Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Stir Fry
Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables is a perfect quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family loves. It is easy to prepare, cooks fast, and is packed with protein and vitamins from strips of steak and crisp-tender fresh vegetables. Many of the ingredients in a typical stir fry sauce are sneaky sources of gluten, but a few simple swaps can easily make it gluten free!
Disclosure: I am a Certified Angus Beef® brand ambassador with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Originally published October 30, 2018. Updated with video and additional information.
Two months into the school year and I think we are finally getting into the swing of things. You would think it would be easier with my youngest now in Kindergarten and both kids in the same school. However, there is a whole different dynamic at play now.
Basically, these two now spend way too much time together. Before school, the bus ride to school, the bus ride home, from school, and most of the evening.
Oh wait, did I mention that they also have lunch and recess at the same time?
Luckily they at least have karate separately. So I can drop one off and come home with the other and have him help be throw together a quick dinner. But we don’t have long before class is over and we have to head back.
But that means I need fast and easy meals, especially ones where I can do a little of the prep work before and reheat well.
Easy Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables
Stir fry is a go-to for quick and easy dinner recipes. A few minutes to get everything ready, a few minutes of cook time, and a few ingredients that pack a flavor punch, and dinner is ready.
Plus you can pack in plenty of protein and lots of nutrients, especially when you make a stir fry with beef and plenty of fresh vegetables.
But most of your standard stir fry recipes have some sneaky sources of gluten in the sauce. So you’ll need a few simple swaps.
Gluten free stir fry sauce
Many stir fry sauce recipes, like the original version of this dish, call for soy sauce and plum sauce, both of which are not gluten free. Gluten-free versions are available, but be sure to read labels carefully or try these substitutions:
Gluten Free Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is solely based on my research and personal experience, and I provide it as a courtesy to my readers. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for any questions as it relates to your needs, particularly if you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance. Products, manufacturing facilities, and ingredients change frequently, so you should always contact the manufacturer for the latest information.
Gluten free substitutes for plum sauce
- You can emake your own Homemade Plum Sauce, just be sure to use gluten free soy sauce or a substitute in the recipe.
- Duck sauce is a good gluten free substitute for plum sauce, as both have a sweet and sour flavor and thick texture.
Gluten free substitutes for soy sauce
- Tamari is the most common substitute for soy sauce, as it is typically made from just soy, and not fermented with wheat like most soy sauce brands you can find in the store.
- Coconut aminos is another option. It does not have as strong of a flavor, so you can consider using more, but your sauce might be a little thinner.
The gluten free stir fry sauce is thickened with cornstarch, so no substitution is needed because cornstarch is gluten free. However, some people prefer to use tapioca starch. You may need to double the amount to achieve the desired thickness for your sauce.
How to make it
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
- Bottom round steak – cut into strips
- Duck sauce
- Tamari, coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce
- Rice wine vinegar
- Toasted sesame oil
- Canola oil or avocado oil
- Carrots – cut into strips
- Yellow bell pepper – cut into strips
- Green beans – cut into 2-inch pieces
- Green onions – aka scallions
- Cut your steak and vegetables into strips. BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: cut everything to a similar size so it cooks evenly. Since the recipe has green beans, you’ll want to base the size on the green beans.
- Whisk together the sauce ingredients and set a small amount aside.
- Marinate the steak in the remaining sauce for at least 30 minutes. BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: toss the steak in the marinade before you leave for work in the morning.
- Heat oil in a pan or wok over high heat and stir fry the steak in batches for just a couple minutes and set aside.
- Stir fry the vegetables until crisp-tender
- Whisk the set aside sauce with cornstarch and add to the pan.
- Finally, return the beef to the pan and toss to coat everything evenly with the sauce. It will take just a minute for the sauce to thicken.
- Serve over rice, noodles, or cauliflower rice and enjoy immediately.
- Keep your meal gluten free while adding fiber from whole grains by serving your stir fry over cooked brown rice.
- Brown rice ramen noodles are my boys’ favorite.
- While this isn’t a strictly low carb recipe, you can cut the carbs a bit and add in even more veggies by scooping it over cauliflower rice or even alongside Sesame Zucchini Noodles.
About Certified Angus Beef® brand
If you want to keep your stir fry beef tender, you want to stir fry it at a high temperature very quickly to avoid overcooking it. But another tip is to make sure you use the most tender beef available.
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- Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon
- Gluten Free Meatballs from Recipe for Perfection
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Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry Recipe
Beef and vegetable stir fry is always a family-favorite dinner that is quick and easy. In fact, it’s probably even faster to make a stir fry yourself than it is to order takeout. And when you make it at home, you can use a few simple substitutions to make a gluten free stir fry sauce. This means everyone can enjoy this Asian dinner packed with flavorful steak and colorful veggies.
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Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry
- 1 pound Certified Angus Beef® brand bottom round steak
- 1/4 cup duck sauce
- 1/4 cup tamari, coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil or avocado oil
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch x 2-inch strips (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch x 2-inch strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 4 ounces whole fresh green beans, snapped into 2-inch pieces
- 4 green onions, chopped (including tops)
- Cooked rice, gluten free ramen noodles, or cauliflower rice, prepared as directed.
- Cut steak across the grain into 1/4 inch x 2 inch slices and place in a plastic zipper-top storage bag.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the duck sauce, tamari, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and ginger.
- Pour 1/4 cup into a separate small bowl and whisk in cornstarch. Set aside for later.
- Pour remaining marinade over meat in the bag and marinate at least 30 minutes.
- Remove beef from marinade using a slotted spoon and pat dry. Discard excess marinade.
- Heat a nonstick skillet or wok over high heat. Add the oil to the pan and stir fry beef in two batches for 2 to 3 minutes, set aside.
- Add carrots, bell pepper, green beans and green onions to the pan, stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in reserved sauce mixture, tossing constantly for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Return beef to the pan and toss to coat.
- Serve immediately over rice, gluten free ramen noodles, or cauliflower rice.