Super Easy Mongolian Beef Stir Fry
Skip the take out and stay at home….this super easy Mongolian Beef recipe is just like PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef. Thinly sliced beef stir fried with green onions, peppers and swimming in a savory sauce that’s completely addicting. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
Keeping it real real today…..and with that, I’m confessing that we order a lot of take out here. I’m usually tired of cooking by 3 and then the kitchen is finally clean by 5….the last thing I want to do is whip up another dinner. And leftover from whatever I made during the day have either been eaten for lunch OR the whole family (minus, me, of course) decided that they will no longer eat leftovers.
So, the only way I can appease everyone is if I make something that actually tastes like take out. Without all the extra fat or preservatives or MSG. We LOVE, LOVE PF Chang’s and their Mongolian Beef calls to me in the night. It’s so savory and slightly spicy and soooo, soooooooo good! And incredibly, insanely easy to make at home.
If you’re a fan of any stir fried beef recipe then you will love this Super Easy Mongolian Beef recipe. It’s made with thinly sliced flank steak that’s stir fried quickly with onions and bell peppers then tossed with a savory brown sauce made with easy to find pantry ingredients. I like to stir in the green onions at the end to boost the color profile and add some freshness to the dish.
What is Mongolian Beef?
That was my question, too! Mongolian Beef is really an americanized Chinese dish of thinly sliced beef and green onions stir fried in a savory, slightly spicy brown sauce.
You can make this Mongolian Beef in a slow cooker or crock pot but I really love making it on the stove top as a quick stir fry. It’s ready in minutes and perfect for quick weeknight dinners.
How to Make Mongolian Beef
This authentic Mongolian Beef recipe is incredibly easy to make from scratch. Here’s how to make it:
- Prep your beef and vegetables ahead of time. Slice the beef into 2 inch long strips cutting across the grain. This will ensure your beef is not chewy and stays tender during the cooking process.
- Cut the vegetables into bite sized pieces and set aside.
- Place a high sided pan or wok over high heat. Add oil and garlic to the pan. Cook the garlic for one minute and then remove the garlic from the pan so it doesn’t burn. Adding the garlic to the oil will flavor the oil which will then flavor your other ingredients.
- Add the beef to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until brown on all sides. Remove the beef from the pan and keep warm.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the peppers and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Stir the beef into the veggies.
- Pour the stir fry sauce into the pan and toss all the ingredients to coat.
- To serve, sprinkle with chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
Can you believe how easy that is? Easier than waiting for a delivery man or going to pick it up at your local PF Chang’s!
What is Mongolian sauce made of?
I’ve scoured the internet and tasted so many versions of Mongolian Beef that my best Mongolian Sauce recipe is pretty spot on. Here are the ingredients I use for Mongolian Beef sauce:
- Mirin/Japanese Sweet Rice Wine
- Orange Juice
- Soy Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Fish Sauce
- Sesame Oil
I’ve tested this recipe over and over again….and this is the BEST Mongolian sauce ever. No lie.
What’s the difference between Mongolian Beef and Szechuan Beef?
What I love about Mongolian Beef is it’s much less spicy than true Szechuan Beef. Also, the beef in Mongolian Beef is much more tender and there are usually more vegetables, too. Szechuan Beef is decidedly chewier and crispy due to being deep fried in a fair amount of oil before being finished with sauce and whatever vegetables you like.
This easy Mongolian Beef recipe comes together so quickly and I like to serve it on top of rice or with this super easy Cauliflower Rice!
If you’re looking for even more easy take out inspired recipes, you have to try these easy family favorites:
- Easy Beef Stir Fry with Rice Noodles
- Beef Broccoli and Quinoa Stir Fry
- Stir Fried Beef Peppers and Snow Peas
- Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
- Easy Szechuan Style Pierogies
- Spicy Szechuan Chicken Stir Fry
Super Easy Mongolian Beef Stir Fry Recipe
- 1 1/2 lbs skirt steak or flank steak
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp mirin/sweet rice wine
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- sesame seeds
- In medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, rice wine, ginger, miring, chili garlic sauce, fish sauce, cornstarch and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Slice the steak into 1/4 inch wide strips by cutting across the grain. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Place a high sided skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic for 1 minute or until fragrant. Remove the garlic from the pan and reserve.
- Add the steak to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until brown on all sides. Transfer the steak to a plate and keep warm.
- Add the onion to the pan, cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes,
- Add the beef to the vegetables. Stir to combine.
- Pour the sauce over the beef stir fry and toss to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes tossing a few times to allow the sauce to thicken and caramelize.
- To serve, top the stir fry with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.