8 Keto Chinese Foods
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Chinese food is delicious, flavorful, and deeply satisfying. It uses fresh ingredients and builds big, rich flavors, and provides complex textures and a huge variety of taste experiences. Unfortunately, Chinese food is also often high in salt, grains, and unwanted carbohydrates, and corn starch is used in nearly everything. This can make it very difficult to eat out at a Chinese restaurant on a keto diet, restricting your choices to very few foods, leaving you with steamed vegetables and egg drop soup.
However, you can have delicious and healthy Chinese food if you prepare it yourself at home, and it’s not as difficult or time consuming as you may imagine. These recipes create all the incredible flavors and diversity of Chinese food, without sacrificing your keto lifestyle.
This keto beef teriyaki recipe brings the big flavors of ginger, garlic, tamari, and sesame to make a fast and delicious beef and kale dish with authentic Chinese flavors. Kale is a vegetable that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and also has protein and even omega-3 fatty acids. Applesauce provides both a hint of sweetness without sugar, and gives the sauce body without cornstarch. Serve it as is, or over cauliflower rice for a more filling entree without adding carbs or sacrificing flavor.
This Chinese meatball soup is rich in protein with no carbohydrates, and is keto friendly. It’s a delicious and beautiful appetizer to start a Chinese meal. You could also make a big bowl and serve it family style, or serve small individual portions with Chinese soup spoons when entertaining guests at a party, and the recipe is easily adapted to slow cooker for added convenience. Even better, you can use any ground meat to make the meatballs, so it’s a great use for leftovers.
#3 Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl
This incredible recipe combines all the fresh, meaty, satisfying flavors of a pork egg roll into a dish that can be served in a bowl, for a delicious side dish, or over cauliflower rice for an entree portion. It is low carb, keto friendly, and takes just a few minutes to toss together. While the recipe calls for ground pork, it’s easy to use ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken instead. It’s also a great way to transform leftover vegetables into an irresistible new dish.
This recipe for flavorful ground beef stir fry with wilted Napa cabbage is low-carb and keto friendly, and incredibly versatile. The recipe calls for coconut aminos, but you can substitute tamari or soy sauce if you prefer. While the recipe calls for ground beef, you could use any ground meat, or even sliced beef or roasted chicken. You could also use cauliflower rice instead of wilted cabbage, for a more traditional Chinese food presentation. Any way you choose, it creates a delicious and hearty meal.
This chicken and shrimp broccoli stir fry is low carb, while still being bright and flavorful. Garlic, ginger, and a hint of sweetness from stevia, combine to form appealing Chinese food flavor, in a stir fry that comes together quickly and easily. You can use tamari instead of coconut aminos if you prefer. Served over cauliflower rice, it makes a satisfying entree, although cauliflower along with broccoli may add more carbohydrates than is ideal, and you may need to adjust the proportion of vegetables overall.
Sweet and sour chicken is a Chinese restaurant favorite that many people crave when they are on a keto diet. But this recipe brings sweet and sour Chicken into the keto kitchen, with low carbohydrates and high protein, and no unwanted ingredients. The sauce can even be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge, for any other sweet-and-sour emergencies you may have. Serve the perfectly crispy sweet and sour chicken over cauliflower rice, and give yourself a real Chinese takeout experience.
#7 One-pot Keto Sesame Chicken and Broccoli
Sesame chicken is another Chinese food classic that you don’t have to miss any more. This keto sesame chicken recipe is not only grain free and low carb, it comes together in a single pan for fast cooking and easy cleanup. It’s the perfect dish for a fast and delicious Chinese food dinner. The sauce is thickened with arrowroot powder instead of corn starch, and you can use coconut aminos or tamari if you prefer. Red pepper flakes add zest and color to the finished dish.
This take on classic Chinese sesame chicken is also gluten free, low carb, and keto friendly. Medjool dates add natural sweetness and flavor without added sugars, and hot chili sauce brings a new level of spice and pop to this dish. Arrowroot is a natural thickener and helps crisp the chicken pieces. It can be served with steamed broccoli florets or over cauliflower rice, and is gorgeous when garnished with sesame seeds. For even better flavor, toast the sesame seeds first to add richness and complexity.
Chinese food is one of the world’s great cuisines, and it would be a shame to allow a keto lifestyle get in the way of enjoying these incredible flavors and textures. Chinese food is also a fast and easy way to feed a crowd, as these dishes are easily scaled up or down, served individually or family style, and have tastes everyone loves. These crowd pleasing dishes add variety to your keto kitchen.