Low-Carb BBQ & Grilling Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Grilled Red Snapper

Rating: 5 stars 1
This simple grilled red snapper recipe has clean flavors and a nice char flavor from the grill. It's well seasoned but not overly spicy. Serve along with grilled veggies or a fresh green salad to make it a meal.
By Adam Hickman

Grilled Flank Steak with Tomato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Cutting the steak immediately after cooking breaks all the rules on meat cookery, but in this recipe we do it intentionally in order to capture the juices and incorporate them into the dressing. Serve this grilled flank steak recipe with crusty bread to soak up the deliciousness.
By Adam Hickman

Esquites (Mexican Corn)

Rating: 5 stars 2
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Grilled Peach & Brie Smothered Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This super-fast and healthy smothered chicken tastes best on the deck with a chilled glass of gewürztraminer. The fruity white pairs nicely with the peaches here.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Grilled Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
These healthy Greek-inspired cauliflower rice bowls topped with feta, olives, veggies and grilled chicken are impressive yet take just 30 minutes to make.
By Carolyn Casner

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower "Rice" Tabbouleh

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Chicken breasts on the grill have a smoky flavor that's enhanced with an easy spice rub. We chose flat-leaf parsley in this salad because it has a stronger herbal taste than its sometimes-bitter curly counterpart.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Simple Grilled Salmon & Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 1
Grilled salmon and veggies make for a colorful and balanced seafood dinner that's ready in just minutes. The grill turns the salmon flaky and moist while tenderizing the crispy pepper and onion pieces. Round out the meal with brown rice or quinoa.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy grilled eggplant salad is the healthy side dish you'll want to serve all summer long. It comes together in just 25 minutes and can be served warm or at room temperature, so it's equally suited to casual parties and weeknight dinners. The combination of eggplant, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, red onions and fresh herbs makes for a salad that's full of bright flavors and colors. Serve it with grilled chicken or fish or as part of a vegetarian mezze platter with dips like hummus and pita bread.
By Julia Levy

Grilled Bone-In Pork Chops

Rating: 5 stars 4
Juicy grilled pork chops with a tiny bit of sweetness and a faint hint of spiciness make for an excellent dinner main that pairs with practically any side. A simple brine imparts flavor, but mostly keeps the pork chops from drying out; just don't marinate the meat for any longer than 4 hours or it'll soften the texture.
By Karen Rankin

Mushroom-Swiss Turkey Burgers

Rating: 5 stars 2
In this gluten-free turkey burger recipe, lean ground turkey stands in for ground beef, and portobello mushrooms produce a juicy, flavorful alternative to the traditional bun. Melted Swiss cheese, sliced tomato and arugula top off this delicious low-carb dinner!
By Sarah Epperson

Korean Grilled Mackerel

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Oily fish, such as mackerel, are strong-flavored and pair well with boldly seasoned glazes made from gochujang chile paste. The red, rich paste is so common in Korea that it is sold in virtually every supermarket in plastic containers ranging in size from about 2 cups to about 2 quarts. Normally the main ingredients are fermented soybeans ground with red chiles and powdered rice, plus a little salt and sweetener.
By Jamie Purviance

Cobb Salad with Herb-Rubbed Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 3
Try this satisfying salad recipe for an updated version of the classic Cobb. Kale, feta and strawberries give this chicken salad a colorful upgrade.
By Gaby Dalkin
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Inspiration and Ideas

13 Low-Carb Grilling Recipes Ready in 25 Minutes or Less
These low-carb grilling recipes are the perfect excuse to break out your grill this weekend. Whether it's a vegetable side dish or a main protein like steak, salmon or chicken, these recipes take just 25 minutes or less. You can easily make a delicious meal with very little clean up. Recipes like Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce and Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges are healthy, filling and contain no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
Buttermilk-Brined Chicken
This healthy buttermilk chicken recipe has all the flavor of buttermilk fried chicken without the frying. Using salt in the brine to draw moisture into the chicken, buttermilk to tenderize and a heap of herbs for fresh flavor, this easy chicken marinade creates unbelievably delicious fried chicken.
Grilled Salmon with Sweet Peppers
Rating: 5 stars 2

It may seem counterintuitive to start the fish skin-side up. But when you flip it, the fish skin captures the juices as it finishes cooking for extra-flavorful results. Serve with chimichurri sauce (see Associated Recipe).