Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage is packed with sweet and spicy Korean barbecue flavor, crispy vegetables, and delicious rice noodles. It’s gluten free and totally delicious.
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I never shy away from trying new products. And I’m not shy from trying to create a recipe for those with alternative nutrition and food allergies. Granted, it’s not as often as I should, but I do try to consider others with different dietary requirements than me.
And it’s also known that I never shy away from trying a product. I mean, some of these products I never would have heard about had I not said yes to the sample email or the recipe contest. Like Kevin’s Natural Foods. I’ve used their products before. I made some delicious meatballs with one of their sauces. So, I know that their products taste delicious.
What is Keven’s Natural Foods?
Kevin’s Natural Foods is a line of sauces, seasonings, and quick to prepare entrees. They’re all natural ingredients for clean eating. The majority of all their products are either paleo, gluten free, keto, dairy free, vegan, or nut free. Yes, that’s a lot of dietary restrictions, but clean eating usually fits into at least one of these categories.
Their goal is to make sure that even the busiest clean eaters have delicious and flavorful food at their fingertips to make a delicious meal. And delicious is an understatement. They have a tikka masala, Korean style barbecue, Thai style coconut curry chicken, and chicken chile verde just to name a few.
For this recipe, I used their Korean Style BBQ Beef. Of course, I had to make a stir-fry for me and the hubs. To keep it gluten free, I used delicious rice noodles and tons of veggies for a deliciously filling meal. The napa cabbage is a fun addition to my typical stir fry veggies of snap peas and celery. It’s not as thick as regular cabbage and has a decidedly different flavor than most cabbages out there.
What is Korean BBQ?
Typically, it’s just like every other barbecue. Grilled meat with a sauce of some description. In this case, it’s a Korean barbecue sauce that is a Bulgogi style sauce. It’s made with coconut aminos, garlic, toasted sesame seeds, ginger, coconut sugar, and spices. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but the flavor is awesome. It’s rich and full of Asian flavors.
It has a sweet a slightly smoky flavor. But then there’s the delicious sesame and ginger flavor and a kick from some of the spices. It’s not too spicy though. There’s just a hint of it in there. The sauce itself is thick and rich. It coated every piece of beef in the pan along with the veggies and the noodles. It is one flavor packed meal!
What’s in Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage?
This is a gluten free recipe. I’m just going to say that right at the start. And I’m also going to say that even with this recipe being gluten free there’s no lack of flavor. And even though there’s noodles in this Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage recipe they’re not boring veggie noodles. I feel like those are lacking in flavor sometimes. I could never do a gluten free or even a keto diet all the time. I’ll get into that in a bit.
You will not miss the flavor in this recipe. It’s packed with the Kevin’s Korean Style BBQ Beef. Then there’s crispy Napa cabbage, hearty celery and a garnish of bright green onions. The beef is super tender. I will admit that I kept snacking on it while I was waiting for the noodles to cook. Yes, they only took like 10 minutes but still. It’s super tender and delicious.
For this Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage recipe to be gluten free, I used rice noodles. I actually really like rice noodles for Asian recipes. Usually, it takes about half the time to cook then regular noodles. You soak them in warm water for 5 or so minutes. That’s a good jump start in cooking them. Then I put them in the pan to cook the rest of the way with some chicken broth, sesame oil, and tamari soy sauce to get some flavor in those noodles.
What is tamari soy sauce?
Like all soy sauces, they’re a product of fermenting soybeans as I understand it. Tamari is a Japanese sauce that is a byproduct of making miso paste. It’s darker and has a richer flavor than other soy sauces. And it has little to no wheat in it. That is the major difference between the two. So, tamari soy sauce is slated as being gluten free. Perfect for this recipe!
It’s my go do soy sauce. I’m glad that the hubs has changed stores and I have to shop at the one that stocks tamari on a regular basis. For me, it has a richer flavor but it’s also less salty. Sometimes soy sauce it just too much for me. I have such a sensitivity to salt that I usually cut the amount in half if I’m using regular soy sauce. But not with tamari. It’s not as bitter and is well rounded in flavor.
What does Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with cabbage taste like?
First, you taste the delicious sauce. It’s sweet and smoky with a hint of a kick. Then you crunch into the noodles, celery, and snap peas. Let me tell you, those snap peas were almost like candy. They were so sweet. And the noodles are rich and full of flavor from being cooked in the broth and then tossed in the sauce. Each bite is full of flavor and texture. I devoured the whole bowl and had no regrets.
Thankfully I made enough Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage to have leftovers. And I devoured those for lunch!! So, if you’re worried about reheating the dish, don’t be. I added about a tablespoon of broth when I reheated it to sort of revive the sauce and noodles, but it wasn’t absolutely necessary.
The best thing about this whole Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry with Cabbage recipe is how fast it comes together. Since the beef is already cooked and seasoned, it’s really just a matter of cooking the noodles. And that took about 10 minutes. Then it’s about 3 to stir-fry the veggies and another 3 or so to heat the beef and the sauce with the rest of the ingredients. Dinner is on the table in under 20 minutes! Can you believe it? And it tastes like you spent longer than that cooking it. It’s a win win for everyone!
Korean BBQ Beef Stir-Fry with Cabbage is packed with sweet and spicy Korean barbecue flavor, crispy vegetables, and delicious rice noodles. It’s gluten free and totally delicious.
- 1 pound Kevin’s Natural Korean BBQ Style Beef
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
- 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced chopped celery
- 7 ounces rice noodles
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup tamari soy sauce
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- Cover the rice noodles with hot water and set aside.
- Heat a non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.
- Add the canola oil and swirl to coat the pan.
- Drain the beef in a strainer and break apart the large pieces before adding to the pan.
- Sauté the beef for 3 to 4 minutes before adding the cabbage, sugar snap peas, and celery.
- Stir-fry the beef and vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp tender.
- Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the chicken broth, tamari soy sauce, sesame oil, and drained rice noodles to the pan.
- Simmer 6 to 10 minutes or until the noodles are al dente.
- Return the beef and vegetables to the pan.
- Stir in the Korean BBQ style sauce and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce is heated through.
- Garnish with the sliced green onions before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 655Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 86mgSodium 3645mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 5gSugar 12gProtein 36g
That's a crazy amount of calories.