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Easy Mongolian Beef (30-min. Recipe)

Mongolian Beef. Crispy and delicious beef smothered in a sweet, savoury sauce with a very mild kick (that can be omitted if desired)! A wonderful main that pairs well with steamed rice and greens.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 541 kcal


  • 332 grams flank steak
  • 7 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5-6 small slices ginger with or without skin on
  • 4 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 red chili pepper sliced (optional)
  • 1 stalk green onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or any neutral tasting oil

Beef marinade:


Optional garnish:


  • Thinly slice beef against the grain into 0.75 cm thick pieces and about 2 inches in length. Do not slice any thinner.
  • Marinate beef with marinade ingredients and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients.
  • Generously dredge several beef slices into cornstarch until well coated and transfer to a plate. Repeat this process until all your beef is coated.
  • In a large pan set over medium heat, heat oil. Check if oil is hot by inserting a wooden chopstick and look for bubbles.
  • Once oil is hot, fry beef in batches, 1 minute on each side until slightly crispy. Important: Immediately spread beef apart to prevent sticking. Fry in 2-3 batches to prevent overcrowding.
  • Remove cooked beef from oil and set aside. Discard excess oil leaving 1 tsp in the pan.
  • Over low heat, sauté ginger, garlic, red chili for 10 seconds. Pour in sauce to reduce and thicken.
  • Once thick, add beef and mix to coat evenly. Garnish with green onions. Remove off heat. Optionally garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


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Suggested Equipment & Products

Large Non-Stick Pan
Measuring Set
Cutting Board
Santoku Knife
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Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1862mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4mg