Low Carb Vietnamese Pho

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 3 h 5
Low Carb Vietnamese Pho
Health Highlights
Now you can enjoy pho without the carbs! See "Notes" below for keto-friendly toppings.


454 gm Beef bones (5-6 bones; browned and roasted - the more connective tissue; the better!)
1/2 medium White onion (charred)
1 tbsp minced Ginger root (sliced)
1 tbsp Salt
3 tbsp Fish sauce
2 star Anise seeds
4 l Water
5 package Tofu Shirataki spaghetti noodles (rinsed, 7 oz bags)
563 gm Beef, flank (raw, thinly sliced)
1 cup Bean sprouts
1 bunch Thai basil, fresh
1/2 medium pepper(s) Jalapeno pepper (sliced)
1/2 green onion (stem) Green onion (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Cover beef bones in water and boil for 15 minutes in a large stockpot on the stovetop while the oven preheats. Discard water.
  3. Place parboiled beef bones and onion on baking sheet or casserole dish and roast for 45 -60 minutes, until bones are browned and onion is blackened.
  4. Toss bones, onion, fresh ginger, salt, fish sauce, star anise and fresh water into pressure cooker.
  5. Set pressure cooker to high pressure for 2 hours. If you are using a stovetop, you will simmer for 6-8 hours instead.
  6. Strain broth with fine colander.
  7. Place shirataki noodles and meat of choice in bowl, pour broth over the top into bowl while it is still very hot.
  8. Stir and let sit until raw meat is no longer pink and noodles are cooked, 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Serve with condiments and veggies of choice on the side.


Lime – A squirt from a lime wedge usually does the trick with minimal amount of carbs

Sriracha – It’s delicious, I know. But watch your portioning: there’s 1 gram of sugar per teaspoon, so it is effortless to go overboard on carbs if you are a fan of the rooster sauce or like it super spicy!

Chili Garlic Paste – The brand I use (Huy Fong) that is available at most restaurants has less than 1 gram of sugar and reads 0 total carbs on the nutrition label. Better option to make it spicy on a keto diet.

Thai Basil – Super aromatic, this is a lovely herb for any soup. Plus its low carb!

Cilantro – Have at it! This herb is keto compliant.

Hoisin Sauce – Not keto friendly! It’s chalk full of sugar! Stay away.

Veggies – Bean Sprouts, Jalapeno, Mushrooms, Onion, Scallion, Broccoli are favorites for pho. Use what you like, just be sure to track the carbs for whatever you add. (My low carb veggie list can help you with that!)

Meat – A-OK on keto. Select a traditional cut of meat or get creative! Up to you!

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 242
Calories from fat 104
Calories from saturated fat 40
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 4.4 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.2 g
Cholesterol 53 mg
Sodium 2393 mg
Potassium 492 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.2 g
Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
Sugars 2.0 g
Protein 27.8 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat 1.2
Meat Alternative 7.5
Vegetables 0.4

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