People love seeing examples of meals when researching a new diet.
I get this. So I'm going to give you some.
But I want these to be something other than a deeper understanding of the carnivore diet. Anything less will result in a higher likelihood of failure.
You need to pick more than just a few meals from my list and expect them to sustain you. It won't work. And this is part of the problem with all diet-based meal plans.
You need to understand your diet, the why, and the theory.
So instead, please take these as ideas of where to start and then use them to create your meal plans based on the foods you like and the producers you are buying from.
This is not an exhaustive list, but a simple, quick way to start.
I'll break these out into animal categories. These are also based on what I'm doing right now. They may change in the future.
A final disclaimer, some of these will include flexible carnivore ingredients, like in the example of a lettuce wrap. If you are going strict carnivore, ignore these.
BEEF CARNIVORE MEAL IDEAS
Ground beef is a staple in our household. It's the easiest and fastest way to get pure carnivore nutrition. Here are some ways to cook ground beef.
A note on ground beef: The better you can get, the more you will enjoy it. Here is what we eat in our household primarily.
Beef Roasts like Chuck, brisket, round, top rump, and beef ribs are best for slow cooking. You'll have a delicious meal with enough heat, salt, and time.
Beef cooking methods
Roasting: Fry each side in hot pain with ghee and salt. Cook at 350° oven until the desired temperature.
Air fryer: Fry each side in hot pain with ghee and salt—place in the air fryer. Cook at 350° to reach the desired temperature. (Use a probe thermometer for this)
BBQ: Look online. I'm no pitmaster.
HOW TO COOK STEAK
SEAFOOD CARNIVORE MEAL IDEAS
Fatty fish: sardines, mackerel, clams, oysters, herring, kippers, salmon
- Make pates. Add some mustard and hot sauce, and eat from a bowl.
- Sear and finish in melted butter
Due to heavy metal concerns, be wary of larger predator fish, like tuna and swordfish.
Chicken is not as healthy as most people think. Carnivore diet success requires getting most of your nutrition from ruminant animals, organ meats, and fatty fish.
There is still a place for chicken in the carnivore diet, just not daily.
Try different cuts like chicken wings, drumsticks, and chicken thighs.
Pan-fry, air-fry, bake, roast, you name it.
PORK MEAL IDEAS FOR CARNIVORES
You must buy the best pork you can buy. If you can't find quality pasture-raised, ideally organic, pork, skip pork.
Pork is one of the worst industrialized meats there is. You want the good stuff. So shop locally or from trusted suppliers.
Everyday pork products: Bacon, chops, tenderloin, pork shoulder, bones for stock, lard.
How to prepare: pan-fry, bake, roast, braise, skillet, air fry.
- pulled-pork refried in a hot skillet with butter
- Marinated pork chops skillet seared, then finished with butter
- Oven-roasted pork tenderloin
- Tenderloin stuffed with goat cheese, then tied and roasted. Finish with butter.
- Bacon. Bacon. That is all.
- Ground pork sliders
WILD GAME AND OTHER EXOTIC MEATS
Most of these will come as steaks or roasts, depending on the animal. So you can follow the same steps above for whichever meat is similar—birds usually cook the same as chicken, the wild game boils identically to beef, etc.
If you are doing the carnivore + dairy style, you have a few more options for variety. Remember, you should use dairy products and skip the industrialized pasteurized stuff as much as possible. We get ours shipped in from PA form here.
Raw cheese can be found at most grocery stores. It's nearly always imported, but I've seen a few US-based plain cheese products at our local Whole Foods.
Raw cheese from quality is a superfood.
Some people don't tolerate dairy well. So this is a highly person-dependent—test for yourself.
Here are some of the ways I use raw dairy in my diet.
- A glass of raw cow's or goat's milk with ice. Sometimes to go with my steak. (Not ideal if fat loss is a goal)
- Melt plain cheese on anything and everything. (Limit cheese intake if fat loss is a goal)
- Heavy cream for finishing pan sauces to go within my steaks.
- Raw cream to make natural ice cream at home.
- Natural cheese and honey for dessert
Carnivore Diet Quick Meals
Here is a quick carnivore diet meal you can make in a snap.
There is something to be said for learning a few more elaborate recipes, so you aren't just eating the same few things every day.
Ground beef - Options include melting cheese and using butter; when you have ground beef in the fridge as leftovers, reheat it in a pan to "refry" it… delicious.
Meatballs - use any ground meat or a mix. Add an egg if you want, or mix it and form meatballs. Then pan fry or oven bake until done.
Steak - grill it, pan-sear it, then finish in the oven, or if it's thin enough, spend it in the pan. Always use enough salt. Rub it down in salt. And always let it rest for 4 mins at least after cooking.
Pork chop - pan-fry and finish in the oven.
Bacon - bake or pan-fry on medium heat and remove before too crispy.
Salmon - use a non-stick pan and sear skin-side down until skin is crispy. Then finish in the oven or cover the pan for just a long for the top to lightly cook.
Sardines or other canned fish - eat as is or mix in some mustard and mayo. You could also roast these.
Lamb chops - roast or pan-fry.
Chicken breast - pound thin, then fry each side. This will be super juicy
Sausage - pan-fry whole or slice down the middle and put the open side down.