Monday, December 16, 2013

Mongolian Beef

A classic Chinese dish, Mongolian Beef uses thinly sliced flank steak strips and stir-fries it in a spicy sweet sauce made from soy sauce, dark brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chili peppers and lots of onions.  This quick and easy Asian stir-fry dish makes for a great weeknight meal simply served with a side of jasmine steamed rice.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Special Tools:  Large skillet or wok


1 lb Flank Steak cut into thin slices (about 1/8 inch thick)
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (divided)
1 Medium Yellow Onion sliced (julienne slices)
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1/2 inch Ginger sliced
6-8 Dried Chile De Arbol  (optional for hot & spicy)
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
5 Green Onions (cut into 1/2 length pieces)

Season the beef with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Place the cornstarch onto a plate.  Dredge the seasoned meat in the cornstarch until it is lightly coated on all sides.  Reserve one tablespoon of the remaining cornstarch.

In a large skillet or wok, place 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over high heat until it shimmers.  Toss in the the beef and give it a quick stir fry to brown the meat on all sides (about 3-4 minutes).  Transfer the beef to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the hot skillet or wok.  Toss in the onions and stir fry until soft and translucent (about 4-5 minutes).  Add the garlic, ginger and dried chiles and stir fry the ingredients until fragrant (about 1 minute).  Add the reserved 1 tablespoon cornstarch onto the ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour in the soy sauce, water and brown sugar.  Stir the ingredients and bring the sauce to a slow simmer.  Let simmer for about 3 minutes to thicken the sauce.  Return the beef to the pan and quickly stir fry with the sauce until well coated (about 2 minutes).  Remove the skillet or wok from the heat and stir n the green onions.  Serve hot with a side of steamed jasmine rice and enjoy.


  1. I heard this stir fry sauce recipe so, I decide to surf and look what kind is the look of this recipe. And after I saw your blog, I'm really amazed because it looks delicious. I wish I can cook a recipe like this one. Thank you for a new recipe I learned.

    1. Thank you Gloria. If you like sweet spicy beef flavors, then I think you will enjoy this Mongolian beef recipe. It is fairly easy to make. Thanks as well for the stir fry link. I love stir fry dishes and am always looking for new recipes and ideas.