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.
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.
Southwest Salmon and Sweet Potatoes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.