Mongolian Beef is a favorite Chinese Take out. This recipe typically uses Flank Steak in a rich brown gravy with vegetables. Make Instant Pot Mongolian Beef in your Instant Pot for a Delicious Dinner!

Mongolian Beef Recipe

Serves 4 | Perfect for Dinner | 6Qt Instant Pot | Ready in 15 min

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As a mom I’ve learned how to be frugal, it’s just part of life.  This recipe calls for Flank Steak which is heavenly all on it’s own.  However, you can also use a lesser quality steak and still achieve a good copycat to the original Mongolian Beef Recipe you’ve come to love.

Mongolian Beef Ingredients

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is quick, easy and so tender.  It’s delicious.

Mongolian Beef Ingredients

It’s no lie, I do have expensive tastes.  However, I’ve learned hacks to spend less and still enjoy the things I want most.  When feeding a family, and especially boys, meals need to go as far as they can while still providing nutrition and great taste.

I’m a sucker for a great steak and I love Mongolian Beef.  It’s juicy and tender and packed full of flavors that I just love.  But I can’t always afford an expensive cut of meat.  So this hack will save you a few dollars without losing the flavors you are looking for.

Try purchasing Carne Asada, which is a thin sliced beef.  Often times your local grocer will have packages of this thin sliced beef ready for you to pick up a package to two and you will be on your way to a great meal.

The recipe is  the same for either cuts of meat.  But I hope you enjoy a few extra dollars in your pocket.  I know I do!

Mongolian Beef

Do I have to use Flank or Skirt Steak for Mongolian Beef?

No, you do not.  Traditionally Mongolian Beef is made with Flank steak as it’s so juicy and tender, however I would also recommend a Carne Asada cut of meat as well.

What can I serve Mongolian Beef With?

We like Rice (brown or white), however you can also serve with noodles, chow mien, or even a bowl of freshly steamed veggies is perfect.

I want to make a family style Chinese Meal, what other recipes can I try?

We love Family Style Meals and would certainly recommend Cashew Chicken or Honey Garlic Chicken.  Both of these recipes are done in the Instant Pot.

Honey Garlic Chicken

How do I thicken my sauce?

The sauce can be easily thickened by adding 2 Tbs Cornstarch to as little as water as possible and adding it to your sauce.

Is Mongolian Beef Spicy?

Red Pepper Flakes give this recipe a kick, but you can tone it down or up depending on how many you add.

Mongolian Beef and Rice

What does Mongolian Beef Taste Like?

People love the taste of Take Out.  The rich brown sauce is addicting with the flavors of soy, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.  It’s sweet and savory all in one and served over rice is the perfect balance of flavors.

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Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Quick Tips

To thicken sauce, add 2 Tbl Cornstarch to as little as water as possible and mix, then add to your sauce over medium heat and stir.  The sauce will thicken up nicely.

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Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is a must for Family Take Out. This spicy tender cut of meat made Mongolian style with this easy Instant Pot Recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Mongolian
Keyword: Chinese Take Out, Mongolian Beef
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 lb Flank Steak
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • Red Pepper Flakes *optional
  • 2 Tbs Corn Starch
  • 2 Tsp water
  • 3 Green Onions Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots Slivered
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs garlic
  • 1 Tbs Sesame Seeds *Optional Garnish


  • Slice Flank steak against the grain at an angle into thin slices. Cut each slice into large pieces.
  • In a separate bowl combine Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, Beef Broth, Hoisin Sauce, Sesame Sauce, ginger and Red Pepper Flakes. Set Aside.
  • Heat Instant Pot to Saute’ and allow to get hot. Add olive Oil, and garlic
  • Add sliced meat and cook for 90 seconds per side. Turn Instant Pot off.
  • Add liquid mixture to Instant Pot and Beef. Stir.
  • Set to Manual for 4 minutes and Quick Release (QR).
  • In a separate bowl combine Cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  • Add slurry to Instant Pot and heath through while stirring. Sauce will thicken.
  • Add Julienne carrots and close lid for 1 minute. Garnish with Green onions and sesame seeds. Serve over rice, fresh steamed vegetables, or noodles.
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