Keto Recipe for Moroccan-Spiced Salmon with Sautéed Kale - Keto Approved

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Looking for a new way to prepare your salmon? This quick recipe is sure to become a crowd favorite. The salmon is well-seasoned and kale is always a fantastic side dish. These combined flavors are perfect for a fall meal.

Moroccan-Spiced Salmon with Sauteed Kale

Serves 4
Per Serving—
Calories: 380 Fat: 24g Protein: 36g Carbs: 3g


  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced


1. Combine spices in a bowl and stir to combine.

2. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Season with the spice mix.

3. Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until simmering.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add salmon skin side down. Press firmly with a fish spatula for ten seconds.

5. Cook until skin releases easily from the pan for about six to seven minutes.

6. Using a spatula, flip the salmon and cook on the other side for one minute.

7. Heat the second skillet with one tablespoon olive oil.

8. When hot, add the kale, season with salt and pepper, and cook until wilted.

9. Add garlic and continue to saute for an additional one to two minutes.

10. Serve immediately.

Is Kale Keto Friendly?

Kale is a very Keto friendly vegetable. This super green is a rarity in the vegetable world as it manages to be a good source of protein that is also low in carbs, while remaining high in other nutrients including Vitamin A, C, and K. Kale is also a versatile food that can be used in anything from an omelet to soups, salads, or even turned into chips. If you’re still curious about keto principals, take a look at our Keto versus Low Carb Guide.

How Does Keto Work With Spices?

Season away! Keto devotees are welcome to use spices in their recipes. There are many Keto-friendly options available in the spice world, and several familiar seasonings have no added sugar or carbs. Be sure to read the nutrition labels to double-check, however it should be fairly easy to add some extra kick to your meals.

What Temperature Should Salmon Be?

When cooked, salmon should still be slightly translucent in the middle with flakes along the muscle fibers of the fish. That being said the USDA states that fish should have an internal temperature of 145 degrees. There are some, who may debate that their salmon is overcooked at this temperature. Another option is to try cooking the salmon to 130 degrees and letting it rest for five minutes before checking for doneness.

What Other Spices Go Well With Salmon?

A versatile fish with a buttery texture, salmon is always easy to season. If you are looking for a different taste than Moroccan, some additional options are to season your salmon with dill, fennel, ground coriander, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, sage, basil, thyme, or bay leaves. If you’re looking for more salmon recipes, try this recipe for Citrus Garlic Salmon and Grapefruit Slaw.

Is Sauteed Kale Nutritious?

Kale is an all-around powerhouse (just look what it does for this Chicken Pesto recipe) whether it is consumed raw or sauteed. Studies have been shown that raw kale may be more nutrient-dense than cooked kale, however some people do find that they are able to digest kale better when sauteed as the heat has softened some of the tougher fibers.

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