Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Stir Fry

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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!

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Easy Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables

Beef and vegetable stir fry is one of the best family-favorite quick and easy dinner recipes. In fact, it’s probably even faster to make a stir fry yourself than it is to order takeout. 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.

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.

Gluten Free Steak Stir Fry with Veggies and cauliflower rice on a green rectangular plate

Making Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry

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.

Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry with bright colored veggies on a plate with chopsticks


  • Bottom round steak – cut into strips
  • Duck sauce
  • Tamari, coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cornstarch
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and set a small amount aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Stir fry the vegetables until crisp-tender
  6. Whisk the set aside sauce with cornstarch and add to the pan.
  7. 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.
  8. Serve over rice, noodles, or cauliflower rice and enjoy immediately.

Side dishes

  • 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.
Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry sprinkled with green onions

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.

Certified Angus Beef® brand is truly a cut above even Choice and Prime steaks. That’s because it must meet ten demanding quality standards. These standards ensure flavorful and juicy cuts of meat. That makes it the choice of 15,0000 of the most elite restaurants and retailers around the world. I get my Certified Angus Beef® brand from my local Weis Markets. You can use the product locator to find your local retailer.

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Gluten Free Beef Vegetable Stir Fry on a green plate

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Gluten Free Beef Vegetable Stir Fry on a green plate
5 from 2 votes

Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry

A quick and easy Asian-inspired dinner recipe the family loves with strips of steak and crisp-tender veggies. A few simple substitutions make it gluten free.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinating Time 30 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • 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.


Nutritional information does not include rice or noodles for serving.
Recipe slightly adapted form Certified Angus Beef® brand Beef & Garden Vegetable Stir Fry.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 1002mg42%
Potassium 735mg21%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 5470IU109%
Vitamin C 63.3mg77%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


1 Comment
  1. Cinnamon Vogue

    5 stars
    Fantastic. The photo also came out really well. I am not a fan of corn starch, what with all the GMO stuff in it. But this is so useful because you list all the ingredients that are essential for something like this. Did not know what Tamari sauce was. Good tip. It’s not Keto diet perfect, but all in all a healthy meal. Great job.

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