Perhaps best described as stir-fry-meets-coleslaw with a dash of Eastern flavor, keto crack slaw is a popular low-carb dish that’s taken the keto, paleo, and Whole30 communities by storm.
With plenty of crunchy cruciferous veggies, protein, and an addictive Asian-style sauce, this is the perfect side dish for a big meal. Or, you could use it as your main dish on a busy weeknight.
While traditional coleslaw is mostly veggies, this slaw takes it to the next level with the addition of ground pork. Swap out the ground pork for grass-fed beef, chicken, or turkey to mix things up.
Looking for even more spice? Throw in some sriracha sauce.
This crack slaw recipe is:
The main ingredients are:
- Ground pork
- Chicken broth
Optional additional ingredients
- Ground beef
- Ground turkey
3 Health Benefits of This Keto Crack Slaw
More than just a crunchy and satisfying flavor bomb, this keto crack slaw is loaded with health benefits. Here are just a few ways that this dish can help your body.
Cabbage belongs to a group of vegetables known as cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are rich sources of antioxidants.
While inflammation is a natural process that your body uses to protect itself, it can often go awry and cause more harm than good.
Your diet plays a significant role in the amount of inflammation your body produces. The Western diet, for example, tends to cause a great deal of inflammation.
Incorporating more cruciferous vegetables into your diet can help keep inflammation at bay and protect your immune system.
Specifically, the compounds in cruciferous vegetables seem to work on healing your gut and enhancing the microbiome.
Since your gut is one of your primary lines of defense against outside invaders, the role of gut health for overall immunity cannot be overstated[*].
#2. Rich in Selenium
Pork is a great source of selenium, a mineral that’s essential to the health of almost every cell in your body.
Selenium is a part of protein complexes called selenoproteins. Selenoproteins play critical roles in your DNA production, thyroid hormone metabolism, and reproduction.
In addition, selenoproteins act as antioxidants in your body, warding off the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS)[*].
Low levels of selenium are linked with cognitive decline, poor immune function, and increased risk of mortality.
As both an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant, this mineral protects your body from a myriad of health issues including certain types of cancer[*].
#3. Supports Weight Loss
Don’t forget to add those chopped green onions to this recipe.
The macronutrient profile of this slaw alone (with only 212 calories per serving) makes it an obvious choice for weight loss. However, those green onions may have a little weight loss magic of their own.
In a mouse model, researchers gave overweight mice extracts of green onions and then measured several metabolic factors. The extracts seemed to affect the genes of the mice, down-regulating the expression of pro-obesity genes.
After 6 ½ weeks of taking the extract, the mice showed reduced fat cell size, reduced fat accumulation, and significantly reduced overall body fat[*].
Coconut aminos are a low-glycemic, gluten-free, vegan sauce with a salty, sweet flavor that can pass for soy sauce. Some people don’t notice a difference in taste at all, while others notice that it’s sweeter than soy sauce with a buttery finish.
This unique sauce is made from the fermented sap of the coconut palm. You might be surprised to learn that they don’t taste like coconut. Coconut aminos are available on Amazon if you can’t find them at your local market.
Coconut aminos offer the umami of soy sauce with 73% less sodium. This creates a lot of cooking possibilities especially if you’re reducing your sodium intake. It opens the door for more higher quality salts in place of junk salts in processed foods.
As far as nutrition facts go, the nutritional benefits of coconut aminos are what is naturally found in coconut palm itself[*].
Currently, there isn’t any science to support whether those benefits would still be present in the form of coconut aminos. Until there is such data, it’s important to take nutritional claims about coconut aminos with a grain of salt.
Keto Crack Slaw Recipe Ideas
This is one of those low-carb recipes that can be used in many different ways — you can change things up with a tweak in ingredients or by serving it alongside different main courses. Because of its versatility, this could easily become one of your favorite recipes that makes it into your regular keto meal rotation.
Heat up the wok and it’s a one-pot meal you can enjoy on any given weeknight. It’s delicious enough to share at a friend’s barbecue or a potluck, and no one will ever know it’s keto.
Veggies and protein are the two mainstays of a healthy keto diet. And since there are only so many zucchinis and avocados you can eat every day, this recipe is a welcome change.
Get out of your grilled chicken breast and broccoli rut with this tangy, spicy one-pan keto recipe. You can enjoy this as a delicious filling in lettuce wraps.
Add more coconut aminos (up to 1/4 cup), some shrimp, and bamboo shoots to make it a tasty egg roll in a bowl. It’s tempting to increase the crunch factor with water chestnuts, but they have too many net carbs to be a fit for a ketogenic diet.
This recipe doesn’t call for rice vinegar, but if you really want it, you can add a dash when you toss in the cabbage and onions.
You can also make this keto crack slaw your own by switching up the protein and using grass-fed beef or free-range chicken.
Another idea: add more crunch with chopped walnuts or macadamia nuts, which are excellent keto-friendly sources of nutrients.
Heat it up with some hot sauce or red pepper flakes, or switch out the cabbage for broccoli and make it a broccoli slaw.
Want more? Don’t forget to check out Perfect Keto’s recipe library for delicious meal ideas.Print
Keto Crack Slaw Recipe
This easy keto-friendly crack slaw is an egg roll in a bowl. Just add ground pork, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and ground ginger.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Pulse chopped cabbage in food processor. Set aside.
- Over medium heat in a large skillet or pan, brown and crumble ground meat.
- Whisk together chicken broth, minced garlic, sesame oil, coconut aminos, ground ginger, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Pour into pan of browned pork and stir.
- Add cabbage to pan and toss using tongs. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, transfer to serving bowls, and garnish coleslaw mix with green onion and sesame seeds.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 212
- Fat: 8.9g
- Carbohydrates: 8.3g (5.4g net)
- Fiber: 2.9g
- Protein: 26.2g
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