Panda Express Beijing Beef

Savor the tantalizing flavors of Panda Express Beijing Beef, a perfect blend of crispy beef strips and vegetables stir-fried to perfection. This dish captures the essence of the famous Panda Express classic with its rich, sweet, savory, and slightly spicy sauce. Serve this mouth-watering Beijing Beef over a bed of fluffy rice.

Ideal for a family dinner or a special occasion, this recipe is not only delicious but also a fun way to recreate a popular favorite at home. Enjoy the blend of textures and flavors that make this Chinese dish a must-try for anyone looking for a flavorful, satisfying meal.

Copycat Panda Express Beijing Beef, rice, and chopsticks on a plate.


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What makes Panda Express Beijing Beef so good? 

You cannot live by Orange Chicken alone, and when you want to switch things up on your next Chinese night, this Panda Express Beijing Beef recipe is what you want to try!

But what is Beijing Beef at Panda Express? Imagine a bowl of sliced tender beef with a light, crisp crust smothered in a sweet, tangy sauce with just the right amount of heat. Then add onions and bell peppers for a bit of color and crunch, and you have a good idea of what awaits you.  

Why you will love this recipe 

Chinese food used to be inexpensive, but not anymore. Feeding a family on take-out isn’t cheap, but you can save a ton of cash when you make it yourself. The only problem is getting everyone to agree on one main course.

Don’t worry; Beijing Beef is so delicious that your entire family will be onboard! Not a fan of shallow frying? Check out the alternative cooking method in the ‘Recipe Variations’ section below. 

Panda Express Beijing Beef ingredients

For marinating the beef, you’ll need:

  • Flank steak 
  • Low-sodium soy sauce 
  • Baking soda 

For the Beijing Beef sauce, you’ll need:

  • Water 
  • Ketchup 
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Seasoned rice wine vinegar 
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Cornstarch 
  • Dried red pepper flakes 

For frying the beef, you’ll need:

  • Marinated beef
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil

To finish the Panda Express Beijing Beef recipe, you’ll need:

  • Yellow onion, diced
  • Red bell pepper, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Ginger, minced
  • Fried beef
  • Panda Express Beijing Beef sauce
Copycat Panda Express Beijing beef ingredients on a tray.

How to make the Beijing Beef Panda Express serves

To make the beef marinade and marinate the beef:

  1. Trim the flank steak of any remaining fat or silverskin. 
  2. Cut the meat at an angle against the grain into quarter-inch slices. Place each piece in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the low-sodium soy sauce and baking soda to the bowl. 
  4. Use your hand to toss the beef with the marinade. 
  5. Cover and chill for half an hour. 

To make the sauce for this Panda Express Beijing Beef recipe:

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the ketchup, hoisin sauce, seasoned rice wine vinegar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and dried red pepper flakes.
  2. Continue stirring until the granulated sugar dissolves. Cover the bowl and set aside. 

To fry the beef:

  1. Remove the meat from the marinade and pat it dry. 
  2. Put some cornstarch in a bowl and coat each piece of meat in a thin layer. Shake off any excess and reserve.
  3. Place a wide, thick-bottomed pot over high heat and attach a deep-fry thermometer to the side. 
  4. Add about three inches of oil to the pot and bring the oil up to 350 degrees. 
  5. In batches, carefully add the cornstarch-coated beef slices to the hot oil. 
  6. Cook the beef for three to four minutes until both sides are golden brown. Drain the meat on a paper towel-lined wire rack
  7. Reserve some cooking oil for later. 
Collage of preparing beef and sauce for copycat Panda Express Beijing beef.

To finish Beijing Beef:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Pour some of the reserved cooking oil into the pan.
  3. Add the diced onions and red peppers to the hot oil and cook until the onions are translucent. 
  4. Toss in the minced garlic and ginger. Stir for about a minute or until you can smell the garlic. 
  5. Stir in the sauce and stir to coat the veggies. Add the cooked crispy beef and toss everything together. 
  6. Serve hot. 
Collage of cooking vegetables and finishing Beijing beef with sauce.

Recipe variations

To cut calories without sacrificing flavor, you can skip dusting the flank steak slices with cornstarch, and instead of frying them in oil, give them a quick cook in a skillet:

  1. Remove the slices of beef from the marinade and pat them with a paper towel. Lay the beef out on a dish.
  2. Heat a large skillet over a medium-high flame and add a little oil.
  3. Stirfry half of the beef until cooked to your preferred temperature, about two minutes for medium. Transfer the meat to a wire rack to drain.
  4. Let the skillet come back up to temperature and add more oil. Cook the remaining beef. 

Adding more veggies is an easy way to stretch the recipe and make it healthier. Try including a few thinly sliced carrots or blanched broccoli. Baby bok choy is also a fantastic choice if your local supermarket carries it. 

Copycat Panda Express Beijing beef with rice on a plate.

What to serve with Panda Express Beijing Beef

While you could eat Beijing Beef on its own, it is better over rice. White or brown, it’s your choice. Chinese noodles like lo mein or chow fun noodles are also great options. But why not keep the Asian-inspired food theme going by including a few of the dishes in the meal?

  • Egg Drop Soup. The Chinese classic Egg Drop Soup is much easier to make than you think. This version from Imperial Palace is so light and flavorful you’ll want to make it often. 
  • Cream Cheese Rangoons. A favorite appetizer at Panda Express, Cream Cheese Rangoons is wonton skin purses stuffed with cream cheese and scallions and then fried. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce. 
  • Fried Rice. Why stick with plain rice when you can have fried rice? Making this fried Rice recipe uses commonly available ingredients and is a breeze. 

How to store it 

For the best taste and texture, try to cook the stir-fry right before serving, but you can save any leftovers in the fridge. Cool the food quickly and then transfer it to an airtight container.

How long does it last? 

A day or two is all it takes for the beef’s coating to get soggy and the veggies to go limp, but it should still be edible for up to three days. 

What is the best way to reheat Beijing Beef?

Warming up the saucy leftovers can get a bit sticky, but a good way to do it is in a 350°F oven. Wrap the food in aluminum foil and place it directly on the center rack. Reheat for 10 minutes or until hot. 

Copycat Panda Express Beijing beef and rice on a plate.

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Panda Express Beijing Beef

You can make Panda Express Beijing Beef at home with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Panda Express Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 561kcal

Ingredients

Beef

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

For Serving

  • 6 cups cooked rice

Instructions

  • Cut the flank steak against the grain into 1/4-inch slices and place in a bowl with the soy sauce and baking soda. Stir to combine. Let the meat marinate for 30 minutes and then drain the beef of excess marinade.
  • While the meat is marinating, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Pour the vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches a depth of 3 inches. Heat the oil to 350°F.
  • Dredge the beef on both sides with cornstarch. Shake off the excess.
  • Fry the beef in the vegetable oil in small batches for about 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Drain the beef on a wire rack.
  • Heat a wok on high with a few tablespoons of the vegetable oil you used to fry the beef. Sauté the onions and red bell peppers until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant. Add the sauce to the wok and stir a few times. Then add the fried beef. Stir to coat the beef and vegetables with the sauce.
  • Serve with cooked rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 879IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 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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