Going keto means becoming a very good label reader. No more mindless grabbing of packets and jars of seasonings off of store shelves. Once you start reading labels, you will be shocked at how many sauces, spice mixes, and other types of seasonings are loaded with added carbs in the form of sugars, starchy fillers, anti-caking agents, and god only knows what else. But this doesn’t mean you now have to eat bland and boring foods—quite the opposite actually! Read on to learn about all the tasty seasonings for the keto kitchen.

So let’s take a look at some of our favorite ways to flavor our food while sticking to a ketogenic diet.


There’s no shortage of tasty spices that are great to have on hand for the ketogenic diet. Here are just some of our favorites:

Under 1 gram carbs per tablespoon:

  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Cloves
  • Black pepper
  • Coriander
  • Chinese 5-spice
  • Garam masala

Under 6 grams carbs per tablespoon:

  • Ground cumin (2.75 grams)
  • Cayenne (3 grams)
  • Oregano (3.3 grams)
  • Curry powder (3.7 grams)
  • Paprika (3.8 grams)
  • Pumpkin pie spice (3.9 grams)
  • Chili powder (4.1 grams)
  • Turmeric powder (4.4 grams)
  • Onion powder (5.4 grams)
  • Garlic powder (6 grams)


Vinegars are amazing for adding flavor to foods and drinks. Most vinegars have zero carbs, but be careful with balsamic, which sometimes has a lot of added sugars. Here are just some of our favorite vinegars and soy sauces that can be used to make seasonings for the keto kitchen:

Under 1 gram carbs per tablespoon:

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Ume plum vinegar


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