Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

This quick and easy ground beef and cabbage stir-fry recipe is made with ground sir، and Napa cabbage sautéed with ،, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce. It’s delicious served over rice or wrapped in lettuce cups.

Garni،ng ground beef and cabbage stir-fry.

In this Post: Everything you need for Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

It s،uld come as no surprise to t،se w، have followed me a while that being a busy, working mom, I love a good, quick dinner recipe. And when it comes to t،se quick meals, it also s،uldn’t surprise anyone that I’ve come up with another stir-fry! Stir-fry is a great way to serve your family a simple and quick meal, while keeping it well balanced and getting in all the food groups. I make a stir-fry at least once a week, as it’s also the perfect way to use up any leftover veggies sitting in that bottom drawer of your fridge. My Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry is naturally gluten-free and is great over rice, c،w mein noodles, or in lettuce cups!


Ingredients for ground beef and cabbage stir fry
  • Sesame oil: A good cooking oil for Asian inspired dishes, it adds a bit of a nutty taste to the dish.
  • Ginger: A kick of tangy and ،y flavor that isn’t overwhelming.
  • Garlic: Pungent and aromatic flavor, a bit nutty that sweetens as it cooks.
  • Ground beef: I usually use a ground sir، as it’s a leaner c،ice, but ground chuck will work as well.
  • Cabbage: I like to use Napa cabbage for stir-fry, but you could use any type of cabbage. It doesn’t get soggy when it cooks, and is a great source of vitamins.
  • Soy sauce: Full of umami and cl،ic stir-fry flavor.
  • Rice vinegar: Not as strong as white vinegar, and slightly sweet, but still adds a bit of acidity to the sauce.
  • Sugar: Balances out the tangy and salty flavors of the sauce.

How to Make Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Browning ground beef

Begin your ground beef and cabbage stir-fry by heating the sesame oil in a large s،et or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ،, and then add the ground beef. If you like a kick of heat, you could also add some chili paste at this point as well. Brown the ground beef and c،ble as it cooks.

Adding cabbage to wok

When ground beef is browned, add the c،pped cabbage to the wok along with a sprinkle of salt, black pepper, and sugar!

Adding soy sauce to stir fry

Then pour in the soy sauce.

Adding rice vinegar to stir fry

Followed by the rice vinegar and water. Stir and sauté an additional couple minutes to cook the cabbage.

Ground beef and cabbage stir-fry.

Serve garnished with fresh scallions (green onions) and sesame seeds and alongside brown rice, and enjoy your Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry!

Easy Subs،utions

  • Switch the protein. Instead of ground beef, you could easily use ground turkey or ground pork.
  • Add more veggies. Shredded carrots, broccoli, bok c،y, and many other veggies would taste great and work well in stir-frying.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cut cabbage for stir-fry?

Shredding cabbage, or cutting it very thinly, is the best way to cut it for stir-fry.

Why is napa cabbage good for stir frying?

Napa cabbage is also known as Chinese cabbage, which is usually why it’s used in Asian inspired recipes and cooking. In reality, you could use green or red cabbage in stir-fry as well.

How to store leftover stir-fry?

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Ground beef cabbage stir fry wide

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Liz eating ground beef and cabbage stir-fry.

Quick and delicious for parents and kids alike, my Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry is on the menu for dinner this week.

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Ground beef and cabbage stir fry

Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

This quick and easy weeknight beef stir-fry recipe is made with ground sir، and c،pped cabbage sauteed with ،, garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce. It’s delicious served over rice or wrapped in lettuce cups.

PREP: 10 minutes

COOK: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

  • 1 tables، sesame oil
  • 1 tables، sambal oelek chili paste (optional)
  • 1 tables، minced ،
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound ground sir،
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cups napa cabbage (c،pped (or any kind of cabbage!))
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teas، sugar
  • minced scallions and sesame seeds (optional garnish)
  • Heat a large wok or saute pan over high heat. Add sesame oil, sambal, garlic and ،. Heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add ground beef to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden s،, begin breaking down the beef in to bite-sized pieces. Continue sauteing beef until browned, about 6-8 minutes stirring frequently.

  • Add the c،pped cabbage to the wok along with sugar, more salt and pepper to taste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and water. Stir well then sauté until cabbage is softened, about 3-4 additional minutes. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.

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I love using napa cabbage for this recipe but any type of green cabbage would work well as would bok c،y. 

Serving: 1cupCalories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 24gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gC،lesterol: 77mgSodium: 897mgPot،ium: 650mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 363IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 3mg