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Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl (Video)

Everyone who likes Sriracha and cabbage will love this spicy low-carb Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl; use more or less Sriracha to control the amount of heat! 

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Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love it when I get a good cooking idea from one of my favorite people, and my friend Jeanne was the brains behind this Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl recipe, which I’ve already cooked and devoured several times. Jeanne has already made an appearance on the blog, because one of my all-time favorite salad recipes was created in honor of her wedding.

Then last summer she came for lunch to check out the new house, and I made two of my favorite recipes for her. Jeanne had the brilliant idea to pile the meat from Quick Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps on top of Spicy Mexican Slaw, and this amazing low-carb recipe was born. The creamy coolness of the cabbage slaw is the perfect partner to the spicy Sriracha beef in this recipe; hope you enjoy!

Of course, you know how I am. I did change both components of this new recipe just a little from the originals. One of the biggest changes was to use a package of coleslaw mix for the cabbage, which makes the recipe so quick and easy that I hope you’ll make it often! I also cut down on the spiciness in the cabbage part just a bit, so it’s a cooling element for the spicy meat. (If you’re making this for kids, you might want to cut down the spice even more.) 

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How to Make Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe plus nutritional information.)

  1. I rarely use pre-cut coleslaw mix, but it was perfect to make this recipe super quick; of course, you can cut up your own cabbage if you prefer. And in case anyone is wondering, Dole has no idea that I’m showing their coleslaw mix on my blog!
  2. You want the cabbage bowl part all ready when the meat is cooked. I prepped 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced sugar snap peas and sliced up half of a red bell pepper.
  3. Whisk together the mayo, fresh squeezed lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or salt to make the dressing.
  4. Combine the coleslaw mix, sliced sugar snap peas, and bell pepper strips in a bowl so it’s ready to toss with the dressing. (Save a little bit of the sliced sugar snap peas and pepper strips to garnish.)
  5. Heat a tiny amount of any neutral-flavored high-heat oil (I used grapeseed oil) and saute the beef until it’s well-browned.
  6. While the beef cooks, zest the lime, squeeze the lime juice, and mix the Sriracha, Fish Sauce, and water so they’re ready to season the meat as soon as it’s done.
  7. Also chop a bunch of cilantro and slice some green onions.
  8. When the beef is done, add the Sriracha mixture and stir to combine with the meat, cooking until the liquid has mostly evaporated from the pan
  9. Then turn off the stove and stir in the lime zest, lime juice, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro.
  10. Add the dressing to the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.
  11. To make the cabbage bowls, put 1/4 of the slaw mixture into a bowl. Top with 1/4 of the beef mixture and garnish with some of the veggies you saved. Devour immediately.

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Stir-Fried Beef and Cabbage with Spicy Peanut Sauce ~ The Perfect Pantry
Ten Tasty Low-Carb Soups with Ground Beef ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This low-carb Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl is just the right amount of spicy for me, but you can use less heat if you prefer.


  • 1 14 oz. pkg. fresh coleslaw mix (see notes)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into short thin strips
  • 5 T mayo
  • 3 T + 1 1/2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • 1 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce
  • small amount of Vege-Sal (to taste, or use regular salt if you don’t have Vege-Sal.)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tsp. grapeseed oil (or use any neutral-flavored, high-heat oil)
  • 1 T fish sauce (see notes)
  • 2 T Sriracha Sauce (see notes)
  • 1 T water
  • grated zest (grated lime skin) from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (zest the lime and then squeeze the juice)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (or less if you’re not a big cilantro fan)


  1. If you’re not using the coleslaw mix, use a mandoline (affiliate link) or sharp knife to make 14 ounces thinly sliced green and red cabbage. (I would skip the carrots if you don’t use coleslaw mix.)
  2. Thinly slice sugar snap peas on the diagonal. Cut the red bell pepper in half, remove seeds from the half you’re using, cut that half lengthwise into two pieces, and then thinly slice crosswise to make short, thin strips. (You can use all the red pepper if you prefer.)
  3. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and Vege-Sal (affiliate link) to make the dressing.
  4. Put the cabbage mixture into a bowl so it’s ready to toss with the dressing as soon as the beef is ready, saving a little bit of the sugar snap peas and peppers for garnish.
  5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the beef, and cook over medium-high heat until all the meat is nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks. While the beef is cooking, zest the lime skin and then squeeze the lime juice. (You might need to squeeze another lime or use some fresh-frozen lime juice to get enough juice if your lime is small.)
  6. Mix together the fish sauce, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), and water, replacing some of the Sriracha with an equal amount of water if you’re making it less spicy.
  7. When the beef is nicely browned, add the Sriracha mixture and cook while stirring until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  8. Turn off the stove and stir in the lime zest, lime juice, sliced green onion, and chopped cilantro. Toss the cabbage mixture with the dressing.
  9. To assemble the cabbage bowls, put 1/4 of the cabbage mixture into each bowl, top with 1/4 of the beef mixture, and garnish with some sliced sugar snap peas and red pepper strips. Enjoy!


Use cole slaw mix or thinly sliced fresh cabbage, whichever you prefer. I love Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link) for this recipe. Replace some of the Sriracha with more water if you want to cut down the spiciness.

The beef mixture will keep in the fridge for a day or so, although it’s best freshly made. If you are going to be having leftovers, I would only add dressing to the amount of cabbage you’ll use at that meal and refrigerate the leftover meat, leftover cabbage, and dressing separately. Then re-heat the meat and combine the cabbage and dressing when you eat the leftovers.

This recipe idea came from Kalyn’s long-time friend Jeanne, with refinements by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 9.7gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 819mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 7.6gProtein: 34g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl is a perfect recipe for the original South Beach Diet, and most other low-carb eating plans. Most commercial coleslaw mix has carrots which are higher in carbs and aren’t permitted for South Beach Phase One, but the amount of carrots is very small, so I wouldn’t stress over it too much. If you use approved mayo and hot sauce, this can even be Paleo.

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    55 Comments on “Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl (Video)”

  1. This is one of my absolute favorite meals! It’s a wonderful combination o spicy, crunchy, hot, and cold – I just LOVE it! I substitute snow peas for the sugar snap peas (I just like them better), but other than that I could eat the entire thing by myself in one sitting if I’m not careful!

  2. Your “print  friendly” button on this recipe is not working!

  3. Kalyn, Thanks for this recipe–it's truly genius! And delicious! I made this with ground turkey because husband doesn't eat red meat. I sliced the both the cabbage and red pepper on my mandolin and loved the superfine texture, then spiralized a carrot for additional color and crunch. LOVE the snap peas in this, they add so much freshness! I went ahead and dressed everything and portioned the leftovers after dinner. Having some for lunch now and it's still great! Thank you!!

  4. This was really yummy! Just right balance of flavors. And not sweet, 5 stars for that. 3 portions left to freeze for lunches, since I'm a home-mom, and I like a nice homemade lunch.Which is always a plus.(Although it was hard to stop at 1/4 batch! I could have eaten half of it! I know that 1/4 was enough, though, so I packed up the extra right away!) Thanks for this. I've tried several ground beef *fusion* recipes, and this was the only keeper so far@

  5. This was DEEEELICIOUS. Even my 15-year old son raved about it: "it's a really good mix the spicy and sour". I enjoyed it so much that I made up the slaw again the next day to eat with blackened tilapia. Super yummy!

  6. Billy that sounds delicious.

  7. I make this with Napa Cabbage, thinly, very thinly, sliced radish, and paring knife carrots. Everything else the same. Big difference from the bagged slaw.

  8. Jen, so glad you liked it. Love the sound of avocado with this.