Gluten Free Chinese Food at Home: Moo Shu Beef Recipe

I originally went gluten free in 2005. I have long since given up on eating out at Chinese restaurants other than PF Chang’s. They serve sumptuous gluten free Chinese food, but most dishes are extremely high in calories. So, I often make my Chinese food at home instead. Moo shu is usually served with pork; however, I used beef in this recipe. You may serve it over rice or make it low-carb by serving it over sauteed vegetables. You can even use it to stuff a gluten free tortilla or pita pocket. Made with top sirloin, it is exceptionally tender and delicious.

Gluten Free Chinese Food at Home: Moo Shu Beef Recipe


Yield: Serves 3.

Gluten Free Chinese Food at Home: Moo Shu Beef Recipe

Serve gluten free chinese food at home with this delicious moo shu beef dish. Serve over rice, sauteed cabbage, in burritos, and more.


  • 1 lb. top sirloin steak
  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, thinly sliced (or other fresh vegetables: zucchini, etc.)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (or half a red bell pepper)
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (or sugar-free substitute)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (or sugar-free substitute)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (use less or more, as desired)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or potato starch)
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients and set it aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together except for the cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of water, and set it aside. In a separate container whisk the cornstarch and water together and set it aside.
  2. Cut the steak(s) in half lengthwise.
  3. Cut each piece into 1/4-inch thick slices. Cut the slices into smaller pieces, in half, and if desired, in half again.
  4. Pour the marinade over the steak pieces and toss to combine. Allow the steak to marinade for 20 minutes in the refrigerator, tossing occasionally. Bring to room temperature prior to cooking. If cooking the steak immediately, you may marinade it at room temperature.
  5. Strain the steak and discard the marinade.
  6. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat (preheat with oil if not using a non-stick pan). Add the steak and fry for 2 minutes or until the outside of the steak is no longer pink. If desired, add the vegetables or sautee them in a separate skillet. Add the sauce mixture and the cornstarch mixture, and stir until thickened.
  7. Serve steak and sauce over rice or over sauteed cabbage and carrots.

3 Replies to “Gluten Free Chinese Food at Home: Moo Shu Beef Recipe”

  1. Comment transferred from wrong page: I just happened to have a sirloin steak waiting to be cooked and came across your recipe for Moo Shu Beef. I followed your recipe with the exception of adding a finely sliced serrano pepper (we like hot & spicy) and served it in lettuce leaves. It was a hot. Thanks for all your recipes.

    1. Hi Karen,

      I just tried the print button this recipe and it works for me. In case you have your browswer settings set to open things in a new window, I suggest you check to see if that occurred. Other than that, I’m not sure what to suggest.

      I hope you work it out. Meanwhile, you may signup for ZipList and create your own personal recipe box so you can all of your recipes in one place online. Here’s the link on my blog: You can also save recipes from other sites that use ZipList.


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