Long John Silver’s is an American fast food chain restaurant that has been around for quite some time. They specialize in seafood, and most of it is deep-fried, which means that you’ll have a heck of a time eating here if you’re on a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
The good news is that they now have grilled meals, which means you can safely order fish or meat here.
It’s in your best interest to avoid eating at Long John Silver’s or any fast food restaurant if at all possible and instead eat at home. However, if you’re in an emergency and need food now, then we’ll show you what to order and what not to order to keep it low-carb.
Tips For Ordering at Long John Silver’s
Long John Silver’s used to have one of the worst menus for low-carb dieters that we’ve seen since we started our series on how to eat low-carb at popular restaurants.
This is because most of their food was fried with very few options otherwise.
However, they recently added several grilled dishes to their menu, meaning that you can get grilled meat or fish without having to pick the breading off first. You’ll still have to avoid many of their side dishes, though.
In case you were wondering, fried foods are off-limits on the ketogenic diet because they are breaded. If you want to make keto-friendly fried foods at home, try these low carb breadcrumbs substitutes.
Follow these tips to keep it low-carb at LJS.
#1. Order from the grilled menu
Long John Silver’s added a grilled section to their menu that contains the following dishes:
- Grilled salmon
- Grilled shrimp
- Variety platter – grilled shrimp and salmon
- Grilled salmon bowl
- Grilled shrimp bowl
- Grilled salmon tacos
- Grilled shrimp tacos
Keep in mind that although the meat is grilled and not breaded, you will still have to avoid the starchy sides that come with these meals.
We noticed that the nutrition information for the grilled dishes is not available on the website’s nutrition information. However, if you eat only the grilled meat and nothing else, you can keep your carb count around zero.
#2. Order baked fish
In addition to grilled meat, you can order baked cod and pollock. We recommend going with the baked Alaskan pollock as it’s wild-caught.
Again, you’ll need to avoid most of the side dishes that come with these dishes. Green beans are the only exception as they contain around 3 grams of carbs per serving.
Here are the lowest carb items you can order at Long John Silvers, based on the nutrition information:
- One piece of baked cod (1 gram carbs)
- Three pieces of baked shrimp (0 grams carbs)
- One piece of salmon (0 grams carbs)
- Three pieces of battered shrimp (5 grams carbs)
- Creamy garlic butter sauce (1 gram carbs per dipping cup)
- Creamy ranch dressing (1 gram carbs per packet)
- Lemon juice (0 grams carbs per packet)
- Malt vinegar (0 grams carbs per 0.5 ounce serving)
- Seasoned green beans (3 grams net carbs per individual size)
#3. Ask questions
While going through the menu online, we noticed that there are some food items listed in the nutritional information guide that aren’t on the menu, such as broccoli.
Since broccoli is one of the few vegetables you can safely eat on the ketogenic diet, it’s worth your time to ask if Long John Silver’s offers it on the menu.
Sometimes, the menu varies between restaurant locations. Always ask about your options to see if there is any way you can customize your food to make it better suited for your needs.
Steamed broccoli would be a great side dish to add to your baked shrimp or cod in place of the traditional options. We also noticed that they have packets of lemon juice available on the nutritional guide. This would be a great replacement for any sauce that comes on your food.
#4. Avoid the meals, combos, and platters
Restaurants like to offer meals, combos, and platters to get you to buy more of their food. It’s often a good way to save money because you can get several food items, a drink, and a dessert for cheap. But you can’t eat most of this food anyway, so there is no sense in buying something that you’ll have to throw away.
We recommend sticking with a single dish and customizing it the way you need it to be. The baked wild caught cod with steamed broccoli would be our first choice.
You can always drizzle the cod and broccoli with a bit of lemon juice for flavor. Don’t try to add a drink unless it’s unsweetened iced tea or water or a side dish unless it’s a steamed vegetable.
What To Order at Long John Silver’s
With the new addition of grilled foods at Long John Silver’s, you now have a choice between baked cod and pollock and grilled salmon or shrimp. The biggest thing to remember is to order these without any sauce or starchy side dishes.
Here is a list of food you can order at LJS (and how to order it to keep it low-carb):
- Baked Alaska Pollock with green beans or broccoli
- Baked cod with green beans or broccoli
- Grilled salmon or shrimp with green beans or broccoli
- Variety platter (grilled salmon and shrimp) with green beans or broccoli
Foods To Avoid at Long John Silver’s
Any fried food is off-limits, and so are the starchy side dishes such as the coleslaw and rice. Here’s a complete list of foods to stay away from at Long John Silver’s.
Combos (If you can get a combo as a baked meal, then hold all sides except for steamed broccoli and choose unsweetened iced tea as your drink):
- Two fish combo
- Two chicken combo
- Two tacos combo
- Fish sandwich combo
Meals (If you can get a baked meal, then hold all sides except for steamed broccoli and choose unsweetened iced tea as your drink):
- Two cod meal
- Two fish meal
- Three chicken meal
- Eight shrimp meal
Family meals (all family meals are fried and should be avoided; if you can get them baked, then hold all sides except for steamed broccoli):
- Eight piece
- 12 piece
- 16 piece
Platters (all platters are fried and should be avoided; if you can get them baked, then hold all sides except for steamed broccoli):
- Two fish, chicken, and three shrimp
- Two cod and six shrimp
- Super sampler
- Fish and shrimp
Tacos and sandwiches (all tacos and sandwiches are fried and should be avoided; if you can get them baked, then hold all sides except for steamed broccoli):
- Beer battered fried fish or chicken tacos
- Classic fish sandwich
- Cod sandwich
- Chicken tenders
- Popcorn shrimp
- Grilled shrimp or salmon tacos
- Grilled shrimp or salmon bowls
Sides and desserts:
- Baked potato
- Battered onion rings
- Breaded mozzarella sticks
- Broccoli cheese bites
- Broccoli cheese soup
- Clam chowder soup
- Green beans
- Hush puppies
- Jalapeno cheddar bites
- Macaroni and cheese
- Sweet potato fries
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Chocolate cream pie
- Pecan pie
- Pineapple cream pie
- All sweetened beverages
We recommend eating at home whenever you can cook with organic, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish if possible and stick to your keto plan.
Long John Silvers recently added a grilled section to their menu. Now, in addition to ordering baked cod and pollock, you can also get grilled shrimp and salmon.
Remember to order your food without sauces or starchy sides. The only sides that are safe to order at LJS are green beans and broccoli.
You can also ask for fresh lemon to squeeze over your fish instead of sauce. Unsweetened iced tea and water are the only low-carb beverages here.
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