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Easy, Inexpensive Recipe: Mongolian Beef

Course Dinner
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Kate


  • Mongolian Beef Ingredients:
  • 2 t vegetable oil
  • 1/2 t. minced ginger
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 1 pound flank or flat iron steak
  • 1/4 c corn starch
  • 2 large green onions


  1. Pour 2 teaspoons of oil into a medium saucepan over medium/low heat.
  2. Add minced garlic and ginger stirring with a whisk.
  3. Add the soy sauce and water.
  4. Dissolve the brown sugar into the liquid and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.
  5. The sauce will still be fairly runny when it's done boiling, that's ok.
  6. Remove it from the heat.
  7. Slice the flank steak in 1/4 inch slices at a 45 degree angle against the grain into bite size pieces. (I had my butcher do this - easy peasy! My butcher is awesome.)
  8. Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a thin layer of dusting to the steak.
  9. Let that sit for about 10 minutes.
  10. As the beef sits, heat one cup of oil in your pan.
  11. If you don't have a wok (I don't as you can see from the pictures) use a little more oil.
  12. I used about a cup and a half - just enough to almost cover the meat.
  13. The beef will begin to brown on the edges. That's good.
  14. Stir the meat around a bit and after a couple minutes remove the beef from the oil with a slotted spoon into a bowl lined with paper towels and pour the oil out into a bowl or something that it won't melt.
  15. Put the pan back over med heat and put meat back in, browning for a minute or so.
  16. Add the sauce to this pan and the green onions.
  17. Serve over rice. Enjoy!