Gluten-Free Beef Udon

November 13, 2021Mrs. Lin's Kitchen
gluten-free beef udon

Gluten-free recipe for the famous Japanese beef udon.

Beef udon is a Japanese comfort dish made with stir-fried beef, dashi soup stock, and various toppings. The traditional recipe uses regular udon, which is not gluten-free. In this post, I will share with you the gluten-free beef udon recipe.

The udon I use in this recipe is homemade. You can watch this video below if you want to learn how to make it at home. Gluten-free udon can also be found at some Asian supermarkets, too, but they’re harder to come by.


  • Gluten-free udon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
  • Tenkasu/tempura bits (optional)
  • A few slices of carrot
  • Green onion

Marinated Beef

  • 6 to 8 oz of thinly sliced beef 
  • 1 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of mirin
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of grated ginger

Soup Stock

  • 4 cups of dashi
  • 2 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of mirin
  • 1 tsp of sugar

The beef I use is rib but any other good cut of beef will work. I bought this beef already thinly sliced from Ranch99 but many Asian groceries also offer this convenient option. If you choose your own beef, the easiest way making that paper thin beef is to half freeze it then slice it. You can also slice it using a meat slicer.

Tenkasu or small bits of tempura batter is optional but it really enhance the flavor and texture of this dish. If you don’t know how to make tenkasu, you can see how it’s made in my gluten-free tempura video. 

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  • gluten-free udon
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
  • tenkasu/tempura bits, (optional)
  • green onion
  • a few slices of carrot

Marinated Beef

  • 6 to 8 oz thinly sliced beef
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger

Soup Stock

  • 4 cups dashi
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • 1)

    Chop the green onion. Thinly slice the yellow onion. Grate the ginger. 



  • 2)

    Cut a few thin slices of carrot. 

  • 3)

    Marinate the beef with 1 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce, 1 tbsp of mirin, 1 tsp of grated ginger, and 1/2 tsp of sugar. Mix everything together and let the beef marinate for 20 minutes. You can also do this before you prepare the condiments and the soup stock to save time.


  • 4)

    Boil or reheat the gluten-free udon noodles.

  • 5)

    Blanch the carrot for 20 seconds.

  • 6)

    Prepare the udon soup stock by heating 4 cups of dashi with 2 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce, 2 tbsp of mirin, 1 tsp of sugar. Bring the pot to a boil. Since the beef already is marinated and flavorful, the soup stock doesn’t need to be salty. Once the soup is bubbling, lower the heat enough to keep the soup stock hot while we stir fry the beef.

  • 7)

    In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp of oil and saute the sliced yellow onion until fragrant. Next, add the marinated beef and continue to stir fry until the beef is well done. Turn off the heat when the beef is fully cooked.

  • 8)

    To serve, add a few ladles of soup stock into a bowl with the udon noodles. Next, place some stir-fried beef into the bowl. Add a few pieces of blanched carrot. Top off with some green onion and tenkasu if you decide to use it.

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