Low Carb Seafood Basics
Avoiding carbs as part of your New Year’s resolution? You’re not alone! Keto, Paleo, Whole30…you name it, folks are looking to kick start the year with health in mind. Luckily, seafood is on every approved low carb food list!
Packed with lean protein and much needed daily nutrients, making seafood a vital part of your weekly low carb meal regime is a win win.
Today, we’ll navigate the low carb seafood basics and explore ways that you can boost your meals with seafood.
Seafood for Health
Fish and shellfish are among the healthiest foods on the planet. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and those ever popular, Omega 3s. Research has shown that seafood (along with a healthy diet and regular exercise) can reduce the risk of heart disease, boost brain health, boost immune function and, like my Granny always said, is good for eyesight.
Our Favorite Seafood for Low Carb
No fish or shellfish is off limits on a low carb diet, but we do have some personal favorites that make for easy meal prepping and planning.
Salmon. Salmon is probably the most popular amongst the low carb set. Easy to prepare, versatile and delicious.
Tuna. Fresh tuna is one of my personal favorites, especially when trying to reduce my consumption of red meat, giving me a comparable and leaner option.
Crab Meat. Crab meat is incredibly delicious and one of our fastest ‘to plate’ protein options. The perfect protein option for those with a very busy schedule but do not want to sacrifice flavor.
Shrimp. Shrimp and crab meat go hand in hand when it comes to meal prep ease. Shrimp are the unsung heros of the kitchen! Chefs love shrimp and their ability to function flawlessly with many different cuisines.
Lobster. I love incorporating lobster into my low carb meals. I use it as a little treat, a job well done protein option. Treat yourself with a little lobster!
Perfectly Approved Pairings
Here are our favorite seafood matches with other low carb approved foods.
Eggs. Seafood and eggs are a well paired match! Plus, double down on delicious protein! I love making omelets, crustless quiches, frittatas…day or night! Salmon, crab, shrimp and lobster are best with any and all eggy dishes.
Veggies. Veggies are the biggie! I especially fall back on veggies for when the carb craving hits. Using cauliflower as a substitution for rice (whoever thought of that was genius), zucchini spiralized into noodles, carrots mashed for tater substitutes and eggplant slices for lasagna noodles!
Check out our recipes for some low carb seafood + veggie pairings…
One of my favorite low carb recipes is listed here, in our 5 Quick, Easy and Healthy Crab Recipes, for a Crab Flatbread using cauliflower pizza crusts (yum!).
Dairy. Depending on your low carb diet of choice, dairy may be listed as an approved food. Seafood and dairy are fantastic! Chowders (sans taters, of course), dips, spreads…you name it!
We have several cheesy and creamy recipes you can use for inspiration. Try this one for California Cioppino with Avocado, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad in our California Cooking article. Or Cameron’s famous Cream Cheese Crab Dip , just sub out the crackers for vegetable crudités (delicious!).
Buy Seafood Online
Stock up on all the healthy seafood selections at our online store. Our Omega 3 rich options are sure to keep you on goal and stocked with excellent sources of lean protein all year round. All of our deliveries are shipped lickety-split, so there is no lag time between you and your meal prep.
We’d love to see how you’re using Cameron’s Seafood in your New Years resolutions-share your healthy low carb recipe or meal ideas on any of our social pages, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter be sure to tag us @cameronsseafoodonline.
About the author
Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!) Patterson joined the Cameron's Seafood team at the end of 2018 to concoct some delicious recipes with our premium seafood items as the centerpiece.