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Asian Coleslaw Stirfry

Simple, tasty and healthy as well!  Here's my version of a hamburger cabbage slaw recipe that I've seen all over the internet.  Serve in a bowl as is and call it a meal...or serve over rice.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2  tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger root
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-1 pound (454 gr) package coleslaw mix *
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek (or use Sriracha sauce to add heat)
  • chopped green onion and sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Heat oil in very large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add beef, garlic and ginger and cook through, while stirring.**
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add coleslaw mix and peppers.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes or until veggies are tender, stirring frequently.
  6. Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and Sambal Oelek. Add to skillet and stir for about 30 seconds longer.  (Use Sriracha Sauce instead of Sambal Oelek if your prefer.)
  7. Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
* Using pre-cut coleslaw mix is a huge time-saver and makes for a quick and simple meal.  If you are more interested in saving money than time, buy a small head of cabbage and do your own shredding.
**Tip ~ Use a potato masher to crumble the ground beef while browning.


  1. I have got to get that Sambal Oelek. You're right about this slaw showing up various ways all over the net: I've seen a quiche, and a borscht. This recipe is more-ish. Definitely.


  2. I have made a similar recipe and absolutely love it!!

  3. Where would I find sambal oelek?

    1. It is a ground chili paste found in the Asian section at the supermarket. The one I buy has a green lid and a Rooster on the label...Huy Fong Foods.

  4. Made it for dinner tonight, loved it. Used Sriracha sauce, only 1/2 tsp because I was afraid of the heat. Should of added 1 tsp. Thanks for posting. It was nice to find something else to do with ground beef. Irene Klassen

  5. I just made this using red and green cabbage as I had that in the fridge. Excellent recipe. I had a 2nd helping and as I didn't serve rice I don't feel guilty.

  6. Made this for lunch a few days ago - quick and easy to make - and delicious! I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for posting!

  7. I made this for lunch today and it was wonderful! Only had soy sauce, but that was enough flavor for us as hubby doesn't like anything hot.

  8. I've made this several times - it's a great recipe! However - it doesn't come in the recipe search at all.... is there a reason for that?

    1. If you type the title into the search bar on the side of the blog, it should show up. It is also listed in the index under 'main dishes'. Glad you are enjoying it!


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