BEST Mongolian Beef Recipe - The Daring Gourmet

Tender, juicy strips of stir-fried beef in a luxuriously flavorful sauce!  Few Chinese dishes are as irresistibly delicious as Mongolian Beef.  This Mongolian Beef recipe takes the flavor over the top, is quick and easy to make (ready to serve in 15-20 minutes!), and rivals your favorite Chinese takeout!

Be sure to also check out our Mongolian Chicken as well as our General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Chinese Beef and Broccoli!

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What is Mongolian Beef?

Mongolian Beef is one of the most popular Chinese takeout and restaurant dishes and is known and served throughout many areas of the world.  It is a stir-fry dish consisting of thinly sliced beef that is coated in cornstarch and then fried until crispy. The beef is then tossed in a flavorful sauce along with green onions/scallions.

Neither the ingredients nor the method of cooking are actually Mongolian at all,  rather some claim this dish is a Chinese-American invention while others claim it was first invented in a Chinese restaurant in the UK.

Regardless of its origin, one thing is clear:  It’s fully deserving of its popularity because it’s absolutely delicious!  And now you can make it at home anytime the craving comes calling and this Mongolian Beef recipe is sure to be a slam dunk winner in your home!

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Made with just a small handful of ingredients, this Mongolian Beef is simple, quick, and ready to serve within 15-20 minutes including prep!  And if you really want the BEST possible flavor, we highly recommend making your own homemade Hoisin Sauce.  It’s a game changer!

An important element to making quick takeout style dishes like this is to have all your ingredients already laid out and ready to go.  Have your veggies and meat sliced and have your sauce ingredients combined.  Then the cooking part takes less than 10 minutes (less than 5 minutes if you’re using a high heat wok!).

mongolian beef recipe ingredients

How Do I Make Vegetarian Mongolian Beef?

It’s simple!  Use a meatless beef substitute such as Yves Meatless Beef Strips, Butler’s Soy Curls or tofu.

If you’re using tofu we have a tutorial for making excellent crispy tofu that you can use as a beef substitute.  Check out our recipe for Baked Tofu.  Cut the tofu into 1/4 inch thick, 1 inch long strips to resemble beef and follow the instructions as outlined in that tutorial.

Can You Freeze Mongolian Beef?

You sure can!  Put it in an airtight freezer container or ziplock freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.  Then simply reheat in the microwave and serve with rice.

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Mongolian Beef Recipe

Let’s get started!

Coat the beef strips with cornstarch.

Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients, except for the garlic and ginger, in a bowl.

preparing ingredients

Heat the oil in a wok or heavy skillet and fry the beef until golden brown on both sides.

Remove the beef and discard all but about 2 teaspoons of the oil.

frying meat in pan

Fry the ginger and garlic in the skillet for 30 seconds.

Add the sauce mixture and simmer, constantly stirring, until it begins to thicken.

pouring sauce in pan

Return the beef to the wok along with the green onions and stir to coat.

Simmer for 1 minute so the green onions soften but remain crispy.

adding green onions to pan

Serve immediately with steamed rice and/or crispy fried cellophane noodles.


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Want to bulk up this dish with more healthy veggies?  Simply add some steamed broccoli and/or fry some bell peppers along with the chicken.  You can also toss in some bean sprouts at the very end.

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet October 2013

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