Whoever said that the keto lifestyle is a challenge to adhere to hasn’t tried any of these keto cabbage recipes.
From soups and stews to stir-fries and tacos, they have your entire keto menu covered.
It’s not new knowledge that cabbage is a healthy source of fiber and vitamins.
What you may not know, though, is how this humble veggie can make a wide array of keto-friendly dishes.
This list is proof that there’s more to cabbage than just coleslaw (although, naturally, I’ve also included a recipe for said side dish).
Ready to eat? Let’s take a look at some keto cabbage recipes!
Let’s get the keto party started with this scrumptious stir-fry!
Ground beef, diced onions, and shredded cabbage are tossed together, creating a wonderful fusion of colors and flavors.
What takes this stir-fry to the next level is an Asian sauce made of brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, and cider vinegar.
Sweet, umami-rich, and a little bit spicy, this sauce is so good you’ll want to bathe in it.
Fork-tender cubes of pork and crunchy cabbage bathe in a savory clear broth. This stew might look simple, but it delivers great flavors.
The key is to flavor the stew using bone broth, ginger, garlic, and onions. Let the ingredients simmer in the pot for 90 minutes for maximum flavor.
No matter the time, no matter the season, burgers are always a great idea.
And even though bread is off-limits in the keto lifestyle, that’s no reason for you to not enjoy a moist and juicy burger.
It’s easy, just eat the patties and skip the buns.
Afraid this dish will fill you up? Don’t worry, that’s what the fried green cabbage on top is for!
This casserole is a mix of ground beef (or turkey), diced onions, tomatoes, and green chili in a thick tomato-based sauce.
It’s sprinkled with cheddar cheese on top, which melts into ooey-gooey perfection when it touches the hot casserole.
Can you freeze cabbage in a casserole? Absolutely! So make extra and save some for later.
The idea for keto-friendly fish tacos is simple. Just throw in all your favorite fish taco mix-ins to a bowl, and voila.
For those of you who think that tacos are no good without the tortillas, this heavenly bowl might just change your mind.
This traditional Irish stew is made of a salt-cured slab of beef and shredded cabbage. For a more filling meal, this version includes carrots and potatoes, but don’t worry, it’s still low-carb.
The classic stew typically calls for hours to cook, but thanks to the Crockpot, this one’s ready in just 90 minutes.
Here’s another recipe that combines the goodness of corned beef and cabbage.
A classic Reuben sandwich is made of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a Russian dressing in between two slices of rye.
Instead of bread, this recipe uses cabbage as the vessel to hold all the beautiful Reuben elements in.
Trust the southerners to transform bland cabbage into a scrumptious stir-fry! Fry up this leafy veggie along with crispy bacon and taste the wonderful explosion of flavors.
Serve this side dish with pan-seared fish, grilled chicken, or turkey meatballs for a hearty and healthy keto meal.
Let’s be honest, the mere combination of ham and cabbage sounds a bit boring. But don’t worry, there’s so much more to this soup than those two.
The broth alone will make your tastebuds go wild. It’s simmered with diced tomatoes and seasonings to create a deep, yet wonderfully balanced combination of flavors.
Aside from the cabbage and ham, it also features a variety of fresh veggies, from bell peppers and onions to broccoli and cauliflower.
So, you see, there’s nothing boring about this soup at all.
Here’s another variation of the classic Reuben sandwich. Instead of rye bread, you’ll put the fillings in cabbage cups.
From the presentation to the tastes and textures, these cups get a 12/10.
This next recipe highlights the cabbage in all its glory.
This might come as a surprise, but did you know that cabbage, when roasted to perfection, transforms into a shockingly tasty dish?
Just flavor it with some garlic, lemon, and butter, and into the oven, it goes.
Smoky sausage and leafy cabbage band together to form this amazing skillet.
They may be two simple ingredients, but the mix of spices and seasonings that go into the skillet gives them such a powerhouse of flavors.
Filled with protein, vegetables, and fiber, you can consider this dish a complete meal.
Judging by how it looks, I can already tell this cabbage casserole won’t last long.
A sauteed mix of ground beef, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and lots of shredded cheddar, this casserole is as delicious as it is colorful.
We can’t have a collection of cabbage recipes without the classic coleslaw, now, can we?
What makes this particular coleslaw keto-friendly is the absence of sugar.
As a certified sweet tooth, you’d think this would bother me, but it doesn’t!
You know why? Because the recipe simply swaps erythritol, a sugar-free sweetener, for sugar.
So yes, despite being keto-friendly, this coleslaw still has that amazing sweet-creamy dressing flavor.
Kielbasa plus cabbage equals love. This simple combination of sausage and vegetable is pure perfection.
It’s simple, but it never fails to deliver.
The key is to season it with your favorite herbs and spices. This recipe uses butter, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Feel free to add whatever else you think is missing.
This stir-fry features a medley of vegetables and sweet and juicy shrimp. It’s the easiest and healthiest way to satisfy a seafood craving!
It’s also a budget-friendly dish. For locations where shrimp is hard to come by, it can be very pricey.
Sauteeing it with lots of vegetables fleshes out the dish and makes it more filling.
In the mood for Chinese dumplings? Skip the shumai skins and use sweet cabbage leaves as wrappers.
This technique is a brilliant way to still enjoy the highly addictive dim sum, without ruining your low-carb diet.
These dumplings aren’t just keto-friendly, but Whole30 and Paleo-compliant, to boot.
Cabbage, bacon, and mushrooms bathe in a rich sour cream sauce. It amazes me how something this decadent is also low-carb and healthy.
The main elements are already appetizing, but it’s the sauce – a mix of sour cream, cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and paprika – that makes this dish a hit.
If you think cabbage is boring, I’ll bet you’ve never tried caramelizing it. I’m telling you, it makes all the difference!
Caramelizing brings out the natural sweetness of the cabbage, enhancing its flavor to the n-th level.
But wait, there’s more! Making this dish even more glorious are sweet onions and crispy bacon.
These cabbage rolls are bursting with the umami flavors of ground beef sauteed in onions, peppers, cilantro, ginger, and cumin.
Have a hankering for crunchy egg rolls? These cabbage egg rolls are the next best thing.
Sure, you might miss the distinct crunch from the deep-fried egg roll wrappers, but all the lovely flavors of the iconic Asian dish will still be present.
These rolls are bursting with the amazing flavors of Thai cuisine.
Shredded chicken and cabbage are tossed in a Thai sauce and wrapped in either cabbage or Swiss chard.
The sauce is a mix of almond butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, cider vinegar, sriracha, garlic, and ginger.
There are many different flavors, but they’ll all work well together to create a harmonious dressing.
Craving Korean? This Keto kimchi is calling out your name.
This dish of fermented cabbage is definitely an acquired taste. But once you understand its wonderfully complex flavors, you’ll fall in love.
The best part? It’s not only keto-friendly but ridiculously nutritious, to boot!
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