KETO LOW-CARB CAJUN SALMON (HEART HEALTHY)
Keto Low-Carb Cajun Salmon is an integral part of our culinary repertoire. Whenever I make dry rubs, I prepare enough for a few meals. I made the salt-free, sugar-free Cajun seasoning mix for chicken. I decided to try it on salmon. Shawn and I try to eat salmon a couple of times a month. We love this fish. It’s also satisfying and super healthy. As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, in Ontario, Canada where we live it’s difficult to get a variety of salmon varieties like Pacific. The Pacific salmon available here is always smoked. We buy Atlantic salmon as it’s readily available and caught on our east coast of Canada.
Salt and sugar are normally added to dry rubs for flavor, but also to “seal” the flesh to keep juices inside. When working with a salt-free, sugar-free dry rub, it’s important to add oil before the dry rub. The oil and dry rub work together to replace the job of salt and sugar. Working together the oil and rub seal the flesh, also keeping juices inside.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LOW-CARB CAJUN SALMON?
This Keto Low-Carb Cajun Salmon is certainly nutritious and good for your heart! Salmon is widely considered to be one of the healthiest foods available, largely due to its impressive nutritional profile. It is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. A 3.5-ounce serving of raw Atlantic salmon contains approximately 206 calories, 22 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fat, including 4 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamins B12 and D, as well as minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, and selenium. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are associated with a wide range of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, improved heart health, and a lower risk of certain types of cancer.
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB CAJUN SALMON?
The predominant taste sensations of Keto Low-Carb Cajun Salmon are fattiness (from the salmon), spiciness (from the rub), and tanginess (from the fresh lemon).
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB CAJUN SALMON?
With the predominant taste sensations in Keto Low-Carb Cajun Salmon being fattiness, spiciness, and tanginess, it’s best to choose an off dry white wine. The wine’s sweetness will offset the heat and spice. Since we don’t drink wines with sweetness, we need other options. In following a Keto diet or in living a low-carb lifestyle, we don’t want to use up your carbs on a glass of wine. Why add the extra carbs to your meal when you can find zero carb wines! You have a couple of options:
- Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it.
- If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to offset the heat and spice. Add a pinch of Stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine. Choose a white like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet. So they taste great with the added sweetener. The wine’s sweetness will nicely offset the heat and spice.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB HEALTHY HEART RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
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