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Mongolian Beef (PF Chang’s copycat)

I’ve seen recipes for PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef all over Pinterest for some time and since PF Chang’s is one of my favorite restaurants, I knew I had to try making Mongolian Beef at home.

Mongolian Beef (PF Changs copycat). So easy to make and tastes even better than the real thing.

 

Usually when we go to PF Chang’s, I am all about the Kung Pao Scallops, but Mongolian Beef is also a favorite of mine.

Mongolian Beef (PF Changs copycat). So easy to make and tastes even better than the real thing!

Crispy but tender pieces of beef coated in a thick, sweet and a little salty sauce. It’s almost like eating beef candy! Add some red pepper flakes if you want to balance the sweetness with some heat.

We don’t go to PF Chang’s often since it is a little pricey and the drive can take a lot of time when there’s traffic. So I am thrilled to be able to make this dish at home and it is so easy!

Mongolian Beef (PF Changs copycat). So easy to make and tastes even better than homemade!

You don’t have to eat at PF Chang’s to enjoy a fabulously delicious Mongolian Beef. It’s easy to make at home and can be served over white rice for a meal that is sure to become a family favorite.

And your kids will think you have suddenly developed restaurant chef skills.  🙂

Tips for Making Mongolian Beef:

  • Try adding some broccoli or asparagus.
  • Sirloin steak can be used instead of flank steak
  • Some people think this recipe is too salty or too sweet. If you tend to not like salty foods, try using low sodium soy sauce. If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, cut back on the sugar but keep in mind that the sugar helps balance the salt and cutting back on the sugar may cause the sauce to taste saltier.

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Mongolian Beef (PF Changs copycat). So easy to make and tastes even better than the real thing!

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Mongolian Beef (PF Changs copycat). So easy to make and tastes even better than the real thing.

Mongolian Beef (PF Chang's copycat)

Homemade Mongolian Beef is so easy to make! Tender pieces of beef coated in a sweet and salty sauce. It's like beef candy!
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut on diagonal into 2-inch pieces

Instructions

  • Make the sauce. Heat 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add soy sauce, water, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened some, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Slice flank steak against the grain into 1/4-inch slices with the knife held at a 45 degree angle. Some of the really long pieces I cut in half to make them more bite-sized.
  • Toss flank steak with cornstarch and let sit 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat 1 cup Vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add beef (I cooked it in 2 batches) and cook 2-3 minutes, until brown and crispy, flipping pieces over to cook both sides.
  • Remove meat with a slotted spoon and discard cooking oil. Place meat back in pan along with sauce and cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring to coat meat.
  • Add red pepper flakes and green onions and remove from heat.
  • Serve over rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish

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Recipe Adapted from: Food.com

Originally published April 14, 2015

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141 thoughts on “Mongolian Beef (PF Chang’s copycat)”

  1. Delicious recipe!! My only thing is that the meat tastes a little gritty with the cornstarch. Any tips to prevent that?

  2. Angela Childres-Walker

    This recipe is on point…..I always eat Mongolian Beef & P.F. Chang’s …..it taste exactly like theirs. I made the recipe just like the recipe states. It’s not too sweet or salty. If you like P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef…..you will love this one. Trust me it’s delicious…..I’m a serious Foodie.

    1. Just like you I love PF Chang Mongolian Beef, in my case the Restaurant is too far, and now I found your recipe and it’s outstanding, my wife says it’s the same as in the restaurant. I love it, Thanks

      1. My husband likes PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef and Beef ala Sichuan. I made this tonight for my family and they said this is now their new beef/steak recipe. They loved it! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe Christin!!

  3. Angela Childres-Walker

    This recipe is on point…..I always eat Mongolian Beef & P.F. Chang’s …..it taste exactly like theirs. I made the recipe just like the recipe states. It’s not too sweet or salty. If you like P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef…..you will love this one.

  4. I made this for dinner for my parents. It was super good I followed the recipe exactly. Only thing I recommend is using lite soy sauce. The meal was way too salty for me even served with rice!

  5. This recipe is spot on, and so delicious!! I’ve made it probably three times now and it’s a big hit with our family! I was curious if I can marinate the beef strips ahead of time in the soy sauce mix to make them even more flavorful? Or if that will make things complicated when I later add the cornstarch element before I fry them ? Thanks so much for sharing this gem of a recipe!

  6. Ana Maria Tewkesbury

    I love stir fry food and thought I’d try my hand at this recipe which seemed uncomplicated. To my surprise it was very easy and so tasteful. My husband couldn’t believe it was not a take away delivery. Thank you

  7. This is by far the BEST recipe I have ever had! The only thing I get from PF Chang’s is this and I feel like I was there while eating this. Straight up identical! Instead of cutting the meat myself, I used shaved beef. Just coated it really good and fried it in my wok. Came out amazing. Thank you for this life-changer! 😉

    1. Hi April,

      You had mentioned you used shaved beef for the Mongollion Beef recipe. Where would I find that in the grocery store? Is it behind the Deli counter? What meat would I ask for to be shaved – roast beef? Thanks!

  8. Holly Redland

    Delicious! I added some broccoli, mushrooms and sliced onions. I also marinated the beef in soy sauce and sesame oil first.

    1. Umm! Deeeelicious! It was just like PF changs if not better!. Plus, because I made it I know exactly what was in it. I used Sirloon beef instead of flank steak(they were out) and I didnt have anything green so i used red bell peppers and red onions which I sauteed. It was an absolute hit paired with jasmine rice. I am a fan of sweet and spicy, so next time I will add more pepper just to add a little more complexity to the flavor. But that is just my personal taste. This is going into the weeknight steady rotation! Thank you!

  9. I’ve been making Mongolian beef for 3 years now. It’s our favorite.
    Vegetable oil is the worst and most stinky oil you can use though. Peanut oil or sunflower oil is the best.

  10. Lauren Wombacher

    Fantastic recipe; both husband and daughter raved about it. I chose sirloin steak and for the sauce I used low sodium soy sauce and started with just 1/4 cup brown sugar and then added more by the Tablespoon until it got to the sweetness I wanted. Served with brown rice and broccoli. Thanks for the recipe – definitely a keeper!

  11. Gail Tourgee

    Made this yesterday. It was delicious! I did make the mistake of over cooking. Yesterday hot right out of the pan it was wonderful…today after cooled and reheated I can see a difference in texture do to over cooking. I will be careful next time. So needless to say I will defiantly be making this again! Thank you for such a scrumptious recipe!

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