10-Minute Asian Fried Cabbage with Yummy Sauce

10-Minute Asian Fried CabbageI am a true Southern girl all the way down to the bone, complete with a grand plantation wedding and a love of dirt roads and big trucks! :) I simply adore “Sweet” Tea, Fried Cube Steak, Southern Biscuits and Pound Cake (all grain-free of course), but I do love expanding my palate to embrace other regional foods. So if you are a Southern girl (or guy) like me, put down the meatloaf and Mashed Taters and try this Asian inspired dish… It’s just too easy not to love! 

Quick, One-Pot Meals

As promised, here is another recipe that takes 20 minutes or less to prepare and actually, this one only takes 10! I want to show everyone that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to prepare your family delicious and healthy meals. This recipe also proves that you can eat healthy on a budget and you don’t have to rely on the boxed or frozen dinners when you are in a pinch for time. 

How much time do you normally have on a weekday to prepare dinner??

The Recipe

My pork fried “rice” recipe on the blog is great but I wanted to expand my vegetable pallet and use cabbage, a food both my husband and I love. I still used ground pork in this recipe but you really could use any ground meat such as ground beef, chicken or turkey. The punch of flavor comes from the fresh ginger and the Yummy Sauce! My husband says you can put this sauce on dirt and he would eat it! lol 


Did you know that you can keep fresh ginger in the freezer?? Simply freeze fresh ginger in a freezer safe container and when you need some for a recipe (like this one), get out your microplaner and start grating. It grates so easy and since you never need much ginger for a recipe, there is less waste. Just freeze the unused portion until the next recipe.

Another key ingredient is Coconut Aminos which is a wheat-free and soy-free, soy sauce alternative. It is made from the sap of coconut trees and is less salty than soy sauce and it also offers a bit of sweetness to the dish. If you don’t have Coconut Aminos, you can also use these other wheat-free, soy sauce alternatives: 

*Soy Sauce alternatives:

  1. Coconut Aminos: Soy and wheat free and slightly sweet. This is my favorite soy sauce alternative because the flavor is not so overpower powering as the Tamari & liquid aminos. It also contains 65% less sodium than regular soy sauce. 
  2. Tamari sauce: This sauce is wheat-free but contains fermented soy. This is probably the most popular wheat-free alternative. (Because tamari is saltier than coconut aminos, if using tamari in this recipe, add 1 tbsp. and then taste to see if more is needed.)
  3. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Liquid aminos is another wheat-free, soy sauce alternative that is made from Non-GMO liquid protein concentrate derived from soybeans that contains the Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids, naturally occurring in soybeans. It has a very strong flavor either that you love or hate (I’m not a fan of it). (Because liquid aminos is saltier than coconut aminos, if using liquid aminos in this recipe, add 1 tbsp. first and then taste to see if more is needed.)

For those who are still transitioning to a wheat-free diet and still have some soy sauce around, soy sauce can also be used (start with 1-2 tbsp.) in this recipe but I highly recommend looking into the other soy sauce alternatives that don’t contain wheat.

Other Shortcuts

Want to make this an even easier meal? Purchase pre-shredded cabbage so that you don’t have to do any cutting. Also, feel free to make the Yummy Sauce the day before. Seriously, this sauce is delicious and you are probably going to want to start pouring it on everything!’

One other note. I chose to use garlic powder in this recipe so that I didn’t have to worry with pressing or chopping garlic but if you would like to use fresh garlic, feel free to do so, about 1 tsp. of chopped garlic (or as much as you like.)

I hope you enjoy this easy but delicious 10-Minute meal! 

10-Minute Asian Fried Cabbage with Yummy Sauce
Serves 5

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    • 1 lb. ground pork (Ground chicken, turkey or beef will also work.)
    • 1 small cabbage (approximately 1 lb.)
    • 1 tbsp. butter or coconut oil
    • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger (or more to taste)
    • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
    • 2-1/2 tbsp. Coconut Aminos* (See notes above for alternatives.)
    • Himalayan salt, to taste (optional)
    • 1 tbsp. sesame oil (optional)

    Yummy Sauce

    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tsp. organic ketchup (or tomato paste)
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice
    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp. water
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 2 servings Organic KAL Stevia or sweetener of choice, to taste 
  1. Heat a large frying pan (the larger, the quicker the recipe will cook) over medium-high heat. Add the ground meat and brown, stirring occasionally. This should take around 5 minutes. 

    While meat is cooking, cut the cabbage away from the core and then slice into thin strips and then into smaller pieces. Once meat is cooked, drain off any excess oil (if any) and return to pan. Add the cabbage and the remaining ingredients (except the sesame oil) to the meat. Using tongs, toss the ingredients and allow the cabbage and meat mixture to cook, uncovered for 5 minutes, or until cabbage is slightly wilted or cooked to your desired doneness. Taste for salt and for ginger flavor and add more if needed. Turn off heat and toss in sesame oil. Serve with Yummy Sauce. 

    Yummy Sauce

    Blend all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste for sweetness and heat and adjust if needed. Serve with Asian Fried Cabbage or pour this on anything and enjoy! 

  1. Nutrition: 275 Calories, 20 grams Fat, 6.7 Total Carbs, 2.3 grams Fiber, 4.5 Net Carbs, 17 grams Protein per serving.

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Happy Cookin’!




  1. Kelly says

    Hi Melissa.

    I am a huge fan of yours!

    I recently purchased a small, young turkey breast.

    Any ideas as to what I can do with it?



    • satisfyingeats says

      Kelly, I am glad you are enjoying my recipes! :) With the turkey breast, try making the Creamy Chicken with Green Beans, of course using your turkey. You can also carefully split it in half (2 thinner pieces) and do an egg wash and use my breadless bread crumbs and fried it… yum. I do this with chicken all the time! I hope this helps!

  2. says

    This is going on our list! We’re on the Anti-Cancer diet (David Servan), and are so limited! I really love that this should be a delicious non-cheating meal! :) Thank you!

  3. Janice says

    Hi Melissa, just had to let you know how DELICIOUS this was. First time making my own mayonnaise too (i used your recipe for that). The dressing is divine. I might add a grated carrot to the cabbage next time too. Keep up the great work. Will make your ginger cake from the other day this weekend. :))

    • satisfyingeats says

      I am glad you enjoyed it Janice! I thought that some zucchini would be nice too but I like the idea of the carrot!

  4. Kathy says

    This is great with and without the truly yummy sauce. I sauteed a little onion and grated carrot before browning the hamburger. I really liked the crunch of the partially cooked cabbage. Thank you for this recipe!

  5. Marlys says

    I am so happy I came across your website! I have made your broccoli salad-delish!! We are eating your Asian fried cabbage and yummy sauce right now-YUMMY!! Your recipes are perfect, exactly what I have been looking for. I don’t have your cookbooks yet but believe me when I tell you I will purchase them soon. You make the grain free/sugar free lifestyle doable and appealing!! Thank you soooooo much.

  6. says

    I made this with Kosher ground turkey from Trader Joe’s and their already shredded cabbage. It was so easy. My family loved it! I made it with a different sauce which I wanted to share with you: mayo & a bit of sesame oil added to it.

    Thank you. I’ve enjoyed so many of your recipes!

  7. Alexandra says

    We just finished eating this. It was so easy and so delicious. I am always looking for quick dinners (since I’m a mom/wife/student), and this was perfect. That sauce should be called magic sauce, it is so good! I am envisioning putting it on many other things (like burgers!). I actually made two of your recipes today; we had the bacon, egg, and cheese waffles this morning (My husband and I really liked them, but our daughter was not a fan. More for me!). Thank you!


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