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Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl (Video)

Everyone who likes Sriracha and cabbage will love this spicy Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl; use more or less Sriracha to control the heat! And if you’re not a cilantro fan, just use sliced green onion instead of the cilantro.

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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 had 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.) 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • pkg. of fresh coleslaw mix
  • sugar snap peas
  • red bell pepper, cut into short thin strips
  • mayo
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for the dressing)
  • Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link)
  • Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or use regular salt if you don’t have Vege-Sal.
  • ground beef
  • Grapeseed Oil (affiliate link) or use any neutral-flavored, high-heat oil
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link), or other fish sauce
  • Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link)
  • water
  • grated lime zest zest (grated lime skin) from 1 lime
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • (zest the lime and then squeeze the juice)
  • thinly sliced green onion
  • chopped cilantro (or use more green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan)

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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. 
  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 (or fresh-frozen 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 and cook 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. (Use more green onions if you don’t want cilantro.)
  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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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 skip the cilantro and use more green onion if you’re not a 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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.
  8. When the beef is nicely browned, add the Sriracha mixture and cook while stirring until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  9. Turn off the stove and stir in the lime zest, lime juice, sliced green onion, and chopped cilantro (or more green onion). Toss the cabbage mixture with the dressing.
  10. 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 low-carb eating plans and for the original South Beach Diet. 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. Cut up your own cabbage if it’s important to you to have slightly fewer carbs. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2013. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2021.)

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

  1. Delicious! I put a little bit of brown rice at the bottom of the bowls before adding the cabbage. Will definitely make this again. Thank you!!!

  2. You're very smart on those substitutions! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Made this last night! Yummy! I subbed Tapatio for the green tabasco, & worcestershire for the fish sauce (it's what I had on hand), and it was delicious! I'm excited for the leftovers tonight!

  4. Shelby, so glad you enjoyed it! And I've already created a Mexican-flavored version that will be appearing on the blog soon!

  5. I made this for dinner tonight and it was a great light late summer meal. It was a break from more traditional salads and I loved all the crunch. I think it will hold up well as leftovers or for a work lunch. I look forward to trying a few variations. Asian flavored slaw + ginger chicken? Slaw with italian vinaigrette and some sautéed shrimps with sun-dried tomatoes? This is going to lead to a lot of great dinners/lunches.

  6. Lynne, so glad you enjoyed it. And I love hearing how people adapt the recipes; that's what cooking is all about!

  7. We made it with ground chicken and didn't use the fish sauce. It was fantastic! Will definitely make it again. Thanks for helping us add great variety to our healthy meals. 🙂

  8. Doren, thanks for that nice feedback. and I do think this would be great with turkey!

  9. How could this not be a hit? I can't wait to try it… Just one more time that you have taken a bunch of ingredients that I love and combined them in a new way that I'd never have thought of. I definitely find the coleslaw mix a time saver. Wonder if ground turkey would work.
    Thanks for this, and all the others!

  10. They are sugar snap peas and they are listed in the ingredients and mentioned in the instructions too.

  11. This looks real good, will have to try with bison meat. I have a question about the picture versus the ingredients list. The picture clearly shows snow peas cut up on top of the salad, but they are not listed in the ingredients. Please advise why. tysm

  12. KatesMom99, I know a few other people like that. I'm a big cilantro fan, but this will definitely still be great without it.

  13. Kalyn, this looks delicious. However, I had to laugh when you said to use less cilantro if you are not a fan. If you were one of the unfortunate people like me who taste soap when they eat cilantro, you'd know that even a little bit of cilantro is enough to make a whole dish taste nasty. 🙂 I'm afraid I'll have to just leave it out entirely.

  14. Elizabeth, how fun that you made it right away. And thanks for letting me know that you're enjoying the recipes. That always makes my day!

  15. Kalyn, I have been making recipes from your site for too long to have not commented before… Thank you for so many great meals!! When I saw this I felt compelled to make it immediately. It was fantastic. Anything that involves sriracha makes me happy 🙂

  16. Alyssa, so glad you like it. I can tell this one will become a regular at my house!

    Lydia, agreed. I think the coleslaw mix is perfect for this!

  17. Sriracha and lime, one of nature's perfect combinations! I love using cole slaw mix from the grocery store; it's a great convenience food.

  18. Awesome flavor combo Kalyn! I have to make this 🙂

  19. Thanks Valentina! So glad you like it.

  20. WOW! This is gorgeous! And I'm sure, incredibly delicious!