the store reading labels, just mix up a few of your own sauces and you’re all set!

10 essential low-carb sauces

To help you find some keto options for homemade sauces, we’ve rounded up a recipe for each type of sauce. You can use the table of contents below to jump to any specific sauce recipe you are interested in.

Keto Mayonnaise

Mayo is the ultimate low carb sauce. This simple homemade version uses avocado oil and is ready in just a few minutes with an immersion blender.

Use this mayo for your low carb wraps, burgers or sandwiches. You can also mix it with other sauces like hot sauce to make a quick spicy mayo.

Here are some keto recipes with mayo as a key ingredient:

Keto Ketchup

There aren’t many no-sugar ketchup options you can buy at the store, so this homemade low carb ketchup recipe is a must-have. The base seasonings in this recipe are very flexible, so you can easily adjust it to suit your taste.

Overhead shot of jar of homemade keto ketchup with a spoonful sitting on top
Low Carb Ketchup via Kicking Carbs

Even though this recipe is sugar free, you’ll want to watch the amount you use because the carbs will add up if you use a lot. I recommend using this ketchup for these keto recipes:

Keto Ranch Dressing

Who doesn’t love a creamy ranch dressing? This low carb homemade ranch uses simple ingredients and seasonings to make a thick and creamy dressing you can pour on just about anything.

Straight on image of homemade ranch pouring onto a plate of salad with tomato chicken and avocado
Homemade Ranch Dressing via Little Pine Kitchen

This creamy ranch would be perfect on a cobb salad or with any of these keto friendly recipes:

Keto BBQ Sauce

Low carb and grilling go hand in hand. With this easy sugar free BBQ sauce, you can keep it keto while slathering burgers, chicken and steak with a tangy sauce.

Close up overhead shot of pan with whisk simmering homemade BBQ sauce
Low Carb Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce via Kasey Trenum

You can check out all of our keto grilling recipes here. This BBQ sauce would be perfect with:

Keto Stir Fry Sauce

An easy stir fry with a little cauliflower rice is one of THE BEST quick and easy keto meals. Since a lot of store bought sauces contain sugar, we made this DIY coconut aminos recipe that’s an easy homemade alternative.

Make sure you omit the maple syrup in the recipe to keep it keto friendly. You can use this sauce as a 1-to-1 replacement for soy sauce or coconut aminos in any recipe.

Use it in place of coconut aminos in these recipes to make them even lower in carbs:

Keto Cheese Sauce

A creamy, warm and gooey cheese sauce is the perfect sauce for the keto diet. This amazing 1 minute keto cheese sauce recipe is so simple you’ll be making it all the time!

Overhead shot of keto cheese sauce in a bowl with a spoon taking a dip out
1-Minute Keto Cheese Sauce via Low Carb with Jennifer

I love cheese sauce as a topping for roasted vegetables or as a dip for fresh vegetables. Here are some other low carb options for using this cheese sauce:

Keto Spaghetti Sauce

Even though you can’t have traditional spaghetti, you can make a hearty low carb version of spaghetti with zoodles and this keto meat sauce. It’s great for meal prep and freezer friendly too!

Overhead image of keto meat sauce in a skillet with chopped parsley topping
Keto Meat Sauce via Kicking Carbs

You can even make this recipe in the Instant Pot which makes it a winner in my book!

Keto Alfredo Sauce

Who doesn’t just die for a creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce? This keto alfredo sauce is an easy cheesy sauce for your favorite meats, veggies, seafood, or low-carb pastas.

Angle image of keto alfredo sauce in a glass bowl with spoon coming out
Keto Alfredo Sauce via Home Made Interest

I could just eat this by the spoonful! Or, you can use it as a replacement for our creamy vegan alfredo sauce in these recipes:

Keto Dressing

This homemade caesar salad dressing is the perfect low carb dressing. We use it for salads and as a sauce to jazz up leftovers for lunch.

For this dressing you can use our keto avocado oil mayo as the base. You’ll love how creamy and authentic this dressing is. Use it for:

Keto Marinara Sauce

Anyone craving a low carb pizza? This keto marinara sauce recipe is the perfect topping for pizza, spaghetti or lasagna.

Overhead shot of marinara sauce in a bowl
Easy Keto Marinara Sauce via I Breathe I’m Hungry

Use this sauce in any of these low carb pizza themed recipes:

10 Essential Keto Sauces: Big Mac Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Sauce
Servings: 28 (1 tbsp per serving)
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Justin Winn
This healthy big mac sauce a healthy low carb sauce to put on burgers, fries, salads or for dipping! Plus, we have 10 other essential keto sauces – Keto mayonnaise, ketchup, BBQ sauce, cheese sauce, marinara, stir-fry sauce, pizza sauce, alfredo, spaghetti sauce and keto dressing.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 medium dill pickle, finely diced (can sub relish)

Instructions 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or pint jar and mix well with a whisk. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Nutrition facts are per serving (1 tbsp for this recipe) and are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g
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