Mongolian Beef

Skip the take-out! Mongolian beef is easy to make at home!

Chinese take-out always gets the best of us. You’re tired when you come home from work and you have kids & husbands whining (haha) that they’re hungry. What’s the easy thing to do? Pick up the phone and call take-out. I mean, I won’t lie, I’ve done it numerous times. Panda Express is literally 2 minutes from my house and some nights I’m like “screw it, let’s go get some.” It happens, but you can’t let it happen one too many times cause that stuff just isn’t good for you and it starts to show in numerous parts of your body ;)

So this past weekend I went to my first dress fitting. It went pretty well. The dress fits like a glove. The seamstress only has to hem it and put in a bustle. Which is great, except when it’s all zipped up, I have back cleavage. Haha, it’s such a funny term but it’s actually a real good description of back fat. All I gotta do is just lose probably 5 pounds and I should be good to go. If I lose any more weight, then I’m going to have to get the dress taken in and I don’t want to spend more money for that!

No more greasy take-out until after the wedding ;) until then, I can most definitely suffice with this take-out, fake-out mongolian beef. This thing is KILLER and tastes amazing. I swear Jason and I each had two bowls of it (oh yeah, portion control needs to kick in haha). It makes a lot so leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day is super awesome! I love having leftovers of delicious meals :) makes it feel like cooking the meal was well worth it!

Oh, so the best part of this? You can have this on your table in less than 30 minutes. I sound like Rachael Ray, don’t I? I didn’t mean to, but I had to get my point across, lol

Mongolian Beef
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

No need to call the takeout place for mongolian beef; you can make this right at home!

Course: Beef, Main Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 -6
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 pounds flank steak, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Green onions, sliced
  1. In a small saucepot, over medium heat, add 2 tsp. of vegetable oil and sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, water, and brown sugar and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss sliced flank steak with cornstarch, shaking off the excess. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to allow coating to stick better on the beef.
  3. After 10 minutes, in a heavy bottom saucepan, over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and add the beef to the pan, in batches, to sear the outside on all sides, but barely cooked in the middle. Remove and let drain on paper towels as you finish up the rest of the beef. Pour out any excess oil in the saucepan.
  4. Place the saucepan back on the burner, but on medium heat, and pour in the sauce from earlier. It should come to a boil immediately. Add in the steak and coat with the sauce. Continue cooking beef and sauce at a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken gradually. Add in the scallions.
  5. Serve hot over white or brown rice.
  6. Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Source: inspired by via Just a Taste



Posted on January 07, 2013

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  1. 01/07/2013 at 6:10 am

    I love your ‘take out fake out’ series & this sounds so incredibly tasty and just as quick as waiting for a takeaway. I’m definitely going to add this to our weekly meal list!

  2. 01/07/2013 at 6:31 am

    Love this series! We almost never order Chinese for some reason, so maybe this can take its place :)

  3. 01/07/2013 at 6:48 am

    Ahhh…you are killing me! I love American-style Chinese food. Unfortunately here in Asia and especially China itself it is nothing like it.
    But this sounds easy enough to make and I think I can even find the ingredients here :)

  4. 01/07/2013 at 7:00 am

    I hear you on taking the easy route for dinner…some night it is just easier. But now I have 20 pounds to get off, so no more for us either. I love your take out series and I love that this yummy meat is done so quickly!!!

  5. Connie
    01/07/2013 at 7:38 am

    That looks great and I can’t wait to try it! One question – is it really 1 1/3 cups brown sugar or just 1/3? Thank you!

    • 01/07/2013 at 8:01 am

      It’s really 1 1/3 cup of brown sugar.

  6. 01/07/2013 at 7:39 am

    Really??? It’s 7:34 am and my mouth is watering! I soooo pinned this.

  7. 01/07/2013 at 8:05 am

    I love when you take me out and fake me out! These are my favorite recipes of yours!
    Oh! I made your portobello pizza caps for lunch after church yesterday and we gobbled them up! :)

  8. 01/07/2013 at 8:11 am

    I hope your local take out don’t realise that your versions are so much better. I rarely get a Chinese take out, more Indian, as I adore fresh home made Chinese food so much more. This will be getting an outing at the weekend.

  9. 01/07/2013 at 8:30 am

    I made a similar version of this recently and it was really tasty

  10. 01/07/2013 at 8:41 am

    I’d like to order a bowl to go, please. :) This is gorgeous. I could just reach through the screen for a bite!

  11. 01/07/2013 at 8:51 am

    Mmmmm, Chinese take-out is my kryptonite – sometimes it’s just so hard to resist! Homemade versions are such a good replacement though, and this one looks awesome Julie! :)

    PS – looking forward to seeing your dress!

  12. 01/07/2013 at 8:55 am

    This looks completely wonderful! Dinner tonight….

  13. 01/07/2013 at 9:04 am

    Mmmm. All the stars have aligned and I have everything to make this tonight! What are the odds… I never have steak on hand but do. My family is already praising your name!

  14. UGH THE BACK CLEAVAGE!! It’s the worst. I had to battle that before my dress fitting too :) This looks amazing Julie!

    OH MY GOSH I just want to see you in your dress!! (that doesn’t sound creepy, right?)

  15. 01/07/2013 at 9:37 am

    Mmm… this looks delicious!

  16. 01/07/2013 at 9:40 am

    So much better than take out!

  17. 01/07/2013 at 9:50 am

    This looks delicious! One of my favorite things to order when I go out. I’m definitely going to have to try this at home.

  18. 01/07/2013 at 9:59 am

    Looks AWESOME Julie!!! do you except orders for takeout??? ;)

  19. 01/07/2013 at 11:10 am

    yummm! this looks great, so much easier to make than you would think!

  20. 01/07/2013 at 11:17 am

    Oh, wow, does this look saucy and delicious!!

  21. 01/07/2013 at 11:49 am

    Looks so delicious. Lip smacking good. I can imagine myself licking my finger with this sticky yummy sauce.

  22. 01/07/2013 at 11:54 am

    OMG!! I want to see pics of your dress. So, so excited for you! This mongolian beef recipe looks AH-mazing! Just curious, have any advice for cooking rice? I can never make it turn out right!!

    • 01/07/2013 at 12:13 pm

      It’s typically a 1:1.5 ratio. 1 cup dry rice and 1.5 cups of water, 2 cups dry rice, 2.5 cups water. Oh, and don’t do it on the stove – rice cooker all the way! Seriously. They made them for a reason! :)

      • Steffani
        09/03/2015 at 9:30 am

        Hi is there anyway I can make this in a croc pot?

      • Julie
        09/04/2015 at 7:40 am

        I’ve never done that before so I wouldn’t know how. Sorry!

  23. 01/07/2013 at 12:34 pm

    LOVE this!! I wish I was your neighbor so I could have your take out fake out for dinner too!

  24. 01/07/2013 at 12:52 pm

    Julie!!!! Omg… This looks like heaven! We order Chinese take out way too often, I’ve gotta try making it at home.

  25. 01/07/2013 at 1:24 pm

    Is it too early for lunch? This looks awesome!! This is a really great series, especially when you can make it so fast. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!!!

  26. 01/07/2013 at 1:40 pm

    This has my name written all over it girl! Fabulous!

  27. 01/07/2013 at 1:42 pm

    This looks way better than takeout. For real! I’ve always loved Chinese food – so easy to make and always good to enjoy. Nom nom! Can’t wait to see you in wedding dress.

  28. 01/07/2013 at 2:00 pm

    This looks delicious!

  29. 01/07/2013 at 2:06 pm

    Love Chinese take out! But this sounds fantastic and love the 30 minutes to get it on the table!

  30. 01/07/2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’m pretty sure you made this just for me. Oh, and thank you, I love it ;)

  31. 01/07/2013 at 3:42 pm

    Chinese take out is one of my favorites. I dont know why, but it is definitely addicting!! I need to make this now. :-) Thanks!

  32. 01/07/2013 at 4:36 pm

    Yay, to fast and easy. Applause all around from here!

  33. 01/07/2013 at 4:38 pm

    I love the take our fake out series as well. This looks easy and delicious. thanks for another great recipe!

  34. 01/07/2013 at 5:01 pm

    this take-out fake-out series are so awesome. please keep it coming. I totally am with you about the ordering chinese or pizza when I am tired and it doesnt help if you are surrounded by them. I am certainly going to try this soon but with chicken. I hope it will turn out as delicious :)

  35. 01/07/2013 at 5:03 pm

    I always love your beautifully photographed take out fake out recipes, Julie! My boyfriend’s very favorite chinese take out order – and we must make it at home for him! Thank you for sharing this, girl!

  36. 01/07/2013 at 5:04 pm

    I love Mongolian beef, seriously drooling over how delish this looks!

  37. 01/07/2013 at 5:28 pm

    This looks so yummy! And your photos are beautiful. I absolutely adore Chinese food, my boyfriend jokes that’s the only reason I’m with him! I kind of feel spoiled because he cooks such amazing Chinese food for me, so I think I should make this to show him my appreciation!

    Know what you mean with the back cleavage, so annoying, I can never seem to get rid of it no matter how much I work out :(!

  38. 01/07/2013 at 5:44 pm

    Yum, one of my favorite take-out dishes! It looks saucy and delicious. Looking forward to trying this one at home!

  39. 01/07/2013 at 5:46 pm

    I kind of want to make out with that beef. Yes, yes I do.

  40. Love making take out at home, so much better for you! Mongolian beef is a favorite too, great recipe!

  41. 01/07/2013 at 7:14 pm

    Oh yeah, I am seriously into this. we ordered Chinese takeout last night, and frankly this looks WAY better!!

  42. 01/07/2013 at 7:32 pm

    This looks amazing! Wish I had for dinner tonight :)

  43. 01/07/2013 at 7:47 pm

    Do you deliver? ;) This looks amazing! We just love your Beef and Broccoli so I am definitely making this soon!

  44. 01/07/2013 at 8:13 pm

    This is totally on my list for this weekend! My husband will be forever grateful enjoying this recipe while watching football.
    Pics are incredible by the way!

    : )

  45. 01/07/2013 at 8:14 pm

    You have done it again. I love this times one million!

  46. 01/07/2013 at 8:47 pm

    There’d be no complaining from over here to sit down to this dinner. What a winner!

  47. 01/07/2013 at 8:47 pm

    Not only are you telling lies… no more greasy takeout until after the wedding?! But you also mentioned my arch nemesis’ name. I feel like I don’t even know who you are anymore. lol ;) Oh and seriously – this sounds amazing :p

  48. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    01/07/2013 at 10:05 pm

    We are obsessed with our rice cooker!! I agree- only way to go! This looks delish and I want to eat my screen.

  49. 01/07/2013 at 10:43 pm

    Homemade takeout is the best! I find tons of wedding dresses seem to give back cleavage you can’t do anything about…let’s assume guys like it as much as front cleavage and go with it, I say :)

  50. 01/08/2013 at 6:30 am

    Oh, the meat looks so glossy…Love it…

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