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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 over white rice in a bowl.

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.

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!

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.  🙂

Mongolian Beef over white rice.

Sweet and Salty

This recipe is fairly sweet and salty. If you don not like salty foods, try using low-sodium soy sauce. Likewise, you can reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup.

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 over white rice in bowl.


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 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 625kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef, copycat

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Recipe Adapted from: Food.com

Originally published April 14, 2015

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

  1. This was very delicious.
    The family loved it so much I’m going to make it for Father’s day for my son in law

  2. Kerry Saunders

    First time making this and the whole family loved it so will be making again and was quick and easy

  3. Maryanne Sunday

    Wow! Never made such a delicious meal. Just follow the recipe. And have everyone rave. This is always a surprise and definitely a keeper.

  4. This is fantastic, i used New York strip steak and cut the soy sauce by a bit and filled the rest with water. In case it would be to salty.
    I will make this a lot . Sooo good.

  5. My friend made it for us and it was perfectly delicious! Could you substitute for beef or chicken?

  6. Theresa Herron

    It tastes identical! The only thing I would change is the amount of oil used to fry the beef. Other than that, it’s perfect!

  7. I love this recipe. It’s easy to make and delicious. I make extra so I can have lunch the next day.

  8. John van Weenen

    We love it and it is not to much work. We have already made this a dozen times and everyone it is just delicious again.

  9. Absolutely delicious! I have made this recipe a few times already. I have it saved to my favorites 😊

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