Monday, November 2, 2009

Stir Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef or Turkey

A simple stir fry of ground beef, cabbage and rice, it's quick, easy and delicious!

Stir Fried Cabbage

This stir fried cabbage recipe made with ground beef, and affectionately referred to as Crack Slaw by low carbers, was a favorite back when I was low carbing. Yeah, I did it, the whole low carb thing, and frankly, it is a great way to lose a few pounds pretty quick, say, for instance, to help shed those holidays pounds. Or for a special occasion coming up.

For me, however, it was not good for the long term. My weight loss stalled pretty quick - apparently my body likes a bit more balance. I mean, it started getting to the point that I had to limit SALAD for pete's sake because things like lettuce and tomatoes have carbs and so long as I had any carbs, my weight loss stalled! Whatever. But, if you want to knock off a few pounds fast, cutting back on carbs for a little while can certainly help with that.

Anyway... when I was low carbing, this Crack Slaw, minus the rice of course, was a popular low carber dish that earned that name because it was supposedly addicting to many low carbers. While it's a delicious dish whether you are low carbing or going low fat, I never quite got that connection personally. This is a variation of the original recipe, which to the best of my memory was actually a Body for Life recipe that used rice. Many low carbers often use the packaged slaw mix and some substituted broccoli slaw, and of course, eliminated the rice.

Depending on the type of ground beef you use, or if you sub in ground turkey, this is a fairly low calorie and low fat dish that is pretty darned tasty dish if you happen to love cabbage and it's a dish that I still love, even when I'm not low-carbing.

The Cajun is not much of a veggie eater and not big on cabbage at all, so I usually make this up just for myself on those nights when he's not that hungry ... like, for instance, yesterday, when he filled up on junk all day watching sports at his bud's house and had no room for a real meal. By the way, if you landed here from a search looking for traditional southern fried cabbage, you can find that right here.

Recipe: Stir-Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef or Turkey

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups sliced cabbage, packed
  • 1 cup cooked rice (brown or white), optional
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

Brown ground beef, remove and drain; set aside. To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil and heat over medium high. Add green onion and garlic and stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cabbage and stir fry another 2 minutes. Add the rice, soy sauce and remaining sesame oil; stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add the cooked ground beef back to the skillet, sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and toss until heated through.

Cook's Notes: Make it lower carb by eliminating the rice. Substitute a package of cole slaw mix or broccoli slaw for the cabbage.


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  1. Looks like a simple, yet delicious recipe. And a complete dinner with the ground beef.
    I often fry cabbage all by it!

  2. I LOVE ground beef, this look like it would be good in a burrito! -Mini Baker :)

  3. I lost 30 pounds once on the low carb nonsense... Ate one piece of bread and gained 35 pounds in a month...

    Not a good diet at all

  4. Everything in I watched my sister fall off the Adkins diet wagon once. It wasn't pretty!

    This looks good and easy! I love cabbage!

  5. Exactly! In my experience, low carb diets are okay for temporary weight loss - say for a special event, or to kick start a more balanced "diet" like Weight Watchers. What I found works best is balance - including better carb choices - when trying to lose weight more permanently.

    I love cabbage too Barbara! One of my favorite ways to eat it is just simply cut into chunks and stewed down - like I do with my shortcut corned beef and cabbage, or as a hash with some potatoes, yum!

    Never thought about a burrito stuffing but what a great idea! Or maybe even stuffed in a wonton?!

  6. I love cabbage, had some tonight as a matter of fact. I used to make a cabbage and ground beef soup, which I lost the recipe to. This sounds like a great alternative.

  7. Thanks for this recipe. I am currently low carbing (-14lb). I left the rice out of course and I really appreciated the red pepper flakes--especially since I have a little cold right now!
    Most of all, I loved the husband anecdote! I've adopted your husband's nickname for my own hubby (who is from Louisiana)because I thought for a moment you were describing mine :) It's so bad during football season that our sit down Sunday family dinners have turned into what we call Snackin' Sundays.

  8. If you have ever been up to Nebraska, there are fast food restaurants that sell a sandwich called Runzas. This is basically how the filling is made, but it is enclosed in a bread pocket and baked. So yummy! The bread is slightly sweeter than regular bread dough, more like roll dough and the sandwiches are very hearty. We had relatives who lived up there for a while and that was one of the treats we always had when we went to visit.

    1. Love runzas . .wish they sold them in north Carolina.

  9. That's so interesting Billie! I've never been to Nebraska so I've not heard of a Runza before. Thanks for sharing that tidbit!

  10. I can't wait to make this for dinner. It looks wonderful. I'm making it without the rice because we are also having scalloped potatoes.

    1. It's a great dish - I hope you enjoy it Kelley!

    2. Thank you! My husband and I really enjoyed it. I made it with ground turkey.

    3. I'm so glad Kelley - thanks for letting me know!

  11. Love this recipe! I've made it several times and it just never fails! I'd had this once when i was a kid, and again when I was pregnant, and now...over 25 years later, i've found the recipe and can share it with my grown children! Thank You!!!!

    1. You're welcome - so glad that you're enjoying it & thanks for taking the time to let me know!

  12. what do you do with the other tablespoon of sesame oil? the suspense is killing me lol

    1. Oh goodness! Sorry to hold you in suspense like that!! ;) See what happens when you're not a professional with test kitchens & editors & all kinds of other folks to work for you? Add it in with the soy sauce for flavoring.

  13. Great recipe.thank you. I didn't have the exact ingredients so I modified it. I added leftover fried rice from the night before , as well as added green peppers and carrots. The family loved it.

    1. I'm so glad that they enjoyed it & thank you so much for taking the time to come back by and let me know!

  14. Thank you for the wonderful recipe our family loved it. I didn't have the exact ingredients. So I improvised. I added green peppers, carrots and we use leftover fried rice. ...

  15. Great recipe.thank you. I didn't have the exact ingredients so I modified it. I added leftover fried rice from the night before , as well as added green peppers and carrots. The family loved it.

  16. Delicious! I will be making this often!

  17. Delicious! I will be making this often!

    1. Thanks Kim! I gotta get a new picture up of this. It is good!


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