Easy Mongolian Beef Recipe

This easy Mongolian Beef recipe rivals take-out food. My family loved this Chinese dish, now you can make tasty take-out style Mongolian beef without having to wait for delivery. This stir fry recipe is quick to make!

A plate of Mongolian beef and a bowl of rice

Favorite Chinese Stir-Fry Recipe

I find that most people love anything that tastes like Chinese takeout and Mongolian beef is no exception. The sweet flavor of the dark brown sugar mixed with the salty soy sauce and the strong ginger and garlic is incredibly addicting. Then you get to enjoy it over a mountain of steamed rice.

What is Mongolian Beef

Although the name implies that this dish comes from Mongolia, Mongolian beef is a dish typically served in Chinese restaurants. This beef stir-fry dish is one of the meat dishes originating in Taiwan, the place where Mongolian barbecue restaurants first came on to the scene.

However, there is a historical connection with Mongolia. Legend has it that when Genghis Khan’s armies camped for the night.  They placed their round iron shields down on the glowing embers of their fires for use as cooking surfaces. This was the original Mongolian barbecue.

Mongolian beef is a tasty blend of thinly sliced beef (usually flank steak) stir-fried with vegetables in a delicious brown sauce. In Chinese restaurants, it is typically served over steamed rice or crispy fried cellophane noodles.

I find that most people love anything that tastes like Chinese takeout and Mongolian beef is no exception. The sweet flavor of the dark brown sugar mixed with the salty soy sauce and the strong ginger and garlic is incredibly addicting. Then you get to enjoy it over a mountain of steamed rice.

What Makes Mongolian Beef Sauce So Special

Mongolian beef sauce is a dark, sweet, and salty sauce. It is usually made with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and chili peppers.

Hoisin sauce is thick and fragrant and is commonly used in Chinese cooking as an addition to stir-fries, a glaze for meat, and as a dipping sauce. Although regional varieties exist, hoisin sauce usually consists of soybeans, red chilies, fennel seeds, and garlic.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Flank steak or filet mignon
  • Cornstarch
  • Wok oil or vegetable oil
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar or Mirin
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • White button mushrooms
  • Green onions
Mongolian beef ingredients

How to Make Mongolian Beef

This Mongolian Beef is very flavorful and easy to make. You can make this dish in a large frying pan. For best results, use a wok because woks are great for stir-frying. Here are the steps for making this recipe:

  1. Slice beef very thin and gently pound meat into uniform pieces.
  2. Dip the steak slices into cornstarch and shake off the excess.
  3. Heat oil in a wok.
  4. Place beef slices in a single layer in the wok.
  5. Stir-fry beef until just done.
  6. Remove the steak from the wok.
  7. Add minced ginger and garlic to the wok and stir-fry for about 1 minute.
  8. Combine soy sauce, water, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and rice wine vinegar in a bowl.
  9. Add the sauce to the wok and cook until the sauce thickens.
  10. Return the meat to the wok.
  11. Add sliced mushrooms to the wok and cook for about 1 minute.
    Mongolian Beef being cooked in a wok
  12. Add chopped green onion white portions and add half of the green portions.
  13. Cook for another minute then transfer to a serving bowl or platter.
  14. Sprinkle the remaining green onion slices on top.
  15. Serve with steamed white rice.

Recipe Tips

  • To make it easy to cut the steak thinly. You can use shaved beef in this recipe. Shaved beef is easy to prepare by freezing the steak for about 1 hour before slicing. This will freeze it just enough that slicing it will be just as easy as slicing a vegetable.
  • When you slice your beef, slice across the grain (you can see the grain running through the meat in one direction). The grain is essentially the muscle fibers running through the meat. If you cut the beef parallel to the grain, you will get slices with long muscle fibers which makes the meat rubbery and difficult to chew.
  • You can substitute light brown sugar for dark brown if you don’t have any dark brown on hand. However, you will sacrifice some flavor – the molasses in the dark brown sugar adds to the depth of flavor in this dish.
A plate of homemade Mongolian Beef.

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A plate of Mongolian beef and a bowl of rice.

Mongolian Beef

You can make delicious Mongolian Beef at home with this easy copycat recipe. Don't order take-out when you can make it at home.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Mongolian Beef, Stir fry Beef
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 373kcal

Ingredients

Stir Fry Beef

  • 8 ounces flank steak or filet
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons wok oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic

Mongolian Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or Mirin
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Stir Fry Add Ins

  • 10 ounces white button mushrooms washed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup green onion bottoms (white only)
  • 1/4 cup green onion tops green only

Instructions

Stir frying the beef

  • Slice beef very thin, approximately 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick. Place the slices between sheets of plastic wrap and use a meat tenderizer to gently pound meat into uniform pieces. If you are using flank or skirt steak, cut the meat diagonally, it will help make the meat more tender. 
  • Place cornstarch in a bowl and dip the steak pieces into cornstarch and shake off excess cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch dipped pieces of meat to rest for 5 to 10 minutes so the coating sticks to the meat. While the meat is resting you can continue to prep the remaining ingredients.
  • In a wok, heat wok oil (vegetable oil is ok to use). Place the beef slices in a single layer in the pan. Saute beef until just done, and the outside begins to crisp. Remove the meat from the pan. You may need to do this a few pieces at a time.
  • Once all of the meat has been cooked and removed from the pan, add minced ginger and garlic. Saute ginger and garlic for approximately 60 seconds, the remaining oil should become very fragrant. 

Mongolian Beef Sauce

  • In a small bowl combine soy sauce, water, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and rice wine vinegar. Stir well. Add the sauce to the pan and cook it until the sauce thickens. Return the meat to the pan. Add sliced button mushrooms to the pan. 

Finishing the dish

  • Cook for another 60 seconds or so and add chopped green onion white portions only and add half of the green portions. When serving the Mongolian beef add remaining green onion slices to the dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1669mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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