Mongolian Beef and Spring Onions


This Mongolian beef recipe with green onions has a soy-based sauce for a Chinese-style beef dish. Best served over soft rice noodles or rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

  • cup dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 pound beef flank steak, sliced 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 bunches green onions, cut in 2-inch lengths


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, and water. Increase heat to medium-high; stir until sauce boils and slightly thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove sauce from the heat and set aside.

  2. Place beef into a large bowl; add cornstarch and mix until beef is thoroughly coated. Set aside until most of the cornstarch has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Shake excess cornstarch from beef slices and drop into hot oil, a few at a time, stirring briefly and frying until edges become crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove beef with a large slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

  5. Remove excess oil from the skillet, then heat the skillet over medium heat; add beef slices and stir in prepared sauce. Add green onions and bring to a boil; cook until the onions have just softened and are bright green, about 1 to 2 minutes.

    close up view of Mongolian Beef and Spring Onions over rice in a blue bowl
    Megan Nieves

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
12g Fat
55g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1862mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 22mg 109%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 606mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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