Low-Carb Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-carb appetizer recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Rating: 4.64 stars
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This recipe for spicy Buffalo cauliflower bites is a great vegetarian alternative to Buffalo wings. Roasted cauliflower stands in for chicken and provides more fiber and fewer calories. Serve this easy appetizer with carrot sticks, celery and your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Butternut Squash Queso Fundido

Rating: 4 stars
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This cheesy dip recipe is lightened up by subbing mashed butternut squash for some of the melted cheese. We also loaded it with chili-spiced caramelized onions. Serve this healthy makeover with tortilla chips or sliced jicama for dipping.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Seeds

Rating: 5 stars
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When you prepare spaghetti squash, don't throw away the seeds! You can roast them into a crunchy, healthy snack--just like roasting pumpkin seeds. The seasoning mix in this recipe is a mix of spicy, salty and sweet, but feel free to experiment with your own flavor combinations.

Baked Brie with Jam in Puff Pastry

Rating: 5 stars
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Serve this decadent yet easy appetizer with apple wedges and crackers and watch it disappear in seconds! It's bound to be your new party go-to.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars
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This crab-stuffed mushroom recipe is perfect for Christmas, New Year's Eve and other holiday parties or any other time you need a quick and easy appetizer. The filling is light and fresh thanks to hearts of palm, a tender vegetable with a mild flavor (similar to artichokes) that doesn't mask the rich, sweet flavor of fresh crabmeat.

Guacamole Chopped Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
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All of the delicious guacamole flavors you love in a healthy veggie-packed salad. Want to pump up the protein? Add leftover roast chicken or sautéed shrimp. Serve with tortilla chips on the side (or crumbled over the top) to take it up a notch.

Homemade Multi-Seed Crackers

Rating: 5 stars
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Turn leftover brown rice and quinoa from dinner or meal-prepping into these delicious crispy crackers that are loaded with three good-for-you seeds--and create an everything-bagel flavor, without the bagel. The whole grains that make up this copycat cracker recipe add lots of fiber for a healthy snack that pairs perfectly with hummus or cheese.

Garlic Hummus

Rating: 5 stars
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This classic hummus recipe couldn't be easier--just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) makes this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.

Smoked Tuna Spread Canapés

Need an appetizer for your next cocktail party? Look no further than these easy canapés. A blend of smoked tuna and seasoned cream cheese is stacked with crisp cucumber slices atop crunchy almond crackers in an appetizer that your guests will be reaching for first.

Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Top crispy sweet potato skins with guacamole for a healthy take on classic potato skins in this easy crowd-pleasing recipe.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars
2
Turn classic chicken parm into meatballs with this easy load-and-go appetizer recipe with a cheesy surprise inside. Making meatballs for a party? Switch your crock pot to warm for serving all party long.

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Rating: 4.88 stars
5
Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cheese Fondue with Fennel & Tomatoes
The alpine cheeses in this healthy cheese fondue recipe are known for melting smoothly, which is key in a fondue. Adding vegetables brings bonus nutrition.
Shrimp Ceviche
See how to make a cooked version of shrimp ceviche that everyone will love.

Air-Fryer Crispy Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars
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Air-fried chickpea snacks are intensely flavored and incredibly crunchy. Drying the chickpeas is essential to a good crunch, so don't skip this step. If you have time, leave them out on the counter to dry for an hour or two before frying.