Everyday Paleo Pancit

Pancit is a Filipino dish made with meat, noodles, and veggies and seasoned with soy sauce.  My husband’s grandfather on his mom’s side was born and raised in the Philippines and passed his cultural and traditions on to his family, especially through the food!  It’s been years since my husband has had homemade pancit and after talking about the dish yesterday we remembered how great my recent Sausage n’ Cabbage Noodle dish was and decided to try using the same method for pancit! So we went for it and well, it was good enough to blog about so I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!!  Next time I make this for variation I will sub half of the cabbage for grated sweet potato to give it a starchier element.

Everyday Paleo Pancit

1.5 lbs chicken breasts, cut into small bite size pieces

1 lb pork loin, cut into small bit size pieces

½ lb shrimp, tails removed and de-veined

2 tablespoons coconut oil

8 green onions, diced

2 teaspoons crushed garlic

4 carrots, grated

6-8 cups shredded green cabbage

¼ cup coconut aminos or Tamari wheat free soy sauce

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons fish sauce

Black pepper to taste

Lemon wedges

In a large wok or skillet heat the coconut oil over medium to medium high heat.  When the wok or pan is nice and hot, add the chicken, pork, green onions and garlic and saute for about 6-7 minutes or until the meat is done all the way through but still tender. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.  Add the cabbage and carrots to the wok or pan and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 4 minutes.  Add the shrimp to the cabbage and saute together until the shrimps turn pink. Add the chicken and pork back to the veggies and pour in the coconut aminos or soy sauce, chicken broth, and fish sauce. Season with lots of black pepper.  Stir well and cook for another minute or two.  Serve in bowls with a lemon wedge.



  1. Liz N says

    I am so deeply grateful to see this recipe. As a Filipino-American, I absolutely love pancit. It’s my ultimate comfort food when I think of my mom. This recipe is a god-send. Thank you for making my day!

  2. Mark Demma says

    I think that you can make most sinigang paleo very easily, if you had to modify them at all. My Filipino best friend wants to make some.

  3. Rebecca says

    My friend has been after me for a year to make her pancit again but I keep saying “no, it’s not paleo!” and now I have no excuse not to.


  4. erin says

    I’m excited to try this. I love the cabbage as noodles trick, especially coupled with sausage. Thanks for the post!

  5. says

    Have you tried kelp noodles? I’ve been able to trick my picky in-laws into thinking they’re eating cellophane noodles. Eagerly awaiting your book in the mail!

  6. Yvie says

    My friend’s mother has a calamansi tree in her front yard (it’s like a tiny sour orange w/ green skin) … I have half a mind to drive 30 min to her house to pick some for this recipe!!! Her pansit was always amazing and the calamansi finished it perfectly.

  7. Bree says

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely love Pancit – and thought it was something that would have to be a “cheat” or a guilty pleasure – you have made it something that I can enjoy guilt-free!!!! Thank you!

  8. XFitMama says

    Hi! Love the recipe! Thanks. Have you tried making Paleo Tocino? I know tocino is usually on the sweet side, so maybe instead of the sugar you can use pineapple juice? And for the “soy” coconut aminos? What do you think?

    Thanks again for all the great recipes!

    • Sarah says

      I haven’t tried making it yet but I”m up for the challenge! I’ll let you know when I give it a try and if it works!

  9. says

    Love the use of cabbage (and kelp) as noodles! I’ll definitely be trying that out with my next batch of slow cooker meat balls :) So many possibilities…

  10. Jayde says

    This was soo good! A left over I can’t wait to have tonight. New to the paleo diet myself this is one of my favorites so far! Thanks

  11. Rachel says

    Made it- loved it! It was a “four star”- all family members want it again. The only bad thing was that it was so good that we don’t have leftovers:) Any thoughts on the kelp noodles? I served them with the pancit, but am wondering if they are too good to be true.

  12. Esther says

    I’m wondering what section of the grocery you find Coconut aminos in. I have looked around Central Market (my local TJ/WF comparable), and asked a couple employees, but no one seems to know. Thanks.

  13. Alex says

    This is wonderful! My husband, who is always quick with a compliment but never gushes, actually gushed over this! I knew he wasn’t faking when he got a second helping, and thanked me for dinner 5 times. Thanks for the delish recipe!

  14. Tiffany says

    Another HOMERUN! My family has been loving your recipes…it helps that you involve your boys…I usually “sell” the meal as, “It’s another recipe from the mom with the 3 boys!” thank you so much for making these dishes so easy and yummy…

  15. Jen says

    Made this tonight with ground pork only and it was awesome and so easy! I used to think that I didn’t like cabbage but paleo has taught me differently. Thank you!

  16. May Tan says

    Yup, Filipino foods are good for Paleo! Ever tried, “lumpiang hubad”….. not kidding, make vegetable lumpia without the wrapper, so it’s a “bared lumpia!” Recipe: saute chopped garlic, sliced onion, thinly sliced chicken breast season with “patis” and ground pepper, when onion is carmelized, add shrimp, add shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and (any other green veggies you want to add)…… cover, simmer till shrimp is done and vegetable is crisp/done! Mabuhay!!

  17. Courtney says

    I made this, and it is, indeed, AWESOME.
    I was so surprised at how yummy it was.
    and yeah, it’s so good, that you still feel guilty for eating it! lol
    But yeah, it makes a tonnn, and its so easy and so yummy.
    This will be a weekly staple in my diet.
    Thanks so much for sharing it.

  18. alena says

    We made this recipe last night and my husband, 2yo and I loved it! I think was our first “official” recipe from your site and we will be making many more now!!
    Congratulations on the book, I plan on ordering one soon.

  19. says

    This is the 5th solid month I have been using your site for my family dinners. Your site makes up 4 out of the 5 days of my cooking per week. I just put the protein in the pan. Very excited for this one!

  20. Alex says

    Thank you for this! I am half Filipino so I grew up with the stuff and I am over the moon about this Paleo version!

  21. Beth says

    I am in my 1st week of 30 day challange! I made this recipe for the 1st nights Dinner and it is so GOOD! I think it is a little time consuming however, worth it.

  22. Tiffany says

    Been eating paleo for 3 weeks and I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. I was starting to get depressed at the thought of eating salads every day for lunch (3 weeks of them is enough I think). I’m so glad I decided to try this – it’s so good I couldn’t stop eating it, and there’s still plenty leftover so I don’t have to dread another salad lunch tomorrow! THANK YOU!!!

    • Sarah says

      You are very welcome Tiffany! I remember CLEARLY when I first started eating paleo and fell into the same exact salad rut you are in until finally I realized I could do more then lettuce at lunch! Leftovers are total lifesavers for sure. Even to this day I’m not a huge salad fan! LOL!

  23. Jessica H. says

    Love love L O V E this recipe! My husband and I are both half Filipino so we grew up eating Pancit. I also added Sweet Potato noodles, they are similar in taste and texture to a rice noodle. Delish!

  24. Simi says

    I literally just started paleo yesterday at the recommendation of a friend. So far so good, and this pancit recipe looks delicious! One of my best friends is Filipino, and we just had the regular pancit at her house on Saturday. Can’t wait to try this recipe at home! I also have a favor. I’m Indian, and realizing that MANY of my favorite Indian foods are not paleo friendly. Help!

  25. Chris says

    I am going to make this for my filipino wife tonight and will report back if it passes the test! I’m not Filipino but have been taught to make all the Filipino goodies myself. not being able to eat all of the traditional Filipino foods is my greatest adversary in convincing my wife to go 100% paleo. If only I can find a way to make paleo chocolate rice!

      • Chris says

        Well…I oficially failed the “pancit test” but apparently because I chop veggies like a Canadian (and not a Filipino :-S ) so all of my veggies were huge and not noodle-like at all. My wife loved it despite this though…but she cheated and had it with lumpia (definitely NOT paleo!) and rice. So this recipe get’s two Filipino thumbs up…as long as I am not the one doing the chopping!

        Thanks for the great recipe.

  26. maribel says

    Omg. I’m super excited about this. I am Filipino, born and raised and thought that i won’t be eating any of my foods when I started Paleo. Thank you.

  27. Raymond says

    Thanks so much Sarah for sharing your Paleo Pancit recipe. My wife made some and it tastes really good! We just finished a 15-day juice fast and this recipe is a perfect way to get back into eating Paleo again. Thanks again!

  28. Sonia says

    OMG I just made this for dinner tonight and it came out soooooooo good!! And I must add that I’m not a very good cook :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to make it for my husband when he comes back from deployment. I’m sure he will love it, too.

  29. Joy Curry says

    Yeah.. I LOVE pancit…so will be making this soon. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes.

  30. Elise says

    I love this idea.

    Im thinking (because I love Pancit and the noodles were my fav part of the dish too) you can use Spaghetti Squash as ‘noodles’.

  31. Emily says

    Yum! Making this pancit tonight! I’m going to use some leftover spaghetti squash for noodles. Wish there was a Paleo lumpia recipe…

  32. Wendy McConnell says

    I have to say, this is pretty authentic tasting. The only thing I did differently was saute some yellow or red onions. I sauteed the meats first, then set aside. Then sauteed onions and garlic and set it aside on top of chicken. Sauteed the cabbage and carrots until softened. added back in the meats. I added a bit more coconut aminos and fish sauce to get more saltines and flavor. To be truly authentic tasting, the fresh squeezed lemon (or calamansi) MUST added. I like to squeeze the juice on after I place a serving in my bowl. YUM! Thanks for sharing. Another idea is to use this gadget and make zucchini noodles – I love it so much! It makes long strings of zucchini noodles. go to amazon and search for “World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slice”

  33. Anjuli says

    This looks really great. Do you have any substitution suggestions for fish sauce? I have never used it and I don’t like fish anything. I don’t like the smell of fish either. Thank you!

    • David says

      Pancit noodles – There is a chiness name for the noodles. I ask because philippine poncit noodles are not in the asian food marts. They are dry noodles that can be boiled soft or fried to expansion. Do you have the name of these noodles?

  34. Ava says

    Sarah you are amazing! I am Filipina and LOVE you recipes. Could you also tag Filipino to all of your Filipino recipes so they will come up in a search for “Filipino”? :) more more more!!!! I have been so sad without the Filipino food and especially because I want my kids to have the flavors in their childhood memories and this just brought Filipino food back into the house!

  35. CJ says

    We love this recipe! You can easily delete the shrimp for the shellfish intolerant and it’s still fantastic.
    Cabbage or brocolli slaw both work as a base.

  36. says

    My family is from Guam and Pancit is one of our staple comfort foods. Thank you so much for posting this. I will have to make this for my grandmother and see if it meets her standards :)

  37. Paleo for better health says

    Love this pancit recipe! Filipinos love pancit, in fact birthday celebrations will not be complete without a pancit in the menu. Substituting the pancit noodles with cabbage is a very welcome idea for people on paleo diet. I am a Filipno and would certainly try to do this. The whole family loves pancit and this recipe will be 100% hit to the entire family especially the kids. Looking forward to more paleo dish -Filipino style. :-) Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  38. chris says

    Sorry a little late to the conversation (more like a YEAR late!), but just curious if you could just use a bag of the pre-shredded cabbage mix (basically the bagged cole slaw kit, minus the dressing packet) from the grocery store? The ingredients for pre-washed bag says “shredded green cabbage, carrots and red cabbage”, so i assume it is all natural and paleo-approved??? making this tomorrow night regardless! :) Thanks in advance!

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