Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef – Gluten Free!
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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is not only insanely easy to make, it’s also completely gluten free! Slices of beef slow cooked in a sweet and savory sauce with hints of garlic and ginger, and a handful of green onions. Serve over jasmine rice for a dinner your whole family will love!
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
The other night I was out to dinner, and I stumbled upon a gluten free Mongolian beef dish. Now, I’m not going to say that this is 100% the same dish I had when I was out, but it sure comes close. The main difference between slow cooker Mongolian beef and a restaurant dish is that the slow cooker version involves no frying at all. In my opinion, the main flavors are still here, and taking a dish like this and making it super easy is a big win. You literally throw it all into a crock pot and let it work its magic. So incredibly easy, and best of all you won’t have any doubts that this is gluten free!
Takeout food can be hard when you’re on a gluten free diet. You never know if something has cross contamination, or if there’s wheat hiding somewhere else in the ingredients. Which is why I try to make these dishes at home if possible. So when I find a restaurant I trust that can safely make me a dish, I’ll go home and try my hardest to recreate it. And that’s where slow cooker Mongolian beef is born. It has a really delicious blend of sweet from the dark brown sugar, and savory from the garlic and ginger. I also used gluten free soy sauce here (keep in mind that regular soy sauce usually has wheat in it).
I found a lot of recipes that called for oyster sauce, which also usually has wheat in it. But I’ve heard whispers that there is a gluten free version. I’m trying to track it down, I will keep you posted. And if I do get my hands on it, there may or may not be gluten free lo mein in your future.
I served this over jasmine rice. It’s really easy to make, and only took maybe 15-20 minutes. I’m talking about the real kind, not the instant kind. You just bring the water to a boil with a few dashes of salt, add the rice, lower heat to a simmer and place some tinfoil over your pot. Check it again in about 5 minutes, turn the heat off and let sit covered. Voila. You have perfectly made jasmine rice in no time.
If you’re loving this slow cooker Mongolian beef, you’ll probably love these recipes, too!
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala – This is one of my all-time favorite dinners. It has quite a few spices, but it’s so incredibly amazing that you’ll think it’s totally worth the effort.
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken – Another one that uses gluten free soy sauce or tamari. This one tastes just like restaurant quality!
- Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken – Chicken, peppers, pineapple all in a sweet and savory sauce. One of my favorites!
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef - Gluten Free!
- 2 lb beef flank steak, cut into strips
- 2 medium bunches green onions, remove roots and tops, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- Add flank steak to plastic ziplock bag with corn starch. Shake to coat steak. Pour steak into slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl whisk together brown sugar, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Pour over steak.
- Cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 hours, or LOW 7 1/2 hours. Add green onions and cook an additional 1/2 hour. Stir together and serve.
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