Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (2024)

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Mongolian Beef is a super simple stir fry made with thin slices of tender beef, simmered in a sticky sauce,and comes together in under 30 minutes!

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Next time you're craving Mongolian Beef skip the take-out and make this from the comfort of your home! This is a close copycat of the PF Chang's Mongolian beef and uses simple ingredients a popular dish the entire family will love!

Why this recipe works

Mongolian beef is one of my favorite Chinese takeout options. Tender strips of beef, saturated in a delicious sauce! Savory and slightly sweet, I serve this stir-fry recipe over white rice or pasta withRoasted Broccoli.

Ingredients needed

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Notes

  • Steak:Flank steak, skirt steak, filet, or sirloin steak
  • Corn starch:
  • Soy sauce:Low sodium soy sauce
  • Brown sugar:Either dark or light.
  • Ginger:I prefer fresh ginger but ground ginger will work in a pinch.
  • Garlic:Fresh minced garlic is best.
  • Green onions:Garnish with sliced green onions or fresh parsley.
  • Red pepper flakes:

How to make this recipe

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  • Step 1:In a small bowl add the sauce ingredients
  • Step 2:Slice the meat into thin slices against the grain.
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  • Step 3:Sprinkle with cornstarch over the meat and toss beef until coated.
  • Step 4:Heat a cast iron skillet or wok on high heat add the olive oil, and 1/4 of the sliced beef and sear in the hot pan for 2-3 minutes until crispy. Remove to a plate and finish cooking the rest.
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  • Step 5:Add the sauce mixture into the hot skillet and let come to a simmer, reduce the heat to low.
  • Step 6:Add in the cooked steak and toss until coated, serve over rice or pasta.
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Recipe tips

  • Cut the meat into thin slices against the grain.
  • You can use a regular, but I love to use acast iron wokorcast iron skillet. It gets super hot and creates the best caramelization on the meat.
  • Cook the beef in smaller batches you don't want to overcrowd the wok/ skillet.
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Recipe Faq's

What's the difference between Mongolian beef and kung pao beef?

Both are beef stir fry recipes that require thinly sliced beef. Mongolian beef has a sweeter sticky sauce, and Kung Pao has bell peppers, onions and peanuts.

Is Skirt Steak and Flank Steak the Same Thing?

Both are long odd looking cuts of meat. They both work but they aren't the same. Flank steak tends to be leaner and can be a little tougher. Both skirt and flank steak takes well to marinades and have great flavor. I personally prefer skirt steak as it has a bit more fat and cooks super fast over high heat.

How Do I Cut Thin Sliced of Meat Against The Grain?

Look for the long fibers in the meat you want to cut across those fibers for the most tender meat. It helps to put the meat in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm it up enough to be able to cut thin strips without it being too soft.If your using a more tender cut of beef like filet no need to cut it against the grain.

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Mongolian Beef

Wendie

Mongolian Beef is a super simple stir fry made with thin slices of tender beef, simmered in a sticky sauce,and comes together in under 30 minutes!

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Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 40 minutes mins

Course Entrees

Cuisine Chinese

Servings 6

Calories 520 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak sliced against the grain into thin bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 green onions sliced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper until combined.

  • Slice the steak thinly against the grain into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Toss the sliced flank steak and the cornstarch until evenly coated, and set aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast iron skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once it's nice and hot add 1/4 of the beef and cook until browned and slightly crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the meat and set aside. Add more oil if needed and repeat until all the meat is cooked.

  • Add the sauce to the pan, simmer until thickened about 2-3 minutes, then add the beef back in and toss until coated.

  • Serve with rice and top with green onions.

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Notes

Flank steak also works for this recipe, just make sure to cut in thin strips against the grain. Filet, or sirloin steak will also work.

Cook the beef in smaller batches you don't want to overcrowd the wok/ skillet.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ServingsCalories: 520kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 34gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 835mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g

Keyword mongolian beef, Stirfry

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  1. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (13)Wendie

    Hmmm being that there isn't any addition salt in this recipe if 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce is to salty try adding more water.

  2. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (14)Gina

    Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (15)
    Made this for dinner tonight & it was good, but even with using low sodium soy sauce, it was still pretty salty.

  3. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (16)Wendie

    Yes light brown sugar will work and ground ginger works in a pinch but I always recommend fresh.

  4. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (17)Faith

    Ca you use light brown sugar instead and ground ginger instead of fresh?

  5. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (18)Wendie

    I have never used round steak but I think it will work. Make sure you cut it really thin against the grain and don't cook it to long.

  6. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (19)Ali

    Can round steak be used for this recipe?

  7. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (20)Wendie

    Yay Mandy! So happy everybody loves it 🙂

  8. Mongolian Beef Recipe {Video} - Butter Your Biscuit (21)Mandy

    I’m back making this for the fourth time now, it is an absolute winner in our house!

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