Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

Combine flank steak and veggies over a bed of rice with a sweet sauce for a quick, delicious Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

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We’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into our meals. I found a recipe for a beef stir-fry with a sauce similar to teriyaki sauce. It’s a very different meal than what we usually make, but we enjoyed it. The recipe called it Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry. I don’t know if the recipe is truly Mongolian, but it tastes delicious!

This meal includes broccoli, peppers, and green onions, with the beef and sauce on a bed of rice. We used a bit of three different colored peppers. I had some leftovers from other meals that we froze in strips, so I was able to use those for Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry.

Step by Step

Start by cooking the rice according to the package directions. This cooks the rice perfectly and doesn’t make a mess all over the microwave. It’s great for making rice for dishes like this, or for making sushi, or use the steamer basket to steam some veggies.

Slice the vegetables while the rice cooks. I’m not usually a huge fan of peppers, so we went with a smaller amount of peppers and it worked well. I do like broccoli, so that was a no-brainer to have that in the recipe.

In a large skillet, heat some oil and brown the flank steak. I bought mine sliced already, but if it isn’t then you want to slice it thinly before cooking. Season with pepper and salt to taste. To cook the beef evenly, make sure the pieces are separated.

Put together the sauce that will go with the entire meal while the meat cooks. Whisk the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar to create your Mongolian sauce.

Remove the beef from the pan once it is fully cooked. Cover the beef to keep it warm.

Add some oil to the pan and put in the chopped vegetables, frying until they are soft and warm. Then cover with the soy sauce mixture. Return the beef to the pan and cook it all together for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and heat everything together.

Once everything is cooked, put the rice in your serving bowl and top with the beef and vegetable mixture. Then sprinkle a few sesame seeds to garnish your Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry and serve warm.


Originally Published On: October 16, 2018

Last Updated On: August 20, 2019


Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

Combine flank steak and veggies over a bed of rice with a sweet sauce for a quick, delicious Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry dinner ready in under 30 minutes.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bell pepper, rice, steak
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 630kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups broccoli chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 12 oz flank steak sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped


  • Cook or steam the rice according to directions
  • Chop the broccoli and slice the bell peppers
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet
  • Season the flank steak with pepper and salt and add to skillet
  • Continue frying the steak until cooked through
  • Remove steak from pan and add 1 tbsp oil to pan
  • Add the prepared vegetables to the warm oil
  • Cover and cook the vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar to make the Mongolian sauce
  • Remove the cover and add the sauce to the vegetables, cooking another 5 minutes
  • Return the steak to the pan and heat it all together
  • Serve the beef and vegetables over the cooked rice and garnish with chopped green onions


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1124mg | Potassium: 967mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2415IU | Vitamin C: 139.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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  • Maybe you mention it elsewhere on your site, but where did you get your storage containers?Thanks for the recipe!

  • Stephanie, you always have the most delicious recipe and I have been trying to make them, I wish to could taste to approve.

    • Thank you, Marjie! I enjoy coming up with new recipes for everyone, and I love hearing that you are making them at home.

  • I love that you made this with vegetables, I would make it the same way but leave out or substitute the meat. I need to make that great sauce for a change from my usual vegetables.

    • The sauce is definitely a good one! I haven't made it other than in this meal, but it would taste great on some grilled vegetables.

    • Having containers for each pantry item makes everything so much easier and better organized.

  • This recipes looks really yummy, I love stir fry’s. I never thought of getting a rice cooker, this is a good idea, as rice is my least favourite food to cook. Thanks for the tip!

    • Having a rice cooker makes it so much easier! I hated cooking rice because it would always make a mess in the microwave but now I make it often with the steamer.

  • Your cooking is always so on point. I love that you incorporate veggies in all of your recipes and that you make healthy choices. Thank you for sharing!

    • Well, I can't say all the recipes. We have some very unhealthy desserts here, too. But I do try to get veggies in when I can.

    • I've never actually cooked with tofu. But I have a good friend who is vegan so I may have to try a few recipes with her soon.

    • We love having this for dinner. It tastes so good and is a great way to get in some vegetables, too.

    • I'm also picky about steak but mostly because I don't like to higher cuts with all the fat in it. Flank steak is usually pretty lean, so I prefer it, too.

  • This looks like such a delicious meal there. I wish I had a rice cooker at the house. It would be so much easier.

    • Oh my goodness, the rice cooker is so convenient. I cook rice so much more often after we got that.

  • I love that you include vegetables in your recipes which make them delicious and healthy! Great recipe as always

    • We try to sneak those veggies in wherever possible. I know I don't eat them enough, so it's something I've been working on.

    • Luckily, this is a pretty quick and easy dinner that you can make to satisfy that craving then!

  • This Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry looks delicious! It's very important to include more veggies in our everyday diet and this is a great option!

  • This dish is so pretty. The fresh peppers and green brocolli, yuum! I am certainly going to add this to my menu. I love the use of chopsticks too.

    • Chopsticks make everything more fun! My boys love trying to use them but end up just stabbing their food with them instead.

  • A combination of my favourite dishes, beef, rice and vegetables. I have tried a few of your recipes and all taste delicious. I am sure this is going to taste yummy too. Saving this recipe.

    • I'm so glad that you are enjoying the recipes we share! This is definitely a good one, especially if those are some of your favorite foods.

  • The post looks very lucrative, hope it will be delicious enough. If possible, I would definitely make the dish by myself.

    • It's definitely doable for one person. Most of the time, I am the one in the kitchen cooking so make the meals myself. This also reheats really well to have the leftovers if you're only cooking for one.

  • This recipe made me drool omg!!! I am so gonna try to cook it, looks so delicious. Thanks a lot for sharing

  • I've been looking for a beef stir fry recipe with a good sauce. I'm adding this to my menu for next week!

  • I love a quick and easy recipe with a simple yet flavorful sauce. This is one of the areas with which I struggle with trying to cook Asian cuisines; I'm fine with following a recipe, but not yet experienced enough to put together a sauce of my own that is satisfying. Maybe this will help me build my repertoire.

    • Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Of course, I only give you guys the ones that work for us to try to keep things easy :)

  • One of the best things about traveling to a foreign country is trying new food. Also... there is another way to travel – to cook dishes from different countries right at home.
    Mongolia is unique. I hope they have delicious dishes for vegetarians like me, too 😊.

    • I couldn't agree more! We have a few families that get together every month for "Dinner Club" and we've decided we are going to "eat around the world" and pick a new country to cook food from every month!

  • I love any recipe with broccoli. It’s my favorite! This definitely looks like a winner for my family.

    • I like broccoli when it's cooked into something like this. I've been trying to work that and other veggies into our meals more often since I know we don't eat enough.

    • We have had more and more busy weeknights now that my boys are getting older. I end up making a lot of meals like this during the week. Quick and easy, but still delicious and filling for everyone.

  • You are the queen of yummies. Every recipe of yours always turn out awesome. Gonna try this stir fry.

    • Thanks, Arun! We love coming up with new recipes and have a lot of fun with it. I'm glad you are enjoying them!