Beef Lo Mein [with Gluten-Free options]

This popular takeout dish will make you want to grab chopsticks and dig in, unless of course, a fork is closer.  But who needs takeout? With just a little extra care in the prep, this dish comes together quickly and easily with beefy, noodley, tender vegetables in savory perfection. Preparing Beef Lo Mein at home is the ideal way to maintain control over quality ingredients, customize vegetables, or accommodate gluten-free diets.  The only challenge is there may not be any leftovers.

To make this dish gluten-free, look for the following:

Panda Brand (Green Label) Oyster Flavored Sauce or Wok Mei All Natural Oyster Sauce
Soy Sauce brands that are Gluten-Free
Gluten-Free Asian Noodles
Rachael Ray Beef Stock-in-a-Box (recommended for flavor by Cooks Illustrated) or Imagine Organic Beef Flavored Broth

Beef Lo Mein

Serves 4
1         pounds  tri-tip or flank steak — cut into 1/4″ x 2″ strips
4         tablespoons  coconut oil or peanut oil
1         pound  thin Chinese egg noodles (fresh)
1         tablespoon  sesame oil
1         tablespoon  garlic — minced
2        teaspoons  ginger — grated fresh
1         cup  carrots — julienned
1         cup  zucchini — julienned
1/2     teaspoon  red pepper flakes — more or less, to taste
1/2     cup  green onion tops — coarsely chopped
1         package  Brown Beech mushrooms — trimmed from the base
4         ounces  snow peas — ends snapped, strings removed
Beef Marinade:
1         tablespoon  soy sauce
1         tablespoon  dry sherry or rice wine
2        teaspoons  corn starch
1         teaspoon  honey or sugar
1         tablespoon  sesame oil
3        tablespoons  oyster sauce
2        tablespoons  soy sauce
1/2    cup  beef broth
2        teaspoons  cornstarch
1/2    teaspoon  black pepper

Mix beef marinade and toss with beef strips; set aside.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the noodles and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes (if using gluten-free noodles, follow package al dente cooking directions).  Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.  Toss with the sesame oil, to coat lightly.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil over med-high heat.  Add the noodles and fry over medium-high heat, gently stirring, until lightly browned on the bottom, about 6 minutes.  With a spatula, flip the noodles over to lightly brown the other side.  Return noodles to the bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, cornstarch, and pepper; stir to dissolve the cornstarch.

In the same skillet used to fry the noodles, add beef to the skillet with 2 tablespoons coconut oil over med-high heat and cook until lightly browned. Remove beef from skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, ginger, zucchini, and carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes or until garlic and ginger are fragrant and vegetables have softened.

Add the pepper flakes, green onions, mushrooms, and snow peas, and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.  Return beef to the skillet with vegetables.

Reduce heat to medium, add the oyster sauce mixture, and cook until thickened. Remove from heat, return noodles to the skillet, toss to coat with sauce, and incorporate with beef and vegetables.  Serve immediately.

Posted on the following Blog Hops:
SS & GF Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop
EKat’s Kitchen Friday Potluck


7 responses to “Beef Lo Mein [with Gluten-Free options]

  1. I just love beef lo mein – I have never tried it at home – how delicious! thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  2. I will definitely grab my chopsticks! I always use chopsticks with noodles, I feel it helps with the taste like a wine glass for wine

  3. Looks so flavorful and delish. Hope you’ll swing by Momtrends and share on our linky:

  4. This looks wonderful! I look forward to trying soon! We get take out more often than I’d like to admit 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Friday Potluck.

  5. Your recipe and photographs are absolutely mouthwatering, and that is wonderful you have also provided gluten-free options too! Beef Lo Mein is one of my favourite Chinese dishes, but I have never made it at home, so I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

  6. Looks delicious and so much healthier than take-out!

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