20+ Diabetic Salmon Recipes

Served on its own or in a salad, wrap, or soup, salmon is a healthy and delicious protein choice that is low carb and heart-healthy. There are many ways to prepare the omega-3-rich fish -- baked, grilled, poached -- so the recipe options are endless. To help get you started, we’ve compiled our favorite healthy salmon recipes. 

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

Grilled on a soaked cedar plank, this so-simple salmon recipe is the brainwork of Chef Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef. Season with thyme, chives, and lemon slices, and enjoy a diabetic dinner for only 2 carb grams per serving.

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Citrus Poached Salmon with Asparagus

Poaching is a fast cooking method that enables food to absorb flavor without fat, making this a go-to recipe for any diabetes meal plan. Simmer asparagus on top of the salmon to serve on the side, then drizzle the fish and veggies with a buttery citrus dressing.

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Southwest Salmon and Sweet Potatoes

Chopped oranges put a tangy twist on a salmon dinner featuring hearty sweet potatoes. Low in carbs and loaded with vitamins A and C, this warm comfort food recipe is a perfect healthy choice for fall and winter.

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Chilled Salmon and Tabbouleh

Salmon is the star of this variation on the traditional Middle Eastern salad. Tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and cucumber add volume to the low-carb fish dinner, while parsley and mint provide a refreshing finish.

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Pistachio Salmon Nuggets

In this diabetic recipe, tender salmon nuggets are marinated in soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil, then cooked and sprinkled with crunchy pistachios. The result is a sweet and juicy zero-carb, low-calorie meal reminiscent of Asian cuisine.

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Salmon with Whole Wheat Pasta

Serving pasta with your salmon? Opt for whole wheat noodles to stay true to your healthy eating plan. Roasted sweet peppers and tomatoes help to round out the meal.

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Mediterranean Salmon Spread

Combine sour cream, mint, salmon, and red pepper, then chill overnight for a cool, diabetes-friendly salmon appetizer you can make ahead of time. To serve, spoon the mixture onto zucchini slices and endive leaves. Inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, this snack contains an impressive 5 grams of carb per serving.

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Salmon Salad

Keeping it simple never tasted so good! A basic tossed salad is made even better when accompanied by salmon marinated in garlic. Serve with a creamy garlic-and-yogurt mixture. 

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Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes and Shallots

Roasted grape tomatoes, shallots, and garlic perfectly complement tender seasoned salmon in this diabetic dinner that’s low in carbs and big on flavor. Reserve the remaining cooked salmon to make the recipe on the next slide.

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Salmon Cakes with Caper Mayonnaise

Get creative and utilize leftover salmon from the previous recipe to put together this Cajun-inspired meal. To form patties, combine salmon and crackers with mustard and egg whites. Cook the crispy salmon cakes in a skillet, and top with caper mayonnaise to serve.

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Salmon and Spring Vegetables with Dill

You only need 15 minutes and a microwave to prepare this salmon-and-veggies dish. Drizzle the salmon, asparagus, and tiny new potatoes with oil and vinegar, pop in the microwave, and presto! You’ll have a tasty, low-carb meal on the table in no time. Garnish with freshly snipped dill.

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Smoked Salmon Appetizers

This seafood dip is not only delicious -- it’s also low-carb and incredibly easy to make, requiring only a little slicing and dicing. Salmon, olives, onions, capers, and anchovy paste come together in a medley of mouthwatering savory flavors. Serve with crackers or pita wedges.

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Grilled Salmon Salad Nicoise

Fix a restaurant-worthy salmon salad in the style of Nice, France, while maintaining a healthy eating plan. Grill the salmon fillets, then serve them atop a mixture of greens and fresh vegetables with potatoes and green beans on the side.

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Dill Salmon Quiche

For brunch, serve a cheesy quiche featuring a seafood surprise. Green onions, canned salmon, and fresh dill give this low-calorie breakfast dish its uniquely delicious flavor.

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Quinoa Salmon Cups

Using the fiber-rich whole grain quinoa helps keep this protein-packed, low-carb recipe part of a diabetes meal plan. Bake the salmon and quinoa mixture in muffin cups and arrange on top of arugula to serve.

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Smoky Tomato-Salmon Chowder

Enjoy the robust flavors of spicy salmon and fire-roasted tomatoes in this smoky, low-carb soup. Top with slices of avocado for a cool contrast.

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Salmon and Spinach Salad with Flaxseed Dressing

A cold spinach, cucumber, and salmon salad with flaxseed dressing is a refreshing and easy spring or summer seafood meal. Our readers have given this low-carb recipe all five stars -- you have to try this one at home!

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Basil-Buttered Salmon

This fast, foolproof fish dinner can be thrown together in minutes. Simply pop the salmon fillets in the broiler for a few minutes on each side, then top with a butter, basil, and lemon glaze to serve. The best part? The whole buttery, delicious dish contains no carbs!

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Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Sauce

Top salmon fillets with a surprising sauce made from blueberries. The fruity dressing gives this low-carb seafood dish a gourmet spin. Sprinkle with chives to serve.

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Salmon with Wilted Greens

Flaky salmon steaks bring protein to a bed of wilted greens, while a sweet honey, ginger, and orange dressing gives the low-carb meal Asian flavor.

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Salmon Tacos

Hints of lime, sweet pepper, and cilantro put the finishing touches on Mexican-inspired salmon tacos. Drizzle the low-carb dinner with a sour cream mixture that is both spicy and cool.

Editor’s Note: To cut calories, substitute plain fat-free yogurt for the sour cream.

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Salmon Alfredo

Creamy Alfredo sauce and juicy salmon chunks lend flavor and substance to this Italian-inspired seafood and pasta dish. Use bottled minced garlic, purchased broccoli florets, and skinless, boneless salmon for an even easier diabetes-friendly meal.

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Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps

Ditch the bagel in favor of our variation on the traditional lox. Simply roll smoked salmon, cream cheese, and zucchini in a tortilla for a low-carb, low-calorie breakfast to go.

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Salmon-Vegetable Bake

For a quick and easy salmon recipe, simply bake salmon fillets snuggled between savory veggies and sweet orange slices in foil packets for 30 minutes. You’ll get a low-carb, protein-packed meal with little effort.

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