Firehouse Subs KETO Friendly Options for 2021 [SUPER Low Carb!]

Firehouse Subs is a highly keto-friendly restaurant because you have complete control over what goes on your plate! Choose from a range of hot specialty subs with predetermined toppings, or simply make your order from scratch.

Follow these golden rules when trying to eat keto at Firehouse Subs:

  1. Have your favorite subs served in a bowl. The bread contains as much as 75g of carbs!
  2. Go easy on the dressings. You may have Cajun Seasoning, Italian Dressing, Light Mayo, and Spicy Mustard in moderation.
  3. Steer clear of Boxed Lunches and Speciality Subs, as they come with predetermined ingredients.
  4. Have more cheese to increase satiety and add more fat to your salads. Pepper Jack and Montery Jack cheese have zero carbs.
  5. Their keto-friendly meat options inlcude Pepper Bacon, Pepperoni, Salami, Beef Brisket, and Roast Beef.
  6. Use this online nutrition calculator to know the exact carbs in your order.

These were just some of the practical tips to minimize your carb intake! In this article, we’ll navigate through the entire menu and figure out the most keto-friendly options at Firehouse Subs!

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Firehouse Subs Menu: An OVERVIEW

Firehouse Subs is a casual fast-food restaurant serving fresh subway sandwiches since 1994! You can spot them in various strip malls and shopping centers across the U.S. and neighboring areas.

Their concept is quite similar to Subway, but you’ll find a lot more options at Firehouse Subs! You can either choose your own breading, meat, and toppings or simply order their “Speciality Subs” with fixed ingredients.

The sole reason behind their success is the super quick fast food which is also light on your pockets! And if you choose the right toppings, you can order for pretty much any diet: Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Carnivore, etc.

Firehouse Subs offers 3 sizes of Sub:

  • Small Subs: 4 inches long
  • Medium Subs: 8 inches long
  • Large Subs: 12 inches.

Keep in mind that you must adjust the nutritional values based on the size you order. I’ve seen a lot of people mess this up! Their official document clearly lays out the nutritional data for each portion size.

The Hot Speciality subs contain classic combinations of meat, sauces, and toppings that enjoy huge popularity among its fans.

Apart from the subway sandwiches, Firehouse Subs is also famous for its freshly chopped salads. The Hook & Ladder salad always gets me drooling! (You have to toss out the ham to make it truly keto-friendly.)

Let’s talk beverages. I must say they have a humungous range of beverages to choose from! At Firehouse Subs, you can find every Coca-Cola drink present on Earth! Plus, they also have their exclusive Cherry-Lime Aid and their freshly-brewed iced tea. The law of keto says we can have anything as long as it’s sugar-free.

Tip: Always carry a pack of liquid stevia or any other sweetener to light up your sugar-free drinks at restaurants!

Making the Perfect KETO Salad at Firehouse Subs

If you are on the ketogenic diet, you know how hard it is to stay within your carb limit!

Having a salad is a no-brainer on any kind of weight-loss diet. And it becomes all the more important on keto. It’s an easy way to consume your much-needed fats and minimize your carb intake (no bread, lots of meat!)

Firehouse Subs offer three salads be default in their menu:

  • Italian Salad with Grilled Chicken: 9g net carbs
  • Firehouse Salad: 9-22g net carbs (depending on your choice of meat)
  • Hook & Ladder Salad: 16g net carbs

You can further lower the carb count with a few changes in the toppings. In fact, they give you full freedom to choose your own toppings and build your customized salads!

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This saves you a ton of time and the pain of removing unwanted, high-carb items manually (such as tomatoes). Plus, it also avoids food wastage!

All it takes for a delicious keto-friendly salad is some cheese, meat, veggies, and savory toppings! Mix and match the following low-carb items as per your taste:

PS: The portion size of these toppings is based on a MEDIUM sub.

Low Carb Meats:

  • Chicken Breast: 5g net carbs
  • Oven Roasted Chicken: 2g net carbs
  • Pepper Bacon: 0 carbs
  • Pepperoni: 0 carbs
  • Salami: 0 carbs
  • Sauteed USDA Choice Steak: 4g net carbs
  • Smoked Turkey Breast Roast: 4g net carbs
  • Tuna Salad: 7g net carbs
  • USDA Choice Beef Brisket: 0 carbs
  • USDA Choice Corned Beef Brisket: 0 carbs
  • USDA Choice Pastrami: 2g net carbs
  • USDA Choice Roast Beef: 0 carbs

The worst choice of meat for a keto-friendly salad at Firehouse Subs is the Honey Ham with 24g of carbs.

Choice of Cheese for KETO:

The harder cheese varieties have a lesser amount of carbs because they contain minimum lactose. The carbs in cheese are majorly due to the lactose present in milk.

Add any of the following low-carb cheeses to make your Firehouse Subs salads more filling:

  • Cheddar Cheese: 1g net carbs
  • Monterey Jack Cheese: 0 carbs
  • Pepper Jack Cheese: 0 carbs
  • Provolone Cheese: 1g net carbs
  • Swiss Cheese: 1g net carbs

Dressings & Condiments for a Keto Salad:

Sauces and condiments act like a bridge between your taste buds and the “healthy” greens! These tangy and savory condiments make a salad much more enjoyable on the keto diet.

Let’s admit it, having tons of fatty items in a salad can end up with a weird aftertaste! That’s why we need low-carb dressings and condiments to light up your keto salads at Firehouse Subs:

  • Balsamic Dressing: 2g net carbs
  • Cajun Mayo: 3g net carbs
  • Cajun Seasoning: 2g net carbs
  • Cream Cheese: 1g net carbs
  • Garlic Blend: 2g net carbs
  • Honey Mustard: 4g net carbs
  • Italian Salad Dressing: 1g net carbs
  • Italian Seasoning: 1g net carbs
  • Light Mayonnaise: 1g net carbs
  • Marinara Sauce: 4g net carbs
  • Mayonnaise: 2g net carbs
  • Peppercorn Ranch Dressing: 2g net carbs
  • Spicy Mustard: 0 carbs
  • Sriracha Sauce: 4g net carbs
  • Sweet Mustard: 0 carbs

Keto-Friendly Toppings at Firehouse Subs

Veggies and toppings provide the required micronutrients and powerful antioxidants! Use these low-carb options to add variety to your meaty salads:

  • Au Jus Bell Peppers: 0.5g net carbs
  • Au Jus Mushrooms: 0.5g net carbs
  • Au Jus Onions: 1g net carbs
  • Avocado: 1g net carbs
  • Black Olives: 0 carbs
  • Cherry Pepper Rings: 1g net carbs
  • Chopped Green Peppers: 0.5g net carbs
  • Chopped Pickle Spear: 1g net carbs
  • Iceberg Lettuce: 1g net carbs
  • Onion: 2g net carbs
  • Pickle Spear: 1g net carbs
  • Sliced Pepperoncini: 1g net carbs

The Coleslaw served at Firehouse Subs is quite high in carbs (7g net carbs) because it contains carrots and a lot of mayo.

Now you are well prepared to make your own deliciously low-carb salad! Mix and match from the above ingredients to suit your taste buds.

PS: I highly recommend that you don’t cross the “10g carbs” mark with a salad. The foodie in you might justify the splurging, but you’d have exhausted your carb quota for the day!

My #1 KETO Order at Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs is undoubtedly my favorite keto restaurant. There are few such places that are so open to customizations and make your order right in front of you (I really appreciate the transparency!)

Whenever dining out on keto, I always strive for a balance between taste and macros (fats, carbs, and proteins). I look for options that will keep me full for at least the next few hours.

This is my staple keto salad at Firehouse Subs:

  • Provolone Cheese
  • USDA Choice Corned Beef Brisket
  • USDA Choice Pastrami
  • Italian Salad Dressing
  • Spicy Mustard

Nutrition: 500 calories | 25g fat | 6g net carbs | 0g fiber | 4g sugar | 61g protein

The portion size of toppings is the same as that of a large Speciality Sub. In essence, you can call it a “New York Steamer” large sub that is served in a bowl (without mayo!)

Conclusion

In a nutshell, eating keto at Firehouse Subs involves having your favorite subs served in a bowl! All you have to do is stay away from high-carb toppings and sugary sauces (like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce).

Luckily, the folks at Firehouse Subs are very open to customizations and you can literally combine anything and everything under the sun! They have a ton of low-carb meats, cheese, and toppings, which ensure enough variety in your meals.