Easy Low Carb Dinner for Two!
One of our go-to meals for busy weeknights is a simple Pan Seared Salmon with sauteed veggies. This week, we just happened to have lots of mushrooms and spinach on hand and decided to create a simple dish out of them. These veggies would pair perfectly with our favorite seared salmon and still stick to our keto diet.
We love the combination of crispy, fried mushrooms and sauteed, delicate spinach. Adding tomatoes into the mix adds some body to your veggie sautee, while garlic adds tons of flavor and heart healthy benefits. Each clove of garlic has 1 gram of carbs though (those hidden carbs can get you!), so used in moderation, they’re great additions to your low carb diet.
We kept the seasonings super simple here, as the stars of the show are the fresh veggies and flavorful salmon. We seasoned the salmon with a bit of salt and pepper and seared it to achieve that gorgeous golden crisp on the outside. Salmon also loves lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, two acidic ingredients that we added in as well!
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The simple combination of herbs and spices is part of what makes this dish so quick to make. There is no need to chop up lots of fresh herbs or go searching the grocery store for dried herbs that you may never use again. Most of us already have salt, pepper and garlic on hand! When you are wondering what to have for dinner, you can probably round up the ingredients for this dish at any time.
In addition to being full of flavor with just a few ingredients, this dish is healthy on so many levels. Salmon is full of protein and omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for brain functions. Spinach and mushrooms have lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs as well. The whole dish is low in carbs, low in calories and also low in fat. Don’t let all those low numbers fool you though, one serving will fill you right up!
This is a great low carb dinner option and can be tailored to fit your tastes. Some zucchini, asparagus and kale would make this a more winter-y dish! And you can always substitute your favorite fish in the place of the salmon- maybe some tilapia or cod. You’ve also got a paleo-friendly dinner option too!
If you love salmon based recipes and are looking for something smaller to amaze your guests at your next gathering, try these Keto Spinach Salmon Roulades from Low Carb No Carb! Just like our recipe they also include salmon and spinach but have a twist of their own. Give them a try!
This Delicious Dinner Pairs Well With:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 campari tomatoes
- 2 cups spinach
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 salmon fillets
- Get your salmon fillets ready by patting them with a paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture. Season both sides with salt and pepper and keep them in the fridge while you prep the rest of the recipe.
- Start by heating some olive oil over a medium heat and slicing your garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes. We left our pretty chunky.
- Cook the garlic and mushrooms in the olive oil until they’ve shrunken in size a bit. Add butter to the pan to get them nice and crispy.
- Then add your tomatoes and wait until they’ve denatured a bit.
- Add in your spinach last and cook just until it has all wilted. Season with salt and pepper and toss very well. Remove the veggies from the heat and onto a plate. Cover with foil while you cook your salmon.
- Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in that same pan and wait until it’s very, very hot.
- Lay your salmon fillets skin side down onto your pan and leave them to sear for about 4-5 minutes. Don’t move them around or disturb them because you may end up breaking the fillets and you won’t get that nice, even sear.
- Then flip the fillets and let them cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Lastly, uncover your veggies and drizzle them with some balsamic vinegar. Place your salmon fillets right on top and garnish with fresh lemon. Enjoy!
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I don’t like salmon nor mushroom but this had great taste. Nothing too overpowering.
Great to hear 😀
What weight of salmon fillet is this based on?
We use 6-8 ounces of salmon fillets in most of our recipes.