Wondering what are the best healthy salmon side dishes?
No more guessing because EVERY low-carb or keto side dish is low in carbs. So keep track of your macros and reduce your carbs without any effort at all.
If you want to know what to serve with salmon tonight, you can find the BEST side dish recipes that work perfectly. No matter how you cook your salmon.
If you are making heart-healthy salmon for dinner, then you will probably want to make a light and filling side dish to go along with it.
Is salmon low-carb?
Yes, salmon is definitely low in carbs. In fact, it is known as a "zero carb food" because each serving has 0 grams of total carbs.
There are a lot of low-carb ways to cook it too. Just use your favorite seasonings - a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh dill, garlic powder, chili powder, or even fresh minced garlic. Even a lemon vinaigrette or herbed lime mayonnaise is a flavourful low-carb topping for salmon.
Salmon is known for being a good source of healthy fats and other nutrients. Just check out this handy nutrition guide.
In one 4-oz (112g) Atlantic salmon fillet, there are:
- 206 calories
- 9 grams of fat
- 29 grams of protein
- 0 grams of carbohydrates
- 3g omega-3
Nutritional values from cronometer.com
The best low-carb sides for salmon
All of the following side dishes taste amazing with seafood and even better with hearty salmon.
Mashed cauliflower 4 ways
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that is known to pair perfectly with salmon. Baked Asparagus is incredibly simple. In fact, you can make it in the oven or the air fryer.
This is one of my favorite recipes to serve alongside salmon because the asparagus spears are so crispy and tender at the same time.
Broccoli cauliflower bake
I love how easy this casserole is - and it is incredibly filling too. The cheese sauce in this Broccoli Cauliflower Bake is made with yoghurt, mustard, and shredded cheese.
Don't forget to add the bacon - it's the best part! For a little extra crunch, you could add some sliced almonds or pine nuts and chili powder.
Tangy and crunchy coleslaw brings out all the natural flavors of salmon.
Low-Carb Coleslaw is really easy to throw together and it tastes delicious as it sits in the fridge, soaking up all the fresh herbs and spices.
Rice and fish go together like peanut butter and jelly. When you are eating low-carb, it's important to replace rice with a low-carb veggie. That's why I love cauliflower rice.
This recipe replaces rice pilaf, basmati rice, and jasmine rice. It will taste delicious with a little soy sauce
For a little extra pizazz, add some fresh rosemary or green onions on top. Or give it a nutty flavor with some roasted sesame oil.
These creamed leeks are baked with a creamy sauce that you will want to savor with slow bites.
This recipe is so delicious, you can replace mashed potatoes with it. If you want to bring out the flavor, even more, add some lemon zest on top. You can also make this recipe with Swiss chard or bok choy.
This creamy dish tastes amazing with savory salmon. Spinach Carbonara only has six simple ingredients and is so delicious that you will want to serve it with other recipes too.
With all the cheese on top, these eggplant bites are the best side dish for your salmon dinner.
They have an incredible smoky flavor and you can replace smashed potatoes with this delicious recipe.
Creamed Brussels sprouts
Both garlic and parmesan are flavors that taste heavenly with salmon. In fact, when you make this recipe, it will be as popular and loved as the salmon itself. Even people that usually don't like Brussels sprouts will this love creamed brussels sprouts recipe.
This dish tastes amazing when you make it in a cast-iron skillet because you can put it in the oven and crisp it up under the broiler.
This isn't as much of a side dish as it is a topping. Add some avocado salsa on top of your salmon and enjoy the taste of the southwest.
You can also just place it on the table and use it as a dip for cucumber slices or pepper strips.
Zucchini parmesan bake
One of the best ingredients to make with salmon is parmesan cheese. Zucchini and Parmesan Bake is a side dish that really ties the entire meal together.
This is the perfect recipe to use to replace mashed sweet potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle some fresh basil on top or add some Italian seasoning.
This is a baked recipe, but you can also make grilled zucchini with salmon too.
Have you ever made couscous before? Lemon herb couscous is a popular side dish to serve with salmon. Instead of the grain bowl, make this Cauliflower Couscous.
There are less than 3g net carbs in each serving!
These veggie fritters have an irresistible crunch. Plus, you will love the fresh taste of mint that is baked into the coating!
Top them with a dollop of sour cream for a wonderful taste.
Bacon broccoli cauli salad
This low-carb bacon broccoli cauliflower salad is one of my favorite side dishes for salmon because it is covered with a cream bacon sauce. It's so savory and delicious.
Add some summer squash to the mix and you have a wonderful side!
Biscuits are another classic side dish to pair with seafood. In fact, these keto biscuits are a perfect way to replace sweet potatoes.
They are made with high-protein almond flour and cheddar cheese. Add some creamy goat cheese on top or drizzle some sugar-free maple syrup for a little sweetness.
Curry cauliflower rice
Bring in some flavours from the east with some zesty curry cauliflower rice.
Curry Cauliflower Rice has incredible flavors of turmeric and coconut in it. This will elevate your dinner and pair perfectly with sweet fish.
Another fantastic way to make roasted asparagus is with prosciutto.
Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus is so easy to make you probably don't even need the recipe! But I'll walk you through it step by step anyways. 😉
You can't beat the fresh taste of spaghetti squash. If you have never made it before, follow this easy Spaghetti Squash tutorial. It even has a video for visual learners.
Since you can't have roasted potatoes on a low-carb diet, make something that is similar in texture.
Roasted Cauliflower is covered with garlic butter for a taste that is perfect with salmon.
Naan is another one of my favorite salmon side dishes. To make it keto-friendly, use this Low-Carb Naan recipe.
I love to drizzle it with a little olive oil and sprinkle it with fresh herbs.
Curried devilled eggs
Curry is one of those flavors that you'll find excuses to cook with. You don't even miss brown sugar or other sweeteners.
These Deviled Eggs add a creamy texture to your plate as you enjoy flaky salmon.
Finally, another one of my favorite new recipes is low-carb Spring Rolls. They are wrapped in cabbage leaves and filled with chicken and shredded veggies.
Simple side dish ideas for salmon - no recipe needed
When you don't have time to follow a recipe and just want to throw a few things together quickly, I have some ideas for you. There are a different amount of carbs in each idea, so track your macros and enjoy something that is easy to make.
These are easy lower carb side dishes for salmon to replace your regular smashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, baby carrots, and frozen peas with tomato sauce.
There are so many different ways to make it. Serve it roasted or raw.
You can even make cilantro lime rice with cauliflower.
Keto Caesar salad is a wonderful high-protein salad. If you don't like Caesar, then add some balsamic vinegar for a little zest and mix in your favorite fresh veggies.
Roast your favorite low-carb veggies in some extra virgin olive oil and top them with fresh herbs and lemon juice.
Remember, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, roasted potatoes, and green beans are all higher carb vegetables so make sure you portion control them and add them into your daily carb limit.
Best keto dishes that use salmon
When it comes to fish and seafood, you just can't beat a thick and flaky salmon fillet. It is incredibly filling and one of the healthiest types of fish you can eat. All of the following recipes are incredibly tasty, you are sure to find something new to make for dinner from this list.
Now that you know the best keto salmon sides, let's look at some of the best ways to cook the salmon itself. There are lots of ways to cook salmon - in the oven, slow-cooker, Instant Pot, or air fryer.
These salmon recipes are the easiest place to begin when you are wondering what to make for dinner.
- Salmon Roulade (with a cream cheese centre)
- Keto smoked salmon quiche
- Instant Pot lemon salmon
- Slow-cooker salmon with dill mayonnaise
Or make these easy salmon dinners without a recipe:
- Grilled salmon - with summer squash and parmesan cheese.
- Seared Salmon - served with minced garlic sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese.
- Barbecued salmon - with herbed hollandaise sauce.
- Baked salmon - along with colorful veggies and garlic powder as the salmon cooks.
- Pan-fried salmon - serve with a tomato salad and toasted almonds.
Do you cook salmon skin up or down?
This is a question I get asked a lot. I like to drizzle the salmon with some olive oil and then cook it skin side down first. This will let the skin crisp up really well. Then, flip it over and let it continue to cook.