Keto Cheese Sauce

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Picture it: game night with all your best buddies, everyone brought a tasty snack to share, and you bring the cheese sauce and eat… a lot of it. But it’s okay because it’s keto! I mean, who doesn’t love a creamy, velvety cheese sauce?  This has been one of my favorite recipes to create and test so far (come on y’all, cheese) and it’s so easy to throw together. You can put this dip on a tower of keto pork rind nachos, drizzle over vegetables, or even mix in a can of Rotel and make a keto queso dip!


For a while, I was using little packets of Velveeta, and each packet had ELEVEN carbs! So I was using just a tiny, controlled portion on top of my meals, just for a little nostalgic flavor… while still being cautious of overdoing it on the carbs. Honestly, it just wasn’t worth it in the end. Then, a friend reached out (HI ADAM!) and showed me a clip about how to use sodium citrate. He showed me a way I can have my cheese and eat it too!


There is a secret ingredient to this sauce: sodium citrate



  • It is the sodium salt of citric acid
  • It is used usually for flavor and preservation
  • Sodium Citrate gives club soda the sour and salty taste
  • You can find sodium citrate in sodas, carbonated water and in cheese products
  • As always, please do your own research if you are unsure

Fun fact: The chemical formula is Na3C6H5O7. Remove the numbers and you get NaCHO – which is exactly what this cheese sauce is for!


-1 cup heavy cream

-1 cup unflavored almond milk

-12 ounces cheddar (I used 8 ounces cheddar and 4 ounces of pepper jack in the video)

-2 tbsp butter

-2 tsp sodium citrate

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1 tsp mustard



-I really love this pot I got from Amazon. It’s medium size and shallow. Good for frying too!




Add butter, heavy cream, and almond milk to a saucepan over medium heat and allow butter to melt completely.

  1. Stir in mustard, garlic powder, and sodium citrate. Mix well.
  2. Let the milk and spices mixture come to a gentle simmer and take off heat.
  3. Add in cheese, a few handfuls at a time, and whisk whisk whisk! The cheese and  milk will start to get very creamy and velvety.
  4. Add pepper to taste.


You can heat this in the microwave any time to go on anything! We had it on top of scrambled eggs and sausage this morning and plan to have it with burgers later tonight!


Keto Cheese Sauce

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: cheese sauce, easy, fast, keto, low carb, no sugar, sugar free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sodium citrate
  • 1 tsp mustard yellow
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • In a sauce pan, add butter and turn on to medium heat.
  • Add heavy cream and almond milk. Let heat up until butter has melted.
  • Stir in mustard, garlic powder, and sodium citrate. Mix well.
  • Let come to a gentle simmer and take off heat.
  • Add cheese in a few handfuls at a time and wisk wisk wisk. The cheese and the milk will start to get very creamy and velvety.
  • Add pepper to taste.



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  1. Avatar Rebecca Torres on August 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    5 stars
    11 grams of carbs in velveeta? 😵 I can’t wait to try this heavenly goodness! 🤤

  2. Avatar Allison Grooma on August 7, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Interesting secret ingredient… what else do you use the sodium Citrate in??

    • Samantha Marpe Samantha Marpe on August 11, 2020 at 10:50 am

      I havent found other uses yet but I am trying some new things soon!

  3. Avatar Raye on August 8, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Looks so delicious, can’t wait to try it.

  4. Avatar Melissa on August 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I made some modifications to use in a spaghetti squash Mac n’ cheese. Ohhh Sam, it looks so good! The sauce was delicious on its own and was soooooo smooth and creamy!!! Excellent recipe & very versatile!

  5. Avatar Linda Finfrocj on August 16, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Can you come up with other recipes/ways to use the sodium citrate now that I have a bunch. That would be cool! Thanks!

  6. Avatar Nikole Abrego on August 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Is the sodium citrate for flavor or texture? Can we still make this recipe without it?

    • Samantha Marpe Samantha Marpe on August 31, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      It is for texture only! You could do it with out but it wont be as silky.

  7. Avatar Cindy Steiner on September 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    5 stars
    Made it and ate it. This is really good stuff. Making it again this weekend.

    • Samantha Marpe Samantha Marpe on October 6, 2020 at 10:48 am

      I am so glad to hear this! It is one of Paul’s favorite dips too!

  8. Avatar Annie on October 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Sam, what is the serving size and net carbs?

    • Samantha Marpe Samantha Marpe on October 29, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      Hey Annie! I didnt calculate for this recipe because it will be based on the heavy cream, cheese, and other ingredients you will use that will be different brands than mine. I always suggest adding together all the ingredient macros and dividing by how many servings you will get.

  9. Avatar Dawnette on January 11, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Hands down the best cheese sauce! Going to add some rotel to it as a replacement for my velveeta cheese dip lovers!

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