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Low Carb Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme

Pan-fried salmon fillet with dried herbs, smoked paprika and thyme.
Low Carb Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme on a plate with lettuce and cucumber

A Little About The Recipe Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme

Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme is another simple salmon herb/spice variation – simply because one can never have enough! It’s easy to underestimate the importance of herbs and spices, but they give a completely different taste for minimal effort, and dried herbs and spices are cheap as cheap can be. 

A dill flavoured salmon or paprika flavoured one?  Garlic or pepper. Hot and spicy or cool and mellow? See what I mean? For the sake of a few tubs on the shelf, you too can have insane dinner options!

This recipe is here because not everyone has a smokehouse outback. We of the apartment buildings on small islands have to improvise and fake it. Those of us who are paleo have to do this without the fake stuff from the shelf!

Smoked paprika gives the salmon an as close to smokey flavour as we will get. The searing brings this out a little bit more while thyme gives it an additional woody tone.

Anyone who has read previous posts will know I‘m not the biggest fan of fish dinners; too many bones and too much hassle for the end result.  However, my husband likes fish occasionally while my mum is a fanatic and my eldest daughter loved salmon right from her first few teeth. Yep, I have a Daddy’s girl right here! Therefore, every now and again, I feel guilty and decide we aren’t eating enough fish – because we don’t and should definitely eat more. It’s healthy right, we’ve got to eat it? So, armed with Mummy/wifey guilt, I pop off to buy something… inspiring. Usually returning with sea bream or salmon.  The salmon works out the best. I can buy it as a fillet without bones, and salmon is hard to mess up.

I Recommend This For Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme

Paleo, Paleo-ish

Rustle up the Sweet and Sour Cauliflower and Tomato with the seared salmon.  The sweeter flavours of the side dish will go great with the heavier paprika and thyme.  Add Carl’s Mixed Berries on Coconut Cream for a fabulous dessert.


Sweet Potato Fries? The fries are filling and easy to make, while the sweet and salt flavour will work great.  And it’s super easy to do. Did I mention super easy? Easy is always a good thing!


The keto day has fish twice in one day. I think it’s like a fish theme, but this might be too much theming for some. As always, these are just recommendations. You can feel free to ignore me completely or just use one of the meals, whatever you wish. The breakfast and lunch are both make-ahead, making this a good day to use for a workday.

The grams for this day as is came to:

For WomenFor Men
18.6g Net Carbs23g Net Carbs
89g Protein111g Protein
114g Fat156g Fat
1496 kcal1978 kcal

For breakfast:

For lunch:

For dinner:

For the men, add:

Atkins’ Diet Revolution

Salmon has a high amount of protein naturally, making it great for Atkins’. Keep this going with a Keto Goats’ and Cheddar Cheese Omelette along with your second cup of salad greens for those of you on the induction phase.

For those who are a bit further along, I would still recommend this meal basically because it is tasty and fabulous, and every hob comes with at least two rings to cook it on.  But, if you feel like putting a bit extra to it, try the Keto Goats’ Cheese and Mixed Pepper Frittata.  Still high on protein, just under 12g total carbs, it’s very filling and Atkins’ compliant.

And Here It Is: Low Carb Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme

Low Carb Seared Salmon with Paprika and Thyme on a green plate with lettuce and cucumber
Low Carb Seared Salmon with Smoked Paprika and Thyme
Pan-fried salmon fillet with dried herbs, smoked paprika and thyme.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine Atkins’, Keto, Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30
Servings 2 people
Calories 396 kcal


  • 2 x 200 g salmon fillet
  • ½ tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme


  • Melt the ghee in a medium size frying pan on a medium-high heat. (I use number 7.)
  • When the pan is heated, add both salmon fillets, skin side down.
  • Fry one minute, flip the fillets over then fry another minute.
  • Flip the salmon fillets back onto the skin side again and fry for 4 minutes.
  • Flip them over for a final time, and fry for another 4 minutes.
  • Serve.


Net Carbs: 0.4g


Serving: 206gSodium: 702mgCalcium: 39mgVitamin C: 0mgVitamin A: 477IUSugar: 0gFiber: 0gPotassium: 1279mgCholesterol: 150mgCalories: 396kcalTrans Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 20gProtein: 51gCarbohydrates: 0.8gIron: 2mg
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