Eating Low Carb At Red Lobster


Yesterday Ricky and I went out for a late lunch. We were both craving seafood so we decided on Red Lobster – which is great for seafood AND low carb meals. 🙂

We were discussing this on Facebook and several people mentioned the “cheddar bay biscuits” are hard to resist.

My advice: Ask your server NOT to bring bread to the table. There’s no sense letting it go to waste anyway!

OR to your waist. 😛

If you do love biscuits, check out my low carb biscuit recipe.

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Back to my Red Lobster lunch yesterday, which was AMAZING, I’ll give you a quick photo tour of my meal. They have tons of low carb meals on the menu. Normally I would look up the nutrition facts and plan out my meal before I ever go, but in a pinch I look up carb counts on my mobile – which is what I did yesterday.

See: Red Lobster Menu Nutrition Facts

I decided to have the “pick two” create-your-own meal, which came with a side salad and a side item. I ordered my salad with ranch, and “no croutons please”:

Red Lobster Side Salad | Low Carb Options

I decided on the Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi with steamed broccoli:

Low Carb Dinner at Red Lobster

The shrimp scampi is 1 carb, the salmon is zero (0) carbs, the broccoli is 7 carbs (total, they don’t have fiber listed on the nutrition facts so you can get the “net carb” count). It was beautiful. 🙂

Of course, it was way too much food for one sitting. I had a large glass (and a half) of ice water with my meal too. When you’re eating a super low carb ketogenic diet, you have MUCH less of an appetite. 😛 So I ended up with a nice take-out box for the leftovers to enjoy later:

Low Carb Leftovers from Red Lobster

I really only ate the side salad, the shrimp scampi, half the steamed broccoli – and my water. Oh, and one mussel that Ricky INSISTED I try:

Red Lobster Mussels

It was okay. I like raw oysters, all kinds of sushi, etc – but I probably wouldn’t order Mussels off the menu myself. But it was fun to try one at least. 🙂

Red Lobster Nutrition Facts MobileThere are tons of low carb meals to enjoy at Red Lobster, but you really want to look up the nutrition facts before you go – or at least before you order.

Their Cheddar Bay Biscuits are 16 carbs EACH, by the way. Totally not worth it. Like I said, let your server know right away that you don’t need any bread (“please”).

It’ll just go to waste, or to YOUR waist – so you might as well just leave it off the table! 🙂

On the topic of splurges though, I did try the Lobster Bisque Soup. I looked it up and it’s 15 (total) carbs per cup. I decided to share it with Ricky since I was having such a low carb meal, and had sausage & eggs for breakfast (and just sausage for dinner later that night). So that was 7 or 8 carbs for half a cup of soup.

Let me just say… you could have called that “dessert”. It tasted SO sweet to me. I joked you could add whipped cream on the top and call it “pie”. 😛

My tastebuds can pick out sugar quicker than my dane can sniff out a cat. That’s one of the benefits of ketosis. Or drawbacks, if you wanted to enjoy that Bisque, lol. Blech! It was good, just WAY too sweet for a sugar-free diet, and a total waste of carbs (in MY book).

All in all it was a BEAUTIFUL meal, and we had a really great time. From the ranch all over my face, to me making finger food out of everything on my plate, and all the fun laughs in between… it was a super fun lunch!!

What about you – what are your favorite low carb meals at Red Lobster?

About Lynn Terry

I love making the low carb diet EASY for people with a busy lifestyle (like me!) with my KISS / Keep It Simple method. :) About Lynn Terry: Host of the Low Carb Challenge
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4 Responses to Eating Low Carb At Red Lobster

  1. Vicki says:

    The Red Lobster is my husband’s favorite place to eat! He loves seafood but doesn’t always do low carb. 🙂

    One of my favorite low carb meals at Red Lobster is also the salmon, broccoli and salad. I splurge and have blue cheese dressing.. although I do eat much less of it by asking for it ‘on the side’. Your idea of the biscuits not making it to the table is a good one, because once they are there I admit I have to try a few bites!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      The salmon is really great! And zero carbs. 🙂 Blue Cheese dressing is a good healthy fat, and low carb too! And asking for the dressing on the side is SMART, because I felt like the “drowned” my salad, lol.

  2. Latisha B says:

    I have so much trouble with the menu because I don’t like seafood LOL but all my family does so I’ll go for them.. my favorite is the pasta it’s my weakness what should I eat on my keto diet??

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Latisha 🙂

      You want to avoid pasta, rice, potatoes etc on a ketogenic low carb diet. Red Lobster has a lot of great menu items through. They have a good steak for example! You might find a grilled chicken salad too.

      I always look up the menu online before I go and decide what I want to order. If you get a pasta dish, like chicken alfredo – get it over steamed broccoli instead of pasta. 😉

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