Red curry cabbage and pork stir-fry

Red curry cabbage and pork stir-fry

Putting a Thai spin on the ultra-popular "crack slaw" recipe makes this low carb stir-fry recipe even more addictive. In this version, we add spicy red curry and fresh cilantro to elevate the taste and add flavor complexity. Addictive taste aside, this dish comes together in no time!

Red curry cabbage and pork stir-fry

Putting a Thai spin on the ultra-popular "crack slaw" recipe makes this low carb stir-fry recipe even more addictive. In this version, we add spicy red curry and fresh cilantro to elevate the taste and add flavor complexity. Addictive taste aside, this dish comes together in no time!
4 servingservings


  • 2 oz. 55 g butter or coconut oil, divided
  • 1½ lbs 650 g green cabbage, shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 4 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (4 oz.) 1 (110 g) yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground pork or ground turkey
  • ½ cup (¼ oz.) 120 ml (8 g) fresh cilantro
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  1. Fry the cabbage in half of the butter in a large frying pan or wok on medium-high heat until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and turmeric. Add the vinegar. Sauté until fragrant. Place the cabbage in a bowl and reserve.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter in the same pan. Add garlic, ginger, onion, and red curry paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground meat, stirring and breaking apart, until the meat is cooked through, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the cabbage to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more red curry paste if needed.
  5. For serving, garnish with cilantro.


To turn this into a lovely creamy curry, add 1/4 can of coconut cream per serving, in step 4.

To increase the protein, you could also serve this dish with a fried egg on top.

You can use ground turkey in place of pork if you prefer.

Feel free to use napa cabbage or white cabbage in place of green cabbage.

Recommended special equipment

Food processor.

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  1. 4 comments removed
  2. Hilary
    My husband made this for my tea last night, and it was amazing. Highly recommend you try this and i am sure it will become one of your favourites. I will definitely make this again and again.
  3. Mame
    I love cabbage but I am finding all of the various 'crack slaw' recipes very bland and not worth the work in putting them together. I wonder if I am missing something...
    Reply: #24
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  5. seema
    Can we have more indian keto meal recipes pls
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  7. Donna
    This is a great basic recipe. It appears that there are several in this comment thread who are accomplished in the kitchen and have a flair for spices. Thank you for these great comments. I will make this again and be more adventurous with the spices. I've had crack slaw several different ways, they were all really good. Adding this one to my favorites list on this site. I'll be sure to read the thread next time for more ideas on variations.
  8. andrea
    Even my non-keto husband enjoyed it! I doctored it up a bit & had with sesame miracle noodles. yummy!
  9. Bronte
    A definite fat for me. I used chicken instead and LOVED it!!! It was a mild curry taste, but that's the way I like it. I also put it on a bed of raw baby spinach cause I was hungry but still came out just under 12 carbs. This is gonna be on the weekly menu for me for sure.
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  11. Shantimoy Paul
    Most of my childhood memory includes getting yelled at by my mother, and eat your veggies; but I used to pay no heed to it. However as time passes, most of us come around to eating vegetables as we are aware of the countless benefits they have for our health.

    Cabbage is especially one of the world's most nutrient dense vegetables readily available for us to enjoy, rich in essential vitamins such as C, B6, K, saturated fat, thiammin, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus and a good source of dietary fibers.

    But I never liked any cabbage recipe other than in noodles.

    This cabbage recipe when I tried at home was not really appreciated by my family but it was really yummy too. Thanks for sharing this delicious preparation. Keep posting wonderful recipes like this.

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  13. Laurie
    Try a natural breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Natural). It really makes the cabbage slaws flavorful! Enjoy!
  14. Don Taubman
    I often smile when I see some people comment about how the recipe didn't work or didn't taste right. Recipes are a guide. They aren't set in stone...(except my Mum's Anzac biscuit recipe) no-one changes that
  15. Fathima
    Plz tell me having this cabagge for a week it's help to lose 9kg weight
  16. jill
    I loved this kids loved it too as it wasnt too spicy for them..great basic dish you can play around with a bit..cabbage was lovely
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  18. Kim
    I added Garam Masala and Turmeric and it was fantastic!!
  19. M.
    My husband and I loved it. I put my husband's portion in an oven bowl, topped it with an egg and some shredded cheese and put it in the oven for a few minutes. I fried my egg and put it on top of my portion and then in the oven with some cheese grated on top. DELISH!!
  20. Robert
    Added 1 heaped table spoon of Jalfezi paste to the cabbage once almost cooked, and 2 heaped table spoons to the mince lamb. Perfect thank you
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  22. Kezz
    My friend put me onto this with a little hint....add a can of coconut cream at the end. That makes it next level.
    Great addition Chris, thank you. This will be a regular for us too.
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  24. Kerc
    I used yellow curry paste instead of red, and added garam masala, tumeric, paprika as well. That way it was DELISH and more Indian.
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  26. Liz
    Absolutely delicious. I used coconut oil for the Chinese cabbage and butter for the mince. Amoy Red Curry Paste was just right. So full of flavor it’s a keeper.
  27. Caroline
    My daughter and I loved it. Particularly good with the egg on top.

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