30 Minute Mongolian Beef

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Mongolian beef is a flavorful and easy weeknight dinner recipe, made in less than 30 minutes!

30 Minute Mongolian Beef

I’m always looking for dinner recipes that I can make in under 30 minutes for those crazy-hectic work days when I’d rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my family. Cooking Light is one of my go-to food magazines for quick and healthy meals. This Mongolian Beef dish from December 2009, comes together quickly and the prep time is minimal. If you keep a few basic Asian ingredients in your pantry, stir-frys are great week-night meals.

Minimal prep and Just a few ingredients make the sauce for this Mongolian beef recipe.
Minimal prep and Just a few ingredients make the sauce.

All the ingredients can be purchased at most large supermarkets. Using just a pound of meat and stretching it to serve four, makes this slightly more expensive cut of beef more affordable.

One pound of thinly sliced sirloin can be stretched to serve 4 with rice or noodles.
One pound of thinly sliced sirloin can be stretched to serve 4 with rice or noodles.

Serve the Mongolian beef with cups of warm miso soup and rice noodles or steamed white rice.

For a gluten free option of Mongolian beef, substitute the soy sauce for tamari.

Mongolian Beef, made in 30 minutes!

Mongolian Beef

30 Minute Mongolian Beef

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek fresh chile paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 1 Tablespoons minced peeled ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 pound sirloin steak thinly sliced across the grain
  • 2 bunches green onions cut into 2 inch pieces


  • Combine first 8 ingredients; stir with a whisk until smooth.
  • Heat peanut oil in a large wok or sauté pan over medium high heat. Add ginger, garlic and beef; sauté 2 minutes, or until beef is browned. Add onions; sauté 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.
  • Serve with rice noodles or rice.
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  1. I am terrible at making Chinese dishes, not because they don’t turn out, but I never try them! This looks wonderful, and it’s so simple, I’m sure it tastes fantastic too. I really have to make an effort to make more quick Chinese food!

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