Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups | KETO Recipes

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Korean BBQ is one of my favorite things to order from the many wonderful food trucks in my area. It combines so many delicious elements: savory barbecue, lean beef, and Asian spices. Following a keto eating plan can be challenging when visiting food trucks or local restaurants. This Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups recipe gives me all of the flavors of one of my favorite cuisines without any of the guilt.

KETO Friendly BBQ Sauce

This healthy Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups recipe incorporates all the flavors that make Korean BBQ unique. It also happens to do so while eliminating the sugar and carbs that can sabotage your keto eating plan, too!

The key flavors of a good Korean BBQ sauce include several elements. First, you have your aromatics – the yellow onion, garlic, and ginger – which deepen in flavor as they’re cooked in sesame oil. Next, add saltiness from the low-sodium soy sauce, which is balanced by the acidity from the rice wine vinegar. Finally, incorporate some heat with the red chili paste, and you’ll end up with a beautifully rounded sauce.

A Food Truck Favorite

Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups

I often wonder how my favorite food trucks make the dishes I love. The answer I usually get is not exactly keto-friendly. The sauces and condiments they use include added sugars, preservatives, and excess carbs that can sabotage my healthy eating goals.

To alleviate this problem, I like to re-make their dishes at home. That way, I can be assured that what I’m consuming is in line with my goals. It gives me the peace of mind that comes with knowing that my favorite foods truck dishes contain clean, whole ingredients!

Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups | KETO Recipes

Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups | KETO Recipes

Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 2 cabbage cups | Calories: 268 | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Protein: 25 g | Cholesterol: 74 mg | Sodium: 473 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 8 large cabbage leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large skillet on high heat, cook the ground beef breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Once fully cooked, drain off any excess liquid. Return the pan to the stove and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and sesame oil to the ground beef. Cook just until the onion begin to turn translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, chili paste, and vinegar and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  2. Place 2 to 3 tablespoon of the ground beef into each cabbage cup and top with the green onion and cilantro. Serve hot.

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6 Comments on "Korean BBQ Cabbage Cups | KETO Recipes"

  1. gloria randall  October 13, 2019

    Hello, Nichole! I would like to know what type of cabbage is being used for this recipe. Please email me and let me know.

    • Nichole Furlong  October 14, 2019

      Napa cabbage works best but any variety will work.

  2. Patti  February 8, 2020

    Can I substitute lettuce for the cabbage?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 9, 2020

      Of course!

  3. Jessie  June 8, 2020

    Made these tonight, exactly as is. SO GOOD. Thank you! Will be trying more of your recipes.


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