Keto Salmon Dip Recipe
My recipe for keto salmon dip is really only keto because of what you do or do not dip into it, because just the dip itself is super low-carb! (Remember that “eating keto” is basically just a very low-carbohydrate diet, low enough so you stay “in ketosis” which means your body is using up your fat for fuel instead of using the carbs you're eating as it normally would.)
So if you want it to be a keto salmon dip, eat it with celery or cucumbers. If you're not a low-carb eater and you want your keto salmon dip to be just a regular salmon dip, eat it with your favorite crackers. 🙂
The key to making this as nutrient-dense as possible is using the right fish, don't used farmed salmon. For the safest, healthiest and most environmentally sustainable salmon (and other tasty seafood), here's where to get it.
Scroll down for the keto salmon dip recipe OR keeping reading to learn more about salmon…
Which species should I choose?
Ultimately, it's a matter of taste — these culinary and nutritional distinctions may assist your choice.
King salmon is the fattiest Pacific species, while sockeye features the strongest flavor and firmest texture, and cooks more quickly than the other species — usually in just 6 to 7 minutes.
Silver is generally milder and softer than sockeye and king, while keta and pink are generally the mildest and softest salmon.
Nutrition numbers for wild salmon vary by harvest season, year, and location.
NOTE: While farmed salmon has comparable omega-3 levels, its unnatural diet gives it high, pro-inflammatory levels of omega-6 fats.
Wild Pacific salmon (especially sockeye) offers much more vitamin D than any other food, including farmed salmon.
Wild salmon is also the richest food source of astaxanthin (as-tuh-zan-thin) … a carotene-class red-orange pigment with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties.
Sockeye salmon has the highest astaxanthin levels, which explains the species' deep red-orange color and its other common name: “red” salmon. (Source)
Keto Salmon Dip (or NOT keto)
Yield 1 medium bowl of dip
- 2 large green onions with 2 inches of the green parts or more if you'd like extra flavor
- 6 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
- Juice from 2 organic lemons
- 1/4 cup mayo (my homemade mayo is SO fast and easy!)
- 8 ounce softened cream cheese, I use pastured organic cream cheese
- Leftover grilled salmon, about 2 filets, which is about 2 cups
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or more to your own taste preferences)
- Sea salt and pepper -- add a little and taste-test, add more as needed
Note that none of these amounts need to be exact! Just play with it to see what you like.
Toss the green onions, garlic, and lemon juice into your food processor until it's all chopped up into small pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and process it all together well, taste-test to see if it needs a bit more garlic, salt or pepper.
Serve with celery or cucumbers for a keto appetizer, or if you're not eating low-carb, serve with corn chips, crackers, bagel or pita chips -- only buy organic for any of that stuff to avoid corn syrup, super processed vegetable oils, preservatives, etc. Or try these homemade sourdough crackers!
Did you make a real food recipe?
Thanks to my friend Liz for helping with the taste-testing!
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