If you are craving low carb Chinese food, this paleo, keto Mongolian Beef is going to absolutely hit the spot. It is quick and easy to make, and bursting with flavor.
While the traditional Mongolian beef recipe is loaded with sugar, gluten, soy, and corn (from cornstarch), this Keto Mongolian Beef is a healthier homemade low carb Mongolian beef recipe. Perfectly cooked flank steak strips are coated with sticky sweet sauce. The sauce has a bit of a kick from red pepper flakes and fresh grated ginger, plus a bit of umami flavor from fish sauce. While traditional restaurant and even homemade Chinese food recipes are not usually gluten free, this keto-friendly version is made gluten free by the use of tamari or coconut aminos.
The Best Keto Mongolian Beef
Making gluten-free Chinese food is easy. Just swap regular soy sauce for tamari or coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are made from coconut sap. The sap is aged with salt, resulting in a really delicious paleo, soy-free, gluten-free option for your favorite keto Chinese food recipes. I love using coconut aminos, especially in a low carb beef recipe, the saltiness really compliments the beef without overpowering it. Big Tree Farms is my favorite brand of coconut aminos. If you aren't a fan of coconut aminos, you can also use tamari or liquid aminos.
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How to Cook Cauliflower Rice
You can definitely enjoy this recipe on its own, but if you're missing a side of white rice, cauliflower rice is a great option. While you can probably find cauliflower rice in the frozen section of your grocery store, it's super easy to make at home. Grab a head of cauliflower and cut it into florets. From there, you can either throw it in a food processor and pulse, or grate the florets with a cheese grater until it resembles grains of rice.
Before cooking, squeeze out any excess moisture with a paper towel. My favorite way to cook cauliflower rice is to sauté the cauliflower rice in a skillet with a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. Heat the skillet to medium with the toasted sesame oil, add the cauliflower rice, season with coconut aminos, pepper, and ground ginger, then cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you like your cauliflower rice more tender, you can put a lid on the skillet and let it steam. Cauliflower rice reheats really well in the microwave, and you can top it with a generous serving of Keto Mongolian Beef!
Here are some of my favorite cauliflower rice recipes - Chinese Sausage Cauliflower Fried Rice, Buttery Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, Creamy Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto, Cajun Cauliflower Rice, Cranberry Pecan Cauliflower Rice Stuffing
"Hey, everyone! Sara Nelson of Real Balanced here. Growing up, my family would regularly order Chinese takeout and it was MY FAVORITE. Full of so much rich flavor, Asian-inspired dishes have always been on a regular rotation in my household.
This easy dinner recipe is made with a wide variety of ingredients including flank steak, minced garlic, green onions, ginger, golden monk fruit sweetener, and more. Plus, this Keto Mongolian Beef is soy free (unlike many Mongolian Beef recipes) as, instead of soy sauce, liquid aminos is used.
Next time you find yourself wanting stir fry or anything with that familiar and delicious soy sauce-y taste, you’re going to want to whip up this dish! You won’t be disappointed."
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Sara Nelson is the food blogger behind realbalanced.com, a site dedicated to sharing low-carb, keto, and nut-free recipes. Since 2017, Sara has shared delicious, nutritious, and allergy-friendly recipes with her thousands of blog readers and social media followers. Sara lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Ryan, and their Boston Terrier, Rowsdower.