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Horizontal image of sliced beef with sauce over a white bowl of rice with an onion garnish next to black chopsticks in front of a red pot.

Easy Mongolian Beef

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Bursting with tender meat, this easy Mongolian beef recipe is a total flavor bomb. The quick, easy recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes. Read more.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, green parts only
  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice


  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add garlic and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, then add soy sauce and water. Stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar until it is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Slice flank steak into strips, cutting against the grain. Place beef strips into a bowl and toss with cornstarch to coat lightly. Shake off any excess.
  3. Heat remaining oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add beef and cook until well browned on each side, working in batches if necessary. 
  4. Pour soy sauce mixture into pan and add all of the beef and the green onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes, tossing to coat with the sauce, then remove from heat. Serve immediately over rice.


Recipe adapted from Table for Two.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: Mongolian beef, soy sauce, Chinese recipes, flank steak