21 Flavorful Ketogenic Fish Recipes You’ll Enjoy (Even If You Don’t Like Fish)
I’ve known for a long time how good healthy fish is for me, but I haven’t always eaten a ton of fish – it was often tough for me to find Keto fish recipes that I really loved.
Fish is a great choice if you’re new to Keto. Naturopathic physician and Sports Nutritionist Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, says, “If you’re starting up (or already following) a keto diet, it’s important to make sure you keep your electrolytes in balance; boost sodium levels by adding Sea salt to meals and a bone broth drink, and keep potassium and magnesium levels up via nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, fish and shellfish.”
Over the last few years, I’ve really started eating a lot more seafood and have found a lot more Keto recipes that both I and everyone I make them for like.
Below, I’ve included 21 of my absolute favorite (and most flavorful) Keto fish recipes. Even if you don’t normally love fish, these recipes will surprise you.
Here’s a quick list of the keto fish recipes included below:
- Keto Salmon Curry
- Keto Lemon Garlic Ghee Salmon with Leek Asparagus Ginger Saute
- Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Ham Wraps
- Pink Peppercorn Smoked Salmon Salad
- Salmon and Avocado Salsa
- Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup
- Coconut Tuna Fish Cakes
- Roasted Cauliflower Broccoli Tuna Bowl
- Garlic Lime Mahi-Mahi
- Smoky Tuna Pickle Boats
- Ginger Scallion Chinese Steamed Whole Fish
- Chinese Petrale Sole with Ginger and Garlic
- 5-Minute Keto Fried Sardines with Olives
- Mini Fish Cakes
- Fish and Leek Saute
- Easy Breaded Fish
- Pescados Asado
- Sea Bass with Pancetta and Garlic Sage Pesto
- Easy Fish Roll-Ups
- Fried Rockfish With Creamy Ginger Avocado Dressing
- Fish Poached in Ghee
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We’ve also broken the list down by type of fish to help you find the recipe that’s perfect for you.
- Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Salmon
- Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Tuna
- Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Whole Fish
- Ketogenic Fish Recipes – White Fish
Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Salmon
This is a quick and easy curry recipe as the fish takes only a few minutes to cook, so it would be perfect for a chilly evening when you don’t have time to spend too long cooking. The salmon is rich in healthy fats and if you don’t have green beans then you could use spinach or asparagus or even some broccoli florets to give you a warming and satisfying meal.
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish you can eat, packed with omega 3 and healthy fats, but because it is fatty, it takes strong flavors like ginger to help cut through this. This dish looks so good and yet it can be ready in half an hour, so it would make an impressive meal for a dinner party or for a family lunch. Cooking the salmon in foil helps the fish to absorb all the extra flavor of the garlic and lemon too.
These tasty wraps are ideal for a lunchtime snack or even for a healthy breakfast. They have a lovely texture since all the layers are sandwiched together with the smooth coconut cream. These are easy to eat, so they would be perfect if you are feeding kids. Or why not try turning them inside out – make cucumber cups, chop the meat and stir in the cream and fill the cups with the mix to make dainty finger food!
Here is a quick and easy starter that is guaranteed to impress any dinner guest! If you have never tried pink peppercorns, then now you can – they have a totally different flavor to the traditional black ones as they have a fruity taste but still give a crunch and aromatic scent which sets the salmon off really well. Simply serve with a few salad leaves and place a lemon wedge on the side so your guests can use it if they wish.
– Primally Inspired
Ingredients: salmon, cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, oil of choice, avocados, red onion, hot peppers, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro.
Salmon has quite a distinctive flavor, so don’t worry about using spices with it – it can handle it! The firm salmon flesh makes a great partner to the creamy and cooling avocado and the spice comes through the flavors really well. If you have time, prepare the salsa the night before so that the flavors have time to marry together but don’t forget the lime juice or the avocado will turn brown.
This dish is great if you like cream soups but want to be dairy-free. The creaminess comes from the coconut milk and makes a lovely base for the salmon. The leeks give a subtle sweetness and are not a strong vegetable, which is a good idea as some salmon has a really delicate flavor. Leeks are perfect for freezing – just slice or chop and pop them in a bag, and then you will have them ready-prepared for soups and stews.
Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Tuna
Fish cakes are a real favorite with many families and these are quick and easy to prepare. You can use salmon instead of tuna if you prefer and these can be served on their own, with a salad or with a tomato or fruity salsa. This recipe is also good for batch-cooking, as you can prepare them and store them in the fridge and cook when required.
Tuna is another fish, like salmon, which is packed with omega 3 and healthy fats, and in a dish like this one, can give you a filling and nutritious lunch that you can even take to work. Roasting cauliflower and broccoli gives them a mellower flavor so they do not overpower the taste of the fish and with a simple seasoning of salt and lemon, the whole meal can be enjoyed anytime.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: avocado oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, Mahi-Mahi.
Mahi is the Hawaiian name for this fish, although nowadays it is possible to get hold of it in fish markets and some stores. When you are marinating this fish, try not to leave it longer than 30 minutes, as the lime juice will start to ‘cure’ the fish if it is left longer. The zingy citrus flavor helps to lift this meal, making it a lighter, summery meal.
These pickle boats make a lovely dish for a family picnic as they are easy to eat with the fingers. The tang of the pickles sets off the smoky flavor of the tuna and we all know how well tuna and mayo go together! To make them look even more appealing for a party dish, sprinkle them with a little paprika or a few pink peppercorns for garnish.
Ketogenic Fish Recipes – Whole Fish
– Keto SummitIngredients: sardines in olive oil, black olives, garlic flakes, parsley flakes, olive oil.
Sardines are absolute powerhouses of nutrition and healthy fats and can provide you with the omega-3 you need for your daily diet. They are so tasty and have a great meaty texture and are a wonderful go-to if you are on a tight budget as they are cheap to buy and easy to eat.
There is something very special about being served a whole fish on a plate! It can be a very impressive as a main for a dinner party, but the best thing is the flavor – because you have not removed the bones, the flavor of the fish is stronger. Like a lot of Asian-inspired cuisines, this dish is light, yet full of flavor and the tamari sauce makes the whole dish delicious! If you prefer, remove the head before cooking, but don’t throw it away – it can be used as a base for soup.
This recipe is very like traditional Chinese ones, using garlic and ginger as the basic spices and the tamari sauce to enhance the whole dish. One of the best things about fish is that it cooks so quickly, giving you a fantastic meal in just minutes which can be ideal after a busy day when you don’t have much time. This fish can be served as it is or team it with a salad or steamed vegetables.
Ketogenic Fish Recipes – White Fish
These little fish cakes look as good as they taste! They are light and golden and would be a fantastic starter for a dinner with friends served with a salsa or relish. They taste great cold, so why not pack some up for lunch or gift them as party food to a friend. Salmon would work well in this recipe, but these can be a good way to use frozen fish instead if you are on a budget.
This recipe is another one that can be used if you are working on a tighter budget as you can use whatever fish you happen to have. Some white fish can be bought frozen in large bags at a low price so keep a stock in the freezer. The ginger and aminos give this dish a bit of a kick, making it perfect to make on a hot summer day or for a quick and easy lunch.
It may seem that there is a lot of garlic in this recipe, but if you are using cod, which is a meaty fish, it can withstand a strong flavor. Sometimes breaded food can be the one thing you miss on a diet or eating plan, so this could be the answer. Serve this with the garlic ghee or a simple green salad if you prefer. Other white fish could be used but cod really holds together well in this dish.
We all know how well fish goes with citrus – it seems to enhance the flavor of the whole dish! This recipe gives you a light but delicious meal that can be used for lunch or dinner. The overall flavor is fresh with a bit of a kick from the pepper flakes and it can be served with a green salad or with a zingy tomato salsa. Sea bass could be good instead of halibut if you can’t find it.
– Cavegirl CuisineIngredients: lemon juice, sage leaves, parsley, garlic, walnut oil or preferred oil, sea salt, pancetta, sea bass fillets, sea salt, ground pepper.
Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine
This fish dish is packed with flavor, as the fish goes really well with the occasional salty hit from the pancetta. Sea bass has quite a gentle flavor, so try not to use an oil with too strong a flavor of its own. Serve with some wilted spinach or cherry tomatoes for a tasty and colorful meal. The garlic pesto can also be served with other fish, or change the sage for basil and serve over chicken.
This is another recipe that is simple to prepare and cook, yet gives you a stunning dish to serve at any time. This would make a great main course for a dinner party or for a family gathering. It can be made quite cheaply as frozen fish is ideal here and it tends to be cheaper than buying fresh. If you don’t like asparagus then just use green beans or julienned carrots.
– The Nourished CavemanIngredients: rockfish fillets or barramundi or cod, egg whites, sea salt, coconut flour, coconut oil, avocado, coconut cream, ginger, cilantro, serrano pepper, lemon juice.
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman
The creamy avocado dressing in this recipe makes the whole dish look stunning! Served with the pan-fried rockfish, it gives such a great contrast of color and texture. This dish is perfect served with a fresh green salad or with some steamed asparagus or green beans. Rockfish was used here, but any meaty white fish could be used instead.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: flounder or other mild fish, salt, black pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, ghee, lemon juice, parsley, lemon.
This dish is quick and easy to make, so would be ideal for a quick lunch. The seasoning on the fish enhances the flavor and this can be made even better by serving lemon wedges with it. This fish can be served on a bed of cauliflower rice or with an array of roasted vegetables. Sea bass would also work well in this recipe if you can’t find flounder.
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