Classic Crackslaw Recipe
Perhaps you have read about the classic crackslaw recipe on a low carb forum or one of your friends has been raving about it but what is crack slaw and why is it called that?
Well, first things first, crackslaw is supposed to be addictive, which is how the name came about, but don’t worry, there is nothing illegal in it! It is addictive in a good way because it is a filling low-carb meal packed with nutritious ingredients.
What’s In a Classic Crackslaw Recipe?
This is an oriental inspired recipe featuring ground meat (or poultry or a vegetarian alternative) as well as cabbage or coleslaw mix (cabbage and carrot, usually). The dish is spiced up with ingredients like soy sauce, ginger, hot sauce and more.
It is impossible to describe just how good this dish is. You will need to make it for yourself to find out. I love it so much that I have experimented with different recipes so you can take your pick from the ones I have. All crack slaw recipes are great! And you can even make up your own classic crackslaw recipe.
Different Recipes for Crackslaw
Perhaps you want to make the classic Crackslaw that Atkins dieters all over the globe turn to when they crave comfort food without the carbs, or maybe you want to try this dish using ground chicken or even TVP instead of beef.
There are plenty of ways to make it so if you want to find out how to make crackslaw, keep reading for the classic recipe or experiment with some of the alternative ones.
Classic Crackslaw Recipe Tips
This dish is perfect for adapting and you can make all kinds of adaptations.
You will also find ways to give the dish a Greek or even Mexican slant, if you fancy using the ground meat and chopped veggies but you don’t want to use the Asian seasonings. You can do whatever you want with crack slaw – just tailor it to your requirements and make it perfect for your palate.
Whether you want your classic crackslaw recipe mild, spicy or somewhere in the middle, cabbage-loaded or leaning more towards other vegetables, sweet (artificial sweeteners in liquid form are carb-free, remember) or savory, there is a perfect crackslaw recipe for you, to satisfy your taste buds and leave your tummy feeling satisfied.
- 1 lb (450g) ground beef
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- ¼ teaspoon or 1 sachet artificial sweetener
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 3 sliced green onions (spring onions, scallions)
- 14 oz (400g) coleslaw mix (or shredded white cabbage)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet and season it with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
- Drain off the fat if you wish.
- Heat up the sesame oil and sauté the garlic, onions and coleslaw mix or cabbage in there until the cabbage is cooked to the desired tenderness.
- Stir in the hot sauce, soy sauce, sugar or sweetener, vinegar and ginger.
- Add the ground beef back in and mix well to combine.
- Serve your classic crackslaw recipe with hot sauce on the table for people who like it extra spicy.
Classic Crackslaw Recipe Ingredients
You might kid yourself into thinking you are ‘cheating’ on your low carb diet because this tastes just as good as Chinese takeout, but honestly the carb count is really low, so you might as well enjoy the meal. And you can have a second bowlful if you want because you are just eating cabbage, carrots and some very carefully chosen seasonings to give you all the wonderful flavors you need to satisfy your tum!
So, first of all the hot sauce for your classic crackslaw recipe. I usually use Tabasco sauce because I live in Holland and that’s about all I can get! I use Amoy sesame oil, firstly for that reason and second because it’s tasty. White wine vinegar is great and works nicely, just regular white wine vinegar or another kind of wine vinegar. Try rice vinegar if you want.
So what about the soy sauce in a classic crackslaw recipe? Well I used to use Kikkoman soy sauce because it had a very rich, clean taste, but lately I have been using tamari which is wheat-free soy sauce and actually lower in carbs because it doesn’t have the small amount of wheat soy sauce has. Check the label when you’re using soy sauce because some are carby and that isn’t what you want to be putting into this.
By the way, if you like sashimi (Japanese style raw fish) then tamari is better for dipping anyway. I use ground ginger which tastes fine in the crackslaw. I also keep fresh ginger in the freezer, and that can be grated (from frozen) into the pot of crackslaw.
You Won’t Get Tired of a Classic Crackslaw Recipe
The more you make this low carb classic crackslaw recipe, the more you will wish to personalize it, not only to make it milder or spicier, more bitter or sweeter, but you will also want to get more creative with your ingredients, trying out different kinds of poultry and meat, even fish and seafood or vegetarian equivalents, and other vegetables.
Use the classic crackslaw recipe as the bare bones and then experiment to your heart’s content. I often reheat it for lunch since I work from home and tend to get a bit lazy around lunchtime.