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Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff

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Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff is a delicious, yet dairy free version of the classic Russian dish.

Creamy dairy free beef stroganoff made with  long flat noodles served on a clear plate.

Just because you are dairy free, doesn’t mean you have to give up on taste!

Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff is so simple to make and is delicious.

In fact, it’s so simple that if you have the ingredients on hand, it’s a perfect meal for surprise dinner guests!

Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff also re-heats well, so leftovers aren’t a problem…if you have any left over that is!

A little history

Originally, Beef Stroganoff was a Russian dish dating back to the 1800s.

There are a variety of variations of this dish, depending on which country one lives in. In the United States, the dish includes slices of meat, mushrooms, and onions in a creamy sauce.

The dish is typically served with noodles or over rice or mashed potatoes.

Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff is a delicious dish to serve for lunch or dinner or anytime. Great as leftovers as well!

While it is popularly served with flat noodles in the US, Russian friends have shared that they eat it, not with noodles, but over mashed potatoes and…with a pickle!

Fried onions, mushroom slices, and slices of delicious steak.
Fried onions, mushrooms, and slices of steak in a delicious dairy free sauce.
Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff with a different kind of noodle

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Everyday pantry essentials (suggested)

As I learned to prepare more and more recipes, I also learned which basics and seasonings are good to have on hand to have the ability to make a dish on short notice and not have to run out to the store or borrow from a neighbor.

While I will admit that I am not always prepared when one of my kids will ask for eggplant parmesan or lasagna at the drop of a hat (which they have done), I dislike having to postpone making something just because the ingredients needed to make a reasonable meal were not readily available.

So, I maintain selection of what I consider “pantry essentials” in my refrigerator and on my shelves at all times.

Initially, many of the herbs and spices were useful to me only on occasion (having been purchased for a particular recipe) and I usually just had them around as leftovers. However, as I began to cook more of a variety, I was really glad to have them (hey, look, I already have that !) and that is how my list began.

While, of course, most of the essentials will not be needed just for any one recipe, at least some of them are needed for most recipes, and you would be surprised how many recipes be made just with this list. So, if you keep whatever you use regularly on hand, it can really save you time and effort.

Everyone has their favorite recipes, preferred seasoning, and just whatever they like to use to cook. Your own list should certainly reflect your own cooking tastes and style.

Just to give you an idea, the list below is a comprehensive list of what I normally keep on hand (this does not necessarily include what I keep for baking and there may be some overlap between the two lists as some items are used for both, such a brown sugar) and, of course, it reflects the meals and desserts that I like to make for my own family and guests.

Seasoning and flavoring:

  • salt (my receipes use regular table salt)
  • ground black or white pepper
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder (I prefer granulated)
  • onion powder
  • sweet paprika and/or sweet pepper flakes (paprika is ground dried red pepper, pepper flakes are crushed dried red pepper)
  • hot paprika, hot pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper (moderately spicy dried ground chili pepper) for those occasional spicy dishes
  • ground turmeric
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground Cloves (for pumpkin flavors)
  • sugar (granulated)
  • brown sugar
  • chicken consomme powder / beef bullion powder (regular or vegetarian)
  • onion soup mix
  • onion flakes (substitute for fresh onion – 3 tablespoons for 1 medium onion).
  • various herbs
  • additional spices to adapt taste to preference


  • oil / margarine / butter / cooking spray
  • coconut cream as a dairy free cream substitute
  • corn starch as a thickening agent
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • bread crumbs or Corn Flake crumbs (you can make these with your blender or food processor) for coating
  • condiments – such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce
  • tomato sauce/tomato paste/canned tomatoes – diced or crushed/pasta sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ready made pie crusts and dough (to just add filling)

We always have eggs in the fridge and onions, rice, and potatoes on our shelves as well as pasta.

In addition, having some fresh vegetables in the fridge, such as carrots, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers (red, green, etc), etc. can be very useful when putting together a quick, but delicious meal.

It is also a good idea to have some ground meat or chicken (breast, ground, or in parts), in the freezer for anyone who likes meat dishes in a snap.

Weather can have an affect on some of the spices and on the chicken consommé powder, so I keep as many of the seasonings in the refrigerator or freezer as I can and I keep everything tightly closed in containers (you will be surprised to know just how determined moths are at getting into sealed bags and how hot red pepper powder can attract little black bugs – YUCK!).

Therefore, store your items well.

Why are these pantry essentials beneficial to have on hand?

Personally, having the above ingredients in my kitchen is very advantageous, as I make a variety of dishes and use most of the items on the list regularly enough to warrant storing them. However, I do not store items for dishes that I make seasonally or only on rare occasions or those that spoil easily.

Whether or not it is workable for you depends on your cooking style, the space you have to store, and whether or not you mind running out to the store as needed. Of course, the more you cook and the more varied your recipes, the more you will use, and the more you will need.

Interested in other quick, dairy free, ethnic dinner recipes?

Try some American Chinese recipes: Easy Kosher Beef Chow Mein, Easy Kosher Beef Lo Mein, or Easy Kosher Beef and Broccoli !

Or maybe try another dairy free recipe that originated in Russia: Really Easy Olivier Salad

Yield: 4 servings (more if served over noodles or potatoes)

Really Easy Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff

Creamy dairy free beef stroganoff made with long flat noodles served on a clear plate.

Easy to make Beef Stroganoff, without milk.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound of beef steak (ribeye, sirloin, tenderloin, or other that cooks quickly), sliced thin against the grain
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced very thin
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon (or to taste) of beef or chicken consommé powder*
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut cream, coconut milk, or oat milk
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard or other mustard such as dijon or yellow **
  • oil for frying


  1. Pour a little (minimal) oil into the bottom of a skillet that is large enough to hold all of the ingredients.
  2. Lightly fry the onions on medium heat.
  3. Add the mushroom slices and lightly fry those also.
  4. Add the meat to the onions and mushrooms and cook until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix in the tomato paste (if using any) and the mustard until smooth over the rest.
  6. Mix in the coconut cream/coconut milk/oat milk
  7. Add the broth and mix well.
  8. Cook for a few minutes, mixing occasionally so that all of the ingredients have had a chance to cook together.
  9. Mix in or serve over flat egg noodles (I use 1/2 package for this amount of the dish), other noodles, mashed potatoes, etc.


* you can use beef or chicken broth, but then add salt to taste, because they are pretty tasteless

** I use regular yellow mustard

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 695Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 36g

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