Ginger Pork & Cabbage Dumplings

I love Chinese food. But unfortunately there's not a lot of restaurant-made Chinese food options that are keto friendly. So I make do with Chinese food flavours. These dumplings are relatively quick to make and go well with almost any sides. I usually serve them with some soy sauce drizzled over the top. 

Meal ideas: 

  • Pork dumplings with fried bok choy and cucumber salad
  • Pork dumplings with cauliflower egg fried "rice"
  • Use the mince filling as meatballs. Fried and served on a bed of sautéed cabbage 
  • Fried shirataki noodles with dumplings
  • Keto crack and dumplings 


  • 500g pork mince (you could also do 50/50 pork/beef) (approx 18 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup pecan flour (almond flour would work)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • chives (I usually use about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • pepper
  • 1 large cabbage

~ makes about 9 dumplings

Click here for the printable ginger pork & cabbage dumplings

Carefully remove the core from the large cabbage with a sharp knife. This recipe doesn't use the entire cabbage, only the outer leaves but you need to steam the whole cabbage to make the leaves usable.

Place the cabbage, core down, in a large pot with about 2 inches (5cm) water. Put a lid on the pot and steam the cabbage for 10 minutes - enough to loosen the leaves. If it needs more, put it back in the pot.

Note: This recipe doesn't use the entire cabbage - but don't waste it. 

  • Freeze the leftover cabbage to use at a later stage
  • Slice it and add into soup
  • Add it to stews
  • Fry in ghee with Magic Spice 
  • Slice it and use in a stir fry

While the cabbage is on the stove, mix the pork, pecan flour, egg, garlic, ginger, chives, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Optional extras: chilli flakes, cumin and coriander would work in this as well. 

Take the cabbage out of the pot and pat dry. Carefully remove the top layers of the cabbage without tearing them. Place them on a dish cloth. Using about a heaped tablespoon of pork mixture per dumpling, fold them as shown in the video.

Line the steamer with baking paper. This step isn't 100% necessary but I use a bamboo steamer and this keeps the pork juices from soaking into the wood. Put the dumplings into the steamer and place it on a pot of rapidly boiling water. Or, you know, turn it on.

Steam for 20 minutes. Slice one in half to make sure the pork is cooked before serving.

Tags: Pork Spice Dumplings Chinese Mince Cabbage Soy

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