Garlic Butter Salmon Recipe – Keto & Low Carb

garlic butter salmon recipes

If you are looking for a garlic butter salmon recipe this recipe is among the tastiest and easiest to do and is perfect if you are following the keto diet.

Related reading: Why is the Keto Diet Becoming So Popular?

Salmon is among those fish that are good for keto. Aside from being virtually carb-free, it’s loaded with nutrients like Omega 3 fats, potassium, selenium, and B vitamins.

For this garlic butter salmon recipe created by Kirby, who has a passion for flavor, the salmon is cooked in garlic and butter, which is truly flavorful.

The creamy sauce perfectly complements the subtle flavor of the salmon. It’s good for lunch or dinner, and will only take a few minutes of your time to prepare.

Wild Salmon

Wild caught salmon is the best salmon to buy because it has a better nutritional profile. The ratio of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats to inflammatory omega-6 fats is healthier in wild caught salmon than in farmed salmon.

Farmed salmon is fed on processed fish food which varies according to the supplier but wild salmon feeds on a natural diet. Around two thirds of the US’s salmon comes from farms so it pays to find out where the salmon you buy is wild or not.

With all the pollution in the ocean these days I do worry about eating fish. It used to be said that farmed fish was more polluted than non-farmed fish but, according to an article on Mashed, a study done by Norway’s Havforsknings Instituttet, published in 2017,  the levels of environmental pollutants were higher in Norwegian wild salmon than in Norwegian farmed salmon.

Wild Alaskan Salmon 

While this is interesting it does not tell us about other areas. Wild Alaskan salmon has been promoted as one of the healthiest types of salmon to buy but it seems that according to Salmon Business much Alaskan “wild salmon” is in fact raised in nurseries before being released into the Northern Pacific and rivers. How do they get away with this?

Mercury in salmon

We often hear about the problem with mercury in fish but you’ll be glad to know both farmed and wild salmon are relatively low in mercury.

Salmon, like most other fish, also contains more selenium than mercury which can help protect against mercury toxicity. Fish that are higher in mercury include  shark, tilefish, king mackerel, swordfish and pilot whale.

Plastic microfibers

Plus now there is the problem of the plastic micro-fibers getting into the flesh of the fish. No one knows yet what they will do to us but according to studies it is thought they they can affect our immune system cells.

In another study hamsters injected with microplastics suggests these plastic particles can lead to blood clots. Scary stuff!

Fish is not the only way we ingest these microfibers, they are in sea salt, tap water, bottled water and beer. Salt from ancient sea beds like Himalayan or Redmond salt should be fine.

Recipe notes

I’ll just point out here that I have made a few minor adjustments to Kirby’s original recipe to include wild salmon, organic lemon juice, grass-fed butter, organic cream and Himalayan salt to make the recipe that much healthier.

Whatever the reason for you following the keto diet it pays to eat as much of the healthiest food as possible.

If you love salmon then why not give these recipes a try?

Keto Avocado Salmon Salad
Keto Salmon Poke Bowl Recipe

Garlic Butter Salmon Recipe


  • 1 organic lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 wild salmon fillets
  • 3 tbsp. organic heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp. grass-fed unsalted butter
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Avocado oil


1. Season the meat side of the salmon with salt and pepper.
2. Put oil in a skillet and cook at medium heat. Then place the salmon with the skin side at the bottom. Cook for 4 to 5 min before flipping to the other side.
3. The meat side cooks a little bit faster and will usually take only 4 min. Its internal temperature should be 145 degrees F.
4. Remove the fish from heat and leave to rest.


1. Melt the butter in another pan over low heat.
2. Once the butter is melted add minced garlic and lemon juice.
3. Cook for about 2 minutes and stir occasionally.
4. Add the cream and stir for a few minutes until the sauce achieves a consistent color. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve the salmon drizzled with the creamy sauce. Serve with some low carb vegetables.
6. Enjoy!

Here’s Kirby’s video demo of this garlic butter salmon recipe:

Image by AJ


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