Keto Chinese pork stew with cabbage

Keto Chinese pork stew with cabbage

A classic Chinese stew with the exotic zesty taste of star anise, sesame oil, and ginger. Served with cabbage instead of rice. Asian keto at its finest!

Keto Chinese pork stew with cabbage

A classic Chinese stew with the exotic zesty taste of star anise, sesame oil, and ginger. Served with cabbage instead of rice. Asian keto at its finest!
4 servingservings


Pork stew
  • 1½ lbs 650 g pork shoulder, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1¾ cups 425 ml water
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1 star anise
  • 1½ lbs 650 g Napa cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp coconut oil, for sauteeing
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
For serving
  • 1½ oz. (7 tbsp) 45 g (110 ml) scallion, thinly slicedscallions, thinly sliced
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  1. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, melt half of the coconut oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the pork, occasionally stirring until browned on all sides, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cabbage, and stir to combine. Simmer with the lid on for 45 minutes or until the meat becomes tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the star anise before serving.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and saute for about 5 minutes or until tender, and remove from heat. Drizzle the sesame oil over, and toss together to coat fully.
  4. Divide the cabbage between serving bowls, ladle the stew on top and sprinkle with scallions.


If you want a different side dish with the stew, feel free to serve with cauliflower rice, butter-fried green cabbage or zoodles. If you don't eat pork, you can choose an alternative source of protein such as beef, lamb, or chicken. Adjust the cooking times accordingly.

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  1. Andrea
    delicious! truly!!! one of my favorites and the kids ate it all!
  2. Daniela
    This is so delicious! I made it for Chinese New Year potluck at work and it was a hit!
  3. Dawn
    This soup was so good! The only changes I made was to add broth instead of water and I put regular, sliced cabbage in with the soup ingredients instead of cooking it separate.
  4. Liz
    Absolutely delicious and really satisfying.
  5. Vivavi
    This was so much better than I expected. I don't usually like stews but the flavors worked really nicely here. Two small modifications: 1) Instead of ground ginger, slice fresh ginger thinly and let it stew. It comes out tender and flavorful. 2) a small sprinkle of xanthum gum at the end gives a really silky sauce.
  6. Janis Hall
    This is a fabulous dish. I added some Shiitake mushrooms and fresh ginger. Wow, it was good.
    Reply: #7
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Thank you for letting us know how much you liked the dish.

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