In the land of pierogies, potatoes and mulled wine, it can be difficult to find low carb Polish food…
But with a bit of discipline and some pointers, you can eat like low carb royalty. You may even find (as I did) that Poland is full of all the low carb foods dreams are made of!
Use this guide to low carb Polish food to help you navigate any menu — pst, there are quite a few high carb surprises there! I’ve also included low carb recipes for traditional Polish dishes. Hope you enjoy!
How To Order Low Carb Polish Food
Whether you’re traveling to Poland, or trying to order low carb Polish food from the low carb restaurants around the corner, here’s a list of the best choices; Full of low carb meal plan choices plus a bit of culture:
Tartar of all types is a delicious delicacy in Poland — you can find beef and smoked salmon tartare on most restaurant menus.
These dishes are typically adorned in low carb vegetables (pickles, onions, etc.) and mayo. Often served with bread or crackers — unless you’ve packed your own low carb bread recipe, I suggest skipping that part!
My favorite low carb Polish food! If you hit Poland around Christmas time, vendors grill kielbasa throughout the streets of Kraków. I ordered it with a pickle and cabbage…
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the cooked cabbage in Poland!
I read many recipes before ordering it (you never know if cornstarch, sugar, etc have been added to low carb side dishes like this) I also asked the servers — apparently the recipe was as simple as water, bacon fat and salt, but wow. It’s all I ever want to eat again!
Holy cow, braised pork knuckle is so delicious! Often stuffed with spices and braised in a tasty broth.
Oscypek (Smoked Cheese)
This is the most incredible cheese I’ve ever tasted! It’s often served warm in restaurants with a side of jam — skip that sugary stuff, it’s even better on its own! During the Christmas markets, venders sell it wrapped in bacon and heated over a stove — life changing!
Grilled Meat + Fish
Delicious and always on the menu. Be leery of sauces, they love their dried fruits and sugary sauces.
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Cured Meats + Ham
Delicious assortments of cured meat are often available. From smoked sausage to more exotic varieties. We often shared a plate as midday low carb snacks and brought the leftovers to our room for no carb snacks when we needed them.
A low carb Polish food dish of stewed cabbage, kielbasa, onions and a broth. I wasn’t able to find this at any of the restaurant we went to, but would have loved to taste test some low carb soups!
Not So Low Carb Polish Foods + Keto Recipes Replacements
I found all the delicious low carb Polish food options above to be perfectly satiating throughout our adventure! But if you’re curious about other traditional dishes, here’s the not-so low carb Polish food breakdown, plus some keto recipes to swap them with:
The most we’ll known Polish dish, pierogies are the opposite of low carb dinners! I was very tempted to try these, but resisted and worked up this keto dumpling recipe instead — my partner in crime says they’re every bit as good!
Golbaki (Polish stuffed cabbage)
Stuffed with meat and rice, check out these keto cabbage rolls instead!
This one almost tricked me! It looks like a brothy soup full of delicious sausage and veggies, instead it’s a rye based broth, loaded with carbs.
Other Tips for Low Carb Restaurants in Poland
In Poland you’ll quickly find there are no low carb restaurants, so you’ll have to make due with what’s on the menu. Here are some tips I gathered:
Low Carb Breakfasts
Eggs are always a great low carb breakfasts choice! Order them scrambled with bacon, ham or salmon.
Low Carb Drinks
Low Carb Snacks
There you have it friends, everything you need to know about low carb Polish food! I hope you enjoy! If I missed your favorite dish, let me know in the comments below!
If you want to check out photos from out trip, here they are!