Keto Kimchi Coleslaw

March 11, 2021
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Keto Coleslaw Recipe

This keto Kimchi Coleslaw is an absolute flavor bomb. Unique tangy sourness of the kimchi is mellowed with the fresh cabbage. The Sambal Oelek gives the coleslaw kick of heat that will wake up the taste buds.

Want more unique coleslaw Recipes? Checkout my Keto Italian Hoagie Coleslaw, Reuben Coleslaw and Black & Bleu Coleslaw

One of my favorite types of cuisine is definitely Korean, something about those spicy unique flavors just get my taste buds dancing.

One of my favorite restaurants made an outstanding kimchi Coleslaw that I would get it every time. Sadly, I knew it probably had a good amount of sugar in it so I decided to give it a keto makeover.

Ingredients for Making Kimchi Coleslaw

  • Shredded Cabbage- You can shred your own or cheat and just buy shredded coleslaw mix
  • Mini Bell Peppers- I love these mini bell peppers because there is never any waste.
  • Scallions- Scallions are great for adding onion flavor but with less carbs
  • Ginger- One of the flavor cornerstones of asian cuisine
  • Garlic- Kills Vampires....And Tastes good in everything
  • Kimchi- Fermented Cabbage with spices. Great for gut health
  • Mayonnaise- I am a big fan of Dukes Mayo if you can find it.
  • Korean Chili Flakes- Spicy ground chiles common in Korean cooking
  • Chinese Five Spice- a unique blend of warm spices including cinnamon and allspice
  • Sambal Oelek- A spicy chili paste made from chilis, garlic and vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- The Swiss army knife of vinegar. You can substitute ACV for almost any vinegar
  • Sesame Oil- A Finishing oil, a little goes a long way and not used for high heat cooking.
  • Golden Monk fruit Sweetener- Sugar free sweetener blend used in low carb recipes
  • Sesame Seeds- Slightly nutty flavored seed used in many different cuisines

Is Coleslaw Bad For You?

Classic coleslaw recipes are loaded with sugar and drowned in mayonnaise giving it a bad reputation

This kimchi coleslaw uses Golden Monkfruit sweetener to keep the carbs limited to the ones found in the cabbage and other vegetables.

I use just enough mayonnaise to make the sauce creamy but not enough to add on unnecessary calories. However, I do love mayo especially Dukes mayo so if you add an extra scoop I won't judge.

How is Kimchi Made?

Kimchi is a Korean staple that has been made for thousands of years. The proscess of making kimchi has been updated in modern times from the traditional methods involving burying clay pots packed with salted Napa cabbage.

Nowadays kimchi can be made at home fairly easily in mason jars. The intense smell can be overwhelming so I leave it to the pros and buy my kimchi at my local asian market. You will find all sorts of fantastic ingredients at the asian market that you didn't even know existed.

What Can You Serve Kimchi Coleslaw With?

This Kimchi Coleslaw is obviously a great side dish to serve with any asian inspired dishes but it can easily be turned into a main coarse by topping with your favorite protein. Shrimp, pork, steak, chicken or fish all pair perfectly with kimchi coleslaw.

I love to portion the kimchi into small carryout containers as a great on the go keto side. Plus its just fun to eat out of those paper carryout containers and it looks cool. People always ask where I got them.

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kimchi coleslaw garnished with sesame seeds, chili flakes and lime wedges

Kimchi Coleslaw

This creamy and spicy kimchi coleslaw is a fantastic recipe to serve with any asian inspired dishes or just on its own.
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Course: Meal Prep, Side Dish
Cuisine: asian, Korean
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Cloleslaw, Kimchi, Korean, quick side dish, Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Culinary Lion



  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together Mayo, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sambal, Garlic, Ginger, Sweetener, Tamari, Sesame Oil, Chili flakes, 5 spice, scallions and bell peppers.
  • Once Dressing is well mived fold in Kimchi and Shredded Cabbage. Garnish with scallions, chili flakes and sesame seeds.


Serving Size About 1 Cup


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Facts
Kimchi Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 174mg8%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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