Keto Creamy Meatballs Recipe with Fried Cabbage [Paleo, AIP]

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


For the meatballs:

  • 12 oz (340 g) ground beef (or ground turkey or ground chicken or ground lamb)
  • 2 Tablespoons (20 g) garlic powder
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) black pepper [omit for AIP]
  • 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) coconut oil to cook with

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, finely diced [use beets for AIP]
  • 2 Tablespoons (2 g) cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil (if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut cream (from the top of a refrigerated can of coconut milk)
  • Salt and pepper to taste [omit pepper for AIP]

For the fried cabbage:

  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste [omit pepper for AIP]


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs and shape them into 1-inch balls.
  2. Add the 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil to a very deep pan/pot on high heat and liberally brown the meatballs on all sides. Place on a plate to rest.
  3. In the very same pot, melt the 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (if additional oil is needed), add the onions and fry until slightly browned. Add in all the other sauce ingredients except for the coconut cream.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the cream. Cook until the cream is bubbling and return the meatballs to the sauce. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. When meatballs are 5 minutes away from being done, melt 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in a large hot pan, throw in the cabbage and fry until the cabbage has softened. Season to your preferred taste.
  6. Serve the fried cabbage alongside the meatballs in sauce.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 9 g


  • Calories: 740
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 61 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 39 g