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mongolian beef in a wok with spatula and scallions

Healthy Mongolian Beef with Gluten-Free PF Chang’s Sauce

This easy Mongolian beef recipe uses gluten-free tamari, arrowroot starch for thickening and plenty of fresh ginger to create a copy cat of PF Chang’s classic sauce that is both healthy and delicious. For a paleo version, simply swap the tamari for coconut aminos. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free tamari
  • 1/4 cup beef or chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch divided
  • Sea salt
  • 2 pounds flank steak thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil divided
  • 1 head broccoli about 1 pound, cut into small florets
  • 1 bunch scallions white and green parts separated, thinly sliced on the bias


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tamari, stock or water, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, season the sliced steak with salt and toss with the remaining arrowroot starch until lightly coated.
  3. Place a large heavy-bottomed skillet or wok over a high flame. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. When hot, add the steak in an even layer (you may have to do this in batches) and cook until nicely browned on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining coconut oil and broccoli and sauté until vibrant green and tender, 3 minutes. Remove to the plate with the steak.
  5. Pour the tamari mixture into the pan and scrape up any brown bits that may have formed. Simmer gently over medium-low heat until reduced slightly, about 3 minutes. Return the steak and broccoli to the pan and toss to coat. Garnish with the scallions and serve immediately over brown rice.

Recipe Notes

To make low FODMAP: use only the green parts of the scallions, omit the garlic.

To make this paleo: swap coconut aminos for the tamari.