6 net carbs

Beef stroganoff

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Beef stroganoff

Top view of low-carb beef stroganoff in a large sauté pan garnished with parsley.

Low-carb beef stroganoff [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Discover a beloved classic with our recipe for low-carb beef stroganoff. Tender slices of steak, complemented by mushrooms and onions, in a creamy sauce that’s both satisfying and nutritious. This dish offers a wholesome take on a timeless favorite, perfect for those seeking a delicious low-carb option. Serve it over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles for a delightful twist on tradition. Simple to prepare and bursting with flavor, it’s a hearty meal that’s sure to please your taste buds.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American, Russian
Servings 6 servings
Net Carbs 6 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • pounds steak, thinly sliced
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 teasponns xanthan gum
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Optional Garnish

  • chopped fresh parsley


  • In a large saute pan (or deep skillet) over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
    Top view of heating olive oil in a sauté pan.
  • Add the steak in a single layer and season with salt and black pepper. Cook until both sides are browned. Remove steak to a plate or bowl and set aside. Drain any excess liquid in the pan.
    Top view of searing steak strips in a sauté pan.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute until they start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
    Top view of mushrooms, onions, and garlic sautéing in a sauté pan.
  • In a measuring cup or bowl, add the beef broth, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), and xanthan gum and whisk until smooth. Pour the broth mixture into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Top view of cooking mushrooms and onions in beef broth to make low-carb beef stroganoff.
  • Add the lemon juice to the heavy cream and stir together. Add the cream mixture and steak to the pan and stir until combined. Taste and season with salt and black pepper as needed. Cook for 1-2 minutes until everything is warmed.
    Top view of low-carb beef stroganoff simmering in a sauté pan.
  • Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley (optional). Enjoy!
    Top view of low-carb beef stroganoff next to a bowl of cauliflower rice.



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Xanthan gum substitutions

  • Guar gum: A natural thickening agent similar to xanthan gum, guar gum can be used in equal quantities to achieve a thick and creamy texture in the sauce.
  • Arrowroot powder: While slightly higher in carbohydrates than xanthan gum, arrowroot powder is a natural thickener that works well in sauces. To avoid adding excess carbs, use half the amount of arrowroot powder as xanthan gum.
  • Cornstarch slurry: For those not strictly adhering to a low-carb diet, a cornstarch slurry can be used to thicken the sauce. Mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water, then stir it into the simmering sauce until thickened.

Xanthan gum tips

If you’re having trouble getting the xanthan gum to dissolve completely with just a whisk, try using an immersion blender instead. Simply use the blender directly in the cup or bowl where the liquids are already combined. This method can help ensure thorough blending and prevent clumping, resulting in a smoother sauce consistency.

Best low-carb “noodles” to serve with beef stroganoff

For a low-carb twist on the traditional accompaniment to beef stroganoff, consider serving it with alternative “noodles” that are both delicious and diabetes-friendly. Here are some of the best options:

  • Spaghetti squash: Roasted spaghetti squash strands provide a tender, noodle-like texture with a subtle sweetness that pairs well with the savory beef stroganoff sauce. Simply roast the spaghetti squash until tender, then use a fork to scrape out the strands.
  • Cauliflower rice: Finely grated cauliflower serves as a versatile and low-carb substitute for rice. Its neutral flavor allows it to absorb the flavors of the stroganoff sauce while providing a satisfying base for the dish.
  • Zucchini noodles (zoodles): Spiralized zucchini noodles offer a light and refreshing option that pairs beautifully with the rich flavors of beef stroganoff. Simply spiralize fresh zucchini and lightly sauté or steam until tender.
  • Shirataki noodles: Made from konjac yam, shirataki noodles are virtually carb-free and low in calories, making them an excellent choice for those following a low-carb or keto diet. They have a slightly chewy texture and can be easily incorporated into beef stroganoff dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb beef stroganoff recipe Keto?

Yes – one serving of this recipe has 6 grams of net carbs. Please note that the nutrition calculation does not include cauliflower, rice, or noodles. You’ll need to account for these additions separately.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

This recipe is gluten-free if you use gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos. Most traditional soy sauce brands are not gluten-free and use wheat as a primary ingredient. We prefer coconut aminos over soy sauce; our favorite brand is BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Aminos.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: Prepare the beef stroganoff ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover beef stroganoff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: Beef stroganoff can be frozen for longer storage. Transfer cooled leftovers to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Thaw frozen beef stroganoff overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat gently on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. Alternatively, microwave individual portions in 30-second intervals until heated to your liking.

Additional Details

When it comes to diabetes-friendly meals, low-carb beef stroganoff is a comforting and nutritious option. Originating in Russia in the 19th century, beef stroganoff has traversed continents to become a beloved dish worldwide. Traditionally, it features tender beef strips simmered in a rich, creamy sauce with mushrooms and onions, typically served over egg noodles or rice. Our low-carb version serves this comforting dish over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles, offering a healthier alternative while maintaining its delicious flavor.

Details about ingredients

  • Beef: A rich source of high-quality protein, beef provides essential amino acids necessary for muscle repair and growth. It also contains nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, supporting overall health.
  • Mushrooms: Low in calories and carbohydrates, mushrooms are a great addition to diabetic-friendly meals. They’re rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as selenium and potassium, which promote immune function and heart health.
  • Onions: Offering a burst of flavor to the dish, onions are high in fiber and antioxidants. They contain quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties that may help manage blood sugar levels.
  • Cream and beef broth: Used to create the creamy sauce, heavy cream adds richness without excess carbs, while beef broth enhances flavor without adding significant calories. If watching your sodium intake, opt for low-sodium beef broth.
  • Xanthan gum: This low-carb thickening agent helps achieve the desired sauce consistency without adding extra carbs, making it suitable for diabetic-friendly recipes.


  • Swap beef for leaner protein sources like chicken or turkey for a lighter alternative.
  • Experiment with different types of mushrooms or add a splash of red wine to elevate the flavor.
  • For a vegetarian twist, substitute tofu or tempeh for the meat, providing ample protein while keeping carbs in check.

Serving pairings

  • Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles to keep carb counts low while adding texture and fiber.
  • Accompany with a crisp green salad or steamed vegetables for refreshing accompaniments, enhancing the overall nutritional value of the meal.

Benefits for people with diabetes

For individuals managing diabetes, incorporating low-carb recipes like beef stroganoff into their meal plans can offer several advantages. By reducing carbohydrate intake, this dish helps stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing spikes and promoting better glycemic control. The generous protein content from the beef and mushrooms helps regulate appetite and keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods, reducing the likelihood of reaching for unhealthy snacks.


When preparing low-carb beef stroganoff, keep these tips in mind for optimal results:

  • Trim excess fat off your steak before cooking
  • Use fresh mushrooms for the best flavor and texture, and slice them thinly for even cooking.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor profile to your liking.
  • Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze for longer storage.

Incorporating low-carb beef stroganoff into your diabetic-friendly meal rotation offers a delicious way to enjoy classic comfort food without compromising health goals. With its simple yet satisfying ingredients and versatile serving options, this recipe will surely become a staple in your meal planning, providing nourishment and enjoyment with every bite.

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