While teriyaki sauce traditionally does contain sugar, our keto-friendly version uses a sugar-free substitute that is still highly comparable and tastes almost the same on a protein like salmon, which absorbs flavors very well. Topped with a spicy aioli, this flaky fish dish is served with buttered asparagus for a classic-style dinner. If you enjoy an added crunch, toss some slivered almonds in with the asparagus right before serving.
While freshly steamed mussels are higher in carbohydrate than many other shell sh, nothing beats the taste. Paired with fresh thyme and a heaping serving of garlic, these flavorful morsels are perfect for an appetizer or a main course. Serve with toasted Coconut Almond Flour Bread or a crunchy vegetable medley, like celery and bell peppers.
Sushi cravings while on the keto diet are a real challenge. While sashimi is still fair game, getting the experience of a sushi roll without rice is often difficult at most restaurants. Make your own with this simple recipe that has all the flavors of your favorite sushi. Serve with pickled ginger and low-carb soy sauce.
Shrimp scampi is a pasta classic that gets a twist in this "keto-fied" recipe by substituting zucchini noodles for the pasta. A spiralizer, used to create the zucchini noodles for this dish, is a versatile tool to invest in for your kitchen arsenal that is extremely useful on the keto diet. If you have a mandolin, you can also achieve the unique "zoodles" cut with that.
Chinese food may seem like a world away while eating on the keto diet, but not with this modified stir-fry. Pair this with Cauliflower "Rice" or enjoy on its own. It is equally good both ways. The bamboo shoots provide a nice texture alongside the shrimp and broccoli for a filling meal.
This recipe for roasted cod with bok choy is a personal favorite. Quick to make with the aluminum-foil steaming method, this dish will impress with little effort. Bok choy is available year-round, but its peak season is winter. If you're making this dish during other times of the year, substitute a more seasonal vegetable, like broccoli or broccoli raab.
One of my favorite dinners as a kid was fish sticks dipped in ketchup, while watching cartoons with my cousins. My ode to those TV dinners? These crispy, flaky fish sticks that have evolved into adult-friendly dippables. I like to offer Homemade Champagne Ketchup and/or Lemon-Dill Tartar Sauce on the side.
What good is a lettuce cup if it’s not filled with a scoop of tuna salad loaded with crisp, fresh ingredients like celery, onion, and dill? For an extra kick, add a tablespoon of dill pickle relish.
This light but refreshing combination of grilled shrimp and avocado gets its inspiration from traditional dishes served on tropical islands. Remember, shrimp cook quickly and can be overcooked easily. Avocados are also delicate, and should be handled minimally before serving.
Growing up in the Northeast I’ve had the pleasure of sampling three different styles of clam chowder: Rhode Island (clear broth), New England (creamy broth), and Manhattan (red broth). But for me, there’s nothing like a creamy, peppery clam chowder. Most clam chowders are full of carbs, so instead of potatoes, I’ve added more protein with langostinos, which look and taste like tiny lobsters. If you’re on a budget, you can certainly skip them and just call it clam chowder. And as all New Englanders know, clam chowder is not just for the winter—it’s year-round deliciousness.
It took more than 30 years for me to try lobster and another two before I liked it. It took a trip to Maine for my taste buds to turn, and then I spent a week in Boothbay Harbor eating sweet, buttery Maine lobster for as many meals as I could get it. I haven’t looked back. This creamy dish uses sweet, tender, and affordable lobster-like langostinos. (If your pockets are padded, you can use lobster instead.) This is a beloved regular at our family holiday parties.
Few things in life make me happy as crab cakes. Usually, crab cakes are breaded or utilize breadcrumbs to hold them together, but this favorite recipe of mine uses Parmesan cheese and coconut flour to bind the meat. Crispy and flavorful, I can't get enough of these and will often double the recipe, freezing some for a lazy night when I don't feel like working hard on dinner. Remember when buying crabmeat that us machine separated, so always check for shells before using.
Tuna steaks, appropriately named for their meaty flavor and texture, are best cooked rare. This peppery coffee rub adds a deep, smoky flavor to the tuna.
Nothing says tropical paradise like a batch of coconut shrimp. Paired with a tangy aioli, these are just as good as the non-keto version, if not better.
Maybe you associate rich butter with shellfish like lobster and crab, but there’s no better pair than fresh cod and butter.