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Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

If you’ve been following along for a while on my blog, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of easy and simple recipes. I try to stay away from long and complicated dishes, because I know that you guys, like me, are busy and don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. So, of course, I created another recipe for you that’s super quick to make that’s also healthy and so flavorful!

Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

These Whole30 salmon cakes are just the thing to make if you are short on time. They only take 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and they are moist enough to eat on their own without needing to dip them in anything!

My biggest pet peeve is fish cakes that are dry and have you reaching for a drink that closest to you to keep it down. The zucchini and the mayonnaise in these Whole30 salmon cakes actually provide so much moisture while the coconut flour and eggs help them the cakes bind together so they are sturdy and tasty.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini
Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Kid-Friendly Snack or a Meal!

Because these are great for little hands and so fun to eat, I bet kids will love them as well! And it’s also a great way to sneak some veggies in them, because of the zucchini, but they’ll never be able to taste them in these Whole30 salmon cakes.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Dipping Sauce Ideas for These Whole30 Salmon Cakes

While these salmon cakes are delicious on their own, you can definitely add more flavor and fun by dipping them in a tangy sauce! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

I just ate these with plain mayo because that’s what I had on hand and they were fantastic! What would you dip these Whole30 salmon cakes in? Tell me in the comments below!

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini
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Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Zucchini sweating time 15 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 10 salmon cakes
Calories 108kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 6 oz cans of wild salmon drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil or your preferred cooking oil

Instructions

  • Place grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 tsp sea salt. Toss together gently. 
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes, then use your hands to squeeze out all the liquid.
  • Place in a mixing bowl with 1/2 tsp of seal salt and the rest of the ingredients, except coconut oil.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measurement to gather the mixture into patties about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the cakes for 3-4 minutes per side until golden, adding more oil as you go. 
  • Serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salmon ake | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 7.9% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 2%
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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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 7.6% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 6.3%
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Keto & Whole30 Egg Salad

This keto and Whole30 egg salad is healthy and so easy to make. It’s a classic recipe with an addicting crunch from the delicious bacon.

Keto Whole30 Egg Salad

This keto and Whole30 egg salad is such a perfect meal or a snack. I always make sure to include healthy fats and protein in my meals to keep my blood sugar level and hold me over until the next meals, and this recipe always does such an amazing job of this!

Keto & Whole30 Egg Salad Recipe

Not only is this Whole30 egg salad super addicting and delicious, it’s so easy to make! Once you have all the ingredients on hand, it takes just 10 minutes to put together and mix into a salad.

Chopped hard-boiled eggs are so creamy and flavorful covered in dijon mustard and mayonnaise, and the onion, chives, and bacon add such a nice spice and crunch to balance everything out. I was a little lazy so I bought this paleo mayonnaise to make this egg salad, but if you are up to it, you can make it yourself because it’s seriously so good!

Keto Whole30 Egg Salad
Keto Whole30 Egg Salad

Easy Hard Boiled Eggs

Ever since I got the Instant Pot, it’s the only thing I use to make hard boiled eggs because it’s easy, quick, and they come out perfect and easy-to-peel every time. Don’t have one? No worries. Here are both stove top and Instant Pot methods to make hard boiled eggs for this Whole30 egg salad:

Stove Top Method

  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water so they don’t break, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes.
  3. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath.
  4. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Peel the eggs under cold running water.

Instant Pot Method

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water.
  2. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet.
  3. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing.
  4. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath.
  5. Once it beeps to a finish, naturally depressurize for 5 minutes, then release the pressure.
  6. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. 
  7. Peel the eggs. They should be peel easily!
Keto Whole30 Egg Salad

Ways to Enjoy This Keto & Whole30 Egg Salad

Honestly, I love to eat this egg salad on it’s own because it’s so yummy! However, if you want to switch it up with some variety, here are some ways you can enjoy it. Some of these are not keto or Whole30 friendly so choose what fits your dietary preferences!:

Hope you enjoy this keto & Whole30 egg salad. I’ve been eating it nonstop!

Keto Whole30 Egg Salad
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Keto & Whole30 Egg Salad

This keto and Whole30 egg salad is healthy and so easy to make. It’s a classic recipe with an addicting crunch from the delicious bacon.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration time 2 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 332kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 hard boiled eggs*
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 8 slices sugar free bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup paleo mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Peel the eggs and chop into small pieces. Place in a large bowl. 
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
  • Use a spoon to stir together until combined.
  • Taste to adjust creaminess and seasoning with more mayo or salt.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Notes

*My favorite method for hard boiling eggs is in the Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup of water in, place a steamer rack in the pot, and add the eggs. Cook on manual pressure on High for 5 minutes. Let it release naturally pressure for 5 minutes. Place in an ice bath for at least 5 minutes, before peeling.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 141mg | Vitamin A: 8.8% | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 3.9% | Iron: 7.3%

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