WOW this dish has a lot of flavour. Sometimes while eating Keto, I get a bit tired of eating the same things over and over, so I start brainstorming. I love big flavours (if you haven’t figured that out yet) and this Keto Laksa fits the bill perfectly.
It uses a few slightly higher carb ingredients that you could most certainly omit, but I do prefer to try and get a more authentic dish. Using chicken and prawns ups the protein content, and chicken thigh instead of breast gives you juicy, succulent meat and extra fat over using a chicken breast.
This Keto Laksa is best served with all the fixings on the side – extra chilli, lime, spring onion and zucchini noodles make it extra exciting and enticing, but it is just as delicious on its own or with some shirataki noodles.
I have noticed that it is almost impossible to get shelled, uncooked prawns lately unless they are marinated! I asked at my local shop why this was, and apparently a while back there was a contamination issue with imported, shelled prawns, so lots of shops have stopped selling them. Yikes! I think I would prefer to have to use the cooked prawns rather than risk some food poisoning. In this case I used pre-cooked prawns, but if you can get your hand on fresh, uncooked prawns, definitely use those. For this Keto Laksa, if you are using uncooked prawns, I’d suggest dropping them into the sauce in the final 3 – 4 minutes so they are just cooked when serving.
I use Ayam brand Laksa Paste which for half the jar had 12 grams of carbs, but worth every little carb. I am sure you could get some really amazing ones from Asian grocers or of course make your own. As always, check the labels for carbs as plenty of them are loaded up with sugar. The total comes to 14 grams net carbs, but you could lower this by leaving out the spring onion, zucchini and bean shoots – I think they are worth it though.
One of the great things about intermittent fasting is eating one or two meals a day, so being able to have higher carb meals. I’ll have a light lunch if I know I’m eating a meal like this for dinner, so I can enjoy it without worrying about going over my carb limit. Keto Laksa is a perfect meal for your IF days and something to look forward to all day.
You can read more about my views on Intermittent Fasting on Keto here.
Keto Laksa with Chicken and Prawns
Full of delicious Malaysian flavours, this sweet and spicy broth is packed full of protein and healthy fats.
- 400 grams chicken thigh cubed
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 92 grams laksa paste I use Ayam brand 185gram Laksa Paste
- 1 400ml coconut cream
- 200 grams prawns cooked, shelled
- 200 gram can of bean sprouts drained, or fresh
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 - 5 drops liquid sweetener such as stevia
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- 4 zucchinis spiraled into noodles, optional
- Fresh coriander leaves optional
- Red chilli optional
- 1/4 bunch spring onion sliced
In a large, deep frying pan or wok, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken thigh and cook until sealed on all sides and just starting to brown. Set aside.
In the same pan without cleaning, add the laksa paste and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until very fragrant.
Add the coconut cream, chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice and stevia. Stir to combine thorough. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. As it heats further, the laksa paste will continue to dissolve evenly.
Turn heat down to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan. Simmer for 10 - 12 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the prawns and bean shoots and stir through, coating in the sauce. Once heated through, serve immediately.
Serve with zucchini noodles and lime wedges, and optionally coriander, chilli and spring onion.