Paleo Mongolian Beef
Paleo Mongolian Beef with juicy sizzling tender steak, stir-fried in a savory and naturally sweet sauce. Better than PF Chang’s and much healthier, lower in carbs, and with no added sugar. Guarantee everyone will love in the family!
What is Mongolian Beef?
Mongolian Beef is the western translation for 葱爆牛肉 Cōng bào niúròu in Mandarin. It literally means beef with scallion and ginger stir fry. Originally Mongolian beef was a BBQ dish, created by chef Wu Zhaonan in Taiwan. The dish features sizzling hot and tender beef, stir-fried with garlic, ginger, chili peppers, and scallions in a light and sweet soy sauce.
Is Mongolian beef spicy
Mongolian beef is not a spicy dish. Although chili peppers are often included in the recipe, it’s mainly used to fragrant the oil and to add color contrast. You can use fresh or Chinese dry red chilies. If use fresh chilies, remove the seeds will make the dish less spicy. If use whole dry red chilies, leave them in whole and don’t slice or dice them open or otherwise it will be too spicy.
Is Mongolian beef healthy
In Chinese-American style cooking, Mongolian beef is often made with hoisin and soy sauce, and it’s often thickened with cornstarch. The starch in the sauce adds extra calorie and carbs to the dish. Store bought hoisin sauce often contains added sugar. If you want to lose weight or maintain your blood sugar level, you’ll need to pay closer attention.
Be that as it may, there are many healthy version of Mongolian beef stir-fries has no added sugar and no cornstarch, and is gluten-free. The dish tastes super flavorful because of the aromatics (ginger, scallions, and chili peppers) and I guarantee you’ll love it the first bite!
Is Mongolian beef gluten-free
Mongolian beef can be made gluten-free with special seasonings such as gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos (gluten-free and soy-free soy sauce substitute). Although it’s not difficult to find gluten-free hoisin sauce – an ingredient often found in Chinese-American style dish – it’s often made with high content of sugar, cornstarch, and other additives. You can try adding my homemade gluten free hoisin sauce.
Mongolian beef is often served with steamed or fried rice. For a lighter and lower in carb version, serve with cauliflower or broccoli fried rice. It also goes well with creamy mashed sweet potatoes.
To add more vegetables, I recommend serving them on the side. Here are some great recommendations – Chinese broccoli stir-fry in garlic sauce, Sauteed snow pea leaves, lemon garlic broccoli, baby bok choy dim sum, and Chinese cabbage stir-fry.
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Paleo Mongolian Beef (Whole30, Keto, Gluten-Free)
- 1 lb skirt steak, beef flap, or sirloin , thinly sliced against the grain
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp Red Boat fish sauce
- 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp arrowroot starch
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3-4 tbsp avocado or olive oil
- 3 large cloves garlic, , finely minced
- 3-inch length thinly sliced ginger, , from index through ring finger quantity
- 2 whole red chili peppers (fresno or serrano), , remove seeds, slice to thin strips
- 3 bulbs scallions, , cut into 3-inch length. Separate white and green parts.
- Thin slice beef against the grain. Add ingredients from coconut aminos to baking soda. Mix well and set aside in the fridge.
- In the meantime, prepare garlic, ginger, scallions, separate white and green parts, and remove the chili pepper seeds and slice them to thin strips
- In a well-heated stainless steel skillet or cast iron, add 2 tbsp cooking fat. Pan fry the beef in one layer without disturbing over medium-high heat until crisp brown, about 2 minutes then quickly sear the flip side, about 30 seconds. Set the beef and the pan juice aside.
- Start the skillet dry and add 1 more tbsp cooking oil, saute aromatics with a pinch of salt until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add beef back to the skillet and green scallion parts. Quickly toss to coat the flavor for another 30 seconds. Serve hot and immediately.
Want to learn how to make beef stir-fry tender? check out this blog post on beef stir-fry technique 101!
Thank you so much this looks amazing! I’ve got organic beef chunks as opposed to steak so I’m going to give slow cooking this for 4 hours a go and hopefully it will come out super flavoursome, tender and sticky 😄.
I just cooked this for my husband &I, plus paired it with roasted cauliflower. We loved that we could still great flavors during whole30. Thank you!
The BEST! Way better than take out and will add this to our normal rotation of meals. Thank you!
Absolute 10/10. We used thinly-sliced venison loin instead of beef and it is by far our favorite Asian-inspired dish we have ever made at home. And only a handful of ingredients! I hate being intimidated by a recipe that looks great but has 40 ingredients. This is relatively simple, quick and delicious!
Awesome! Thanks, Adam.
I made this with venison, which I normally am not a fan of, but this was so incredibly tender and flavorful and so easy! I didn’t have the peppers on hand, so I added a bit of powdered red pepper and it was great! My husband said “this may be the best thing I’ve ever made”! Definitely a keeper, thank you!
Thanks for sharing a venison version with us!
Delicious!!! I’ve had this on my list to make for awhile and today was the day. I literally could not believe how tasty it was! My husband said it was quality he’d expect from a fancy restaurant. Thank you for this amazing recipe!
Oh wow! I’m so happy to hear you made the dish! That’s awesome. There’s a chicken version – Mongolian Chicken – if you want a change next time! I love both. :))
Just made this and marinating with the baking soda is amazing. the meat was so tender and I had just bought stir fry meat, nothing special or high end. What a great find iheartumami has been!
Awesome. Thanks for sharing!
My family agreed better than PF Chang’s! Great recipe thank you so much for sharing.
Served with rice and roasted broccoli.
Thank you, Abbey! So happy to hear!
SOOOOOO yummy! Have you tried this in the air fryer? I wondering if the results would be the same. Thanks!
Air fryer? Wow! That will be a fun experiment to try 😀
Another simple easy winning dish. Thank you for making my weeknight meal healthy & delicious.
Hi there. My husband does not like spicy food. Can I substitute the red chili pepper for something else!
Try red bell peppers if you want to add some color. 🙂
i make this without the chilies and the family loves it! so good! thank you for this recipe- it’s one of our go-tos!
I am planning on making this tonight. No red chilis in my town..is it okay to substitute jalapeño?
Hi Sandra! Yes! I use red ones because the color looks beautiful with some red and green in the plate. 🙂 Please remove the jalapeno seeds so the dish won’t be too spicy. 🙂
Thank you! I will remove the seeds.
No problem! Let us know how it goes! Can’t wait 🙂
Hi Chiyu, It was OUTSTANDING! Probably the best tasting stir fry beef we’ve ever had and the jalapeños were great (the red peppers would have looked nicer for sure 🙂 ) Made your lemon garlic broccoli on the side and it was so tasty, too. Also made some cauliflower rice with a different recipe (not yours), and that was not as good. Need to work with that. These are the first recipes of yours that I have made and I cannot wait to make more. Thank you <3
Hi Sandra, thank you! And thanks for coming back here to share with me. Appreciate it!
Delicious!! Even the picky eaters liked this recipe.
This was AMAZING!! So Delicious! I paired it with some cauliflower rice and some broccoli that I stir fried with your vegan oyster sauce. Better than takeout!!
This is so yummy that we made it 3 times this week! It is extremely flavorful, better than any takeout! So easy too!
What do you mean by 2 TBSP cooking fat? What do you use? Thanks so much!
2 tablespoons of avocado oil 🙂 Thank you!
This was incredible! My partner and I have been doing Whole30 for a little over a month. This meal was our favorite Whole30 meal so far. Thank you for creating and sharing this recipe!