It’s easy to fall into the ground beef or chicken trap on a low carb diet. Why not mix things up with this delicious keto steak stir fry instead?
OK, so I guess those other meats aren’t all bad. If you prefer chicken, the good news is this recipe works great as both a chicken and steak stir fry. Bam – 2 recipes in one! Exactly how we like it.
Get the low carb chicken stir fry recipe here … or keep reading to learn how to make the beef version – which happens to be one of my favorite keto steak recipes.
Easy Steak Stir Fry No Soy Sauce
One of the reasons this keto stir fry is better than your typical beef stir fry recipe is there’s no soy sauce. You also don’t use a highly processed vegetable oil that most Chinese restaurants use for cooking.
While neither of these bonuses seem like a big deal, trust me when I say nixing these ingredients from your diet goes a long way when it comes to lowering inflammation. Isn’t that the point of following keto anyway?
OK – I won’t subject you to a pop quiz since we’re just getting to know each other. Just know that lowering inflammation is exactly the point!
A stir fry recipe without soy sauce is easy when you replace it with coconut aminos. In fact, a low-sugar coconut aminos is a great way to replace soy sauce in all sorts of keto recipes.
More Keto Stir Fry Sauce Recipe Ingredients
You’ll also need ginger and garlic to complete the keto stir fry sauce recipe. While a tablespoon of fresh ginger gives this recipe so much flavor, I find keeping simple ingredients on hand helps me stick to my low carb diet. This means I typically use minced ginger instead.
While garlic lovers may choose to mince your own garlic clove, I also prefer minced garlic for my easy steak stir fry. If you love fresh garlic, just remember to add it to your grocery list.
When you whip up the beef stir fry sauce, you’ll need to divide it in half since it doubles as a marinade.
While the avocado oil isn’t part of the stir fry sauce, this is what you’ll use to fry the meat and vegetables. You can also replace avocado with coconut oil for a sweeter flavor.
Best Steak for Stir Fry
When choosing the type of beef, a flank steak stir fry is usually the most popular choice. By all means, you don’t have to limit a good stir fry to only this cut of steak since any tender cut of beef works.
When looking for the best beef for stir fry, other cuts to consider include top sirloin steak, tri-tip, and even ribeye steak. Also, don’t count out a good skirt steak stir fry since this meat is so tender. All of these cuts produce tender slices of beef when properly marinated.
Don’t forget, this recipe works well as a chicken and steak stir fry recipe, so you could always slice up chicken breasts too. (Just don’t cook beef and chicken in the same pan for food safety reasons).
Best Stir Fry Vegetables
You can’t have a delicious stir fry recipe without plenty of crispy vegetables. I typically make a delicious steak and zucchini stir fry, with plenty of broccoli florets and green onions mixed in. I also love adding both sliced green peppers and half of a red bell pepper into the mix.
Other great low carb vegetables to consider include green beans, snap peas, asparagus, bok choy, spinach, cauliflower, and sweet onions. You can even toss in a few baby carrots to complete your healthy meal.
You can prep this easy dinner recipe ahead of time, which is especially helpful on busy weeknights. Prep time takes up the most amount of time for this recipe, so if you need a speedy dinner – do it ahead of time.
It’s also a good idea since once the skillet gets hot, things move quickly. Plus, it’s important to marinade the meat so it stays tender and juicy.
Stir Fry Sauce / Marinade
Start by mixing up the marinade and sauce. Add the coconut aminos, minced garlic and ginger into a small bowl and stir. Then slice the meat next.
How to Cut Flank Steak for Stir Fry
Always cut diagonally and against the grain to keep your beef tender. Since thin slices work best, keep the steak to 1/2 inch thick cuts. Trim away any muscle or unwanted fat.
Marinade Steak for Stir Fry
Once the meat is sliced and the sauce is ready, combine them in a bowl and cover. Be sure the steak stir fry marinade completely covers the steak. You can mix everything together to make sure all steak pieces are covered. Allow the steak to marinate in the fridge from 4-24 hours for best results.
Remember – only use half of the sauce since the other half will be used for stir frying. Keep the remaining sauce in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
Chop the Vegetables
It’s up to you whether you choose to chop the veggies while preparing the meat, or if you want to put in the prep work while the meat comes up to room temp.
Whenever you’re ready, slice, dice and chop your favorite vegetables.
Let’s Get Cooking
Remove the meat from the fridge around 20 minutes prior to cooking since steak cooks more evenly at room temperature. Drain the steak and discard the marinade. Allow it to sit on the counter while you crisp the veggies.
If you want even more flavor in your steak stir fry, sprinkle the meat with black pepper or red pepper flakes to taste. Remember – a little goes a long way. Plus, you can always add more later if you decide it wasn’t enough.
Crisp the Veggies
Start by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in a tablespoon of avocado oil and spread it around the hot pan. If you add onions to your stir fry, cook those first for 1-2 minutes.
Once the onions have softened, add in all of the remaining vegetables except the green onions. Cook until you reach your desired crispness, which should take 3-5 minutes.
After the veggies are crisp, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Fry the Steak
Next heat the empty non-stick skillet or wok on high heat. You want a very hot wok once you’re ready to cook so the meat cooks quickly and doesn’t dry out.
Once the skillet is hot, pour the remaining avocado oil in and spread it around the pan. Then add the steak into the hot oil.
Make sure to spread the meat out and leave room in between so the steak gets crispy instead of steamed. You may need to work in small batches, as to not overcrowd the pan.
Cook until browned, which should take only 1-2 minutes per side. Then flip and cook until you reach your desired internal temp.
Combine the Stir Fry
Once the steak is just about done, turn down the stove to low – medium heat. Top the beef with the crispy veggies and green onions.
Mix 1 tablespoon of sesame oil into the remaining sauce (optional for flavor). Then pour the remaining sauce over all of the ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Feel free to top with sesame seeds to complete the meal. Then serve this easy recipe that your whole family will enjoy!
If you love this recipe, then next time double the batch and save leftover steak stir fry for the next day.
Flank Steak Stir Fry Recipe FAQs
The good thing about this recipe is with the combo of the protein, sauce and veggies it’s a complete meal. If you want to add even more veggies, coconut cauliflower rice or buttery zucchini noodles are both great options.
While this recipe calls for fresh veggies, you can use frozen vegetables in stir fries too. You’ll just need to cook the vegetables a little longer. Also, discard any excess water prior to combining the remaining stir fry ingredients together.
You can use whichever pan you have for this easy low carb stir fry. I personally find a large skillet easier to use.
Even a low sodium soy sauce can lead to inflammation and a loss of minerals, which are both undesirable on a keto diet. The addition of coconut aminos makes this a great recipe, so don’t be afraid to make the swap.
Yes, the ingredients used make a simple keto stir fry recipe for both the marinade and the sauce.
Avocado oil can be used at a high temperature and a neutral taste. While sesame seed oil gives this recipe a nice Asian flair, the smoke point ranges from 350-410 degrees, which may not be hot enough to stir fry meat. You can finish the recipe off with a nice toasted sesame oil for flavor.
Make Keto Easy
Both a chicken and steak stir fry recipe can help you mix things up on a low carb diet + get better results. With this recipe, you have a delicious keto stir fry sauce that goes great with either option. Add in all of the nutrient packed veggies, and BAM! Keto weight loss for days!
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Chicken and Steak Stir Fry Recipe
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Steak Stir Fry (No Soy Sauce)
A steak and broccoli stir fry recipe with zucchini and more. This stir fry no soy sauce recipe uses coconut aminos for a sweet sauce your whole family will love. Meal prep ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal that will become a staple in your low carb household.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 4 1x
- Category: Keto Lunch / Dinner Recipe
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb / High Protein
- Diet: Diabetic
- 1.5 lbs steak of choice, cubed
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 full zucchini, sliced
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (or less if you’re not trying to scare off vampires)
- 2 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tbsp sesame oil (optional for flavor)
- Combine coconut aminos, minced ginger and minced garlic into small bowl and mix well.
- Slice the meat into 1/2 inch strips. Then add the steak into a bowl and pour half of the marinade on top. Make sure the meat is completely covered. Reserve the other half of the marinade for cooking. Keep it covered in the fridge until ready to use.
- Allow the meat to marinate in the fridge for 4-24 hours.
- Chop, slice and dice preferred vegetables. Store in green containers until ready to use.
- Remove the meat from the fridge approximately 20 minutes prior to cooking since steak cooks best at room temp.
- Drain the marinade and discard.
- Heat a frying pan or wok over high heat. Once hot, add 1 tbsp of avocado oil into the pan. Spread the oil so it covers the bottom.
- If adding onions to your stir fry, cook those first for 1-2 minutes. Then cook the rest of the veggies until crisp, which takes 3-5 minutes. Once crisp, add to a plate and set aside.
- Add the remaining 2 tbsp avocado oil to the hot pan. Spread the oil and then add the steak into the hot pan. Make sure to leave room in between each piece to help it brown instead of steam.
- Cook each side until it browns, which should take 1-2 minutes per side.
- Once browned, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the veggies on top.
- Stir 1 tbsp sesame oil into the remaining stir fry sauce. (Optional for flavor). Pour the sauce on top of the meat and veggies and stir.
- Cook until everything is combined, which should take 2-3 minutes.
- The addition of 1 tbsp sesame oil is optional for flavor.
- Cooking the steak in sesame oil or olive oil is not recommended since these oils have a lower smoke point. For best results, use avocado oil for stir frying and then finish with sesame oil for a nice Asian flavor.
- Prep vegetables and meat ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal.
- It’s important to marinade the meat so it’s not tough.
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 4
- Calories: 412.5
- Sugar: 7.6
- Sodium: 637.4
- Fat: 18.1
- Saturated Fat: 4.2
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: .4
- Carbohydrates: 9.9
- Fiber: 1.3
- Protein: 52.3
- Cholesterol: 131
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