Top 5 Paleo Recipes for Muscle Building

Eat like a caveman/woman

For those looking to gain lean muscle mass for athletic performance, the Paleo diet can offer exactly what you are looking for.
Here we share some of the top Paleo recipes that can help you gain lean muscle mass.

1. Korean Beef Short Ribs

“Korean beef short ribs” is a delicious recipe which provides you with the muscle building protein from beef. It is one of the most popular dishes served at barbecue restaurants in South East Asia. You may need 2 to 3 hours for preparation and cooking but the end result will be a muscle building taste sensation.


  1. 4 pounds of short beef ribs
  2. Half cup coconut aminos
  3. Half cup raw honey
  4. Half cup water
  5. One-fourth cup of wine vinegar
  6. 1 pear -finely grated
  7. 4 tbsp of minced garlic
  8. 2 thinly sliced green onions
  9. Ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl which will make a beautiful marinade.
  2. Marinate ribs for 4 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Cover with cling-film.
  3. Pre heat oven at 300 F
  4. In a roasting tray, roast the ribs for two hours, or until tender.

2. Crock Pot Paprika Pot Roast

The easy to make crock pot recipe is packed full of good fats and protein and tastes truly EPIC!


  1. 2 and a half pounds of pot roast
  2. 1 small red onion
  3. One-fourth cup of balsamic vinegar
  4. 8 oz of tomato pasata
  5. 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  6. 1 and a half tbsp of paprika
  7. 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  8. 1 tbsp of onion powder
  9. 2 tbsp of Italian spice
  10. 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper.


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large heavy bottomed pan. In a separate bowl, mix cayenne pepper, Italian spice, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
  2. Rub spice mixture all over pot roast.
  3. Place the pot roast in pan sealing it until it is brown on all sides.
  4. Cut the onions into small slivers and put half of them at the bottom of the crock pot.
  5. Add water in the crock pot to partially cover the onions and place pot roast on top of the onions.
  6. Put remaining half of the onions all around the pot roast.
  7. Combine balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce in a bowl and pour it over the pot roast.
  8. Cover and cook the pot roast on high heat (325 degrees) until tender.

3. Orange Pecan Chicken Salad

This salad with blackberries, oranges, chicken and sunflower seeds is so perfect in taste that it doesn’t even need a dressing.


  1. 7 to 8 blackberries
  2. One-fourth cup of pecans
  3. 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds
  4. One-fourth cup of orange segments (peeled)
  5. 1 cup of mixed dark leafy greens
  6. 4 ounces of lean chicken breast


  1. Mix all ingredients carefully and enjoy.

4. Moroccan-Style Stew

Bring in a perfect combination of flavors from Middle East cuisine, Paleo benefits and quick muscle gain through this amazing Paleo recipe.


  1. 2 lbs of ground beef or lamb, whatever suits your taste buds
  2. 1 tsp of dried oregano
  3. One-fourth tsp of ground nutmeg
  4. 1 chopped bell pepper, 2 diced carrots and 2 diced ribs celery.
  5. 2 cups of diced tomatoes and 1 diced red onion.
  6. 4 minced garlic cloves
  7. Half cup raisins
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1 minced red chili
  10. Cooking oil, sea salt and black pepper freshly ground
  11. For the Moroccan Spices, you need 1 tsp of ground coriander, 1 tsp of ground cardamom, 1 tsp of turmeric, 2 tsp of ground cumin, 4 tsp of ground cinnamon, one-fourth tsp of ground cinnamon, one-fourth tsp of ground cloves and half tsp of ground nutmeg.


  1. First, pre heat your oven to 350 F
  2. Combine all ingredients for Moroccan spices in one bowl and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine ground beef/lamb with nutmeg and dried oregano. Season it with black pepper and salt. Create small balls of meat.
  4. Pour cooking oil in skillet and cook the meat balls until they are brown from all sides.
  5. Remove the meat balls, and add garlic, carrot, onion, celery and bell pepper in the same skillet. You can add more cooking oil if necessary. Cook until vegetables, especially onion becomes soft.
  6. Put the meat balls in a baking dish and pour the vegetable mixture over it.
  7. Now put the remaining ingredients on top of the meat balls and vegetables which include tomatoes, bay leaves, raisins and Moroccan spices. Stir the mixture until they are mixed well.
  8. Cover the baking dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours. Before serving, remove the bay leaves.

5. Double Beef Chili

Living in the UAE, you can’t ignore the locals’ love of chilli and hot flavours. Double beef chilli is an excellent Paleo recipe that will spice up your muscle building potential.


  1. 1 lb of chicken sausage
  2. 2 lbs of 90% lean beef mince
  3. 1 can of pinto beans
  4. 1 can of black beans
  5. 1 can off dark red kidney beans
  6. 2 cups of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato sauce (Add one more if you like your sauce with more of a soup like texture)
  7. 1 can of water
  8. 2 chopped carrots
  9. 2 chopped celery sticks
  10. 1 diced onion
  11. 2 tbsp of Italian mixed spice
  12. 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  13. Optional: 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper flakes


  1. First, pre heat your oven to 350 F
  2. Add beef and sausage to a large pot after browning them in a pan with minimal oil.
  3. Saute Onion and add it to the same pot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the pot which include tomatoes, beans, carrots, water, spices and celery.
  5. Simmer for at least two hours on a medium heat.


Author: Iftikhar Alam
Author Bio: Iftihkar is a regular blogger on Nutrition Souq and focuses on social fitness and nutrition. His goal is to help spread the word on the best nutrition and fitness professionals across the Internet and connect them with readers on the Nutrition Souq blog.