21 Paleo and Whole30 Pantry Recipes

This list of Paleo and Whole30 pantry recipes gives you 18 ideas to make every meal of the day a little easier, healthy and delicious!

While the Paleo diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, animal proteins and healthy fats, you can also incorporate ingredients from your pantry, fridge and freezer. With our busy lives, it’s perfectly okay to use a bag of frozen veggies or whip up a sauce made from cans and bottles.

Some use all pantry staples while some will feature mostly pantry ingredients plus a few fresh, basic ingredients.

Note that “pantry ingredients” below refers to standard items in your pantry, fridge and freezer.

For more information, check out this article about what to include in a Paleo pantry.

a collage of different paleo whole30 pantry recipes

Paleo Pantry Recipes


Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits

These light and fluffy biscuits are easy to make and perfect for breakfast, dinner or a snack with ghee and honey.

Pantry ingredients: palm shortening, almond flour, arrowroot flour/starch, baking soda, salt, apple cider vinegar

Fresh ingredients: eggs

paleo biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; one biscuit is cut in half and covered in butter and honey
Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits (gluten-free, dairy-free)
You can have warm, fluffy biscuits straight from the oven in 20 minutes! Plus they're Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.
Check out this recipe


Chocolate Tahini Smoothie

You can whip up this thick, luscious smoothie with only a handful of ingredients that are easy to have on hand.

Pantry ingredients: almond milk from a carton, unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder, tahini, dates or frozen bananas

A vegan chocolate smoothie in a tall glass, topped with cacao nibs, on a white platter with bananas, cocoa powder and a jar of tahini
Chocolate Tahini Smoothie
This Chocolate Tahini Smoothie is rich, creamy and sweetened only with bananas or dates, making it a healthful and fun treat.
Check out this recipe


Pecan Molasses Bread

This light and fluffy quick bread features the deep tang of molasses with a little sweetness from honey.

Pantry ingredients: pecans, almond flour, salt, baking soda, avocado oil, honey, molasses, vanilla

Fresh ingredients: eggs

Pecan Molasses Bread on a white platter on a wooden table
Pecan Molasses Bread
A simple and easy sweet (but not too sweet) bread that's perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert.
Check out this recipe


Paleo Cornbread

You’ll be amazed how a secret ingredient creates a light, fluffy, yellow and slightly sweet treat, just like regular cornbread.

Pantry ingredients: coconut flour, baking soda, salt, apple cider vinegar

Fresh ingredients: plantains, eggs

square slices of grain-free plantain bread stacked on a plate and the top one is smeared with butter and drizzled with honey.
Paleo Plantain Bread (gluten-free)
You just need 5 ingredients (and salt) to create this light, fluffy, slightly sweet Paleo Plantain Bread! It's great as a snack or served with a meal.
Check out this recipe


Crunchy Plantain Chip Chicken

Feel free to use frozen, thawed chicken breasts (patted dry) to coat them in a crunchy, savory coating.

Pantry ingredients: plantain chips, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, avocado oil or ghee, chicken breasts (if frozen)

Fresh ingredients: chicken breasts (if fresh), eggs

pounded chicken fillets coated in crushed chips on white plates on a white wooden table next to blue and white napkins, silverware and a brown bowl of plantain chips
Crunchy Plantain Chicken
Juicy chicken is coated in a crunchy, crispy, salty shell. This Crunchy Plantain Chicken is so easy you'll be adding it to your weeknight dinner menu in no time.
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Cranberry Prosecco Chutney

Dress up your cheese and crackers with this sticky, sweet, tart and tangy condiment that’s also great on pork or chicken. And while you might have a bottle of Prosecco laying around, you can also use white wine vinegar.

Pantry ingredients: avocado oil, salt, mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, Prosecco or white wine vinegar, dried cranberries, honey, mustard

Fresh ingredients: shallots

Savory, sweet, tart, and spicy Cranberry Prosecco Chutney served in a glass jar on a white platter with meat, cheese and crackers
Cranberry Prosecco Chutney
This chutney's gorgeous jewel tones are just the beginning. This sweet, tart, spicy, savory relish will brighten up any party. Pair it with cheese or spoon it onto chicken, pork, ham, in grilled cheese or turkey sandwiches.
Adapted from Apricot Mostarda from "Giada's Italy" by Giada de Laurentiis.
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Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies

These fudgy brownies are rich and indulgent and a perfect fix for your chocolate fix.

Pantry ingredients: dates, unsweetened chocolate, palm shortening, almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, ghee, honey, maple syrup, coconut milk

Fresh ingredients: eggs

paleo brownies with almond flour cut into bars on parchment paper
Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies (Paleo, Gluten-free)
Rich and indulgent, these easy brownies will seduce anyone who tries them. Plus they happen to be Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!
Check out this recipe


Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thick, rich and buttery, these cookies will make fans of anyone even if they’re not gluten-free!

Pantry ingredients: coconut sugar, palm shortening, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, almond flour, baking soda, chocolate, flaky sea salt (optional), pink peppercorns (optional)

Fresh ingredients: eggs

Healthy chocolate chunk cookies on a cooling rack on a white wooden table
Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These giant, indulgent cookies have crispy edges, soft centers and lots of chocolate. Made in one bowl, they also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Check out this recipe


Hot Chocolate Skillet Cake

This easy cake takes just a few ingredients to make a fudgy cake that also happens to be vegan!

Pantry ingredients: vanilla almond milk (or almond milk and vanilla), unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut sugar, chocolate chips (dairy-free if necessary), palm shortening, salt, ice cream of your choice

Chocolate vegan skillet cake topped with chocolate chips, in a cast iron skillet with a red towel around its handle, next to more chocolate chips and a bowl and spoon full of cocoa powder.
Fudgy Gluten-Free Skillet Cake
This rich, gooey chocolate cake is baked in a cast-iron skillet and perfect topped with ice cream. It just so happens to naturally be gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan and Paleo.
Check out this recipe


whole30 pantry recipes


Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

You just need two ingredients and your favorite toppings to make these smooth, creamy smoothie bowls.

Pantry ingredients: almond milk, toppings such as nuts, seeds, granola

Fresh ingredients: sweet potatoes, toppings such as fresh fruit

3 Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowls with different toppings in white bowls on a wooden table
Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl
Thick, creamy and slightly sweet, these Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowls are the perfect way to start your day. There's endless ways to customize your own and you'll be full and energized all morning. Plus it's dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!
Note: See notes after recipe for mix-in and topping ideas.
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Italian Egg Bake

An easy way to get more veggies, even if they’re not fresh. This savory breakfast casserole is perfect for breakfast or brunch, plus it’s keto!

Pantry ingredients: frozen spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, coconut milk

Fresh ingredients: eggs, scallions (or omit and use onion powder)

Italian Egg Bake in a glass baking dish next to a denim towel and silverware, all on a wooden table
Italian Egg Bake (Paleo, Whole30)
This Italian Egg Bake is chock-full of veggies for an easy, healthy and colorful breakfast!
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3-Ingredient Curried Sweet Potato Soup

You’ll be amazed at how 3 simple ingredients creates the perfect bowl of warm and warmly spiced comfort.

Pantry ingredients: chicken or veggie broth, salt, curry powder

Fresh ingredients: sweet potatoes

an image of curried sweet potato soup in a white bowl next to a green pot with more soup, all on a wooden table
3-Ingredient Curried Sweet Potato Soup
A creamy soup full of warm spices and sweet, earthy potatoes. Whip up a batch over the weekend and reheat it throughout the week!
Check out this recipe


Balsamic Jam Pork Chops

Just 3 ingredients is all you need for juicy chops coated in a sticky, sweet and tangy glaze. And yes, if you use unsweetened jam, this is Whole30 compliant!

Pantry ingredients: balsamic vinegar, unsweetened jam, pork chops (if frozen, thaw and pat dry)

Fresh ingredients: pork chops (if fresh)

jammy balsamic pork chops on a white plate, next to a blue napkin and silverware, all on a wooden table
3-Ingredient Balsamic Jam Pork Chops
A sweet and sour glaze turns juicy pork chops into something special, and it can be done in under 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe


3 Easy Paleo Meatballs

The easiest meatballs you’ll ever make. No browning, no rolling. Just mix your ingredients, scoop onto a baking sheet and bake. Fast, portable protein with a lot of flavor, plus they’re keto!

Pantry ingredients: ground meat (if frozen, thawed); various spices and seasonings (see post for full list)

Fresh ingredients: ground meat (if fresh)

paleo meatballs in white bowls next to blue napkins and little glass bowls of spices, all on a wooden table
3 Easy Paleo Meatballs: Bratwurst, Breakfast and Bloody Mary
Three fast, simple and vibrant flavor combinations for Paleo and Whole30 friendly meatballs!
Check out this recipe


Slow Cooker Espresso Pulled Pork

All you have to do is rub a pork roast in spices, set it and forget it. Juicy, savory pulled pork will be ready for dinner. Plus it’s keto!

Pantry ingredients: instant espresso powder, chili powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, cayenne/red pepper flakes, coconut sugar (omit for Whole30)

Fresh ingredients: boneless pork butt/shoulder

crockpot pulled pork in a white dish with 2 forks with a crockpot behind it
Slow Cooker Espresso Pulled Pork
Juicy, succulent meat with an espresso buzz! Easy to make and easier to eat.
Check out this recipe


Beef Satay Stew

What do you get when you take the irresistible peanut sauce from beef satay and pour it over a roast? Luscious beef in a deeply savory sauce that’s perfect over cooked frozen cauliflower rice or sweet potato rice.

Pantry ingredients: coconut milk, coconut aminos, dates, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, sunbutter, lime juice, sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)

Fresh ingredients: beef stew meat

2 images of Beef Stew piled on top of sweet potato rice on a red bowl with a gray napkin and silverware next to it
Beef Satay Stew with Sweet Potato Rice
Beef Satay Stew piles meltingly tender beef in a rich, luscious, savory sauce over sweet potato rice. Enjoy it for an easy Paleo or Whole30 dinner or make it during your weekly meal prep to enjoy all week.
Note: Cook time is for stovetop version.
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Tuna Sardine Salad

This easy lunch combines the flavors and nutrients of both canned tuna and sardines for a classic tuna salad with a twist. Plus it’s also keto!

Pantry ingredients: canned tuna, canned sardines, avocado oil mayonnaise, mustard, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, dried chives (optional)

Tuna Sardine Salad on a wooden board with lettuce wraps, apple slices and crackers
Tuna Sardine Salad
Tuna Sardine Salad is a fast, easy recipe using pantry and fridge ingredients that's tasty and filling. Plus it's low carb, Paleo, keto and Whole30-friendly!
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Crispy Skin Salmon 2 Ways: Pan-Fried and Broiled

You just need frozen salmon (thawed and patted dry) plus a few other ingredients to make buttery salmon with crisp skin.

Pantry ingredients: salmon (if frozen, thawed, patted dry), avocado oil or avocado oil spray, salt, pepper

Fresh ingredients: salmon (if fresh)

easy, healthy salmon is shown broiled on a baking sheet and pan seared in a skillet, both on a wooden table next to a blue striped towel and lemon and lime wedges
Crispy Skin Salmon 2 Ways: Pan Fried and Broiled
2 easy methods for making succulent salmon with crispy skin. Get dinner on the table in under 15 minutes!
Check out this recipe


Nut-Free “Peanut” Sauce

Smooth, creamy sunbutter makes this classic sauce nut-free, but just as good as the original!

Pantry ingredients: sunbutter, coconut aminos, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, honey (optional, omit for Whole30)

Gluten-free peanut sauce in a white bowl next to bowls of coconut aminos and red pepper flakes and a blue plate with grilled chicken skewers on it.
Nut-Free "Peanut" Sauce
This delicious Thai-inspired Nut-Free "Peanut" Sauce is thick, creamy and so simple to make. With just a few pantry ingredients you'll have a gluten-free, vegan, Paleo and Whole30-friendly sauce ready to go!
Check out this recipe


bonus recipes

My list of 10 sauces and toppings you can make in 10 minutes contains both Paleo and Whole30 options, and Tequila Pineapple BBQ Sauce can be made Whole30 if necessary.


Tequila Pineapple BBQ Sauce

This vibrant, zesty sauce is good on pork, chicken, beef or veggies. Plus it’s easy to make alcohol-free and Whole30 if necessary.

Pantry ingredients: avocado oil, tomato paste, salt, chicken broth, pineapple chunks, tequila, lime juice (if from a bottle), molasses, cayenne

Fresh ingredients: shallots and garlic (but you can use onion powder and garlic powder in their place)

A jar of Tequila Pineapple Barbecue Sauce on a cutting board surrounded by a spoon, garlic, a bowl of cayenne, a pineapple and a bottle of tequila on a wooden table
Tequila Pineapple Barbecue sauce
A zesty, easy sauce that's sweet, smoky and spicy.
Check out this recipe


10 Flavor Boosters You Can Make While Dinner is Cooking

This list is full of easy ideas: balsamic vinegar and mayo makes the most luscious balsamic aioli, nuts and seeds make a dukkah you’ll want to sprinkle over everything, and more.

Pantry ingredients: various, see post

Fresh ingredients: various, see post

Check out the post here: 10 Flavor Boosters You Can Make While Dinner is Cooking


Paleo and whole30 pantry recipes – ready to go!

These recipes are meant to help you get breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert on the table as easily as possible.

a collage of different paleo whole30 pantry recipes

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