Who doesn’t love a dinner that comes together in twenty minutes? And when it also happens to be a perfect replica of one of your restaurant favorites? Even better! Our Copycat PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe lets you enjoy this fave from the comfort of your own home anytime you want it. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s super tasty, and you don’t have to even get in your car to get it.
I love two things about PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef – one, that the beef remains so nice and tender and two, that sauce that balances sweet and tangy so well. This recipe captures both of those aspects beautifully. The sauce is spot on and it’s really just a handful of ingredients – soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. So simple and so delicious!
The key to keeping the beef tender is cutting your flank steak across the grain and keeping your pieces thin so you only need a very short cooking time. After you’ve browned the beef, you simmer it in the sauce for a bit just until it’s thickened up enough to coat everything well and you’re good to go. All told, it’s just about fifteen minutes of stovetop work but that very same restaurant flavor you know and love.
Copycat PF Chang's Mongolian Beef
5m prep time
15m cook time
- 1 lb flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 scallions, chopped on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces
For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- Sesame seeds, for serving, optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and 1/2 cup water.
- Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, toss flank steak with cornstarch.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add beef in batches and cook until brown and crispy, slipping pieces over as needed, about 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer beef to a paper towel lined plate and discard excess oil.
- Add beef and sauce back to pan over medium heat and cook until sauce has thickened, 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in scallions, garnish with sesame seeds, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.