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

  • 1½ lbs 650 g green cabbage
  • 5 oz. 150 g butter, divided
  • 1¼ lbs 550 g ground beef
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 2 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 oz. 75 g leek, thinly slicedleeks, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup 125 ml fresh basil, chopped
  • 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 sharp knife or in a food processor.
  2. In a large frying pan, over medium heat, melt half of the butter. Add the cabbage and fry 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. Transfer the sauteed cabbage to a large bowl.
  4. Heat the rest of the butter 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.

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56 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!!!
  8. 1 comment removed
  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?
    Replies: #22, #31
  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?
    Reply: #30
  26. Cris
    Was good. Added a bit more spice. I didn't quite enjoy the amount of butter in it.
  27. CyndiW
    25 oz of cabbage converts to 10 cups is that correct?
    Reply: #28
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    That is going to depend on how "bulky" your cabbage slices are and how firmly you compact them down. Going by weight is a better option to help ensure optimal results.
  29. Fay
    Do the macros include the optional mayonnaise?
  30. luke
    Ronelle this really depends on how much you make and eat per serving(1 serving can vary greatly from person to person). A lot of the cabbage(carbs included) is reduced during the process of being prepared to mix into the meat.
    I make this meal very often and it has not disturbed my state of ketosis.
  31. Luke
    Iv'e switched the fresh basil for basil paste being mixed into the tomato paste before adding it to the meat--- delicious :)
  32. 1 comment removed
  33. M
    Why was my comment removed? Just because I thought it was horrible. It was.
  34. Tg777
    Hiya
    Is there an alternative to meat or poultry to go with the cabbage... type of fish or something please...
    Reply: #35
  35. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Fish tends to be too delicate and soft, texture speaking, to be a good sub for the meat in this dish.
  36. Milica
    Omg this was sooo amazing!!
    I didn't have basil so I added a bit of curry spice and chilli flakes and I cant wait to make it again! I will add just a couple of nuts and it will be a winner!
  37. Liz
    Nutrition info says 1003 kcal.
    Is this the same as Calories? Also
    Is this in total or per serve? Seems
  38. Liz
    Can anyone answer above question?
    Reply: #39
  39. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can anyone answer above question?

    Yes, kcal are the same as Calories. All of our recipes offer nutrition information per serving.

  40. Christie
    Hi there! Forgive me, but I just want to make sure I'm understanding the nutritional information correctly. There are 91 grams of fat in ONE serving? Seems like a lot, so I just wanted to be sure.
    Reply: #41
  41. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there! Forgive me, but I just want to make sure I'm understanding the nutritional information correctly. There are 91 grams of fat in ONE serving? Seems like a lot, so I just wanted to be sure.

    Yes, the nutrition breakdown is per serving.

  42. Vel
    What I can substitute for ground beef because I don't eat it.
    Reply: #43
  43. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What I can substitute for ground beef because I don't eat it.

    You can try ground pork instead.

  44. Jean
    I didn't like this meal. One mouthful and I felt naucious. Too greasy for me. My husband enjoyed it. Thankfully I had a alternative meal to hand. A definite no no for me.
  45. Christine
    I thought this meal was delicious. I would make it again.
  46. marijkemelbourne
    I have just made this and it is brilliant - all the earthiness of good Italian cooking and also something you can make ahead - I will definitely be batch cooking this one. Did not have onion powder and used some dried onion flakes, did not have tomato paste and used some sun dried tomato pesto (or just chopped up sun dried tomatoes would do). Also not enough fresh basil so stirred in some of my own home made basil pesto . Did add the fresh basil leaves at the end for a great look. Yum!!
  47. Caz
    Can this be frozen do you think ?
    Reply: #48
  48. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can this be frozen do you think ?

    Yes, this would freeze and reheat without issue.

  49. Julie Laamag
    Can I use cauliflower and broccoli chopped up in place of cabbage?
    Reply: #50
  50. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use cauliflower and broccoli chopped up in place of cabbage?

    That would change the composition of the dish significantly but if you like broccoli and cauliflower but don't like cabbage then it might be a good substitute for you.

  51. Frances
    This comes up in the dairy-free selection. However butter surely counts as dairy? Can ghee be used instead or something else (dairy-free)?
    Reply: #53
  52. Dee
    Can I use ground turkey?
    Reply: #54
  53. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    This comes up in the dairy-free selection. However butter surely counts as dairy? Can ghee be used instead or something else (dairy-free)?

    Many people who are dairy free can eat butter safely because it only has trace amounts of lactose. Yes, ghee can definitely be used instead, as can bacon grease, coconut oil or olive oil as indicated in the Instructions.

  54. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use ground turkey?

    Ground turkey naturally has less fat than ground beef so you may need to add some bacon grease or extra butter to compensate.

  55. Marie
    Can i sub zucchini for cabbage?
  56. Venencia
    delicious and super easy recipe
  57. Kim
    I added whole thing of tomato paste too...i should've read better. Oh well, not too bad.
  58. Carrie
    This is one of my favorite Keto recipes and I make it frequently. To punch up the flavor, I substitute bulk hot Italian sausage for the ground beef. Wow - so full of flavor. And when it is mixed with the sour cream-mayo topping, it makes a creamy Italian flavored sauce. I don't think this change alters the keto nutritionals too much. Make this recipe!

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