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12 Creative Carnivore Diet Meal Ideas

By Liam McAuliffe Updated on

At its heart, the carnivore diet means eating only meat. This can sound extremely restrictive, and indeed, there are hyper-minimal versions of the carnivore diet, like the Lion approach, which calls for only red meat, salt, and water. But most people on the carnivore diet graduate from this elimination stage to a more creative gastronomical palette. 

In fact, carnivore meals tend to be more delicious, satisfying, and, yes, even more, varied than standard Western meals based on a few antinutritious grains and onerous vegetables. 

In this article, we’ll follow Leonardo da Vinci’s famous saying, “art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.” We’ll unveil 10 delicious carnivore meal ideas that will keep you excited about taking your health and wellness into your own hands, one bite of meat at a time. From succulent Meatza to savory crockpot delights, we invite you to discover the art of creating carnivorous meals that will leave you craving for more.

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What are Carnivore Diet Meals? 

If you’re new to the carnivore diet, this way of eating calls for eliminating all plant foods and eating only animal products. 

For most carnivore dieters, this means focusing on fatty ruminant meats from beef, bison, and lamb, supplemented with pork, poultry, fish, seafood, and full fat dairy. 

This way of eating realigns our metabolism with the diet our hypercarnivorous ancestors evolved and thrived on for two million years until the dawn of agriculture a mere 10,000 years ago. 

Cutting plant foods eliminates nearly all carbohydrates and thousands of plant toxins and antinutrients. The result is a low-carb, high-fat diet plan that can dramatically reduce inflammation, improve mood, stabilize energy, and heal digestive issues

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Foundational Carnivore Meal Ingredients

All of the following carnivore diet meals and recipes revolve around an array of animal-based foods. These include

Fatty Meat from land-based animals: Most carnivore meals derive the majority of their calories from ruminant animals and/or pork. Fat-rich cuts of steak, ground beef (80/20 or fattier) , lamb, and pork, (lots of bacon and pork belly)

Animal fats: Butter, ghee, tallow, and lard are key to nourishing your body with the fat it needs to thrive–remember carnivore diet meals and high-fat, moderate-protein, and zero-carb affairs. Need to boost your fat intake, enjoy a tablespoon of butter as a snack

Eggs: Eggs are loaded with every nutrient needed to grow a living being. They are also incredibly versatile and key part of carnivore diet “bread” recipes. 

Organ meats: The nose-to-tail approach to carnivore includes the most nutrient-dense parts of animals–their organs. Beef liver, bone marrow, pancreas, spleen, and even brain can make regular cameos in many carnivore diet meals. 

Fatty fish: King salmon, Atlantic mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and arctic char are among the fattiest fish available and a great way to add variety to your carnivore diet meal ideas. 

Seafood: Seafood is yet another nutrient dense class of carnivore fair. Salmon roe, oysters, mussels, shrimp, and crab provide and abundance of zinc, B12, and can help boost potassium, which can be hard to come by with land meats. Keep in mind that seafood is relatively lean and is best enjoyed drenched in butter. 

Full-fat dairy: Grass-fed butter and ghee, creamy carnivore cheeses are common additions to succulent carnivore diet meals. For people who tolerate dairy well, heavy/whipping cream, and even keto-friendly yogurt (boosted with heavy cream) can be included.

Salt: Salt is a critical component of every carnivore diet meal, and all low-carb diets [2] When you cut carbs your body flushes electrolytes that need to be replenished liberally. 

Now lets turn to twelve creative carnivore diet meal ideas and their ingredients. 

1. Carnivore Diet Shepherd’s Pie

shepherd's pie

In its most traditional form in Ireland, shepherd’s pie was made with lamb. But if you’re in a pinch, you can concoct it the British way with ground or minced beef. 

This carnivore version substitutes out the potatoes and replaces them with a fluffy topping of sour cream, eggs and hard cheese. 

Serves 8Prep time: 20 minutesCooking time: 35 minutes


  • 800g (28 oz) minced lamb or mutton
  • 2 tbsp tallow (or butter)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 300g (10 oz) sour cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp grated hard cheese (we used goat cheese)

Optional ingredients for non-carnivores. 

  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried celery or parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, peppermint or sage
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground red peppercorn (or juniper berries)

You can follow the entire recipe at 

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2. Classic Carnivore Club Sandwich 

close up of a club sandwich

Sandwiches usually mean bread, which means grains, which is a big no no on the carnivore diet. That is unless your bread is made with only eggs, pork, ghee, and salt! Enter the mighty carnivore club sandwich. 

This dish is loaded with at least three different meats, cheese (the recipe creator suggests “raw), and duck fat carnivore mayonnaise

Serves 4 sandwichesPrep time: 1 hourCooking time: 1 hourRest time: 10 minutes


Carnivore Sandwich Bread:

Duck Fat Mayonnaise:

  • Duck fat
  • Eggs 
  • Lemon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt

For the Club Sandwiches:

To follow the entire recipe, hop on over to the always-fantastic Ash Eats

3. Carnivore Diet Meatza

carnivore diet meatza

Searching for a sneaky carnivore diet meal that increases your organ meat intake? Look no further than the carnivore diet meatza. The recipe calls for 225g of beef liver blended into the ground beef “crust,” but you can add any minced organ meat you want. 

Serves 3Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 25 minutes


  • 450 g ground beef (at least 15-20% fat)
  • 225 g Beef Liver (and/or other organ meats)
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 50 g Bacon
  • 50 g Mozzarella
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder Optional
  • 1 tsp Chilli Optional
  • 1 tsp Salt

Follow the recipe in its entirety at FitAwakening

4. Carnivore Eggs Benedict

carnivore eggs benedict

Saucy and bready aren’t terms usually associated with the all-meat carnivore diet. But this carnivore eggs benedict recipe is up to the challenge. 

Serves 3Prep time: 20 minutesCooking time: 20 minutes


Easy Baked Eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • Salt to taste

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 stick of butter, melted but not hot

Follow the recipe step-by-step at ketogenicwoman

5. Hearty Crockpot Carnivore Beef Stew

carnivore diet beef stew

Craving tender meat that falls off the bone? You’ll love this slow-cook crockpot masterpiece. No carbs, not fiber, no nonsense. Just nourishment. 

Serves 6Prep time: 20 minutesCooking time: 8 hours


  • 4 pounds beef shank
  • 4 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons tallow or other cooking fat, divided
  • 4 cups Carnivore Bone Broth

Follow the recipe by Jessica Haggard over at Primal Edge Health. 

6.  Bacon, Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups

close up of bacon wrapped around eggs and cheese

Bacon, Egg + Cheese Roll Ups are the finger licking product of only 3 carnivore ingredients. Try them for breakfast and take them on the road for a certified carnivore snack.

Serves 2Prep time: 5 minutesCooking time: 25 minutes


Follow the recipe with Rachel Mansfield

7. Tripe Noodles with Creamy Carnivore Alfredo Sauce

tripe noodles

Tripe is often used in creative carnivore recipes like these tripe noodles from Carnivore Minimalist. You can use these as the basis for carnivore meat sauce or a creamy carnivore alfredo. 

For a quick treat, enjoy your tripe with a simple topping of butter, parmesan, and salt, or add it to a premade bone broth recipe. 

Take it a step further and drench it in this creamy carnivore sauce recipe below. 

8. Carnivore Burger with 2-Ingredient Bun

carnivore diet burger

Are you missing your hamburgers yet? Not to worry. This creative carnivore meal idea with 2-ingredient buns is sure to return you to pre-carnivore burger paradise. 

Serves 6Prep time: 5 minutesCooking time: 20 minutes


For the buns:

  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 large eggs

For each burger:

  • 1 4-ounce burger patty
  • ½ ounce cheese 
  • 1 slice bacon optional, cut in half so it fits under the bun
  • 1 large fried egg 

Follow Jessica’s step-by-step recipe at Primal Edge Health

9. Organ Meat Pie (Carnivore Quiche) 

close up of a meat pie in cast iron pan

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to incorporate more organ meats, this carnivore meal idea is right up your alley. 


  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground beef heart
  • ½ pound ground beef liver
  • 1 tablespoon beef tallow or butter, ghee, other cooking fat melted
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Full recipe here

10. Ribeye Roast with Bone Marrow on the Grill

Blow the socks off even the most carnivore skeptic friend with this insanely delicious ribeye roast covered all around with succulent bone marrow. Pull this off and you’re an instant legend. 

Cooking time: 1 hour on the grill before reverse searing the meat.


  • Ribeye roast
  • Salt
  • Bone marrow

11. Carnivore Fried “Rice”

close up of carnivore friend rice in white bowl

In case you’re new here, there is no “rice” in carnivore friend rice. The substitute in this case is white fish flakes. Dare we say it’s better than the original? 


  • 4 large eggs
  • 10 oz (280g) ground beef
  • 10 oz (280g) white fish
  • 10 oz (280g) cooked prawns or about 15 oz (430g) of fresh prawns
  • 2 strips bacon (pasture-raised if possible), chopped into small bits
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs tallow

Follow the recipe at allthingscarnivore

12. Beef Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

close up of shrimp wrapped in beef bacon

These finger licking surf and turf wraps are as easy as they are delicious. They make a savory appetizer or a filling meal depending on if you’re up for sharing them or not. 

Serves 4Prep time: 20 minutes (with sauce)Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 8 oz Wellshire Beef Bacon 
  • 12 oz peeled shrimp
  • Toothpicks

For a dipping sauce use carnivore diet mayo or drawn butter. 

Follow the recipe with GrassFedGirl here

Creative Carnivore Diet Meal Ideas: The Takeaway

The carnivore diet is anything but bland and these creative carnivore diet meal ideas are here to prove it. 

From club sandwiches and burgers to fried “rice”, the carnivore diet provides an array of uber-delicious options made from the most nutrient dense foods on earth with no additives and no needless plant products. 

Tuck into the carnivore diet meals and put your cravings to bed. 

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