Keto Italian cabbage stir-fry

Keto Italian cabbage stir-fry

This meal is simple rustic deliciousness. The combination of tart cabbage, luscious basil, and savory beef is melt-in-your-mouth fabulous. This is keto at its finest.

Keto Italian cabbage stir-fry

This meal is simple rustic deliciousness. The combination of tart cabbage, luscious basil, and savory beef is melt-in-your-mouth fabulous. This is keto at its finest.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 25 oz. 750 g green cabbage
  • 513 oz. 150 g butter
  • 20 oz. 600 g ground beef
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 2 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 oz. 90 g leek, thinly slicedleeks, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup 120 ml fresh basil
  • 1 cup 225 ml mayonnaise or sour cream, for serving

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Shred the green cabbage finely with a cheese slicer, sharp knife or in a food processor.
  2. Fry the cabbage in about half of the butter (or substitute olive oil) in a large frying pan or wok on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until just softened.
  3. Add vinegar, salt, onion powder, and pepper. Stir and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until well incorporated. Reserve sautéed cabbage to a bowl.
  4. Heat the rest of the butter or oil in the pan. Add the garlic and leeks, and sauté for a minute.
  5. Add meat, and continue frying until cooked through. Sauté until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Add tomato paste and mix well. Lower the heat a little and add reserved cabbage and fresh basil. Stir until cooked through.
  7. Adjust seasoning and serve with a dollop of sour cream or mayonnaise and perhaps even a green salad.

Tip!

There’s a reason we nicknamed this cabbage concoction “crack slaw.” It’s utterly addictive! You can double the recipe and freeze it for when the urge strikes!

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25 comments

  1. Mary
    I tasted far, far better than I thought it would but I think I will add a fresh chill next time spice it up a little and maybe add the cream fraiche at the end of cooking. So ready though.
  2. Sandra
    This has to be one of my favourites, the first time I saw the ingredients and cooked it I thought this isn't going to work for me .... how wrong I was, it's tasty, it's satisfying and so easy to do. I have to admit all the meals are great, there's no going back for me now I absolutely love LCHF and the results are just amazing. Thank you
  3. Harrison
    I must say this tasted nice, I was quite worried at the beginning, and that the fact I didn't have any basil at the time made it worse, but in the end it turned into a splendid savoury mince dish. So much so my brother demanded seconds and was quite upset when there wasn't any. Overall a good dish that I will definitely be making again.
    I added an extra tablespoon of tomato paste to give the mince a bit more flavour.
  4. Carole
    I put extra salt, pepper and basil in it. It was good with the sour cream garnish. Family loved it. Another winner!
  5. Shelly
    I was skeptical about this dish because of basil and cabbage... but oh my! Sooo good.. definetly top it off with sour cream!
  6. Bruce
    Added an extra tbsp of tomato paste. Served it with sour cream and more fresh basil- simply delicious! Will make it again :)
  7. Christina
    DELICUOUSNESS!!!
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  9. jackie
    Why doesn't it tell you the exact nutrition info?
  10. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Jackie!

    We don't want to promote to much "counting" that's why we only have the carbs in gram. (that's the most important info when following LCHF)

    But If you need more information then use the formula below to calculate, a bit complicated though. ;-)

    (%PROTEIN / %CARB) * gram_CARB = gram_PROTEIN
    (%FAT / %CARB) * 4/9 * gram_CARB = gram_FAT

    gram_CARB * 4 + gram_PROTEIN*4 + gram_FAT*9 = CALORIES

    Reply: #12
  11. Mark T
    I love this one. I substitute hot Italian sausage (local, only a couple grams of carbs) for the beef, and did it with half tomato paste/ half chili paste, then mix in the sour cream. Fantastico!
  12. BLN
    I see your point about counting calories. However, some people truly do need to count calories. Mentally and physically. I would also like to see the nutrient breakdown. I find it helpful when I am planning out my meals. This is the only Keto sight that doesn't do a nutrient break down.
    Reply: #13
  13. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi BLN!

    I think we will provide more nutritional info soon.

    I see your point about counting calories. However, some people truly do need to count calories. Mentally and physically. I would also like to see the nutrient breakdown. I find it helpful when I am planning out my meals. This is the only Keto sight that doesn't do a nutrient break down.

    Reply: #19
  14. Katherine
    This is my favorite of all the crack cabbage recipes. I do at least double the tomato paste, but otherwise I make it as written. Everyone in the family loves it!
  15. Snezana
    This tastes so good!!! Like an upgraded Bolognese... I also added some chilli flakes and a bit more of the tomato paste. Really delicious :)
  16. Brittney R
    Don’t accidentally put the entire can of tomato paste! Sad day :(
  17. Jan
    First dish i’ve cooked for the 2 week challenge. I had to read the amount of butter twice. It’s going to be a real education for this 60’s girl to leave the low fat fallacy behind.
  18. Gertrude
    Oh my goodness, both my husband and I loved this. Next time I will add a little spice. Yummy.
  19. William
    I’m not counting calories. But it would be nice to have complete nutritional break down.
    I hesitate at trying this recipe because of the 33 grams of protein. That’s HIGH not knowing the fat amount
    Reply: #20
  20. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi William!

    Fat is 91 gram.

    I’m not counting calories. But it would be nice to have complete nutritional break down.
    I hesitate at trying this recipe because of the 33 grams of protein. That’s HIGH not knowing the fat amount

  21. Charlene
    Hello--just a question--for the Cabbage Italian Stir Fry the recipe says 25 teaspoons of basil is that a typo? Should it be 2.5 tsp? If it is correct then why not just say 1/2 cup?
    Reply: #22
  22. Julie
    It’s basil. put in as much as you want.
  23. Julie
    some people can cook, some should let others do the cooking.
  24. Joe
    In the nutrition information it says Net Carbs is 9g, but then goes on to list 6 grams of fiber. So is it truly 9 NET grams per serving or is it a total of 9 grams, less the 6 from fiber, so 3 Net grams? 9 NET grams seems pretty high from the ingredient list. I know cabbage is a little carb heavy, but I am sure most of the fiber is coming from it and getting the total net carbs down.
  25. Ronelle
    Please help!!!
    Carb calculator says 6g in 100g cabbage so how can this meal be 9g if the cabbage alone is 200g?
  26. Cris
    Was good. Added a bit more spice. I didn't quite enjoy the amount of butter in it.

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