cabbage & ham casserole keto recipe

Keto ham and cabbage casserole recipe

Try this low carb keto cabbage and ham casserole recipe

I’m sure lots of people aren’t keen on cabbage, but leafy greens are great for low carb keto diets.  It’s a shame I can’t eat too many leafy greens with my warfarin, but eating a bit regularly isn’t affecting my INR readings so far thankfully.  But generally eat away, there’s so much goodness, and it’s tasty.  I tend to buy pointed cabbage rather than savoy as it’s a less distinctive case and means the rest of the family might eat some if I do cabbage as a side for them. But generally I just use it for my own low carbs meals.  One of the latest dishes I tried was a ham and cabbage casserole, and it was delicious.

cabbage & ham casserole keto recipe

I’d tried  Choucroute Garni the week before, and that was tasty too, but I liked this cabbage and ham casserole better.  I had ham that needed eating, rather than bacon, but if you’ve got bacon that works too.  Just cook the bacon first – grill it or fry it, however you wish.

I used leftover ham from a packet that needed eating up. It would be nicer with home cooked ham or chunkier ham hock, but use whatever you have. 

As for vegetables, you can add whatever you want.  I’m a bit of a throw it all in person, but for flavour you want diced onion, a bit of garlic (dried garlic granules or powder works, but fresh garlic is preferable), then chop up whatever other veg you like.  I stuck with celery and sugar snap peas to stick with a nice greens dish. Paprika adds a bit of warming spice, but just a touch. 

frying cabbage onion and ham with sugar snap peas
prepping cabbage and ham casserole

Then it’s just cream cheese or sour cream for a cheats cheese sauce on top of the lightly cooked veg. Topped with grated cheese – I used cheddar, but any cheese that melts well and crisps a bit is good.  Try mozzarella, gruyere or parmesan, or a mix of whatever you have in the fridge. I used sour cream on mine, and it did go a little watery at the bottom of the baking dish, so cream cheese will avoid that. But it tasted great, and the cheese topping made it feel much more than a boring cabbage dish.

sour cream topping for cabbage and ham casserole
grated cheddar cheese atop a cabbage and ham casserole
spoonful of cabbage and ham casserole

You could serve this as a side if using bacon, but I had it as a main and it was plenty filling enough for me.

You can find the keto casserole recipe below, and hope you enjoy trying it.

cooked cheese topped cabbage and ham casserole

Cabbage and ham casserole

Simple casserole that's great for low carb diets

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword keto, low carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Emma


  • 1/2 pointed cabbage, sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 1 handful sugar snap peas, each cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • handful ham, chopped (I used 4 slices of wafer thin, but use what you'd like)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp sour cream or cream cheese full fat
  • cheddar cheese grated
  • keto friendly oil – olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180C

  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan, then fry the onion and celery for a couple of minutes until the onion is softened.

  3. Add the garlic and fry for minute, then add in the chopped cabbage and fry, stirring, until softened

  4. Add the sugar snap peas and ham, stir around to mix it in.

  5. Sprinkle over the paprika, season with a little ground pepper

  6. Transfer into a small oven proof dish (I use a vegetable side dish)

  7. Spoon over the sour cream or cream cheese, then sprinkle over a handful of grated cheese.

  8. Cook in the oven until bubbling and the cheese has melted and turned golden.

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  1. This recipe is quite simple and easy to make, highly recommend it for everyone.

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