Keto coconut salmon with Napa cabbage

Keto coconut salmon with Napa cabbage

Everything about this dish is just right. Salmon coated in coconut, succulent cabbage infused with butter – you’ll want to eat this over and over, and over, again.

Keto coconut salmon with Napa cabbage

Everything about this dish is just right. Salmon coated in coconut, succulent cabbage infused with butter – you’ll want to eat this over and over, and over, again.
4 servingservings


  • 1¼ lbs 550 g salmon
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz. 50 g (150 ml) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp kosher or ground sea salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp onion powder
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp olive oil, for frying
  • 1¼ lbs 550 g Napa cabbage
  • 4 oz. 110 g butter
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon, for serving


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Cut the salmon in 1 x 1 inch pieces. Drizzle with olive or coconut oil.
  2. Mix shredded coconut, salt, turmeric and onion powder on a plate. Toss the salmon pieces in the coconut coating.
  3. Fry the salmon pieces on medium high heat until golden brown. Keep warm while you prepare the cabbage.
  4. Cut the cabbage in wedges and fry in butter until lightly caramelized. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Melt the remaining butter. Serve the salmon, cabbage and melted butter with a few wedges of fresh lemon.


You could try substituting for lemon pepper for black pepper, for a hint of citrus undertones.

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  1. Tamara
    This salmon came out really good, love it! I cooked 2 lbs of cabbage & it shrunk to absolutely nothing, each serving was pretty small; not sure if it's even the 2/3 lb mentioned in the recipe once cooked.
  2. suzann
    I will be making this with the Halibut I have in the freezer. Any suggestions from you good cooks on what to replace the turmeric with?
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  3. Julie
    Try curry. Yum
  4. suzann
    Thanks Julie. The curry was really good I never had curried fish before. I fried the fish and then the cabbage in coconut cream. Easy peasy one pan dinner.
  5. Darlene
    I made this dish with curry and turmeric and coconut milk! It was so delicious! I have never considered myself a "cook" but these recipes are so easy to follow and the flavors are so amazing that I'm truly impressed with myself :)
  6. Rachael
    Is there possibly a way to make this baked instead of fried?
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  8. Kathy
    This recipe is delicious! I prepped it the night before and fried it the following morning, and brought in the salmon bites for a teacher appreciation luncheon. Great finger food!

    I've also put the pieces of salmon on top of an arugula salad!

  9. Amy
    This recipe was quick, easy, and delicious. I forgot to put oil on the fish pieces before rolling them in the coconut, spice mixture, but it stuck well anyway. They cooked fast and were very yummy. Thanks again for a quick and easy meal with simple ingredients that I have in the pantry!
  10. Linda
    Has anyone wondered if the carb count is only for the fish? The amount of cabbage on its own per serving is more than 3g net carb. I don't want to go over 20g carb per day and I am confused.
  11. Susie
    I believe they work out the carbs for the whole dish. Makes sense, no?
  12. Shaughnessy
    Is there anything I can substitute for coconut? I've decided to prepare it tonight but don't have coconut.
  13. Andrea
    Just amazing! Soooo wonderful!!! Will do a hundred times!
  14. Joanna
    This recipe is delicious. Used arctic char instead of salmon and I think it can be used with just about any firm fish. Crunch, flaky, perfection. Thank you.
  15. glen
    Delicious dish. I made it exactly and it turned out perfectly!! Will be a regular for sure. Thank you

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