Beef and Broccoli (Gluten Free)

by Katie on August 16, 2012

The hardest thing for me when I began my Gluten Free diet was the restrictions that were put on me when eating out. The limitations of what I could no longer eat were hard, but eating out just seemed like a lost cause at first. I had to research restaurants to see what and where I could eat. We couldn’t just go wherever we wanted any longer.

One of the first places I discovered with a dedicated GF menu was PF Changs. I could just go and order one of the many things on the GF menu and not have to worry about if it was contaminated – they even have GF dessert! Seeing that gluten is in soy sauce, has meant that most Chinese places are out of the question – so this was a big deal.

We go to PF Changs occasionally, but at about $15 per dinner it’s not an every week kind of place for us. Especially because we also have to split an order of lettuce wraps (yum!). I decided to branch out and try making some Chinese at home so that I could enjoy it more often. That’s where this Beef and Broccoli comes in. It was way more cost effective than ordering Chinese out, but it sure tasted like we had! Delicious!!

Note: If you don’t eat gluten free, just sub out the gluten free soy sauce for regular and your are good to go! It’s a dinner everyone can enjoy!

Beef and Broccoli {Gluten Free}

Beef and Broccoli (Gluten Free)


  • 1 pound flat iron steak (cut into 3 inch slices)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, minced garlic and black pepper. Add the stir-fry beef strips and marinade for half an hour.
  2. Once the meat has marinated, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a wok or a large skillet. Add the stir-fry beef and marinade, and fry until the meat is no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the onions and carrots, and cook for another 2 minutes - continuing to stir. Add the broccoli and cook and stir for 1 more minute.
  4. In a measuring cup, whisk together the 1 cup cold water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and cornstarch. Pour this mixture over the beef & broccoli mixture, and cook until sauce thickens, about 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Serve immediately over hot rice. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving.

Recipe slightly adapted from: Baking Beauties

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Mystie @ Simple Pantry Cooking August 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

This sounds delicious! And it uses only ingredients I keep on hand! Mmm…it might have to go into the regular rotation! I’ll definitely be pinning this. :)


Katie August 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Hi Mystie, I loved that it was everyday ingredient, too! So much of the time Asian dishes call for a list of things I never have (and probably wouldn’t use again).


Daniel August 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

SOOOOO good! You come up with some great recipes!


Katie August 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Thanks ;)


Lynn April 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Katie ~

One of my favorite Asian dishes, Beef and Pea Pods) uses oyster sauce. Have you been able to find a gluten-free oyster sauce? So many of the Asian sauces have the traditional soy with wheat. Glad they’re starting to come out with gf ones! I didn’t know that about PF Changs. I would worry about cross-contamination in the kitchen, but maybe they do have a dedicated gf portion of their kitchen?!


Katie April 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Lynn! I haven’t cooked with oyster sauce, so I’m not sure if there is a GF kind out there. I have eaten at PF Changs many times and have never had a problem. The staff is really knowledgable about gluten and the food comes out on different plates and everything. I know what you mean about cross contamination, though…you have to be so careful!!


Misty August 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

Tim and I love chinese food, so I will definitely be adding this to our Menu soon!


Katie August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Enjoy! I can’t wait to try some more Chinese dishes and share them on here :)


Sara August 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I have never tried making Chinese at home, but we love to order it out. I really appreciate that it uses thing I mostly keep in the kitchen already.


Katie August 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I loved that about it, too, Sara! It is so easy to make!


Lauryn August 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Absolutely delicious! I’ve just had to go gluten free and the first thing I missed was Chinese. I did go to PF Chang’s but there isn’t one nearby when I go back to college and it is a little expensive. This was an amazing meal my roommates will enjoy as much as I did!


Katie August 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi Lauryn! I totally understand how you feel…it is hard going gluten free and missing out on old favorites. But with time it gets easier and just becomes routine…plus there are so many great GF alternatives. Glad you enjoyed the recipe :)


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