For a low carb alternative to rice that doesn’t involve cauliflower give cabbage rice a try. It’s perfect as a side dish or a healthy meatless meal.
I used to eat a lot of rice back in my high carb days. Although cauliflower rice is a fantastic alternative, I was looking for a change. And, I wanted something that added in a different twist from the same old Chinese style cauliflower fried rice recipe.
So I turned to some Indian spices, namely turmeric and curry powder, to change up the flavor. I also fried the riced cabbage in ghee instead of oil for an added buttery flavor. The result was a tasty combination that I’m sure to make again.
Why fried riced cabbage?
The color of cabbage is a pale green so you wouldn’t think to use it in a mock rice recipe. That’s why I chose to use yellow colored spices to mask the greenish color of the cabbage rice. However, it lends itself well as a low carb rice dish.
Cabbage tends to be a little bitter if eaten raw. That’s why most coleslaw dressings have added sweetener. But when cooked, it loses the bitterness and gets a little sweeter.
With it’s mild flavor, cabbage is a fantastic vegetable to add to just about any dish. This also makes it perfect for stir fry. In fact, one of the most popular low carb recipes is crack slaw which is a stir fry of shredded cabbage and ground meat with Asian spices. Another one of my favorites is sautéed red cabbage.
How to make cabbage rice keto and low carb friendly
This is by far one of the easiest recipes you can make. It’s something that can easily be prepped and cooked within twenty minutes. And if you use pre-riced cabbage, the total time is even shorter.
Only a handful of ingredients are used. I use riced cabbage, ghee, turmeric, curry powder, and garlic for the recipe. Plus some added salt and pepper to taste. That’s it!
To make the dish, you simply combine the melted fat with the spices and then stir in the riced cabbage until it’s well coated. Then it’s covered and simmered until the cabbage is tender. That takes about ten minutes. So easy!
Meat and other vegetables can be added to make the dish more of a complete meal. Thin slices of cooked chicken, pork, or beef can be added. Even a ground meat would be a nice addition. Bell peppers can be used for added color
What to serve with the fried cabbage
If you don’t add in any meat, grilled chicken like pinchos Puerto Rico or Moroccan chicken work well with fried riced cabbage as a side dish. It also goes with pressure cooker pork loin roast or a crispy oven baked chicken.
To save time, I like to put my meat in a slow cooker before work so that I just have to cook the vegetable rice side dish for a complete dinner. And because it’s so quick and easy to prepare, it’s ready in no time. To make things easier, I’ll rice the cabbage the night before.
Other Low Carb Cabbage Dishes
We hope you enjoy this quick and easy side dish recipe. And be sure to drop us a note in the comments below to let us know what you think if you do give it a try.
A low carb alternative to rice that doesn’t involve cauliflower. This riced cabbage dish is perfect as a side dish or a healthy meatless meal.
- 1 head cabbage riced
- 2 tablespooons ghee
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- salt & ground black pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
Heat ghee in skillet until melted and hot. Stir in turmeric, curry, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper.
Add riced cabbage and stir until it’s well coated with the ghee mixture. Place lid on top and allow to simmer on medium for ten minutes.
Cabbage should be nice and tender. If not continue cooking a little longer.
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Note on Nutritional Information
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Lisa has been creating low carb recipes for herself and sharing them with others since 2010. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and find new ways to create low sugar foods that taste like high carb favorites! Her recipes have been featured on popular magazine sites including Fitness, Shape, Country Living, Women’s Health, and Men’s Health. Lisa lives in Southeastern Connecticut. Connect with her and Low Carb Yum at: