Gluten-Free Mongolian Beef That’s Keto Friendly Too
When PF Chang’s doesn’t align with your health goals, this homemade Mongolian beef recipe is here for you. Made in the slow cooker with only 15 minutes of prep and ten basic ingredients, it’s never been so easy to put a restaurant quality version of Mongolian beef on the table.
There are a few reasons why this Mongolian beef recipe is a healthier version than one you’d order from a restaurant.
First, you have control over the amount and quality of cooking oil you use. (This recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil). Second, you can reduce the sodium by over 60 percent if you use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce—which restaurants add liberally.
This Mongolian beef calls for a small amount of brown sugar. Coconut sugar would also work. If you want to make this recipe keto-friendly, omit the sweetener altogether.
There’s also a secret healthy ingredient we like to add to the slow cooker to enhance the flavor and nutrition of this recipe, which we’ll let you in on shortly.
What is Mongolian Beef?
Mongolian beef is a stir-fried dish from Taiwan. Despite the name, it has no Mongolian roots. The taste of Mongolian beef is a blend of spicy and sweet, with garlic, ginger, soy sauce or coconut aminos, and sugar as the main sauce ingredients. Topped with green onions and sesame seeds and served over white rice, Mongolian beef is hearty, satisfying, and extremely flavorful.
The Secret Ingredient in This Gluten-Free Mongolian Beef Recipe
This Mongolian beef recipe has a secret ingredient that enhances the nutritional value and savory flavor of the sauce. Any guesses? That’s right: Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth.
Bone broth is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory amino acids, such as proline and glycine, which support healthy bones, joints, and may even contribute to having a more restful sleep. (1)(2) It pairs great with all kinds of recipes, not just protein dishes—you can even add beef bone broth to green smoothies, soups, grain dishes, and so much more.
Gluten-Free Mongolian Beef Recipe
This Mongolian beef recipe is healthy, slow cooked, and requires only 15 minutes of prep. Seven common ingredients make the delicious sweet and spicy sauce.
- 2.5 pounds flank steak/London broil
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 8-fl oz) bottle coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cups carrot matchsticks
- Chopped green onions and white sesame seeds for garnishing
Cut flank steak into 2-inch long thin strips and place them in a medium bowl.
Add cornstarch to the bowl. Mix with a spoon or your hands until the beef pieces are evenly coated. Transfer the beef into a slow cooker.
In the same bowl, add coconut aminos, brown sugar, olive oil, beef bone broth, minced garlic and ginger. Whisk until combined. Scrape off the cornstarch on the side of the bowl.
Pour the sauce over the beef in the slow cooker and add carrot matchsticks. Give all ingredients a gentle stir. Make sure that the beef is coated by the sauce.
Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
Once the beef is done, taste and add more salt if desired. Serve it over rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and white sesame seeds.
Notes: You can use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos. If you choose to do so, please combine the following ingredients in the slow cooker:
1 cup soy sauce; 1/2 cup brown sugar; 1 1/2 cup bone broth; 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon grated ginger.
About the Author
Sharon Chen is the founder and creator behind StreetSmart Kitchen, a recipe website that helps busy professionals to prepare healthy meals in less time they ever thought possible. Download her Top 18 One-Dish Meals Cookbook for free here: http://bit.ly/SSK-Free-Cookbook