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Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

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Mongolian Beef is a delicious beef stir fry recipe served with lots of onions and a tasty sauce. This flavorful dish is popular in Chinese restaurants, and also actually very easy to make at home – here’s my Mongolian Beef Stir Fry recipe!

By the way, if you’re interested in other dishes I like to order for Chinese takeout that I also make at home, here they are!

Wow! This might be the first time I’ve noticed how many I love making at home!

What is Mongolian Beef?

Mongolian beef Chinese dish that consists of beef and onions. Sometimes it’s served with other vegetables, and is not too spicy. Normally served with rice or fried rice or sometimes noodles.

Origin of Mongolian Beef

Contrary to popular belief, Mongolian Beef is actually NOT from Mongolia! This tasty dish actually originates from Taiwan!

Mongolian beef is one of the meat dishes created in Taiwan when Chinese barbecue restaurants first started popping up. This would actually explain why none of the ingredients or the preparation is like traditional Mongolian cuisine.

What kind of beef to use?

Ultimately the type of steak to use is up to you – you can pick your favorite cut of beef. However, I normally use flank steak, or sirloin steak (pictured below).

Just make sure to cut evenly in to strips or slices so that it cooks evenly!

What goes with Mongolian beef?

Mongolian beef goes super well served with rice! You can also serve it with some fried rice, or noodles.

Since Mongolian Beef has less veggies than some other more veggie forward dishes, and it’s so flavorful, I recommend some simple veggie side dishes:

Stir Fry Asparagus with Garlic

Shanghai Bok Choy Stir Fry with Garlic

shanghai bok choy

Broccoli Stir Fry with Garlic

Is Mongolian beef keto friendly?

If you’re ordering from a restaurant, it is hard to tell because they could add a lot of sugars or cornstarch – so it’s hard to say for sure.

However, THIS Mongolian beef recipe is considered keto/low carb, with  9g per serving!

How to cook Mongolian beef?

Let’s get to the good stuff – here’s my recipe for Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 lb steak, cut in to strips or thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil, separated in to 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (gluten free/paleo option – sub with coconut aminos)
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (paleo option – sub with arrowroot flour or potato starch)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks of scallions
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli sauce (optional)

Instructions

In a bowl, mix steak with 2 tbsp cooking oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, cornstarch, honey and ground ginger. Combine well and set aside to marinade for 15-30 minutes.

For the scallions, remove the tips, and cut the green parts in to 1 inch length. Chop the white portions about 1/3 inch length.

Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a wok or cooking pan, and add the marinated beef along with the sauce in to pan and stir fry for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. The beef should be browned but not completely cooked.

Add sliced onions to the pan, and stir fry for about a minute, and then re-add the beef and scallions, stir fry for about 2 more minutes or until beef and onions are cooked thoroughly.

Remove from heat and serve!

Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 lb steak, cut in to strips or thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil, separated in to 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks of scallions
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli sauce (optional)

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, mix steak with 2 tbsp cooking oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, cornstarch, honey and ground ginger. Combine well and set aside to marinade for 15-30 minutes.
    2. For the scallions, remove the tips, and cut the green parts in to 1 inch length. Chop the white portions about 1/3 inch length.
    3. Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a wok or cooking pan, and add the marinated beef along with the sauce in to pan and stir fry for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. The beef should be browned but not completely cooked.
    4. Add sliced onions to the pan, and stir fry for about a minute, and then re-add the beef and scallions, stir fry for about 2 more minutes or until beef and onions are cooked thoroughly.
    5. Remove from heat and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1812mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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