For those unfamiliar, a keto diet is essentially focused on reducing your carb intake, and replacing those carbs with fat. The basic concept is that when your body is not digesting carbs, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis, during which your body becomes extra efficient at burning fat to use as an energy source.
By using fat for fuel your body will benefit in several ways, namely weight loss. But keto enthusiasts say there are other perks as well, such as: improved heart health, management of seizure disorders, reduced cancer risk and more.
Wild caught, fresh fish offer a wide range of culinary possibilities that all fall well within the low-carb, keto diet guidelines. Fish dishes are versatile, healthy, packed with protein and healthy fats, and low in carbs.
Here are 10 keto-approved fish recipes to enjoy without derailing your diet.
1. Keto Low-Carb Salmon with White Wine Sauce
The sauce is made from wine, lemon juice, garlic, butter, cream and capers, so it’s clearly indulgent and tasty, but because the dish is low in carbs and high in fat and protein, it’s the perfect addition to a keto meal plan.
2. Keto Cilantro-Lime Salmon
Lime juice and cilantro are a perfect pair, and with this salmon dish the combination of the two is so simple but also so flavorful. And add this to your list of easy-to-make recipes that looks and taste impressive. All you need to do is season and dress the salmon and then bake it for 15-20 minutes, so clean up is a breeze and the end result is deliciously healthy.
3. Harlan Kilstein Keto Moroccan Salmon
This sautéed salmon dish is packed with flavor thanks to the Moroccan seasoning and herbs, including garlic, paprika, cilantro, jalapeño, lemon juice and more. It’s all cooked in one pan so the flavors are really infused into the fish, and it’s perfect with served with steamed broccoli or your veggie of choice.
4. Keto Salmon, Kale & Poached Egg Bowl
If you’re a fan of nutrient-packed bowls then this low-carb dish is right up your alley. It’s loaded with keto superfoods such as kale, avocado, salmon and poached eggs, so you can bulk up on protein and healthy fats and skip carbs entirely. And because it’s so flavorful and filling you won’t need the rice or grains.
5. Keto Baked Cod with Parmesan
If cod is more your fish of choice, then this baked cod with Parmesan is pure heaven. The combo of butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, thyme and almond flour is perfect, resulting in a rich fish dish that is moist but also crunchy on top.
6. Creamy Keto Fish Casserole
This creamy dish loaded with broccoli, capers, scallions, butter and cream is easy to make and a perfect way to incorporate more fish into your diet without feeling like you’re dieting. This dish works perfectly with most white fish, particularly cod, but you can also use wild salmon if you so desire.
7. Lemon Baked Cod
Low carb can tend to sound boring or unappealing, but this lemon-baked cod is anything but blah. Maybe it’s the buttery garlic topping that makes it so tasty, but kids and adults will all go nuts for this healthy, protein-packed fish dish.
8. Parmesan Crusted Halibut
This baked fish dish does not look or taste like “diet food.” After all, it’s smothered in mayo, parmesan cheese and butter. But if you’re following a keto diet, it’s low in carbs, high in fat and packed with protein,.
9. Poached Halibut in Ginger Broth
Poached fish can seem intimidating, but this dish is really easy to prepare and it’s low in calories, low in carbs and loaded with protein. This recipe calls for a ginger broth to cook the fish by submerging the filet in the simmering liquid for about 8-10 minutes. The fish is the star, but the ginger, garlic, and basil in the broth help.
10. Fish Saltimbocca with Roasted Tomato Sauce
Love prosciutto? Love fish? Love food but also trying to love your diet? This dish is all yours. The halibut is wrapped in prosciutto and sage, sautéed in butter, and then smothered in a roasted tomato cream sauce. Do we have your attention yet? The combo of crunchy prosciutto, creamy sauce and moist, flakey fish is the stuff that dreams are made of.