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.
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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
  • 23 oz. 20 g 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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71 comments

  1. 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
  2. Dee
    Can I use ground turkey?
    Reply: #54
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Marie
    Can i sub zucchini for cabbage?
  6. Venencia
    delicious and super easy recipe
  7. Kim
    I added whole thing of tomato paste too...i should've read better. Oh well, not too bad.
  8. 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!
  9. melisa dusevic
    This was delicious. I thought I wouldn't like it by the list of ingredients but it was amazing! I will definitely make this again! I followed the exact recipe.
  10. Julie-anne Gilbert
    This dish is very tasty, and economical, mainly mince and cabbage. I find the Diet Doctors recipes so helpful. It is so very easy to stick to strict Keto when I am in control of the cooking. Tad harder when traveling though.
    I am going to also do the Asian Cabbage stirfry and the Cabbage with Blue Cheese as well.
    Since going Keto I find we are saving sooooo much money on food. By not buying packaged products etc, just fresh veges, meat, chicken, Whipping Cream we use in our COFFEE MACHINE instead of milk and makes ADDICTIVE KETO COFFEE, it is absolutely delicious and think coffee franchises need to start offering it. People would pay more for KETO COFFEE.
    Very happy with Diet Doctor site and have joined the monthly membership at a small cost for the information given out.
    What a fabulous site. Fantastic recipes.
    I think I overeat the protein though as don't lose weight.
  11. Ryan
    Especially good with some extra vinegar. I doubled the amount of vinegar in mine.
  12. Isa
    Can I use 5% greek yogurt instead of sour cream, or will it mess up the carbs content too much? (New to this)
    Reply: #63
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use 5% greek yogurt instead of sour cream, or will it mess up the carbs content too much? (New to this)

    You can look at the protein fat and carb count of your specific brand with sour cream to see how they compare.

  14. Aimee
    I'm new to keto and am using Carb Manager to track macros. When I entered this recipe exactly as written, it shows 13g instead of 9g. I have it set to count net carbs, so it's not that. Wondering why the discrepancy and what I should use.
    Reply: #65
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'm new to keto and am using Carb Manager to track macros. When I entered this recipe exactly as written, it shows 13g instead of 9g. I have it set to count net carbs, so it's not that. Wondering why the discrepancy and what I should use.

    It's tough to say, though using a higher carb brand of tomato paste may account for it. Carb Manager is generally good, but it's always a good idea to calculate your own macros as different brands of ingredients can vary in macro information.

  16. arianenoula
    Can I use fresh tomato instead of tomato paste? if yes what quantity please? Thank you
    Reply: #67
  17. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use fresh tomato instead of tomato paste? if yes what quantity please? Thank you

    We have not tested this recipe with fresh tomatoes so I don't have a quantity suggestion. If you decide to substitute, keep an eye on how that will affect the carb count.

  18. Sandy Gill
    Can this be frozen and reheated?
    Reply: #69
  19. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Can this be frozen and reheated?

    Yes, this can be frozen and reheated.

  20. Justin S
    I didn't really quite like this dish. I made it accordingly, however substituted beef mince for vegan mince since majority of my immediate family don't eat meat. What I loved about this dish however is that it is like a fusion of Asian and Italian.
  21. Lynn
    This was a nice and simple dinner that I was able to make with items on hand. I doubled the recipe and our family all liked it, especially with the added dollop of sour cream. I used dried basil so I look forward to trying this again using fresh basil.
    Reply: #72
  22. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This was a nice and simple dinner that I was able to make with items on hand. I doubled the recipe and our family all liked it, especially with the added dollop of sour cream. I used dried basil so I look forward to trying this again using fresh basil.

    Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it!

  23. Janet
    I substituted the beef and made this recipe with ground chicken instead, since I don't eat beef. It was heart warming, like comfort food. It was very good, but not great, however it reminded me of dish I used to make my family using pasta....so it was warming. I will make it again since I deem it good comfort food.
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