Tender and juicy beef smothered in an addictive sticky, slightly sweet and savory ginger garlic sauce. Mongolian Beef is a popular P.F Chang’s menu item and crowd favorite Chinese dish that’s ready in 20 minutes. #mongolianBeef #easyBeefRecipe

Tender and juicy beef smothered in an addictive sticky, slightly sweet and savory ginger garlic sauce. Mongolian Beef is a popular P.F Chang’s menu item and crowd favorite Chinese dish that’s ready in 20 minutes. Plus recipe video tutorial!Tender and juicy beef smothered in an addictive sticky, slightly sweet and savory ginger garlic sauce. Mongolian Beef is a popular P.F Chang’s menu item and crowd favorite Chinese dish that’s ready in 20 minutes.

Dried-out, overcooked beef happens to everyone every now and then. I will share with you some simple secrets for the tender and juicy Mongolian Beef. Just 3 easy rules: 1) select the right cuts; 2) Marinate with cornstarch + soy sauce; 3) Quick sear at high temperature. Amazingly easy for a quick weeknight meal with a few simple and basic pantry ingredients that you already have at home.

With these 3 rules, P.F Chang’s restaurant-quality copycat Mongolian Beef can be easily made at home and is one of my family’s favorite dishes, along with Teriyaki Chicken, Garlic Beef Lo Mein, Honey Garlic Chicken,  Chicken Pad ThaiHoney Garlic Shrimp, Turkey Meatballs and General Tso’s Chicken.

Best Beef Cuts for Mongolian Beef

The first secret to best Mongolian Beef is to get the right cut. AVOID the tough cut such as chuck beef. Try to get a high-quality steak. The best choices are tender beef cuts, including skirt steak, ribeye, top loin, tenderloin, flank steak, shoulder top blade, etc. Packages of pre-cut beef strips work well for this recipe too.

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If it’s not pre-cut, you need to slice them into thin pieces of meat. A great tip to cut thin strips is to place the beef in the freezer for 30 minutes, and this will firm up the meat so that it’s much easier to slice. It will also allow you to slice them into thinner pieces, just like P.F Chang’s Mongolian Beef.

Note: Make sure the strips have uniform thickness and width so that they can be evenly cooked. 

I will share with you some simple secrets for the tender and juicy Mongolian Beef. Just 3 easy rules: 1) select the right cuts; 2) Marinate with cornstarch + soy sauce; 3) Quick sear at high temperature. Amazingly easy for a quick weeknight meal with a few simple and basic pantry ingredients that you already have at home.

Velveting: Best-kept Chinese Restaurant Secret

The second secret is to marinate the sliced beef in soy sauce and cornstarch for at least 10 minutes to tenderize, a process called “velveting”. Dipping the beef slices into cornstarch without marinating them will cause the beef to be very chewy. I highly recommend this step if you are not in a rush. It takes extra time, but it’s so worth it for a juicy restaurant-style result. 5-10 minutes of marinating make a huge difference.

Quick Sear at High Temperature (Flash Frying)

The third secret is to sear your beef at a high temperature (around 400°F) for a short time. Turn your heat to high after you add the oil and sauté garlic and ginger. When the skillet is very hot, add the beef, and quickly sear for about 1-2 minutes each side. This approach will yield the most tender and juicy beef.

How to Make Mongolian Beef

Slice the beef against the grain to a thickness of 1/8-1/4 inch. Cutting Steak

Then marinate them in soy sauce and cornstarch, ideally for about 30 minutes, but you can do it in 5-10 minutes if you are in a rush.Marinade Steak SlicesOnce your beef is marinating, you are halfway done in making this recipe. Place your skillet on medium-high heat, add the oil and fry the minced ginger and garlic for about 1 minute or until fragrant in a large frying pan.

Turn the heat to high, and then add the beef with marinade. DON’T OVERCROWD the pan, and cook in small batches if needed. Cook the beef for about 2 minutes, turning pieces to cook all sides.

Then add brown sugar, water (or beef broth) and green onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes (taste-test the sauce and add more sugar or soy sauce according to your own preference). At this point, the sauce should be thick enough to coat the beef.  Remove from the skillet and serve over rice!

Step by Step Process Photo

The following graphic summarizes the key steps for making Mongolian Beef:

Mogolian Beef Process Photo

Tools and Ingredients To Make Mongolian Beef

  • Skillet: A large 12-14 inch skillet either in cast iron or nonstick. Avoid stainless steel which is more likely to stick.
  • Soy Sauce: You can use low sodium soy sauce if you’d like to lower your salt intake. I used Kikkoman. San-J Low Sodium is also a good brand and has no preservatives. 365 is a budget-friendly option that’s organic too.

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Best Mongolian Beef- PF Chang's Copycat (with Video)

Mongolian Beef- Tender and juicy beef smothered in an addictive sticky, slightly sweet and savory ginger garlic sauce. It is a popular P.F Chang’s menu item that can be made at home in 20 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 368 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

Quick Marinade

  • 1 1/2 lb  flank steak cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium recommended
  • 1/4  cup  cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 1/4  cup  vegetable oil
  • tsp  fresh ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 green onions cut into 2-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Slice the beef against the grain into 2-inch strips that are ¼ inch thick.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce and cornstarch.  Add in the beef and marinate for 10 to 30 minutes.

  3. Place your skillet on medium-high heat, add the oil and fry the minced ginger and garlic for about 1 minute or until fragrant in a large frying pan.

  4. Turn the heat to high, and then add the beef with marinade. Don't overcrowd the pan, and cook in small batches if needed. Cook the beef for about 2 minutes, turning pieces to cook all sides. 

  5. Then add brown sugar, beef broth (or water) and green onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes (taste-test the sauce and add more sugar or soy sauce according to your own preference). At this point, the sauce should be thick enough to coat the beef. 

  6. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  1. Chicken can also be used – Mongolian Chicken is a delicious dish that many people like.
  2. Use low-sodium soy sauce if you’d like to reduce your salt intake. Kikkoman is my favorite brand.
  3. In case you find your sauce is not thick enough when your beef is ready, you can take the beef out, and add more cornstarch and cold water mixture (1:1 ratio) to the sauce. When the sauce is thick, add back the beef to coat evenly.
  4. I love to serve the Mongolian Beef over steamed rice. It’s great with noodles, and you can also pair it with fresh vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas, baby bok choy, asparagus, and bell peppers, etc. Add chili flakes if you like the spicy flavor.
  5. Both light and dark brown sugar work for this recipe, and the latter has a more intense flavor.
  6. Use a large skillet or work for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Best Mongolian Beef- PF Chang's Copycat (with Video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 851mg 35%
Potassium 503mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Sugars 18g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 3.2%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What is Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef (蒙古牛肉)is one of the most popular menu items at PF Chang’s restaurant. It’s a Chinese-American beef stir-fry made with sliced beef and scallions in a savory brown sauce and often served with rice or noodles.

For the Healthiest Mongolian Beef Possible:

  • Use low-sodium soy sauce
  • Halve the amount of sugar
  • Serve with brown rice or another whole grain. You can also serve with lettuce wraps.

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