Savory spicy and smoky blackened seasoning with tender salmon filets is the perfect low carb dinner you can have on the table in under 20 minutes!
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If you're looking for a quick and easy but low carb dinner recipe, this Keto Blackened Salmon is just what you want.
The salmon is incredibly tender and flaky, and the blackened seasoning gives it such an amazing smoky and spicy flavor. Your family is going to love you for this one!
Salmon is a healthy and delicious option for any night of the week and the best part is it's a one skillet meal, making clean up a breeze!
What’s in Keto Blackened Salmon
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Keto Blackened Salmon
Take each piece of salmon and rub the blackened seasoning over the tops so they are evenly coated.
Heat a large skillet to medium and add in the butter and olive oil. You want to butter and oil to heat up before adding the salmon.
Once heated, add in the salmon with the skin side up and sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the tops have a nice sear.
Then carefully flip them over. Be really careful because salmon is so flaky it tends to break apart if not easy with it while flipping.
Once you've flipped them over, spoon some of the butter and olive oil mixture over the tops of the salmon.
Bathing the delicious seasoned butter over the top ensures the salmon continues to cook evenly and keeps the filets moist.
You'll continue to cook the filets for another 5-7 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top and it's ready to serve!
What Keto Side Dish Can I Serve with Blackened Salmon?
The possibilities are endless. Here are some low carb side dish recipes that will give you inspiration:
- Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice
- Cheesy Roasted Asparagus
- Easy Creamed Spinach
- Cauliflower Mushroom "Risotto"
- Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- Classic Cobb Salad
- Rosemary Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
What Does Blackened Salmon Mean?
The term blackened refers to a method of cooking where meat or fish is panned seared in butter in a hot skillet with a special blend of smoky and spicy seasonings.
For a little back story, the method of blackening was invented by Chef Paul Prudhomme, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Using spices that are steeped in rich Cajun history, he created a blend that quickly spread and is now enjoyed all over the world.
Since then, people have created their own versions, catering to personal taste, just like in the Homemade Low Carb Blackened Seasoning used in this recipe.
Is Salmon Keto?
It's perfect for Keto! Honestly, salmon is perfect for any diet because it's an excellent source for omega-3 fatty acids, protein and potassium.
And the best part is, like most protein, it has ZERO carbs, which is even more reason it's great for Keto.
Are There Health Benefits to Salmon?
There're many health benefits in adding salmon to your weekly meal planning. Some nutritionists even call salmon a brain superfood.
Salmon is a very healthy source of protein, which is needed for proper bone health and prevention of muscle loss. Salmon provides approximately 30 grams of protein per 5 ounce serving.
It's also rich in omega-3, "which have been shown to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and decrease risk factors for disease," according to this article on Healthline.
Tips for Buying Perfect Salmon
- When buying salmon for this recipe, you'll see that there are several type of salmon. You'll see terms like wild caught or farm raised. But, which is best? Wild caught basically means the fish are raised naturally in the ocean or freshwater, and feeds off things in nature. If you have access to buy wild-caught, it's preferred over farm-raised. Farm raised salmon have come a long way over the past several years and is perfectly safe to eat, but it does have a less rich flavor as wild caught because it is raised in closed areas and fed pellets made from fish meal and grains.
- What's the difference in pink salmon and sockeye? All salmon boasts a long list of health benefits, but sockeye edges out as the winner on nutrition. It contains about 25% more omega-3 than pink salmon.
- Regardless of which type you purchase, fresh salmon should be moist and the edges shouldn't be dried or curling up.
- When purchasing fresh salmon, whole filet or portions, it's best to cook it on the same day for optimal freshness.
- Unless the recipe specifically says otherwise, leave the skin on. Salmon cooks quickly and the skin acts as a fatty barrier to help keep the fish moist.
More Keto Salmon Recipes
- Bang Bang Salmon Cakes
- Baked Salmon in Foil
- Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon
- Baked Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
- Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
- Asian Glazed Salmon
- Cajun Salmon Alfredo
- Easy Salmon Piccata with Spinach
If you want even more delicious low carb and Keto salmon recipes, check out this 25 Best Keto Salmon Recipes round up.
Keto Blackened Salmon
- Take each piece of salmon and rub the blackened seasoning over the tops so they are evenly coated.
- Heat a large skillet to medium and add in the butter and olive oil. Add in the salmon with the skin side up and sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the tops have a nice sear, then carefully flip them over.
- Once you've flipped them over, spoon some of the butter and olive oil mixture over the tops of the salmon. Cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and serve.
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