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Mongolian Beef (Easy, 30-Minute Recipe)

This Homemade Mongolian Beef is the perfect (under 30-minute) recipe the whole family will love. The crispy yet tender beef is amazing with the garlic and ginger sweet and savory sauce.

Beef and vegetables over a bed of rice with a spoon and a napkin.

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Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing the BEST Mongolian Beef Recipe.

We love re-creating out favorite takeout recipes like Chow Mein and Fried Rice. This Chinese restaurant inspired Mongolian Beef is so EASY to make and tastes just as amazing as P.F. Chang’s. Thinly sliced beef seared until crispy with carrots, bell pepper, and green onion in a sweet and spicy sauce that adds so much flavor to the beef.

Slices of beef with vegetables in a sauce over tice in a plate topped with green onion and sesame seed.

How to Make Mongolian Beef-

This recipe comes together quickly and is best when served fresh. This recipe cooks fast so make sure all of the ingredients are measured and prepped before starting the recipe.

  1. CUT MEAT – Slice the beef into thin slices across the grain. TIP: Freeze the meat for 30 minutes so it’s easier to achieve even, thin slices.
  2. VEGETABLES – Julienne the carrot and pepper, slice the green onions.

Ingredients for Mongolian Beef in ramekins sliced and sauce ingredients measured out.

  1. COAT MEAT – Add cornstarch to the beef slices and completely coat (the cornstarch adds a crispiness to the meat as it’s cooked and at the same acts as a tenderizer for the meat).
  2. SAUCE – In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  3. SAUTE VEGGIES – Saute vegetables to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet and cover to keep warm.
  4. COOK MEAT – Cook the beef until it’s crispy and has a good sear (don’t overcook the meat). TIP: Don’t overcrowd the pan, if needed, cook in batches. Add the vegetables back to the beef.
  5. SAUCE – Pour in the sauce and add the green onion, turn the heat down to medium. Cook until sauce thickens. TIP: Add additional Sriracha for more heat in the sauce.

Step by step collage how to make Mongolian beef.

Commonly Asked Questions for Mongolian Beef:

  • What to serve with Mongolian Beef – This beef recipe is perfect to serve over a bed of our fluffy white rice.
  • How long can you keep this recipe? The Mongolian Beef is great for meal prep because it will keep well refrigerated for up to three days. This is also a great recipe to use as meal prep and keep in individual portions to take to work and reheat for lunch.
  • What is the best cut for a Mongolian Beef recipe? Flank steak is best for the recipe. However, you can easily use top sirloin or top round steak as a substitute with great results.
  • Can I leave out the vegetables? Authentic Mongolian Beef is made with extra green onion. You can easily leave out the carrot and pepper, however, we love the extra flavor the veggies give the beef.

Mongolian Beef with vegetables smother in a sauce in a skillet with two spoons and a towel.

Once you give this homemade version of the Classic P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef a try, it will be on repeat for dinner.

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Mongolian Beef Recipe

5 from 28 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Mongolian beef and vegetables over white rice

EASY Mongolian Beef recipe with the BEST sauce! Thinly sliced beef with vegetables in flavor-packed sauce ready in under 30 minutes!

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: mongolian beef
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Course: Main Course
Calories: 377 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Mongolian Beef Ingredients-

  • 1 carrot peeled and julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp oil divided
  • 1 lb flank steak thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Sauce Ingredients-

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and grated
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce *
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or added to taste
  • 1/3 cup green onions thickly sliced (from 4 stems)

Instructions

  1. Place beef slices in a bowl, add cornstarch and stir to completely coat.

  2. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce and stir until well combined, set aside.

  3. Julienne the carrot and pepper, slice the onions. Thinly slice the beef into bite-sized strips.

  4. In a skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil with 1 Tbsp butter over med/high heat. Add the carrot and peppers, saute to desired tenderness. Remove the vegetables from the skillet.

  5. Add 1 Tbsp oil over high heat. Once hot, add the beef and cook about 2 minutes per side.

  6. Add the vegetables back into the skillet with the green onion.

  7. Pour the sauce and stir to combine. Turn heat to medium/low and cook until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*Use Tamari Sauce for gluten-free Mongolian Beef

Nutrition Facts
Mongolian Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 816mg35%
Potassium 596mg17%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 3651IU73%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Audra Smith
    July 30, 2020

    Mongolian beef was great!! My kids enjoyed prepping with me. My 4 year old boy is mostly a carnivore so he inhaled the beef!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 30, 2020

      I’m so glad you all enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for your awesome feedback.

      Reply

  • Semida
    July 1, 2020

    Super yummy and easy to make! Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2020

      You’re welcome Semida! I’m glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

    • Sue Goudas
      July 20, 2020

      Delicious .. my family loved it.This is the first recipe I have tried since following your Facebook page and I am excited to try more!

      Reply

  • Angela Foster
    June 28, 2020

    This recipe was so amazing and so delicious! The meat was tender and a little crispy and the sauce was just the best! I served this over basmati rice and this will be a keeper for sure as I have already been asked to make this again soon! Thank you Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2020

      My pleasure! So great to hear that you loved this recipe, thanks for your sharing your wonderful experience with us!

      Reply

  • Von
    June 27, 2020

    I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made this 3 times so far & will keep on making this. Local restaurants can’t make this tasty dish as great as this recipe! Thanks again Natasha!😃

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2020

      You are so welcome, Von. Sounds like you found your favorite recipe!

      Reply

  • Natalia
    June 23, 2020

    Amazing!!! Loved everything about this recipe, will be making again and again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 23, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Katerina Chern
    June 14, 2020

    Delicious! My husband loved it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 15, 2020

      Thank you so much!

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  • Katerina Chern
    June 14, 2020

    Delicious! My husband loved it! The flavors really come together.

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  • Madeline Concepcion
    June 10, 2020

    Wow! Excellent recipe! I just made it today and we all enjoyed it very much! I did it with 2lbs of ribeye steaks and used 2/3c of soy sauce and 1/3 of siracha to compensate for the extra pound of beef. I made a mistake with the green onion and read thinly sliced instead of thickly, but it was absolutely delicious nonetheless! Tomorrow I will be making your Beef Stroganoff for dinner! So excited!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2020

      I hope you love the beef stroganoff recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Fatin
    June 6, 2020

    Love it 🙂

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  • Teresa Pederson
    June 5, 2020

    Love, love your recipes!
    Did you use Sriracha sauce or a dry Sriracha seasoning?
    AND when will you be doing a cookbook? I need one out by Christmas so my husband can get me one

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 5, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes, Teresa! We used Sriracha sauce for heat. We do not have one at this time but we are working on one. Stay tuned!

      Reply

  • Pearl
    June 4, 2020

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe Natasha – the whole family enjoyed it immensely 🙂 I used rump steak instead and added leftover broccoli to the vegetables listed – just perfect!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 5, 2020

      That is awesome, Pearl. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for your wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Kelly Jones
    June 1, 2020

    Loved this! My hubby said it needed to go on our monthly menu. I used a sirloin steak and it was tender and delicious. Next time I’m going to add some broccoli to it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2020

      That’s so awesome! Thank you for that great review! Sounds like you found a new favorite!

      Reply

  • jessica
    May 29, 2020

    I really liked the recipe but had a problem with a meat sticking the the bottom of a dutch oven while frying. Did you have the same problem? What kind of skillet would you advise to use for it? Thanks

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    • Natasha
      May 30, 2020

      Hi Jessica, A dutch oven isn’t truly non-stick. I would suggest using a non-stick pan if you are having trouble in a dutch oven.

      Reply

  • Marlen
    May 29, 2020

    Natasha, I have to tell you, once again you have blown me out of the water with this recipe. Easy, as delicious, if not more as the restaurants and definitely will be making it again. I did have an issue though and it had nothing to do with the recipe, but probably my limited cooking skills, but my flank steaks pieces, even though very tasty, they were very chewy. Would that be because of my cooking, did I over cook or is there a specific way/direction to cut the meat? Please help, I know I will be making this recipe again, very soon. Love the flavors and the ease of making it.

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    • Natasha
      May 29, 2020

      Hi Marlen, make sure to cut the flank steak against the grain and also thinly slice. It helps to slice thinly if you freeze the steak for 30 minutes before slicing. I hope that helps.

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      • Marlen
        June 1, 2020

        Hello Natasha, thank you for the advice. I am truly looking forward to trying the recipe again with your pointers.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 1, 2020

          You’re welcome!

          Reply

  • Raquel
    May 27, 2020

    This was easy and delicious!! A new favorite for my recipe box!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      Yay so glad you loved it! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Anna
    May 24, 2020

    This was the best homemade Mongolian Beef. Thank you for posting your recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 24, 2020

      You’re welcome and thanks for giving this recipe a great feedback!

      Reply

      • Almadavis11@gmail.com
        May 31, 2020

        Hola hope all is well in your family just one quick question do I need to change anything if I make it with chicken?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 1, 2020

          I honestly haven’t tried this recipe using chicken to advise but I imagine it may work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

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  • Fatin Sabbagha
    May 24, 2020

    Can you please send a video for making this recipe because I would like to watch and cook?
    Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Hi Fatin, we don’t have a video tutorial yet for this recipe but hopefully we can create one in the future!

      Reply

  • Dawn
    May 24, 2020

    I’m making this again today it’s so delicious, the whole family loved it. Last time I made this and when I coated the steak with the corn flour it went quite mushy when I was frying it, what am I doing wrong? It still ended up really tasty though and we loved it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Hi Dawn, I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Was your drying pan preheated? Overcrowding the pan could cause that also.

      Reply

  • Paulette
    May 22, 2020

    Loved this recipe. Easy to make and the flavours were delicious.just the right amount of sauce and the meat was very tender. Will be making again for sure. Thank you for this recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2020

      You’re welcome Paulette! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Tiffany
    May 21, 2020

    Love it! I made this tonight with homemade crab rangoon and a box fried rice and it was perfect! My husband went back for seconds!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      That’s so great! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • cindy R Hoeffel
    May 21, 2020

    My husband made Mongolian beef. After 50 years he has taken up cooking. Only your recipes tho. This recipe is my new favorite meal for sure. We left out the hot stuff because we can’t take the heat. lol. We loved it so much. Also I am not getting my facebook recipes anymore. Please put me back on. Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Cindy! Make sure you have our channel alerts set to on! The more you visit a site the more it will in your thread with the new Facebook algorithm.

      Reply

  • Yana G.
    May 20, 2020

    This is absolutely delicious and such a simple and easy recipe. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or to impress guests 😀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      Love it! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us Yana.

      Reply

    • Linda
      June 13, 2020

      Hi Natasha, what can I use instead of sriracha please?

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      • Natasha
        June 13, 2020

        Hi Linda, you could leave out the sriracha if you prefer no heat. I had a reader write in saying they left it out recently and loved it.

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  • Alena
    May 20, 2020

    AMAZING DISH!!! Highly Recommend! perfect for leftovers! you know its good when you have it twice in one week

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Irina
    May 18, 2020

    Thank you so much. I made it for dinner. It is so delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    May 17, 2020

    I can’t eat peppers, what could I substitute?

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  • Sally
    May 17, 2020

    In trying this recipe today. The sauce doesnt include cornstarch? The ones in the meat are enough to thicken it?

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    • Natasha
      May 17, 2020

      Hi Sally, there is cornstarch in the recipe under the beef section which thickens the sauce.

      Reply

  • Salvatore Cannizzo
    May 16, 2020

    And also you are very funny with all your movement while cooking.

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  • Renee
    May 15, 2020

    Hi Natasha! This looks incredible and happens to be my favorite entree at our local Asian cuisine.
    Can I use skirt steak instead of flank for this recipe?
    Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2020

      Hi Renee, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Lita
    May 15, 2020

    Excellent recipe. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing I’ll be doing differently is add less brown sugar- maybe just a tablespoon. I found it a little bit sweet. And definitely more sriracha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Lita! Thank you for that amazing review.

      Reply

  • Angie
    May 15, 2020

    Hi Natasha! I love all you food 😋 you’re amazing- thanks so much-

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2020

      Thank you for your great comments, Angie. I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Xiomara Santos
    May 14, 2020

    I wish I could give this 10stars. This was AMAZING. I will definitely be making this Again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 14, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Elena
    May 13, 2020

    So so delicious! One for the books for sure! Better than any Asian place!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2020

      Awesome! Thanks for the compliment

      Reply

  • Karina
    May 12, 2020

    Hi, would you recommend this with chicken or lamb?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      Hi Karina, I honestly haven’t tried this recipe using chicken or lamb to advise. You can try some of my Lamb Recipes.

      Reply

    • Yelena
      May 21, 2020

      I’ve tried this with chicken breast and it was delicious! Recommend!

      Reply

  • Chelsea
    May 12, 2020

    This is one of our favorite dinners! We’re obsessed! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      Hi Chelsea, I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    May 12, 2020

    Tender, juicy, & mouthwatering delicious!! This meal is hearty & a family favorite!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      That’s so awesome! I’m so glad you found a family favorite on our blog!

      Reply

      • Mags
        May 17, 2020

        This was delicious!! Just want to make a note, the actual recipe doesn’t include what to do with the cornstarch. I scrolled up and looked in the previous comments. But for someone wanting to print the recipe, it’s left out.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 17, 2020

          Thanks for the feedback Mags. We’ll see what we can do about that, we appreciate the heads up!

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          • Michelle
            May 21, 2020

            May 21…Still waiting on what to do with the corn starch, would love to make this tonight, thanks!

          • Natasha
            May 21, 2020

            HI Michelle, I apologize I didn’t realize that step was not in the recipe card. We had it above but missed it in the printable. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Step 1: Place beef slices in a bowl, add cornstarch and stir to completely coat.

  • wilhelmina
    May 12, 2020

    Delicious! This was even better than my local take out place. So easy and I really like having control of what goes in the food I feed my family!

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    • Natasha
      May 12, 2020

      Oh I’m so so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with me. It makes my day that your family loved this Mongolian Beef!

      Reply

      • Salvatore Cannizzo
        May 16, 2020

        There is not a stir-fry or any other recipe of yours that has not truned out nothing but the best.
        Thank you
        Sal Cannizzo

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          May 16, 2020

          Thank you so much for sharing that with us Salvatore! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

          Reply

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