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Keto Beef Zucchini Moussaka Low Carb Recipe

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Moussaka is a signature of Greek cuisine that combines all flavors of the Mediterranean. I’ve already published a recipe called Keto Eggplant Moussaka with Chicken and it was really delicious.

This time I decide to modify the classic recipe version and make Keto Beef Moussaka with Zucchini. This is also one of my favorite keto zucchini recipes.

Keto zucchini moussaka is a perfect low carb dish for your family dinner. There’s nothing complicated to cook this recipe if you are ready to spend 40 minutes in the kitchen (mostly just the passive baking time).

All you need is to broil some zucchinis first, it will make a base of our keto moussaka. Then prepare the beef with marinara sauce and seasonings, cover the meat with creamy cheese sauce and top with some cheese, this will create a perfectly crispy golden dome on top of our moussaka.

beef moussaka with zucchini

By the way, you can make your own marinara sauce. You’ll need a can of whole tomatoes, some olive oil, few garlic cloves, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning (you can use both dried herbs or fresh sprigs of basil and oregano).

Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. That’s it, your homemade marinara is ready! It’s super easy and you’ll be sure that there’s no hidden carbs or any artificial sugars.

How to Make Low Carb Moussaka with Zucchini

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Cut zucchini into thin slices then place them in a baking tray. Season with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and broil for 5 minutes in the oven.

broil zucchini slices

In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil in then add garlic and onion and cook until soft. Add ground beef and seasonings in. Saute until the beef is cooked. Add marinara sauce (or tomato sauce) and cook for another 3 more minutes. Set aside.

ground beef with marinara sauce

To make the cheese sauce, add cream cheese, shredded cheese, heavy cream, garlic and salt in a saucepan on low heat until the cheese is melted and the sauce becomes thick and smooth.

melt gouda with cream cheese

To assemble the Moussaka: Place zucchini slices in the bottom of a baking dish, then add cooked beef and pour over the cheese sauce. Finally, top with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes. You can always sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top if desired.

assemble the moussaka

Let it cool before serving with a low carb salad or some leafy greens.

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Keto Zucchini Moussaka With Ground Beef

This Keto Beef Moussaka with Zucchini is a perfect low-carb dish for your family dinner.
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword beef moussaka, keto moussaka, low carb moussaka
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 414kcal
Author Tanya K.


For the beef:

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 oz Gouda cheese (or cheddar, shredded, divided)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • salt to taste


  • Line a baking tray with foil. Slice the zucchini, transfer to the baking tray, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and broil for 5 minutes or until golden.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add chopped onion, minced garlic and fry until soft. Add minced beef and seasonings and fry until meat is cooked. Add marinara sauce, stir and cook for additional 3 minutes.
  • Combine half of shredded cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream, garlic and salt in a saucepan and heat on low until cheese melts and the sauce become thick and smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place slices of broiled zucchini in the bottom of a baking dish, top with beef mixture, pour over the sauce, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Can be served with green salad or some leafy greens.



You can use eggplant in the place of and chicken or other meat in the place of beef.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Zucchini Moussaka With Ground Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 327mg14%
Potassium 417mg12%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 198mg20%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQ and Cooking Tips

Is zucchini good for keto diet?

Yes, zucchini is good for the keto diet. It’s a low-carb vegetable that’s versatile and can be used in various keto recipes.

How many net carbs does zucchini have?

A medium-sized zucchini (about 196 grams) contains approximately 6 grams of total carbs and 2 grams of dietary fiber, resulting in 4 grams of net carbs. (*)

Why is my moussaka watery?

Moussaka can become watery if the eggplants (or zucchini) release excess moisture or if the meat filling and the sauce are not thickened properly. Properly preparing ingredients and allowing the dish to rest after baking can help prevent this issue.

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