Keto Chili Lime Salmon

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  • prep time

    prep time

    2 h 5 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    50 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    2 h 55 min

Keto Chili Lime Salmon

Don’t let “chili” in the name fool you! This salmon has a sweet taste that finishes with a slow-building heat. Think of this as a “sweet and spicy” salmon recipe instead of a hot and spicy dish. Thick, pink salmon fillets are tenderized with olive oil and seasoned with chili powder, seasoned salt, and fragrant onion powder. After marinating, the salmon bakes in your oven until it’s just cooked through to flaky perfection. The flesh will easily pull away from the crispy salmon skin when you dine. The salmon gets a crispy coating from a sweet honey butter flavored with cilantro and lime juice. This is a great recipe for Keto meal prepping. You can pair the fish with a simple Carb Manager side dish recipe or you can turn this recipe in the main course of your meal. A serving platter of this chili lime salmon will look stunning at the dinner table that the whole family will find delicious.

Why Do I Have To Bake The Salmon In Intervals?

Unfortunately, this is not a recipe where you can pop the fish into the oven and walk away. You’ll need to return to the oven multiple times to brush the sweet cilantro-lime butter over the salmon. By adding thin layers of butter that bake in intervals, you’ll create this crispy, caramelized coating over the top of the fish. This has the same effect as when you baste a turkey or whole chicken. This method also allows you to add more flavored butter than if you were to just brush it on the salmon in one interval. Both the flavor and the texture build as the salmon bakes in the oven.

What Can I Serve This Recipe With?

This Keto salmon dish can pair with a lot of other Carb Manager recipes. Try the Carb Manager Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice, which will complement the flavors of the salmon. Similar recipes are the Carb Manager Low Carb Mexican Rice and Keto Mixed Mexican Rice. For a Keto side dish with more fat, the Keto Healthy Mexican Guacamole recipe would pair well with the salmon. If you’re extra hungry, the Carb Manager Low Carb Cauliflower Elotes recipe features Keto cauliflower florets that are seasoned and prepared like street-style Mexican elotes.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    1 g

  • Fiber

    0.2 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.2 g

  • Protein

    25.1 g

  • Fats

    22.1 g

300 cals

Keto Chili Lime Salmon

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  • Salmon, red (sockeye), raw, Alaska Native

    Salmon, red (sockeye), raw, Alaska Native

    8 oz

  • Olive Or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Olive Or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    1 tsp

  • Seasoned salt

    Seasoned salt

    0.13 tsp

  • Chili powder

    Chili powder

    0.25 tsp

  • Onion powder

    Onion powder

    0.13 tsp

  • Butter, unsalted

    Butter, unsalted

    2 tbsp

  • Honey


    0.25 tsp

  • Lime juice, fresh

    Lime juice, fresh

    0.5 tsp

  • Cilantro


    0.5 tbsp, chopped

Recipe Steps

steps 3

2 h 55 min

  • Step 1

    Prepare 4-ounce salmon fillets with the skin by rubbing about ½ teaspoon of olive oil into each fillet. Season the fillets with seasoned salt, chili powder seasoning, and onion powder. If your chili powder does not contain salt, you may want to add an additional pinch of salt or increase the amount of seasoned salt you use. Store the salmon in a sealed container to marinate in your refrigerator for just 1-2 hours. You can marinate for longer at your discretion, or overnight, but fish does not take long to absorb seasonings.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    When you’re ready to cook the fish, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and transfer the salmon fillets to the tray. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, melt the butter in your microwave in a small dish. Whisk honey and lime juice into the butter. Mince the cilantro and whisk this into the butter as well. Brush about ⅓ of the butter over the tops and sides of the salmon fillets.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Return the salmon to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Brush another third of the butter over the salmon and bake for 10 minutes. Brush the final amount of butter over the salmon and bake for one more round of 10 minutes. That makes 4 rounds of baking for a total of 50 minutes. Let the salmon rest for a few minutes before enjoying it. Let the salmon cool completely before storing it in any meal prep containers.
    Step 3