Keto salmon pie

Keto salmon pie

Salmon and dill adore each other so much it’s almost ridiculous. And you’ll swoon over them together, too, in this hearty and cheesy keto pie. Hello, lover!

Keto salmon pie

Salmon and dill adore each other so much it’s almost ridiculous. And you’ll swoon over them together, too, in this hearty and cheesy keto pie. Hello, lover!
4 servingservings


Pie crust
  • ¾ cup (3 oz.) 180 ml (85 g) almond flour
  • ¼ cup (1¼ oz.) 60 ml (35 g) sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup (¾ oz.) 60 ml (25 g) coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • ¼ cup 60 ml water
  • 1 cup 240 ml mayonnaise
  • 3 3 eggeggs
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 oz. 140 g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups (5 oz.) 300 ml (140 g) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. 110 g smoked salmon
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Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

Pie crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the pie crust ingredients into a food processor bowl, fitted with a plastic pastry blade. Pulse until the mixture forms a ball. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a fork to mix the dough.
  3. Fit a piece of parchment paper into a 9" (23-cm) springform pan (This makes it a cinch to remove once it’s cooked!).
  4. Oil your fingers or a spatula, and evenly press the dough into the base and slightly up the sides of the springform pan. Pre-bake the crust for 10–15 minutes, or until lightly browned.


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the filling ingredients together (except the salmon), and pour into the pie crust. Add the salmon and bake for 35 minutes or until the pie is golden brown.
  2. Let cool for a few minutes and serve with a salad or other vegetables.

Recommended special equipment

  • Food processor


Be flexible! Feel free to swap cured, boiled or grilled salmon in for smoked salmon – just make sure you adjust salt and spices accordingly. And don't be afraid to make it ahead of time! This pie freezes well, so you can always keep one on hand for a quick midweek meal.

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  1. Teresa
    Looks great! Do you believe I could replace the mayo with something else like cream, sour cream, yogurt or even coconut milk? My husband does not like mayo.... : ( Thanks!
    Replies: #5, #7, #25, #35
  2. Edgar
    The mayonnaise is supposed to be home made just eggs and olive oil. I thought by substituting it with something else then you don't get the added benefit from having olive oil in the recipe?
    Reply: #8
  3. Barbara Simoes
    I just made this for dinner; I can't wait to try it. It's the day before Thanksgiving, so I wanted something completely different from poultry and something that I could have for breakfast and lunch, too. I'll get back to you with what I think of it.
  4. Barbara Simoes
    This is wonderful...and very filling. Both the sesame seeds and cream cheese add so much to the flavor. Again, as with most recipes on this site, I found the directions a bit unclear. Perhaps I should have mixed the filling in the food processor, but I didn't because the directions said "mix" so that is what I did. I ended up cubing the cream cheese into about 1/2" squares and mixing them in. I used canned salmon which conveniently comes in the amount called for in the recipe. I baked it for the time stated in the recipe, and when I pulled it out, the center was not yet set. I knew that after sitting a few minutes, it would, though. The flavor is lovely and mild. It is not too fishy. It also has a nice, substantial quality without being heavy. With a side salad and a cup of cream of tomato soup, this would be exquisite. I used my biggest pie plate rather than fooling around with a springform and it worked fine. I also went with the olive oil because it would be easier to measure and more savory. I didn't have psyllium powder, just whole husks, but it worked just fine. I also used dry dill, so only put in about one tablespoon. Instead of using onion powder, I used dehydrated onion for a little texture. Next time, maybe adding in some chopped fresh green peppers would be nice. I did have this for breakfast, and my cat, who usually doesn't pay any attention, jumped right up and wanted a taste! She liked it, too!
  5. Barbara Simoes
    Teresa, you don't taste the mayo at all, but I suppose other things would work. You want to keep the percentage of fat, though. That's what fills you up and makes you feel satisfied.
  6. Gentiann
    I am not a fan of cooking with mayonnaise, I replace it with heavy cream, butter and may be an additional egg yolk ....... I prefer my olive oil on a green salad, thank you!
    In this recipe, I'll replace the mayonnaise with 1 cup heavy cream, 1 egg yolk or the whole egg and 3 Tbsp of melted butter.
  7. Apicius
    My experience with baking with mayonnaise is that no one can tell you used it...because it completely disappears in the mix. Unlike using mayonnaise in a dip or spreading it on bread...the mayonnaise is still present and dominates the recipe. If you see a recipe where mayonnaise is completely blended into the mix and then baked in the oven, you are pretty much safe with the outcome. You won't detect it.
  8. Helena
    I read that the most benefit of olive oil comes when it is not cooked, so cooking with the wonderful homemade mayo may reduce some of the benefit of its live enzymes.
  9. Melissa
    Can this be made without almond flour? I have an allergy. What can be substituted?
  10. Barbara Simoes
    Melissa, I'm sure it could. If you replace it with coconut flour, I believe you'd have to use much less. I think coconut flour absorbs much more liquid, so it's not a 1:1 ratio. I bet you could even replace it with shredded mozzarella like is done in the pizza (crust) recipe being it is a savory dish.
  11. Rona
    I use a hand mixer on low speed when the LCHF recipe calls for something to be "mixed" (and I always soften cream cheese in microwave for 10-20 seconds) as I could never get a smooth finish by using a fork or spoon, esp for the Oopsie Bread. Loved this pie recipe although I used cold-smoked salmon which gave it a much saltier flavour than the canned version would (so I'll used canned next time). I think hot-smoked salmon would end up being too dry. I added some baby capers which of course increased the saltiness too but the end result was delish!
  12. Kathy
    Hello, can you please explain the metric conversion for dl? The recipe references dl measurements which I don't understand? Forget my query, I just clicked on the US vs Metric measurement at the top of the recipe which converted everything for me. I'll make sure to switch to US from now on. Thanks for all your delish recipes :)
  13. Sandra
    This was a lovely dish which both my husband and I really enjoyed. Just a wee request on the metric recipe - metric users don't measure dry ingredients by volume so converting to dl doesn't help. We measure our dry ingredients by weight, so grams would be very welcome here.
    Reply: #36
  14. Jane
    Do you think this recipe would work with ground flax to replace the coconut flour? I can't abide the texture/taste of coconut flour. (picture revolted face)
  15. Victoria
    What kind of shredded cheese works well in this recipe?
    Reply: #19
  16. Fabienne
    I made this yesterday for diner and my son loved it (so did I) ; the sesame seeds give a little crunch that is very nice
  17. miranda
    hi, i'm dutch as well and here dry ingredients are measured in grams. Every recipe here converts it in ml, that isn't the right amount. Could that be changed?
    None the less, I am gonna try this recipe tonight with hot-smoked salmon.
  18. Melinda
    Wonderful! Even my kids loved it.
  19. Melinda
    I used pepperjack and it turned out great. Probably can't go wrong with any kind of cheese!
  20. Snezana
    Oh what a treat! Love this dish. It obviously allows for some creative changes, but I followed the recommendations and got a really tasty pie. For those having troubles with ml, I measured everything with a 200 ml cup - not so precise as weighing but simple and worked really well!
  21. sandi
    Hello, I don't like coconut flour. Can I use all almond meal instead?
    Replies: #23, #28
  22. gjeanieg
    We made this as written, and it is basically very good. Used smoked salmon and it was much too salty--will use canned next time. Used olive oil, cheddar, and the 10-inch springform pan. The serving size is absolutely enormous, so much so, that we think it may be a mistake. I am going to try to freeze a couple of pieces as we are growing tired of the leftovers, but I do not expect the results will be satisfactory. =) We ended up with 12 very filling servings using the recipe as written, not four. =) I will make it again though, for a party or large gathering, if freezing does not work.
  23. gjeanieg
    Sandi, my husband does not like coconut, and he could not taste it at all as the other flavors are very potent. Unless you have an allergy, I think you might agree.
  24. gerry
    Tried to make 2 recipes but ingredients were covered by explanation of dish.
    This never happened before,
    What can I do?
    Gerry L
  25. Rosie
    My husband doesn't like mayo, either, but he loved this! You can't taste the mayo at all.
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  27. Rosie
    This recipe is another hit with my family! I made one recipe and cut the pie into six pieces. My family (including four adult males with big appetities) found that one piece each was plenty, and very filling.

    I was a little nervous about using psyllium husk powder for the first time, but it worked out fine. I mixed all of the dry ingredients for the crust in a bowl using a pastry blender, then added the oil, egg, and water, again using the pastry blender to mix them in. The dough is a bit sticky, so you do need to oil your hands when working with the dough. For the filling, I used a blend of parmesan, romano, and asiago cheeses.

    I couldn't find my springform pan, so I made this in a regular 9" pie plate, lining the bottom with parchment paper. I'm looking forward to using this crust recipe for other pies, as well!

  28. Rosie
    I was a little concerned about that as I was making this recipe, but you won't taste the coconut, I promise!
  29. Jessica Harvey
    Whats the ptotein work out to be per slice?
  30. Hema
    Please use grams for metric dry foods and ml for liquids eg cream cheese would be grams and olive oil would be ml. Thanks.
    Reply: #37
  31. Genny Louise
    This is a lovely dish. So glad I tried it as one of the things I miss about keto is no pies. I served mine just warm, with a bit of cream seasoned with salt and pepper on the side, and a salad of chopped fresh tomatoes tossed onto a few big spoons full of drained tinned asparagus. It was truly divine. As suggested, I have frozen some portions for days when I feel lazy.
  32. Maria
    I just dived into this new pool of knowledge about Keto food. I’m also confused by the measurements. After few hours I discovered the US-Metric version. But still confused. We use (most contries in Europe) gr, dkg, kg for weight and cl, ml, dl, l for liquid. Not even use tablespoon and teaspoon for measuring. Could we ask for right conversion please?
  33. Sam
    I didn’t bother with pastry but mad it like a crust less quiche in a pan and it was delicious. I have lost 26 kg on these recipes and intermittent fasting. Took me just four months. Thank you for this wonderful website.
  34. Joy Ng
    How many grams is a serving size? I got all the macros info but just need the grams per serve. Thanks!
  35. Linda
    Yes, Teresa! I replaced the mayo simply because I did not have any when preparing the recipe. I used creme fraiche. It turned out perfect!!
  36. Linda
    Absolutely agree! Even when it comes to butter. How am I supposed to measure that by liquid measure? Do I need to completely melt it to pour it into a cup? Yet again, I wouldn't know how much to melt so it would be hit and miss. Just use weight for anything not easily pourable!! Much less washing up, too!
  37. Linda

    Please use grams for metric dry foods and ml for liquids eg cream cheese would be grams and olive oil would be ml. Thanks.

    I absolutely agree!! Mayo would also be grams!!

  38. Linda
    The recipe is wonderful! It tasted amazing. I actually used defrosted raw white fish in the recipe. It took longer to cook as it got wetter when the fish started to cook but turned out perfect!! Big favourite!!
  39. Lucy
    Can I use shop bought mayonnaise, Helman’s for example?
    Reply: #40
  40. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use shop bought mayonnaise, Helman’s for example?

    In general, home made is best as most store bought options have sugar added as well as inflammatory vegetable oils.

  41. Zoey A.
    It's delicious! I made a few modifications such as using Super Seed Beyond Fiber instead of the psyllium husk. Also used Trader Joe's brand Everything but the bagel Sesame seasoning blend; instead of plain sesame seeds. I used fresh salmon vs smoked. For cheese, I mixed up with Colby Jack, Mozzarella and Parmesan. I added green scallions & fresh parsley as well as extra pepper and a garlic salt. Lastly, I buttered the bottom crust with KeriGold's after it was slightly cooled by flipping the pie over using the parchment paper. Crust turned out great. Everything was moist and very tasty. If you like capers, you can add a few to the top for a Lox type of taste....
  42. Joy Paul
    It was delicious! My husband raved about it too. :-)
  43. Lara Bisserier
    Omg this recipe is absolutely scrumptious!! The crust and everything else is out of this world. This will definitely be a go to recipe for my family!! Thank you!!
  44. Vicky
    I have just tried cooking this it’s so easy and tastes delicious
  45. Cindy Martin
    May I sub in flax seeds for the psyllium? I have celiac, and many of us with celiac don’t do well with psyllium
    Reply: #46
  46. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    May I sub in flax seeds for the psyllium? I have celiac, and many of us with celiac don’t do well with psyllium

    We have not tried the flax seeds as a sub for psyllium in this recipe, but it may work well.

  47. Amber Coxfield
    Can I swap out the almond flour for coconut flour? If so how much???
    Reply: #48
  48. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I swap out the almond flour for coconut flour? If so how much???

    It may give a much denser texture with almond flour, which may not be enjoyable. If you want to try it, the general advice is to use two times as much almond flour as coconut flour.

  49. Wendy.michelle
    I made this and was so easy and good! I added spinach too. I wish I could post my picture of it.
  50. kim66
    I made this yesterday for lunch and was very surprised how good it tasted. Even hubby enjoyed it.
    I changed mine up to a square baking tray and omitted the parchment paper, sprayed a little cooking spray so it didn’t stick , my base was crunchy which sometimes you don’t get using parchment paper I find it sweats.
    I blitzed the wet ingredients to make smooth, found the cream cheese was too chunky, then added the cheese and dill before pouring into the base and topping with the salmon.
  51. Ross
    The gram measurements on the metric description do not make enough pastry to cover the base of a 10 inch sprig form pan. I have had to make a double batch (based on these measurements) and it will no doubt be soggy.

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