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15 Minute Mongolian Beef is full of flavor and super easy to make. In the time it takes to cook rice, you can have delicious restaurant quality Mongolian beef ready to serve on top. 
Mongolian Beef sitting on some white rice in a black bowl.

What cut of steak should I use to make mongolian beef?

We recommend using flank steak when making Mongolian beef. You can also use skirt steak. Each should be sliced thinly against the grain. This cut will cook quickly and soak up the flavors of the marinade. You could also use traditional cuts of steak like sirloin, ribeye, or strip steak.

What does it mean to slice the meat against the grain?

When you look at a cut of beef, you can see lines in the muscles which is called the grain. This grain is particularly easy to see in a beef cut like flank steak. The grain provides a natural breaking point in the meat. Slicing against the grain means to cut the meat perpendicular to these lines. This will provide the maximum number of breaking points in the meat, giving you a tender easy to chew piece of beef. If you slice the meat parallel to the grain, you won’t have those natural breaking points in the meat, which means you’ll have a tough, chewy piece of meat.
Mongolian Beef in a stainless teel frying pan.

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Mongolian Beef in a stainless teel frying pan.
15 Minute Mongolian Beef is full of flavor and super easy to make. In the time it takes to cook rice, you can have delicious restaurant quality Mongolian beef ready to serve on top. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 to 2 pounds flank steak
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions for garnish (optional)
  • Slice the flank steak against the grain into long strips. Put the strips into a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Stir in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes until meat is evenly coated.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Add in the olive oil and sear the meat until desired level of doneness is reached (2 to 3 minutes for medium rare).
  • Top with green onions (optional). Serve hot over cooked rice or rice noodles.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 953mg | Potassium: 451mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese American
Keyword: Mongolian Beef
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August 4, 2020 2:09 pm

I made this last night and it was delicious. I screwed up when I bought the beef. I meant to buy thin sliced beef but accidently picked up shaved beef. So I am going to call this my Philly-Mongolian Beef. One nice thing about the shaved beef was I did not have to worry about taking any steps to tenderize it. I followed the recipe pretty closely. I was out of hoisin sauce so subbed 1 T of oyster sauce and I added an extra heaping T of brown sugar. I used a generous amount of green onions and sprinkled… Read more »

May 8, 2019 10:41 am

5 stars
What a wonderful recipe! The meat was melt in your mouth good. We’re wimps so I only put 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes. It was perfect for us

May 6, 2019 7:20 pm

5 stars
Hubby and I cooked the Mongolian beef together and it was delicious!! Quick, flavorful and fun to make. Better than in a restaurant. I’ll be looking for more of your recipes!

Amy Birdsong
April 19, 2019 5:55 pm

4 stars
Enjoyed this for dinner tonight. Thanks for this great recipe…will be adding it to my rotation.

June 7, 2017 12:34 pm

Wow ..Only 15 minutes !!! Really a nice posting ….!!! I will definitely share it with my family……!! please keep up your fabulous posting…!!!

September 3, 2015 4:12 pm

Only 15 minutes I can cook best beef ever for my family. Thanks for your post

September 16, 2014 11:21 am

Oh my, this will be the best 15 minutes that I will spend during the day, well, except for the next 15 minutes when I am eating it. This will be tonight's dinner.

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