This ground beef stir fry is easy, delicious and cost effective! It’s made without soy or gluten and is paleo, whole30, AIP, and easy to make keto.

A individual bowl of ground beef and cabbage stir fry served and ready to be eaten.

Who doesn’t love good stir fry? It’s easy, fast, and you can pack a lot of flavor and vegetables into just one pan. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and it’s a meal that everyone can enjoy.

Beef stir fry is one of my favorite meals, like this Mongolian beef stir fry, but it can get a little expensive. Can’t you just do it with ground beef to make it cheaper and easier? Yes! I’m going to show you how to do just that, while still keeping it healthy, paleo, whole30, AIP, and keto!

Why you’ll love Ground Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry

  • It’s really easy! No fuss, just a simple and nourishing meal to make when you want something healthy and yummy, but low maintenance.
  • Get creative! This recipe is delicious, but it’s also so flexible to what vegetables you have in the fridge or on sale at the grocery store.

The Ingredients for Ground Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry

  • Ground Beef.
  • Cabbage, Zucchini, Carrots, and Broccoli. Feel free to switch up the vegetables!
  • Garlic and Ginger.
  • Coconut Aminos. This is a soy sauce substitute that’s soy-free!

How to Make the Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

  • Step One. Brown the ground beef and set aside.
  • Step Two. Saute the ginger and garlic.
  • Step Three. Add the vegetables and cook to soften.
  • Step Four. Add the ground beef back in along with the coconut aminos and green onion and enjoy!

Photos of the ground beef before and after adding in the vegetables.

Tips & Tricks

  • Get a good quality ground beef! It’s still a cheaper cut of beef even if it’s higher quality, and you’ll really taste the difference in a stir fry like this.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste. We all have different tastes when it comes to things like garlic and ginger. It’s best to go with your own palette.
  • You can get creative with vegetables. Use whatever you love or whatever is on sale! A few ideas would be green cabbage, bok choy, onions, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. If you’re keto, you just have to be cognizant of the vegetables you’re adding and the amounts you’re using.

A large skillet filled with ground beef and cabbage stir fry after having been cooked.

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Ground Beef Stir Fry (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This ground beef stir fry is easy, delicious and cost effective! It’s made without soy or gluten and is paleo, whole30, AIP, and easy to make keto.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped into half moons
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cup green cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp apple cider vingar
  • 1 tbsp green onion, sliced


  1. Using a large deep skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and use a wooden spoon to thoroughly crumble. Set the ground beef aside and drain the excess fat, leaving about 2 tbsp in the pan.
  2. Using the same pan, saute the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  3. Add the carrots, zucchini, and broccoli and cook for 5-6 minutes or until lightly crisp and softened, adding more fat to the pan if needed.
  4. Incorporate the cabbage and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cabbage has wilted and softened.
  5. Add the ground beef back to the stir fry along with the coconut aminos apple cider vinegar. Stir to cook for another 2 minutes to reheat and allow the flavors to combine.
  6. Serve topped with sliced green onion.


All nutrition facts are estimates and will vary .

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: one pot meals
  • Method: Stir fry
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired

Keywords: stir fry, ground beef stir fry

Recipe by Michelle, Unbound Wellness. Photos by Modern Food Stories.

This post first appeared on Unbound Wellness in 2020 and was updated in 2024.