Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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Switching to real food can be a shock to the food bill. This beef and cabbage stir fry though is the exception. It’s one of my go-to easy recipes since it’s fast and inexpensive to make. Even my one year-old will eat cabbage when I make it this way!

I love this beef and cabbage stir-fry recipe because it comes together quickly and easily. This is a one-pan main dish and packs a delicious punch of nutrition. It’s like Hamburger Helper’s healthy cousin.

Cabbage Stir Fry Ingredients

Our family loves the Asian flavors of this dish and the umami flavor of the coconut aminos. It tastes like regular or low-sodium soy sauce but without the soy. Served over cauliflower fried rice it’s also a great low-carb meal. We like it over white rice too.

I use onions, carrots, and cabbage as the vegetables in this. You could add or sub other ingredients too, like napa cabbage or bell peppers. And if you want a side dish instead of a main meal, leave out the beef.

There are a lot of variations to this recipe that you can try. Instead of using the Asian-inspired sauce use different spices mixed into the stir fry:

  • Add cumin, chili powder, cilantro, and salsa to make a Mexican version
  • Add a dozen eggs after it’s cooked and bake to make a casserole
  • Add Italian seasoning for an Italian version

Get the Kids Involved

Let the kids help prepare this cabbage stir-fry by letting them cut the vegetables. Even really little ones can use a crinkle cutter to safely cut veggies. I find my kids are more likely to eat a recipe if they help prepare it. Plus it keeps them busy and happy while I cook. (This is the crinkle cutter we have)

You can take it a step further and get the kids involved with helping grow the veggies for the cabbage stir fry! Gardening is a therapy of its own and I make time every summer for one. When kids help make their own food, or better yet grow it, they’re more willing to try new recipes.

How to Make Cabbage Stir Fry

This is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! While the ingredients list may seem a little long, it really pulls together fast. If you’re in a really big hurry you could even use a pre-made sauce or seasoning mix for the Asian version. Something like this sesame ginger vinaigrette made with avocado oil would be a tasty option.

Once you’ve chopped your veggies (or let the kids do it!), it’s just a matter of cooking them until soft. Add the cooked ground beef and simmer it all in the stir-fry sauce. I like cooking everything until it’s soft, not mushy, but some may prefer their veggies with a bit more crunch to them.

My original version of this recipe has more of an Italian flavor to it. But the Asian-flavored stir fry is just as good too!

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Original Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Beef and cabbage stir fry that's fast and simple to make. Flavor variations make this recipe versatile and kid-approved.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 241kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 servings




  • In a large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef.
  • When the beef is almost completely browned, add the sliced onions and grated carrots.
  • When onions and carrots are starting to soften, mix in the cabbage and all the spices.
  • Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often until cabbage starts to soften.
  • Top with salsa or sour cream if desired and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Original Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 925mg40%
Potassium 952mg27%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 5440IU109%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


There are a lot of variations to this recipe that you can try:
  • Add cuminchili powder, and salsa to make a Mexican version
  • Try the Asian version below!
cabbage stir fry

Asian Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

This Chinese takeout-inspired beef and cabbage stir-fry is fast and simple to make.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 294kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 people



For the sauce:

For the stir fry:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey, venison, etc.)
  • 2 small onions (thinly sliced)
  • 2 medium carrots (grated)
  • 1 small head green cabbage (or any kind, chopped)

For topping:


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • In a large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat.
  • When the meat is almost completely browned, add the sliced onions.
  • When the onions are starting to soften, mix in the carrots and cabbage.
  • Cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring often until the cabbage starts to soften.
  • Stir in the sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the veggies are no longer crunchy.
  • Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds and enjoy on its own or over rice.


Nutrition Facts
Asian Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 823mg36%
Potassium 864mg25%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 5347IU107%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


This reheats well on the stovetop for a yummy weeknight dinner.

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Beef and cabbage stir fry comes together in minutes and only needs one pan for a delicious, fast and healthy meal. Healthy alternative to hamburger helpers.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


106 responses to “Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry”

  1. Mary Beth Avatar
    Mary Beth

    I just made the Mexican version (swapped the carrots for peppers) and it’s AMAZING! I found this website 3 weeks ago and have since been making everything from toothpaste to shampoo. My husband keeps rolling his eyes, but the other day I came down to find him swishing around coconut oil 😉

  2. Brianne Avatar

    So simple and easy! Your dollop of sour cream on top looks divine. I recently found a soy + dairy FREE “sour cream” recipe on Healthful Pursuit (.com). I think I’m going to make this recipe and the mock sour cream this weekend. You’ve inspired me! Thanks!

  3. Lauri Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe/idea. We had it last night and it was DELICIOUS!

  4. Cori Avatar

    So funny, I have made this recipe once before and my husband and I loved it! Thought I would make it again and I was SO bummed I couldn’t find it! Very glad you re-posted it 🙂 Although I think I remembered the recipe pretty well!

  5. Rainedrops Avatar

    Mmm…nom, nom. Thanks for the dinner idea for tonight. Looks tasty and healthy. Would this go well with Quinoa?

  6. Ann Marie Avatar
    Ann Marie

    I am trying this asap. It looks delicious. Also, I am not a skilled cook so when I see “season to taste” I skip the recipe. THANK YOU for listing specific seasonings and at least an idea of how much you use of each. That gives people like me a starting point which is very helpful let alone time- and money-saving. I hope you give more measurements to your recipes in the future. They all sound so good. Those good cooks can take it and run with it; me, I need a little help in the starting block. 🙂

    Love your blog…thank you.

  7. juliette graham Avatar
    juliette graham

    Love this and cannot wait to try it….simple and healthy. I’ve used so many of your recipes from food to household and beauty products. You’ve really inspired me to take the time to create my own products rather than buy unhealthy and processed products. I find it’s as easy to make these products as it is to walk into the store and buy it. I feel so much better raising my children with these natural products. Thanks for the time you put into researching, experimenting and sharing your finds. I trust your recipes and advice…..I wish we were neighbors! 🙂

  8. Sandy Avatar

    This is very good and simple. I made the version with salsa, cumin and chili powder. Be sure you add enough to give it some good flavor. Next time I may try using a pasta sauce in it. Very inexpensive and makes a lot, so you have leftovers!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I’d guess about an hour, but I don’t remember how long I cooked it last time I made it that way.

  9. Amy Avatar

    This is REALLY good! I added the S&P, thyme, basil, oregano, garlic…and then at the end a bit of worcestershire sauce (organic w no msg). REALLY REALLY nice! I’m making it again tonight by request as it was a big hit last week.

  10. Raina Avatar

    This is extremely delicious and so simple! I omitted the carrots and smothered the whole thing with my favorite tomato sauce. Yum!

  11. Tonya Avatar

    My dad use to make this on the grill.  We called them hobo burgers.  He layered cabbage, onions, hamburger and chunks of potaoes.  Now one of my families favorite meals.  So…I add potatoes and have tried in the skillet.  Wonderful.  Grill in the summer…skillet in the winter.

  12. Traci Avatar

    This went over well with the husband and kids!  I added fajita seasoning from Wild Tree, added some cheddar, and topped with salsa.  I called it fajita salad…perfecto!

  13. lois Avatar

    Does all soy sauce come from the soy bean? I see soy on different labels but I am not sure which ones are ok to consume. 

    1. michelle Avatar

      Lois, 2 of my 4 kids can’t do soy (currently BF one so I can’t do it either). There is a product called Coconut Aminos which is like soy sauce but made from Coconuts instead. A good soy sauce (preferably one without wheat) is hard to find. You should check it out.

    2. Chantel Avatar

      I have used coconut aminos as well and i think it tastes just like soy sauce. You can also buy “tamari” which is traditionally fermented soy sauce that doesn’t use wheat. Just stay away from the ones that say “hydrolyzed soy protein” even if it’s gluten free.

  14. Jenny Avatar

    OK….YUM!!! I did this last night with asian spices like a few drops of sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, and garlic. It was so delicious, I just kept eating and eating! The kids liked it as well as my husband. Thank you! It also reminds me of a recipe that my family loves that we call Joe’s special. It is ground beef with spinach (frozen or fresh, chopped), parm cheese, and a couple of eggs scrambled in.

  15. Karen Avatar

    This was great! Before I made it, my husband suggested broccoli instead of the cabbage, but I stayed with the cabbage, although i only used half a head. He really liked it, as did my 2.5 year old. I served it with cauliflower “rice.” I used 1/2 tsp of each suggested spice and then 1 tsp garlic. Definitely going into the meal rotation! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Colleen Avatar

    I am still in shock that 6 of my 7 kids who had this tonight actually ate it and liked it. THe 7th ate most of it, but didn’t like the cabbage. I have never served cabbage because I have always hated it. Thanks for encouraging me to branch out. This was delicious, and the whole family came back for at least seconds! My 13 y.o. told me I’m a good cook, and my 7 y.o. kept thanking me for dinner. I can’t wait to make this again! 🙂

  17. Jo Avatar

    I saw this post on facebook and decided to make it for dinner tonight. I had a cabbage head that I didn’t know what to do with yet. I’m smelling the aromas now as it is finishing up..Thanks for sharing.

      1. Charmie Avatar

        I have never been able to freeze any thing with cabbage with great results. Could be because of the water content of the cabbage? It does refrigerate for 3 or 4 days quite well, however. Cabbage is a little limp, but still very tasty.

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