Paleo kimchi beef stir-fry recipe with shaved beef steak from I Heart Umami.
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Paleo Kimchi Beef Stir-Fry (Whole30, Keto)

Easy and flavorful Paleo kimchi beef stir-fry with shaved beef steak and sweet napa cabbage kimchi sauce. This beef kimchi stir-fry is nutritious, low carb, and with minimal ingredients ready in 20 minutes! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Keyword Keto kimchi beef, Kimchi beef recipe, Kimchi stir-fry, Paleo Kimchi Beef Stir-Fry, Shaved beef, Whole30 kimchi beef stir fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 92kcal
Author ChihYu


  • 16 oz. Paleo napa cabbage kimchi
  • ½ to ⅔ lb shaved beef a mixed of rib and round beef (See notes)
  • 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 0.5 oz. garlic finely minced (about 2 large cloves)
  • 3 bulbs scallions sliced diagonally, separate white and green parts
  • 1 tsp plus extra toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp kimchi juice or to taste
  • Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds optional


  • Gather a medium-size bowl and sieve. Drain the kimchi through the sieve with a bowl underneath to catch the kimchi juice. Use a back of spoon to gently press it and remove as much cabbage liquid content as you can. Set the kimchi juice aside. Do not discard it.
  • In the meantime, use your hands to roughly separate the shaved beef steak as much as you can so they won’t clump in the skillet. Prepare garlic and scallions.
  • In a well-heated large cast iron or stainless steel skillet, add oil. Pan fry/saute kimchi for 1 minute over medium-high heat, add garlic and white scallion parts, saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add shaved beef and try to spread it over the skillet. Add 1 tsp toasted sesame oil and fry the beef until it’s no longer pink, about 1 to 1.5 minutes. Add kimchi juice from the bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Off heat, garnish with green scallion parts, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds, if using. Serve hot or in room temperature.



  • I use Trader Joe’s shaved beef steak for this recipe. You can also use ground beef.
  • If use ground beef, dice the kimchi to smaller bite sizes (after drained).
  • For store bought kimchi, try Wildbrine Napa cabbage kimchi (Whole30) or Gluten-free Country Style sliced Napa cabbage kimchi (without the oysters), usually found in local H-Mart.
  • Pairing suggestions: Romaine lettuce (Paleo, Keto, Whole30, low carb) or steamed white rice (gluten-free).


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.1mg