20 Low-Carb Fish Recipes You Can Make in a Flash
By: Amanda Suazo
When you need a quick meal with minimal fuss, reach for fish. These recipes pack nourishing fat and protein into fast, flavorful dishes — without the extra ingredients that pack on the carbs.
Although fish is naturally low-carb, you can take other steps to ensure your recipes keep you fueled. Always choose wild-caught fish, preferably from varieties low in mercury. Sockeye salmon, anchovies, haddock, trout, summer flounder, crab, and sardines all make excellent choices.
Whether you cook from your stovetop or oven or prefer your air fryer and Instant Pot, these fish recipes will get dinner on the table in no time:
Fish recipes: Salmon
The only all-in-one fish recipe you’ll ever need! This customizable bowl layers a seasoned broccoli mash with wild-caught salmon and avocado. Make it your own with your favorite fresh veggie toppings and a drizzle of Brain Octane Oil for a 20-minute meal that satisfies.
If you like sheet pan dinners, you’ll love this fish recipe. Salmon fillets cook on top of sliced fennel and infuse with flavors from fresh thyme and buttery grass-fed ghee. While fish bakes, prepare your plate with spiralized cucumber and green olives. This restaurant-worthy meal comes together in 20 minutes for under 9 net carbs.
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This fish recipe collects all its flavor from a tangy dijon sauce slathered over your salmon fillet — all made from simple ingredients like mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings. It only takes 25 minutes and makes a tasty dinner or meal prep option for well under 2 net carbs per serving. Avoid eating garlic too often to stay more Bulletproof.
Tandoori dishes usually require a special clay oven, but this fish recipe simplifies the cooking with the help of your broiler. Marinate salmon with dairy-free yogurt and spices, then bake and fry up a simple bed of cauliflower rice. This fish dish runs under 14 net carbs and takes 20 minutes of active cooking.
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Get all the rich flavor of eggs Benedict without the carb-filled bread. This 15-minute fish recipe keeps it simple with a simple pairing of salmon and asparagus, all topped with an easy, creamy hollandaise sauce. To keep it Bulletproof, use grass-fed ghee for cooking, skip the pepper, and use fresh, high-quality spices.
This fish recipe takes extra time to cook, but it still takes minimal prep. Marinate your salmon filet in umami-rich flavors from coconut aminos and kelp, then bake with sliced fennel. Serve it all up with quick-steamed asparagus and fresh avocado for an all-in-one meal that runs you about 13 net carbs.
White fish recipes
If you’re new to the world of raw seafood, this fish recipe makes a delicious introduction. Tender chunks of halibut marinate in a lime juice mixture that “cooks” the fish and infuses tangy flavor. Add creamy avocado and green onion, and you get a 2-carb meal ready in about 10 minutes.
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Simple doesn’t have to taste boring — with this fish recipe, tender cod fillets get all their flavor from a fresh and easy herb butter sauce. To keep this 10-minute recipe more Bulletproof, avoid eating garlic too often and use fresh, high-quality spices. Cook in heat-safe grass-fed ghee instead of butter, too.
This versatile fish recipe makes a delicious starring protein on top of salads or mashed cauliflower. Blend up raw fish with herbs and spices (no breadcrumbs needed), then sizzle away on your pan and slather in a creamy avocado sauce. These cakes reach your plate in 15 minutes for less than 1 net carb apiece.
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Parchment turns this fish recipe into a tender, flavorful meal with easy clean up — all in your air fryer! Wrap up your cod with fresh veggies like fennel or celery, then top with butter, lemon juice, and spices. It all cooks in your air fryer in 15 minutes for 6 net carbs. To stay more Bulletproof, use wild fish and grass-fed butter, plus omit the red peppers.
Paleo Thai Fish Curry
This warm and spiced fish recipe will satisfy all your takeout cravings. Tender snapper nestles in a seasoned coconut cream sauce with chunks of pumpkin and zucchini — perfect for pouring over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. This dish runs just under 17 net carbs, and you can have it ready in well under an hour.
If you don’t have a nightshade sensitivity, this simple fish recipe makes an elegant meal worthy of a date night or dinner party. Cod cooks in a rich tomato sauce seasoned with saffron and bay leaves in just 20 minutes.
Fish recipes: Shrimp & crab
Add this fish recipe to your summer grilling to-do list. Sweet chunks of pineapple and bacon-wrapped shrimp taste amazing on their own, but this recipe elevates them even further with a buttery coating of grass-fed ghee. Best of all, you can make these skewers ahead of time so they’re ready the moment your grill gets hot. Each serving tallies up to 11 net carbs.
Just like original pad thai, this fish recipe creates a bowlful of slurpable noodles and a nutty sauce. Thanks to a few low-carb swaps and quick-cooking shrimp, it only sets you back 5 net carbs and takes 20 minutes to prep.
Make them for a fast appetizer, or enjoy them all for yourself: This fish recipe makes a sweet, crispy coating for shrimp using shredded coconut and coconut flour. Pair with a creamy dairy-free dip for an 8 carb meal that only takes 5 minutes of work in the kitchen.
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The steam power of the Instant Pot transforms crab legs into a tender main dish in a miraculous two minutes. Use wild-caught crab and serve them up with melted grass-fed butter.
You can turn any night into date night with this easy, elegant recipe. In 20 minutes, you can prep a satisfying dish with spiralized zucchini and tender shrimp, all swimming in a garlicky butter sauce — no gluten or grains needed.
This fish recipe uses deceptively simple ingredients like grass-fed ghee, fresh oregano, and lemon zest — combine it all with wild shrimp, though, and you get a mind-blowing main dish in under 30 minutes.
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Popcorn shrimp lovers, make this fish recipe ASAP: Toss your shellfish with oil and spices for a poppable appetizer or main dish in under 10 minutes. To make it more Bulletproof, swap olive oil with melted grass-fed ghee, plus use fresh, high-quality spices and avoid eating garlic too often.
Paleo Keto Crab Cakes
This fish recipe proves that you don’t need breadcrumbs to make a tender and delicious crab cake. Instead, lump crab meat gets a star treatment from rich flavor sources like dijon mustard, coconut aminos, and fish sauce, plus a sprinkle of green banana flour. Each golden cake runs you 2.5 net carbs, and they come together in under half an hour.
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