Mongolian Beef Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Mongolian Beef Recipe is the easiest way to have a flavorful and delicious restaurant-style dinner at home in just about 30 minutes! This version tastes better than the famous PF Chang dish.

There is no secret that we love Asian dishes, and Mongolian Beef is high on the list. Due to our passion for this dish, we decided to create a few variations on it. We have the popular IP Mongolian Beef, followed by Pressure Cooker Mongolian Chicken, and lastly Instant Pot Mongolian Drumsticks.

Mongolian Beef Recipe

PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef

PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef Recipe has been a long time on my to-do list. This is one of the easiest copycat recipes you can make at home. It requires simple ingredients, that you probably have on hand.

If you like Asian inspired dishes as we do, this is a must-try The recipe comes together in 30 minutes, so basically you can have a restaurant-style dinner ready in no time and for way less money. So easy to make and so delicious!

What is Mongolian Beef?

The dish originated from the Chinese Shangdong province or Xingjiang province. It is widely served in Chinese-American restaurants, especially made famous by the PF Chang chain restaurant.

It consists of sliced beef, typically flank steak, that has been fried to crispy perfection and after that stir-fried with green onions in a sweet and savory brown sauce.

Mongolian Beef Recipe

What is Mongolian Sauce Made of?

Mongolian Sauce is made from a few easy ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Vegetable or sesame oil
  • Sriracha – if you want to make it spicy

To make it, you just have to cook the garlic and the ginger in a wok over medium heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients together. Cook until it thickens.

Mongolian Beef Recipe

How to make Mongolian Beef:

  1. Prepare the Beef: First, start by slicing the flank steak across the grain, mix with cornstarch and set aside.
  2. Fry the Beef: Next, in a large pan, fry the beef in hot oil, until crispy.
  3. Make the Sauce: In a wok, mix all the ingredients for the sauce and cook until thickened.
  4. Add the Beef: Add the beef to the sauce mixture, stir to combine and add the green onions.

Can I substitute chicken for beef in this dish?

Yes, chicken or pork is a great alternative for beef in many recipes including this one. The cooking time will also vary best on the cut that you choose. You can also check our version for Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken.

What is best to serve with Mongolian Beef?

What wines pair well with Mongolian Beef?

  • A nice, fruity red wine such as Zinfandel or Syrah will pair nicely with the flavors in this beef dish.
  • If you’re looking for a white option, Riesling or Pinot Grigio are always great matches for bold, somewhat spicy dishes.

Mongolian Beef Recipe

PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef Recipe Tips:

  • Use quality meat. I always say this, but a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal.
  • The best cut of meat for Mongolian Beef is a flank steak, it is also easier to cut it into thin strips.
  • 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.
  • Also, I used a LOT of garlic in this recipe. We love garlic in our family and I think it works really well with the sweet and salty flavors. However, feel free to use less if you are not a huge garlic fan.
  • Using fresh ginger and garlic will add amazing flavor and taste to the sauce.
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5 from 6 reviews
PF Chang's Mongolian Beef Copycat
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 5 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 1 pound  flank steak  (thinly sliced across the grain)
  • 1/4 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1 cup  vegetable oil 
  • 2  green onions  (thinly sliced on diagonal into 1 inch pieces)


  • 1/2 cup  soy sauce 
  • 1/2 cup  dark brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup  water 
  • 1 tablespoon  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh ginger  (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons  vegetable oil 


  • 1 teaspoon  sesame seeds 


Prepare the Beef:

  1. Add the sliced flank steak to a large bowl and mix with the cornstarch until the cornstarch is evenly distributed.
  2. Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a large saucepan, once hot add beef and fry until browned and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly. Transfer beef to a paper towel-lined plate and discard the oil from the skillet.

Make the Sauce:

  1. In a medium sauce pan over low/medium heat add two tablespoons of vegetable oil, followed by the garlic and ginger, cook and stir for 30 seconds and whisk in the brown sugar, soy sauce and water. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes, set aside.

Add Beef:

  1. Add beef back to the skillet into the sauce mixture and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens, for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in green onions.

  2. Garnish with sesame seeds (optional). Serve immediately over rice.

Calories: 327 Carbohydrates: 29 Protein: 22 Fat: 13 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 54 Sodium: 1353 Potassium: 401 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 21 Vitamin A: 50 Vitamin C: 0.9 Calcium: 49 Iron: 2.2
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I tried this last night and it was absolutely delicious !!!! it was very easy - I stuck to the exact portions based on the recipe and paired it with Jasmine rice. I was not disappointed and will be making this again!


Hi! I am so so happy that you liked and that you took the time to write and tell me :) we love this recipe in my house, and I am glad that its becoming a favorite in yours too! :)



Am I reading it right where the recipe shows 1CUP of vegetable oil


Yes, you need so much oil to kind off deep fry the beef, you want it to cook evenly, after you fry the beef, you discard the oil. But you need that much for the frying process.


robin rue

Mmm! This sounds so good. My husband is going to love this.


Bill Sweeney

This is an amazing recipe. Our family loves Asian cuisine. I know they'll love this!


Brianne Tursi Manz

I can't wait to make this! Paired with some sticky rice, this may just become a family favorite!



I want to reach through my computer screen and take a bite! It looks so good! I love Mongolian Beef!



PF Chang’s is my fave! Love that I can make this at home for the family and save some money!


Tara Pittman

My son just bought a lot of steak as it was on sale. He should make this for his dad for dinner.



This looks like a perfect meal for dinner tonight!! Can't wait to give it a try!


Ruth I

I think this is a tremendous dish to try. It's packed with good flavors and tender meat. Who else would not love that?



PF Changs is so good. I am so glad you have a copycat recipe! I can't wait to try this.


Wren LaPorte

This looks tasty! I love being able to make stuff like this at home. I live in a rural area and to get anything like this I have to drive a ways. Plus I find at home it is usually better!


jill nunn

Wow this looks so amazingly mouthwatering! I can't wait to try it!



Man i used to love mongolian chicken and beef. I am pescatarian but this was one of my favorite asian meals when I did eat meat.


Annemarie LeBlanc

We love Mongolian beef, but honestly, I have never tried making it at home. I will save your recipe and try my best to make it! Homemade is always better, right? :)



I can’t wait to try!!



My mouth is watering! This looks so amazing!!


vaghareli khichdi

Simply Super, Very Nice Food.Good blog


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