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Sweet N’ Easy Cabbage Stir Fry [AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]

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One of the most iconic (in my opinion) meals of Americanized cuisine is the stir fry.  It’s versatile, cheap, relatively easy, and provides days of delicious re-heats.

But one you might not have tried yet combines a slightly sweet (AIP compliant) Chinese inspired sauce with the nutrient density of cabbage, onions, and brussel sprouts.

Not much needs to be said to introduce this dish.  All I will say is – prepare for a fla-plosion (flavor explosion) that can last all week if you don’t have many mouths to feed.

Sweet N’ Easy Cabbage Stir Fry

close-up of cabbage stir fry with brussel sprouts in cast iron skillet

Sweet N' Easy Cabbage Stir Fry

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people


Stir Fry

  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 lb Sliced Cabbage
  • 1-1/2 lbs Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 lb Ground Beef - We use 70/30 ground beef and liver. Ground pork can also be used.
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Oil (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt


  • 1/2 cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Arrowroot or Cassava Flour


  1. Preheat oven to 400⁰ F.  Dice onions into large chunks.  Cut brussel sprouts into quarters (or smaller if sprouts are large). 

  2. Place brussel sprouts onto a large baking sheet and toss in coconut oil (approximately 2 tbsp).  Place tray in oven for 15 minutes.  Remove tray after 15 minutes, flip sprouts and place back in oven for additional 15 minutes (30 minutes total - or until lightly browned/crisp... the crisp is key for delicious brussel sprouts).

  3. While the brussel sprouts are roasting, preheat a large skillet with 1 Tbsp of coconut oil on medium heat. Cook the ground beef until no longer pink, seasoning with salt.  Remove meat from skillet.

  4. Add remaining coconut oil to skillet and turn heat up to medium-high. Place onions and cabbage in skillet until cabbage is wilted but still crunchy. Approximately 7 minutes. 

  5. In a bowl, combine and whisk ingredients for the sauce. 

  6. Combine meat into the skillet still containing the cabbage and onions.  Add the sauce and begin tossing all of the ingredients while the sauce thickens.  Once sauce has thickened slightly and cabbage is translucent, remove from heat, toss with the brussel sprouts and serve it up over rice, or just eat plain.  Delicious either way.


A budget-friendly, allergy friendly, nightshade-free stir fry that is perfect for anti-inflammatory diets like Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo (AIP). This mouth-watering easy cabbage stir fry is ready in less than 30 minutes! A nutritious meal perfect for busy family nights. #cabbagestirfry #AIPstirfry #Paleostirfry #glutenfreestirfry


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