Homemade Keto Fish Cakes
Crunch is a hot commodity on a low-carb diet.
Just ask any keto dieter and they’ll tell you — the food they’re eating is satisfying, but a lot of low-carb diet staples (fatty proteins, healthy fats like avocado, low-carb vegetables like spinach) don’t really come with a crunch.
That’s why any time they can get their hands on a keto recipe with some texture, they’re usually all over it. And this keto fish cakes recipe is a great one that fits the bill.
Made with flaky white fish and a whole host of spices and seasonings (including sriracha if you like it spicy), and pan-fried until golden brown, the end product is sure to satisfy your stomach and your mouth at the same time.
And compared to traditional fish cakes recipes, which are made with carb-heavy ingredients that definitely won’t work on a low-carb diet, you can be happy about eating something good for you, too.
Why You Should Try This Keto Fish Cakes Recipe
On the healthier end… most traditional fish cakes are made with Panko breadcrumbs.
Less healthy… fish cakes dipped in beer batter and fried in unhealthy cooking oils. Tasty maybe, but not exactly ideal if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health.
In our keto version, we bind the fish cakes with flax seeds and eggs. The end result is fewer calories and carbs than even the healthiest traditional recipes (and much fewer than the unhealthy options), with no compromise to flavor or texture.
Three Health Benefits of White Fish
1. Fish is Packed With Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Several studies have shown that eating fish makes you healthier . Not only is it full of essential vitamins and minerals, it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids that may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Most people think of salmon when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, but you have other seafood options, too. This recipe uses white fish, of which you have several options. Halibut is a lean white fish that, even with less fat than a piece of salmon, comes packed with heart-healthy omegas .
2. Fish is a Great Source of Protein
Protein, one of the three essential macronutrients, makes up about 20% of your daily calories on a ketogenic diet .
Protein is an essential nutrient for humans. It’s important for rebuilding muscles, bones, and other tissues, and regulates certain hormone and enzyme function .
Protein becomes even more important if your goal is weight loss. Higher-protein diets have been correlated with more positive weight loss and weight management protocols, in large part because protein keeps you full longer after meals . (Healthy fat does the same thing, by the way.)
3. Eating Fish Can Reduce Inflammation
Chronic inflammation in the body is a breeding ground for disease . When tissues aren’t given time and raw materials to heal themselves (due to poor diet or lifestyle choices), you increase the risk of diseases like diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, among other ailments.
Fortunately, a healthy diet and lifestyle can eradicate cell and tissue inflammation, and eating lots of fish has been shown to decrease the body’s inflammatory markers in healthy adults . Just 5 ounces per week can lower your risk.
Depending on where you live, you will have access to different types of white fish. Some examples include tilapia, cod, halibut, bass, grouper, and haddock. See what’s available and make it a priority to include these proteins in your diet.
Now, let’s look at the recipe! If you make it, please post a photo on Instagram and tag @ketologic!
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- 1 pound flaky white fish (halibut, cod, etc.)
- Pinch of Kosher salt and ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup flax seed meal
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season the fish with salt and pepper and drizzle all around with the olive oil. Bake for about 12 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes.
- Shred the fish with your hands into a bowl, squeezing out and discarding any liquid.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except for the coconut oil. Mix together thoroughly and form into little cakes. You should end up with 6 fish cakes.
- Heat the coconut oil in a skillet at medium-high heat. Pan-fry the cakes on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6
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