This super easy Mongolian Beef Recipe is filled with crispy and tender strips of steak in a sweet and savory sauce, ready in 30 minutes or less!
I’m seriously obsessed with the flavors in this Asian take-out copycat recipe. It’s a super simple dish comprised of crispy and tender steak strips, a finger-licking-good sauce and green onions, ready in UNDER 30 MINUTES, making it a quick weeknight favorite.
Serve family style with some steamed rice and chicken egg rolls and dinner is ready!
Mongolian Beef Recipe:
- Start by thinly slicing your steak and tossing them in cornstarch.
- Quickly pan fry the strips of steak in hot oil then remove and set aside to make the quick sauce.
- Toss some garlic in the hot pan, then pour in the sauce ingredients and cook until thickened.
- Add the steak strips back in the sauce along with the green onions and stir to coat.
What Type Of Beef To Use for Mongolian Beef?
For this recipe I’m using a top sirloin steak that I’ve pounded thin, then sliced into thin strips against the grain. Here is a list of steaks you could use to make Mongolian Beef.
- Top Sirloin
- Flank Steak
- Ground Beef – Yes! You can even use ground beef by following my RECIPE HERE.
Tips For Making the BEST Mongolian Beef:
- Avoid using a tougher cut of steak like stew meat.
- Always cut the steak strips AGAINST the grain of the meat to make sure you’ll end up with the most tender bites of steak.
- To get really thin strips of steak, try freezing the steak first, then cutting into strips while still slightly frozen.
- Make sure you’re doing just a quick sear on the steak to avoid over cooking.
- Cook in batches and try to not overcrowd the pan.
What To Serve with Mongolian Beef
I would definitely serve this easy dish with some steamed white or brown rice. I’ve made the recipe extra saucy so it’s perfect to drizzle over the rice and let the sweet and savory sauce soak in. Here are some more easy dishes to make with Mongolian Beef.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Yes! You can definitely double this recipe to feed a larger crowd. Check out the (2x and 3x) option in the recipe box below to adjust the recipe to your needs.
PRO TIP: Try adding steamed vegetables to the Mongolian Beef the bulk it up. We’ll frequently add in steamed broccoli, carrots or snap peas to give it more substance.
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Super Easy Mongolian Beef Recipe
- 1 lb. top sirloin steak, pounded thin and cut into ½ inch strips
- 3 tbsp cornstarch, divided
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 4 green onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add in the canola oil. Toss the steak strips in 2 tbsp cornstarch and cook in the hot oil in batches, searing the steak on each side for about 30 seconds. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
- Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin, water and 1 tbsp cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk till combined.
- Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the sauce mixture and cook until sauce begins to thicken. Add the steak back into the sauce and season with red pepper flakes, black pepper and the green onions. Serve hot over hot rice and enjoy!
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I made this tonight using a pkg of New York strip steaks I found in the bottom of my freezer! LOVE the technique of removing the steak strips from the pan after browning…then I did add veggies (broccoli, mushrooms and baby corn) in that fabulous sauce, and at the end put the steak back into the pan. Snipped green onion over the top and we pretended we had ordered takeout!!! HA! Fabulous. What excellent flavor!!!
IT WAS SO GOOD, CAN’T WAIT TO HAVE IT AGAIN…MEAT SO TENDER.
In our attempt to not order take out as much I made this recipe for Mongolian Beef for dinner the other day for my family using some petite sirloin steaks I had on a great sale.
Let me say that this was FANTASTIC and it is now on my list of recipes to make again and will appear in our meal plan again very soon.
The ingredients were easy to source and I found the whole process very simple. I used my cast iron wok to cook the meat and sauce and it was just super tasty.
My family asked for this Mongolian beef to be served over noodles instead of rice so I cooked up some ramen noodles and it worked great.
Thanks for sharing such a tasty and easy recipe!
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe Heidi! Thanks for your thoughtful comment!
What if I don’t have fresh garlic can I use minced garlic in a jar? If so how much?
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Your recipe of ‘super-easy-Mongolian-beef-recipe’ looks so delicious and yummy. I will try it, thank you for sharing it.
Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!
Hello! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your recipe for Mongolian Beef caught my eye. I used the flank steak and pounded it before cutting. I took your suggestion of adding baby carrots, snap peas and broccoli to the Mongolian Beef. I served it over Hawaiian “sticky rice” and it was a hit for dinner. Everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing!
Sounds amazing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Nancy!
Made this for dinner tonight, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We used 10 green onions (about 1.5 bunches), and I think we would use even more next time — probably 3 whole bunches of green onions (guessing around 15 to 18 green onions) I will probably tweak this to cook in my Instant Pot to tenderize the meat further. This was yummy!
Yum! Love that you added so many green onions. Sounds amazing!
I did add the steamed broccoli, carrots and snow peas plus 1/2 of a white onion sliced thick. Was delicious!
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it and added all those extra veggies! YUM!
This sounds so easy and fast to make. The sauce makes it look so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe, can’t wait to try it.
Hope you enjoy it Gabriel!