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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Quick and easy grilled salmon skewers flavored with lemon garlic marinade is a delicious Whole30 and keto summer grill recipe. They are so fun to eat as well!

grilled salmon skewers plated

My favorite food to grill (besides steak, of course) is seafood. It’s one type of food that taste 20x better when grilled than cooked any other way. And my favorite seafood is wild-caught salmon that’s packed with heart-healthy nutrients and omega-3s.

Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade Recipe

This salmon kebab recipe is one that will be on repeat all summer. Not only does it yield super flavorful and moist salmon on the grill, it’s so easy and quick to make for when you are lazy or short on time.

This lemon garlic marinade for salmon is what really makes a difference in the flavor of this recipe. The fresh savory tartness of the lemon, dijon mustard, garlic, and herbs really brightens up the dish and keeps the salmon kebabs moist throughout the grilling process.

salmon kebobs before grilling
grilled salmon skewers close up

How To Grill Salmon For Best Texture and Flavor

Salmon might be one of the easiest food to grill because it cooks so fast. However, you do need to keep an eye on it because it can turn tough and dry fast if you cook it for too long. Here are some of my favorite tips on how to grill salmon for that perfectly moist texture.

  • Generously grease the grill grates. Nothing ruins delicate salmon as quickly as when it starts sticking to the grill and falling apart.
  • Rub the salmon with some kind of oil or oil-based marinade to lock in moisture. I like using avocado oil because it doesn’t add any specific flavor and it’s resilient to high heat cooking.
  • Don’t cook for longer than 3 minutes on each side, unless you are using a thick piece of salmon.
  • Be gentle when flipping salmon. I love these grilled salmon skewers because the skewers make them so easy to flip without ruining the shape.
  • Sprinkle some kind of acid to bring out the flavor of the salmon. Lemon or some kind of citrus juice is my favorite on seafood, but apple cider vinegar also works in the pinch.

Hope you enjoy this Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade! You don’t have to eat the lemon slices that are added to the skewers (they are more to flavor the salmon kebabs), but I personally like to nibble on them because they turn so smoky and delicious after being grilled.

salmon kebobs grilled and plated
grilled salmon skewers close up
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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Quick and easy grilled salmon skewers flavored with lemon garlic marinade is a delicious Whole30 and keto summer grill recipe. They are so fun to eat as well!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled seafood, how to grill salmon, keto grill recipes, salmon lemon marinade, summer grill recipes, whole30 grilling, whole30 salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 311kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb salmon filet preferably wild-caught
  • 2-3 large lemons thinly sliced crosswise

Lemon Garlic Marinade

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped

Equipment

  • Metal skewers or if you use bamboo, make sure to soak them in water first

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and whisk them together.
  • Cut the salmon filet into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the salmon pieces into the marinade and gently toss together until coated so they don't fall apart.
  • Thread 2 salmon pieces onto a skewer and then a lemon slice folded in half. Keep repeating until all the salmon and lemon are skewered.
  • Preheat the grill on medium high heat and grease it with avocado oil.
  • Grill the skewers for 2 minutes on each side until all salmon pieces are just cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.

While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe

Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Less Oil, Less Mess

Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.

Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:

Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: Lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel. 
  • Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil. 
  • Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot. 
  • Soak the flattened slices in salt water for 1 minute, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (2 tsp) front and back.
  • Place back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through. 
  • Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt. 
  • Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole
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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

I’ve been in love with my air fryer recently. I use it almost everyday to reheat leftovers, cook veggies, and crisp up meat pieces. I’m just so obsessed with how delicious and crispy the results are at a fraction of the time of the oven or the stovetop!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken Recipe

My latest delicious creation in the air fryer is this ultra crispy and flavorful keto popcorn chicken. This is so crunchy and delicious, covered in spices like paprika, garlic, and onion powder. It’s a great snack or meal for both kids and adults!

Best of all, this recipe is Whole30 friendly and paleo as well, and it’s a healthy alternative to a childhood favorite dish!

No Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries! You can make these in the oven. They won’t turn out as crispy as an air fryer would make them, but they’ll still be flavorful and yummy. I included both directions under the instructions for the recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Pork Panko for Keto Popcorn Chicken

What makes this recipe keto and low carb is the use of pork panko instead of breadcrumbs or other types of flour. I only recently discovered pork panko, and it’s my new favorite thing. It’s just so perfect to use as breading for fried crispy recipes like this air fryer keto popcorn.

Pork panko is just ground up pork rinds and that’s the only ingredient. No salt or extra oil added! So it’s a delicious high protein, low carb way to add a crunchy texture to a recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Best Sauce for Dipping

You can of course enjoy this air fryer keto popcorn chicken with any sauce you prefer, like ranch, ketchup, tartar sauce, or teriyaki sauce. However, my absolute favorite is with my Whole30 “Honey” Mustard! There’s something so delicious about that tart and slightly sweet flavor with the popcorn chicken.

How to Reheat Leftovers

The best way to eat these keto popcorn chicken is to eat it as soon as it’s cooked for that crispy outer layer with the juicy chicken meat inside. You definitely can reheat them, but the texture won’t be the same because the chicken breast meat will dry out a bit the 2nd time around.

However, I have eaten the leftovers and here’s my favorite way to reheat them so they taste ALMOST as good as the first time around:

  • Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When ready to reheat, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place keto popcorn chicken in the air fryer basket in a SINGLE LAYER (work in batches if you need to) for 4-5 minutes until they are crispy again.
  • Enjoy!

I wouldn’t reheat them more than once, because the chicken will dry out too much.

This keto popcorn chicken is my new favorite air fryer recipe, so let me know how they turn out for you in the comments!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups pork panko
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together.
  • In the 3rd bowl, mix together pork panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the coconut flour mixture over the chicken and toss together gently until all of the chicken is covered evenly.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken pieces in the egg wash. 
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Air Fryer Method

  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket, then preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken into the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you have a small air fryer, you may need to split it up into 2 batches. 
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes in the air fryer, shaking halfway through.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  • Place the chicken pieces on the wire rack without touching each other.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!
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