Mongolian Beef is a take-out favorite and even better made at home in about 20 minutes!
Thin slices of beef are flash fried and coated in a sweet soy sauce, ginger, and garlic sauce.
What is Mongolian Beef? It’s a simple stir fry with thin slices of beef simmered in a sauce of soy, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. The brown sugar caramelizes in the soy to make a slightly sticky sauce that coats the beef.
Easy Take-Out at Home
I love Chinese food dishes, from chicken lettuce wraps to a simple cashew chicken, and love it even more made at home.
- This recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, the whole family will love it!
- Making takeout at home is easy and best of all you know exactly what ingredients go into it.
- Making Homemade Mongolian beef is budget-friendly compared to dining out.
- It’s so versatile, add veggies like sliced red peppers and serve over rice, on a bed of noodles, or even tucked inside a lettuce wrap.
- This recipe shares my favorite tips for extra tender beef and heaps of flavor!
How to Make Mongolian Beef (PF Chang’s style)
This is a really quick and easy Mongolian beef recipe; it’s on the table in about 20 minutes.
- Coat the slices of beef in cornstarch per the recipe below, flash fry, and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce. When the sauce has thickened, add the beef to the pan.
- Serve hot over rice.
Tips for Tender Beef
- Add Cornstarch: Toss the beef with cornstarch before cooking. As cornstarch is a natural tenderizer, I use it in this recipe for tender meat with a nice crust and it helps to thicken the sauce.
- Choose the Right Cut: Choose a kind of beef that is intended for quick cooking. I use flank steak or sirloin. More expensive cuts (such as filet) can also be used but avoid tougher cuts like stewing meat.
- Cut Across the Grain: Always cut beef across the grain and slice thinly.
- Cook in Small Batches: Don’t overcrowd the pan; cook in small batches as needed. Overcrowding the pan can cause the beef to steam rather than sear.
Tips for Cutting Beef
- For easier cutting, place the beef in the freezer for about 20 minutes before slicing. Cut beef across the grain into 1/4″ inch slices.
- You will see the long fibers in the meat, you want to cut across the fibers for tender meat. If you cut with the fibers the beef will be tough.
What to Serve with Mongolian Beef
Like most stir-fry recipes, rice is a perfect choice for soaking up that garlicky ginger sauce. Steamed or baked white rice will do the trick. Add in a fresh steamed veggie, some bok choy, or even some stir-fried veggies.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days in a covered container in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Freeze in single portions for a quick packable lunch to bring to the office. They can be reheated straight from the freezer in the microwave or oven.
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Easy Mongolian Beef
- 2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons oil vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon ginger minced
- 4 cloves garlic finely minced
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 pound flank steak (or your favorite cut of beef thinly sliced)
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- 2 green onions sliced
- Slice the flank steak into thin ¼" pieces. Toss with cornstarch, shaking off any excess and set aside.
- In a 10-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium-low heat. Stir in minced ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
- Add soy sauce, water, and brown sugar to the skillet, then bring to a boil. Let it boil for 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a separate pan or wok over medium-high heat. Cook the beef in small batches for about 2 minutes. It does not need to be cooked through.
- Once all of the beef is browned, add the beef and sauce back to the skillet and heat over medium until hot and bubbly.
- Remove from heat and stir in green onions. Serve over rice.
- Use low-sodium soy sauce for the best results.
- For a little bit of heat, add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
- Cook the beef in small batches to ensure even browning. Overcrowding the pan can cause it to steam.
- Slice the beef against the grain for tenderness.
- Adjust the sweetness or saltiness of the sauce by varying the amount of brown sugar and soy sauce to taste.
- Serve with steamed broccoli or red bell pepper strips if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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