While I love Chinese restaurants just as much as the next girl, Chinese takeout and a ketogenic diet don’t mix. Most Asian recipes use sauces that are too high in carbs to even consider on a low-carb diet. This doesn’t even take into account that most Chinese dishes are served with common ingredients that are filled with carbs, like fried rice.
The best part about a keto diet is you can make low carb substitutions to most Chinese food dishes. This makes keto Chinese ground beef recipes a great addition to your keto lifestyle.
Even better – most keto-friendly Chinese food options taste just as good as the real thing … like this keto sesame ginger beef recipe.
If your goal is to stick to a low carb diet while keeping Chinese food recipes as part of your plan, check out this quick and easy keto recipe with ground beef. This complete Chinese meal takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, and only contains 5 total carbs per serving.
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Sesame Ginger Beef Ingredients
Skipping Chinese take-out and making your own keto version at home is easy, especially since this recipe only calls for six simple ingredients.
This keto main dish uses ground beef as the base of the meal. To put together the sauce, you’ll need coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and minced garlic.
Even though many Chinese recipes, like Mongolian beef, use flank steak in beef recipes, this sesame ginger beef recipe uses ground beef. I love finding keto recipes that utilize this highly versatile protein source.
Of course, since you’re following a keto diet, be on the look out for a cut of meat that’s higher in fat. I typically use 80% lean ground beef in my recipes, although sometimes I do have to go as high as 85% lean if that’s all I can find.
If you have trouble sourcing organic, grass-fed ground beef near you, check out Butcher Box. We receive a new shipment of grass-fed ground beef straight to our doorstep every month.
If you’re new to keto cooking, you may be unsure what coconut aminos are. It’s an ingredient that’s a common replacement for soy sauce in keto-friendly dishes. Since some people are sensitive to soy sauce, coconut aminos is a great way to still get that soy sauce flavor without adverse reactions that can happen with common allergens like soy.
Even if you’re not sensitive to soy sauce, it’s still better to use coconut aminos since soy can have a negative effect on hormones.
When it comes to the spices used in this dish, a lot of people ask the question: is ginger keto friendly? And surprisingly, I’ve heard even more people ask the question, is garlic keto friendly?
First of all, I’d never survive on a diet where I couldn’t use garlic. I use it in everything! So the simple answer is yes, garlic is 100% keto friendly. You would have to use a whole lotta garlic in your recipes in order for the carb count to start to add up, so please don’t fear using garlic.
When it comes to ginger, it is a little higher in carbs when used in large amounts. For example, if you used an entire cup of ginger in a recipe, at nearly 58 grams of carbs, nope – that’s not keto-friendly. But when you use half of a teaspoon over the entire recipe, like this recipe calls for, that ginger is perfectly fine to use on a keto diet.
Also, it’s up to you how fresh you prefer your keto recipes to be.
Feel free to use freshly grated ginger and garlic you mince yourself, or just go with the versions you can buy at the store. I’ve been cooking amazing keto dishes for years and I’ve yet to once mince my own garlic. It’s easy enough to just buy a jar and use that instead.
The same thing goes for ginger. While this dish may taste fresher with ginger you grate on your own, this Asian food dish still tastes great if you’re in a hurry and need to use the ground version you find in the spice section of the store.
How to Make Sesame Ginger Beef
Start by browning the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble the beef with a wooden spatula as it cooks. Brown the ground beef until it is fully cooked, which should take between 7-10 minutes.
While the beef browns, add the coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger into a small bowl. Mix the sauce ingredients together until they are well combined. Set aside until the beef is fully cooked.
Once the beef is ready, turn the heat down to low. Pour the sauce over the beef and stir well to combine. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes to give the beef a nice flavor.
Next, remove the beef from the heat and add to a serving plate. Feel free to add your favorite garnish, like diced green onions or sprinkle the dish with sesame seeds.
Like spicy Asian food? Sprinkle the beef with a few red pepper flakes before serving.
Serve the beef over shirataki noodles, cauliflower rice, or even add the beef directly into lettuce wraps. My favorite way to serve this recipe is over a freshly prepared batch of buttery zucchini noodles. They take only a few minutes to prepare and complete this meal.
If you have any leftovers (because our family never saves leftovers when it comes to delicious keto meals like this), then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. This recipe is great when reheated on the stove in a small skillet.
The Sesame Ginger Beef Wrap Up
It’s so easy to skip the Chinese buffet and make your own Asian inspired dishes at home. This guarantees you skip your high carb favorites, like General Tso’s Chicken or Moo Shu Pork, but still enjoy Chinese recipe ideas that are low in carbs.
If you’re looking for other Chinese favorites you can make in your own kitchen, check out these chicken lettuce wraps. This is a PF Chang’s copycat recipe, without all of the carbs included in the original recipe.
Chicken egg roll in a bowl makes a great keto lunch or dinner. Speaking of chicken, coconut chicken stir fry is a great keto stir fry recipe that’s quick and easy to whip up. It’s filled with the nutrients that will help you stay satisfied on a keto diet.
Coconut cauliflower fried rice is my favorite rice recipe replacement on a low-carb diet. It’s a great option for all of your favorite Asian inspired recipes.
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Keto Sesame Ginger Beef
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Keto Sesame Ginger Beef
A simple keto Chinese recipe made with ground beef with a simple Asian sauce.
- Prep Time: 0 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 4 1x
- Category: Keto Dinner Recipe
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- 1 lb ground beef
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp ground ginger (or 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger)
- 1–2 tsp minced garlic
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook until fully browned, which should take 7-10 minutes.
- While the beef browns, mix the coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
- Once the beef is fully cooked, turn the heat down to low and pour in the sauce. Stir well to combine.
Buttery zoodles are easy to make and taste great with this dish!
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 4
- Calories: 356.3
- Sugar: 4.1
- Sodium: 391.9
- Fat: 23.2
- Saturated Fat: 7.2
- Trans Fat: .6
- Carbohydrates: 5.2
- Fiber: .2
- Protein: 29.5
- Cholesterol: 99.8
Keywords: Keto Chinese Recipes, Sesame Ginger Beef Keto, Keto Chinese Recipe with Beef