Forget takeout. This quick and easy Asian noodles will hit the spot every time. Zucchini noodles with a rich sweet and spicy beef sauce.
4 medium zucchinis
1 tbsp. Avocado oil
1 tbsp. Pure Sesame seed oil
2 garlic cloves – finely minced
1 onion – sliced
salt and pepper
1 lb. pasture raised ground beef
4 tbsp. Coconut aminos
2 tbsp. Unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. Korean pepper flakes (or crushed red pepper flakes)
1 tbsp. Unsweetened BBQ sauce
The greens of 2 scallions – chopped
sesame seeds (about a tablespoon)
First, spiralize all 4 zucchinis and transfer the noodles to a large bowl lined with a clean kitchen towel and a large sheet of cheesecloth. Sprinkle on a few pinches of salt and set the noodles aside.
Then, add all the ingredients needed for the sauce into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set the sauce aside.
Heat a large deep skillet over medium-high heat and add the avocado and sesame oils. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté until the onions are tender and the garlic is fragrant, about 3-5 minutes while stirring continuously. Season the onion and garlic with a little salt and pepper. Push the onion and garlic to one side of the pan and add the ground beef to the skillet. Use a potato masher to break up the beef. Continue to cook the ground beef until it’s browned, about 3-5 minutes.
Slowly add the sauce to the ground beef mixture and stir to combine. Turn the heat up a bit and continue to cook the mixture until the meat begins to caramelize a bit.
Now, squeeze as much liquid out the zucchini noodles as you possibly can and add the noodles to the skillet with the beef mixture. Stir the noodles in with the beef mixture until all the flavors marry and the noodles are warm through, about 2-3 minutes. At this point, you can taste and add more salt if needed (but you shouldn’t need any more salt).
Finish the beef and noodles with fresh scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
If you don’t like or are allergic to zucchini, I would suggest just making the beef sauce and serving it atop any noodle if your choice. If you want to keep it Whole30 or Paleo friendly, try making our Sweet Potato Noodles or serve with cooked spaghetti squash to go with the beef sauce.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Category: 30 minute dinners
- Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Asian beef and noodles, whole30 Asian noodles