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After starting a keto diet, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut and eat the same things over and over. Time to change up your routine with this keto salmon recipe… the sugar-free honey glaze is simply irresistible!
I created this recipe after readers asked me for more ways to use my Wholesome Yum sugar-free honey substitute — and it turned out perfect for a salmon glaze. (If you need more ways to use it, it’s also perfect for keto honey mustard, quick chicken stir fry, drizzling over keto English muffins or keto yogurt, or making sugar-free teriyaki sauce.)
Why You’ll Love This Keto Salmon Recipe
- Honey garlic flavors
- Savory and sweet taste
- Tender, flaky fish — never dry!
- Cooks quickly using the broiler — the entire recipe takes less than 30 minutes!
- Just 6 simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper)
- Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and keto friendly
- Only 1.1g net carbs per serving
- Delicious way to get health benefits of salmon
Is Salmon Keto?
Yes, salmon is keto! This fish is a great source of healthy fats (including omega-3 fatty acids) and carbs in salmon are low, making it an ideal choice for those looking to follow the keto diet.
Most keto salmon recipes lean toward heavier dairy ingredients like butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, or parmesan cheese. This one is lighter and doesn’t need any of those, but if that’s the type of recipe you are looking for, try my Tuscan salmon (which has a creamy sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach) or parmesan crusted salmon instead.
What sets this salmon apart from other glazed recipes is that the keto salmon glaze uses Wholesome Yum Keto Honey! Regular honey is too high in carbs for keto, but this honey substitute has absolutely 0g net carbs — and it tastes, bakes and drizzles just like honey does for the same great flavor and texture.
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for keto honey glazed salmon, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Salmon – King, coho, sockeye, and pink salmon filets are the best choices for baking salmon (click the link to learn more about selecting it). I prefer wild-caught fish, but any kind works.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Wholesome Yum Keto Honey – Since carbs in honey are too high, this is the best keto-friendly swap that pours and tastes like the real thing. It makes an unbelievable sweet, sticky salmon glaze without the sugar!
- Coconut Aminos – I prefer this gluten-free soy sauce substitute, but you can also use soy sauce on keto if you tolerate it (preferably low-sodium for this recipe).
- Spices – You will need garlic powder, regular or smoked paprika, and ground ginger (optional). You could also include a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat.
- Olive Oil – You can also use avocado oil, or any oil you prefer.
How To Make Keto Salmon
This section shows how to make the best keto salmon recipe, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep. Preheat the oven to the Broil setting. If your oven has multiple broil settings select the high one (or whatever is 500 degrees F on your oven).
- Season the salmon. Pat salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Make the glaze. In a large bowl, use whisk together the keto honey, coconut aminos, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and ground ginger (if using).
- Marinate the salmon. Add salmon to the bowl and turn pieces to coat in the glaze. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes, up to 1 hour. Turn the salmon pieces in the marinade to coat well before cooking.
- Arrange. Place salmon in a large baking dish (or a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper), leaving spaces between the fillets. Brush any glaze left in the bowl over the top of the fish.
- Broil. Cook keto salmon in the oven, about 6 inches from the heating element. See tips below for the best way to avoid overcooking it.
- Garnish. I like to serve this with sliced green onions on top, but fresh parsley would work if you don’t have any green onions on hand.
Tips For The Best Keto Salmon
- Pat dry before seasoning and marinating. This helps the glaze penetrate the salmon better and helps lock in moisture while cooking.
- Marinate at room temperature. This lets your salmon come to room temp while it’s marinating, which is ideal for cooking evenly. I don’t recommend marinating for longer than 1 hour.
- If your salmon has skin, cook skin side down. Baking keto salmon with skin will also make it more flavorful, so if your salmon has skin, don’t remove it. You can always choose not to eat it if you don’t like it.
- Don’t overcook. The best way to avoid dry fish is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the fish. For perfect salmon that isn’t dry, the ideal internal temperature is 135-140 degrees F (57-60 degrees C). If you don’t have one, you can test that it flakes easily with a fork and still looks moist inside.
- Store: To maximize freshness, wrap keto baked salmon tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or transfer to an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. It will last 3-4 days.
- Meal prep: Mix the glaze ahead, but do not marinate the fish (it will get mushy if it marinates longer than 1 hour). Bake the day-of, or bake ahead of time and reheat later.
- Reheat: Place salmon on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until warm. The microwave also works, but the fish will be more dry.
- Freeze: Store low carb salmon in a freezer bag for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
What To Serve With Keto Salmon
This low carb salmon works with a variety of keto side dishes. Try some of these easy ones:
- Salad – Keep this keto salmon dinner completely low carb with Asian cabbage salad, creamy smashed cucumber salad, or spicy kani salad.
- Keto Rice & Noodles – Try this fish with low carb shirataki noodles (miracle noodles), cauliflower rice (or cauliflower fried rice), 3-ingredient egg noodles, or simple zucchini noodles.
- Veggies – Serve keto glazed salmon with roasted bok choy or roasted asparagus. For quicker veggies, try Instant Pot broccoli or stir fry vegetables… or try any choices from the keto vegetables list.
More Easy Keto Salmon Recipes
This fish is one of my go-to options for fast dinners! Try these dishes for more easy prep and big flavor:
- Glass Mixing Bowls – So many sizes for easy prep and marinating. They nest together for compact storage.
- Baking Dish – My favorite, so you’ll spot it in many of my recipes. It looks elegant and goes straight from oven to table.
- Meat Thermometer – A must for cooking proteins safely. This one alerts you when it reaches the ideal temperature.
Honey Glazed Keto Salmon Recipe
Keto Salmon Recipe (Sugar-Free Honey Glaze!)
This perfect keto salmon recipe uses a sweet glaze made with a secret keto pantry staple. Just 1.1g net carbs and ready in 25 minutes!
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Preheat the oven to the Broil setting (typically 500 degrees F or 260 degrees C ).
Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the keto honey, coconut aminos, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and ground ginger.
Add the salmon to the bowl and turn the pieces to coat in glaze. Marinate for at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour. When time is up, turn the salmon pieces in the marinade again to coat well.
Place the salmon in a large baking dish, with spaces between the fillets. Brush any glaze left in the bowl over the top of the fish.
Broil keto salmon in the oven, about 6 inches from the heating element, for 10-12 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should reach 135-140 degrees F (57-60 degrees C).
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Serving size: 1 keto salmon fillet
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