Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is a very easy and delicious meal you can make in just 30 minutes. Sweet, juicy and with tons of garlic and fresh ginger! Made healthier with less sugar and not deep fried.
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef tastes even better than the one you would order at a restaurant. This is one meal that my husband asks me to make over and over again. If you are addicted to Chinese takeout, I highly recommend trying this Instant Pot Mongolian Beef as it will be done quicker than your local restaurant can deliver the food. On top of that, you will be rewarded with delicious leftovers that you can enjoy the next day. Sweet and salty, balanced by lots of savory minced garlic and a fresh finish from the ginger, this will become a favorite in your home too.
Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe:
- I always say this, but a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal.
- Best cut of meat for Mongolian Beef is a flank steak, it is also easier to cut it into thin strips.
- About cutting, you can definitely cut the beef very thinly as it is served in restaurants, I personally prefer to cut it a little thicker, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
- Traditionally, the beef in this recipe should be fried in lots of oil to make it very, very crispy, I decided to reduce the oil, sugar and all the frying in this recipe to make it healthier.
- Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
- I used a LOT of garlic in this recipe, we love garlic on our family and I think it works really well with the sweet and salty flavors. Feel free to use less if you are not a huge garlic fan, but not, that even using so much garlic, it is not overpowering in this recipe.
- Red pepper flakes – you can use more if you would like the meal to be spicier.
- The dish can also be made in your Crock Pot or in the Instant Pot using the Slow Cooker function, it should be cooked on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7 hours.
- Using fresh ginger and garlic will add amazing flavor and taste to the sauce.
- The Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is best served over rice with veggies on the side.
Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Check my collection here:
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken – my most popular Instant Pot recipe!
- Instant Pot General Tso– another amazing take on a classic Chinese recipe.
- Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken – a quick and delicious family meal.
- Instant Pot Mongolian Beef – made healthier with less sugar, oil and not deep fried.
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup – healthy and loaded with veggies.
- Instant Pot Tomato Soup – serve with grilled cheese and you are in for a treat.
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork – perfectly done and quickly does for when a craving strikes.
- Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Chicken – with pineapple and bell peppers.
You’ll Enjoy This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Because:
- It is easy to make and it takes only around 30 minutes!
- Only one pot to clean and that is the Instant Pot, so minimum dishes for you.
- The dish is packed with amazing flavors and lean protein.
- It is perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests.
- You will have delicious leftovers that can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?
A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.
Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe:
- Instant Pot – I use it all the time, either the Pressure Cooker function or the Slow Cooker function, I also like that I can just sauté / brown the meat and veggies directly in the pot using the Sauté function
- Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is a very easy and delicious meal you can make in just 30 minutes. Sweet, juicy and with tons of garlic and fresh ginger! Made healthier with less sugar and not deep fried!
- 1 pound flank steak , sliced across the grain
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or 2/3 cups I prefer the version with more sugar
- 10 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced
- 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup green onions , chopped
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Heat up your pressure cooker: press Sauté -> click on the Adjust button -> select More to get the Sauté More function, which means that the food will be sautéed over medium-high heat. Wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
Add sliced beef to a large ziplock bag, add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and shake well to coat the beef evenly.
Add the oil to the hot Instant Pot, once the oil is hot, add the beef and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot: minced garlic, minced ginger, lite soy sauce, brown sugar, water and red pepper flakes. You can add less sugar, based on your taste and preference.
Stir well until all the ingredients are combined and coated in sauce.
Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
Make the cornstarch slurry, in a small bowl mix cornstarch with water until fully combined. With the Instant Pot on the Sauté function, add the slurry to the pot, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes on Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Turn off the Instant Pot and let the Mongolian Beef sit for 8-10 minutes before serving, in this time the sauce will settle and thicken more.
Serve over rice and garnish with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds.