Perfectly seared steak. Fresh, crunchy cabbage that has magically become noodles. And a sesame-ginger dressing that ties the whole thing together! Welcome to latest obsession: This Sesame Ginger Beef and Cabbage Noodle Bowl. Sometimes, it’s the simplest ingredients that create the best experience, and this bowl is no exception! 

Sesame ginger beef & cabbage noodle bowl with drizzle of sauce and sesame seeds


Why This Bowl Works

  • Bold, Simple Flavors: It’s not just another beef and noodle combo. This bowl may boast some basic ingredients like cabbage and steak, but the sesame ginger takes it to new heights!
  • So Much Texture: I love this bowl because every forkful is a surprise! You might get a tender slice of steak, or crunchy cabbage noodles, or creamy dressing. And it all pairs so well. It’s like a well-orchestrated symphony of sensory delights.
  • Wholesome Goodness: Sure, this bowl is super flavorful, but it’s also good for your body! Fresh veggies, lean meat, and homemade dressing make for wholesome ingredients you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in. 


All About Cabbage

Let’s talk about cabbage’s main quality: the crunch factor. The most obvious appeal about cabbage is certainly its texture and what it adds to any meal, this bowl included. But there’s so much more to cabbage than just crisp-ness.

Did you know that unassuming green (or purple) veggie is packed with vitamins C and K? These 2 repair tissues, produce collagen, and create proteins like a boss. And cabbage’s antioxidants are there to protect our cells from damage. Not to mention, it’s also great aiding digestion! The fiber in cabbage keeps things moving smoothly, if you know what I mean


Building the Perfect Buddha Bowl: Sesame Ginger Beef Style

buddha bowlIf you know anything about Buddha Bowls, you know they’re all about balance! Our Sesame Ginger Beef and Cabbage Noodle Bowl gives you just that. Let’s get into what each ingredient does for this bowl, and some substitutions so you can mix, match, and play to create your own version!

  1. The Base: Cabbage Noodles
    • Why We Love It: Cabbage adds a refreshing crunch.
    • Substitutes: Try zucchini noodles, shredded Brussels sprouts, or even thinly sliced kale!
  2. The Protein: Sirloin Steak
    • Why We Love It: It’s lean. It’s flavorful. It’s satisfying.
    • Substitutes: If red meat isn’t your thing (or if you just wanna try something different), replace that steak with thinly sliced chicken breasts, marinated tofu, or grilled shrimp.
  3. The Dressing: Sesame Ginger Delight
    • Why We Love It: It’s just the right mix of nutty, zesty, and sweet. It’s what ties this whole thing together!
    • Substitutes: If you’re looking to get experimental and try some different flavors, opt for a chili-lime dressing, teriyaki glaze, or even a zesty cilantro-lime dressing.
  4. Crunch Factor: Sesame Seeds
    • Why We Love It: It give this bowl an amazing crunch and a little bit of nutty flavor.
    • Substitutes: If you want an even bolder crunch, try crushed peanuts, slivered almonds, or crispy fried onions.


Noodle Bowl Nitty-Gritty: FAQs

Can I make this bowl vegetarian or vegan?
You certainly can! Just replace the protein with marinated tofu or tempeh. If you want to make it fully vegan, just make sure your substitutes, especially for the dressing, are plant-based.

What can I use other than sirloin steak?
Feel free to play around with this bowl and add your favorite protein. Grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon are all great options!

How do I store the leftovers?
First off, it’s best to only sauce what you’re going to eat, so everything lasts longer. In fact, you’ll want to store each component separately. The dressing should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and can last up to a week. The steak should be stored separately from the cabbage noodles to prevent sogginess.

Can I prep this bowl ahead of time?
Definitely! Just cook your steak and prepare the cabbage noodles at the beginning of the week and store everything in separate containers. When you’re ready to eat, just combine with some dressing, and viola!


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Sesame Ginger Beef and Cabbage Noodle Bowls Recipe

Sesame Ginger Beef and Cabbage Noodle Bowls Recipe combines tender beef, crisp cabbage, and flavorful noodles, all tossed in a delightful sesame ginger sauce. This quick and easy dish offers a harmonious blend of Asian-inspired flavors, creating a satisfying and wholesome meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 553 kcal


Sesame Ginger Dressing: Yields 1 cup

  • ¼ cup sesame paste tahini
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey maple or agave syrup
  • 1 tsp Asian sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp neutral flavored oil canola, vegetable, grapeseed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sesame Ginger Beef and Cabbage Noodle Bowls

  • 4 sirloin steaks 1 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ small head of cabbage core removed
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • ½ onion very thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make your sesame ginger sauce. Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Make your cabbage noodles. Use a vegetable peeler to shave thin strands of cabbage. Heat a wok or large saute pan with cooking oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add in the onions and cook for 30 seconds, until softened. Add in the garlic and cook an additional 15 seconds, until fragrant. Turn the heat to high, give it a few seconds to come up to temperature, then add in the cabbage. Stir-fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the cabbage has just slightly wilted, but is still crunchy. Season with salt to taste and remove from the pan.
  • Heat an additional tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once until brown and at preferred temperature, about 6-8 minutes for medium. Remove steaks and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Build your bowls with a base of cabbage noodles, then add steak, carrots, sesame seeds, and sesame ginger dressing.


Calories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 54gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 1075mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 5mg
Keyword buddha bowl, cabbage, ginger beef, sesame
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