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For someone that grew up in a Russian family, I don’t have many Russian recipes here on the blog. One of the main reasons is that most Russian recipes aren’t low carb, plus many are more complicated than I like to begin with. However, I do enjoy coming back to my roots and creating healthier versions of some of the dishes from my heritage. This low carb keto beef stroganoff recipe with sour cream and cream cheese is a good example of a Russian dish that does not have to be time consuming or high in carbs. It’s hearty and satisfying, but lightened up served over spaghetti squash, so it won’t weigh you down.
Another plus? The whole family will love this keto ground beef stroganoff recipe! My little girls loved it. And since it comes together in just 30 minutes but also stores well, it’s great for weeknights or prepping ahead for an even quicker dinner.
I’ve probably tempted you to make this tonight! Go check your fridge, you probably have everything you need to make keto stroganoff right now.
What Is Beef Stroganoff?
Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish featuring beef, mushrooms, and onions in a sour cream sauce, though there are many other variations.
The most popular version today is served over pasta, but if you’re low carb, I’ll show you a better option. 😉
How To Make Beef Stroganoff
This easy keto ground beef stroganoff comes together in just 30 minutes!
If you don’t have spaghetti squash prepared yet, you’ll want to do that first. Here is the fastest way to cook spaghetti squash in the oven.
Meanwhile, here’s how to make beef stroganoff:
- Saute vegetables. Saute the onions and mushrooms in olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, until veggies are soft and any extra liquid has evaporated.
- Brown ground beef. Push the veggies to the sides of the pan and add the ground beef in the center. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, and breaking the beef apart with a spatula.
Once it’s cooked through, stir together with mushrooms and onions.
- Add garlic. Make a well in the center of the pan and add minced garlic. Saute for a minute, until fragrant, then stir into the beef mixture.
- Make low carb stroganoff sauce. Add bone broth and coconut aminos. Bring to a boil, then simmer until reduced. Stir in sour cream and cream cheese, until smooth and creamy.
TIP for extra creamy beef stroganoff: Feel free to add more cream cheese, sour cream, or both to your liking.
- Serve keto hamburger stroganoff over spaghetti squash. I often prepare it ahead of time, then add a little olive oil and sea salt over it before topping with the beef mixture.
Keto Beef Stroganoff FAQs
Is beef stroganoff keto?
A classic beef stroganoff recipe with sour cream is already keto when you first make it in a skillet, but it isn’t anymore once you add the egg noodles.
In this keto friendly stroganoff recipe, we’re serving it over spaghetti squash for a low carb – but equally as satisfying – option.
How many calories in beef stroganoff?
Calories in beef stroganoff will vary depending on the recipe. This one has 378 calories per 1/2 cup serving.
That doesn’t seem like a very big serving size, and the reason is that it doesn’t include the spaghetti squash. You’d serve it over a cup or so of spaghetti squash for a full meal.
How to thicken beef stroganoff?
Beef stroganoff sauce thickens naturally – there is no need for a thickener. Stirring in sour cream and cream cheese makes the sauce thick on its own.
If for some reason your sauce is not as thick as you like, adding more cream cheese will make it thicker.
What cut of meat is best for beef stroganoff?
Traditional beef stroganoff is made with tender cuts of meat that cook quickly, such as sirloin steak or ribeye. However, we’re using ground beef instead for this easy ground beef stroganoff recipe.
Ground Beef Stroganoff Storage Instructions
Can you make ground beef stroganoff ahead?
Yes, keto beef stroganoff with ground beef is a perfect make-ahead meal! Here’s how to prep things ahead:
- Cook spaghetti squash and store in the refrigerator.
- Make low carb ground beef stroganoff through step 4, then let cool, and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat in a skillet, and when hot, stir in sour cream and cream cheeses.
How to store beef stroganoff with sour cream
Store this low carb beef and noodles in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Can you freeze beef stroganoff?
Yes, you can freeze beef stroganoff, but you’d want to skip adding the sour cream. Freezing beef stroganoff with sour cream may cause the sauce to break upon thawing, so it’s best added later after you reheat it.
You could delay adding the cream cheese as well until after reheating, but it should be fine to add the cream cheese before freezing if you like.
How to reheat beef stroganoff
If your meal was frozen, thaw it in the fridge overnight first, or if it’s in a sealed bag, in a bowl of water on the counter.
Then, either after thawing or just after storing in the fridge, reheat beef stroganoff in a hot skillet on the stove top. If you didn’t add sour cream before, add it at the end just as you would making it fresh.
The microwave is also fine for reheating leftovers if needed.
What To Serve With Beef Stroganoff
Classic beef stroganoff is served with egg noodles, which you can certainly do with this recipe, if you, your family, or friends are not low carb. For those of us who are low carb, I love serving this keto ground beef stroganoff recipe with spaghetti squash.
But it’s good with other sides, as well. Here are a few serving ideas for you:
- Zucchini Noodles – Zucchini noodles also make a great serving option for beef stroganoff with sour cream.
- Best Mashed Cauliflower – Serve the low carb beef stroganoff atop a mountain of keto mashed cauliflower. It’s creamy and rich!
- Keto Dinner Rolls – Another option is to serve the keto beef stroganoff recipe with a green salad and keto dinner rolls for soaking up any extra sauce.
- Creamy Cucumber Salad – A refreshing salad to serve on the side. And since it’s a common salad for Russians to make, it goes well with Russian beef stroganoff, too.
Tools To Make Keto Ground Beef Stroganoff
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- Non-stick Skillet – This entire beef stroganoff recipe with sour cream can be made in one skillet. Score for less dishes!
- Glass Storage Containers – Store any leftover low carb beef stroganoff in these container – you can microwave right in the container.
Low Carb Keto Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe With Cream Cheese
Low Carb Keto Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Low carb keto beef stroganoff with sour cream and cream cheese makes a hearty but healthy dinner in just 30 minutes, using common ingredients! The whole family will love it.
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Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms. Saute for about 10 minutes, until onions and mushrooms are soft and browned, and extra liquid has evaporated.
Increase heat to medium-high. Push the mushrooms and onions to the sides, and add the ground beef to the center of the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking the beef apart with a spatula, until beef is cooked through. Once it starts to cook through a bit you can mix it with the mushrooms and onions.
Make a well in the center and add the minced garlic. Saute for about a minute, until fragrant, then stir in with the meat.
Add the bone broth and coconut aminos, if using. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, until most of the liquid is reduced but a little is left.
Stir in the sour cream and cream cheese, until smooth.
Serve over spaghetti squash.
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Made this a week ago and it turned out fantastic. I added cayenne to kick it up a notch but overall followed the recipe to a T! Everyone in the house was surprised how well it came out. I served mine over shredded zucchini and leafy greens bit next time I’ll try serving over konjac (aka, shirataki) noodles. Thanks Maya for another wonderful meal!
This is my new favorite recipe! I am not much of a cook, but even I can make this. And my spouse likes it, too!
Sooooooo good. Everyone in my family loves this. I serve it over egg noodles for my husband and son and serve myself over keto substitutes like cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash. Love it!
DIANE T GORDON0
I basically followed the recipe. I caramelized the onions, browning them before putting in the mushrooms. I used regular organic white mushrooms. I used grass fed ground beef. I used coconut oil and ghee. I used a bone broth that was chicken, turkey and beef. I added paprika. I added a package of wonder noodles (miracle noodles) inside the mixture instead of the spaghetti squash. It was delicious. Although I made a few variations I feel it was basically the recipe that guided me. VERY delicious.
I loved this but my husband thought there was too much aminos flavor. Kids liked it as well.
I made this and it was absolutely delicious. I’ve made a few of your recipes the past couple weeks… I use my fitness pal and for some reason I cannot cut and paste your recipes or import them into my fitness pal. Is there a reason why?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Victoria, I don’t use that app so I can’t give any recommendations. All of my recipes are already in the Wholesome Yum App which is available for iPhone and Android.
Hi, this looks like a great recipe and I’m going to try it tonight and will comment again later. I just wanted to say why do you people always insult us with the portion size to cut the nutritional information? At least you gave the amount which most do not but it’s still just so insulting. None of us reading your recipe are 1 1/2 years old and a half cup serving is less than a joke. Sure I know I can multiply but that’s a bit deceiving isn’t it. Whenever I see this it just makes me want to click you off and move on but that’s not fair to you nor is it my intention. Please don’t act like our deceptive governments.
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Weseng, This dish is intended to be served over something, such as spaghetti squash as pictured or another side dish. Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to serving size, which is why the Wholesome Yum app has the ability to scale serving sizes — it’s available here on Apple or here on Android if you want to use this feature. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
I love your site and your recipes. But I have to agree on this one. I have made this multiple times and it is delicious! But, 6 servings is not true. I serve over roasted cabbage “noodles” which are very filling and can’t imagine getting 6 servings out of this.
Great meal to mostly-make the night before! It comes together even more quickly if you use frozen chopped onion, frozen sliced mushrooms, jarred minced garlic and already prepared keto noodles (like Luviva or sliced Egglife wraps and of, course veg ones). I must agree with others with the comment that the dairy needs to be countered with more flavor than the coconut aminos (non-soy non-gmo lovely sub that they is/are) can provide alone. If folks do not have a problem with the modest carb counts from most soy-based Worcestershire sauces, they could use that or make their own (easy if you skip the anchovy paste) with coconut aminos and the full cadre of spices with a touch of sweetener.
This was very good and easy. I did not use aminos because I didn’t have any. The spaghetti squash was too sweet, so next time I make it, I will use zoodles or cauliflower rice. I will be making again!
I made this for dinner tonight to go with Black Tie Kitchen’s pasta and it was was delicious. The best part was how quick it came together making it a perfect week night meal. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe.
Could have used a bit more spice. Might throw in some Worcestershire sauce next time.
Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try it😀
Loved it. I haven’t made stroganoff in quite a few years. I used ground turkey instead of beef and added freshly grated nutmeg. Delish. Thanks for the recipe.
Would regular liquid aminos work in place of the coconut or is there a big taste difference? sorry haven’t tried the recipe yet, can’t rate it.
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Hi Kat, Yes that would work.
This is one of the best recipes I’ve tried.
Absolutely loved this recipe!
I forgot to add, I served this on top of zoodles because I didn’t have spaghetti squash. I am definitely going to make this again very soon! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!
Delicious! My 15 year old liked it too! Husband said he needed a little bit more pepper, but I thought it was perfect just the way it is!
This was so easy to make! So delicious!
The store was out of bone broth so I used chicken bouillon (1 carb for 1 cup). I poured this recipe over shredded cooked cabbage. My mom even ate it and she’s not on keto.
Even better than my traditional Stroganoff. I made it with thin sliced round steak. A keeper for my ever growing Keto recipe notebook. Thank you!
Tasted great. Tripled the recipe. Did need to add Wooster… sauce, extra salt and pepper. Will definitely make again.
Super easy and so good. I will definitely make it again. I used Worcestershire sauce instead of coconut aminos beacause that’s what I had. Served over cauliflower rice
This was very good! I served it over wide zucchini noodles made with my spiralizer. Another ground beef recipe I’ve tried from your site was the egg roll in a bowl. Both of these have great taste combinations and are so simple to make. Thank You for all of your recipes, Maya.
This was super easy and delicious. My husband raved about it. I served it over spaghetti squash shreds, but will try it on mashed cauli next time, when I need comfort food. This site has definitely been my go to lately. Everything I’ve tried is a hit. Thanks!
I added fresh thyme and parsley. Delicious of course. But so much liquid – more like a creamy soup! I can see why it is traditionally served with noodles to soak up the sauce. Eat with a spoon!
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Trish, You need to reduce the liquid in step 4 to avoid too much liquid. But, I do recommend serving this over a keto friendly noodle, like spaghetti squash. Glad you liked the flavors!
This was really filling. I am glad I drained the beef well though since there was a lot of liquid.
My husband and I love this recipe! We do not like the onions, so I replace mine with minced onion so we get the flavor and not the texture. Its super easy and of course that makes me love it even more!! Thanks so very much!
Was delish, and easy to do – I too had too much liquid, but just drained a bit off as well. I also used no-salt beef broth in this & it was good, as I am salt sensitive. I love that your recipes LOOK impressive, but are so easy to do!! 😉
How much cream cheese? I did not see it in the ingredients.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Ellen, Cream cheese is the last ingredient in the recipe card. It calls for 2 ounces. I hope this helps!
I should have pre cooked and drained the beef. Way too much liquid came out. I had to siphon half of it off later on. Flavor was OK. I added Worcestershire sauce for depth of flavor.
Love the recipe! Since I can never cook spaghetti squash right, I used cabbage noodles instead and it was great.
This and a lot of your recipes are great. The website is awful, I can only view 20% of the contact the rest are covered by ads I can’t remove.
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This was fantastic. I could taste a little if the apple cider vinegar, which might not be good for all, but I really enjoyed it.
I made this yesterday, super easy & delicious. Loved the beef stroganoff! My husband who doesn’t like squash, sweet potatoes or zucchini liked it!!! He was prepared to not like the spaghetti squash portion of the recipe but was very much surprised to find that it not only “wasn’t bad” but he liked it!!! I had never cooked spaghetti squash before & the cooking tips were very helpful. He told me this recipe is a keeper . So happy to have found wholesomeyum to help us on our new healthy journey!!!
My husband is doing an egg fast this week so I got to make something that I like that he won’t eat. I love mushrooms and I love stroganoff, so I was excited to give this a try. And it was definitely a winner! Rather than using spaghetti squash though, I threw in some broccoli right at the end just long enough to heat it up and absorb the sauce. I want to freeze the leftovers for use later, but of course the sour cream is already there. So, I’ll probably take my chances. But I really loved this!
Thank you, great recipe and easy to do. Family was quite happy with the results and will be using this again!
This is the best low carb dinner I’ve h and in a week! Cream cheese made all the difference! Thx so much!
The beef stroganoff was amazing and fast! My family loved it. I will be making it again!
This recipe was DELICIOUS! My husband commented on what great flavor the meat had. It was simple to make too. This is definitely going into my regular rotation! The only adjustments I made were to add about a half cup of small green peas and a garnish of chopped scallions. Thank you for this recipe!
My husband is very picky and likes very simple foods, he said this is on the top of his favorites list and wants it in the regular rotation!! I follow ingredients loosely on recipes and used a bouillon type base in place of the bone broth and I dont measure ingredients exactly. I ate mine on cauliflower mash and my husband ate his on a bed of noodles. It turned out so dang good. I love WHOLESOME YUM recipes!!! And I love the ideas given in the other reviews!!! Thank You
This was amazing! Just through in a little wine in addition to your ingredients and a little cayenne. Very tasty. Definitely sharing with others.
This is so incredibly good. I made it the last two nights in a row for our dinner, it is fantastic!!
My family and I love this stroganoff! The only ingredient I added was a tablespoon of tomato paste. I served it with zucchini noodles and not a drop was left over. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
My family loves ground beef stroganoff. But to me it’s not tasty enough until you add a little Worcestershire sauce and a splash of -real- plain or cream sherry. I usually skip the garlic and just use green peppers and onions, which I keep chopped up in my freezer for convenience.
Very tasty, easy to make so a winner for me.
Delicious! We added some green onion and a little French’s crispy onion on top for crunch. Looking forward to eating it for lunch tomorrow 🙂
Absolutely delicious!!! I’m a garlic lover so I did add more of that, along with some cayenne pepper for a kick. My kids are not fans of cayenne, so I just put it on top of my own dish. Served it over cauliflower rice. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks!
Love the idea of crispy onions on top! I’ll try that next time
I would not have thought about serving stroganoff over spaghetti squash. This looks and sounds like a delicious and satisfying meal.
Love this! A healthy, low carb meal that comes together in 30 minutes! It’s the best of all worlds!
Wow this was AWESOME! And super easy and fast. I used leftover brisket cubes (about .75#), used 4oz cream cheese, used 2T sherry instead of coconut aminos and added fresh thyme. Served over spaghetti squash – amazing all around. Will definitely make again. (And it reheats easily too. I had no issue with the creams reheating weirdly.)
Such a fantastic low carb alternative for beef stroganoff! I love that you use ground beef too – much more wallet-friendly than classic ribeye or sirloin. Yum!
I’m new to Keto and I love most of the other Wholesomeyum recipes I’ve tried but I think I’d rather replace the cream cheese with Heavy Whipping cream instead. It took away that traditional flavor. I didn’t have any spaghetti squash so I substituted with cauliflower rice. Looking forward to trying it again!
Wow, these flavors are amazing!
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry0
What a tasty looking meal! I love beef stroganoff but haven’t had it for ages so definitely going to be trying this, especially as it is low carb!
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