Our copycat P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef is pan fried and coated in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. It tastes just like the Mongolian beef entree at the restaurant, but at a fraction of the price!
You can make five times the amount of our copycat P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef for the same price as one order of Mongolian Beef from off of the restaurant menu! I love P.F. Chang’s but it can be a little pricey for what you actually get. Don’t get me wrong, I will be the first to tell you that I LOVE dining out at fun restaurants. It’s nice to have someone else do the cooking for me once in a while. But this dish is so easy to make from home and one that the whole family enjoys.
I have been making this recipe for years now and I always get rave reviews. Most people who have it say they actually like it MORE than P.F. Chang’s. It really does taste just like P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef!
You are going to love the sauce for this Mongolian Beef! You can serve it how P.F. Chang’s does by draining the excess sauce and serving it just coated in the sauce. Or you can reserve the excess sauce and spoon it over some rice, which is what I like to do because the sauce is so good. In fact, sometimes we like to double the sauce just so we can have enough to pour over our rice and beef when we eat it.
Healthier Options for Cooking Mongolian Beef
The P.F. Chang’s Mongolian beef is pan fried, as is the beef in this copycat recipe. For a lighter version we have marinated the beef in the sauce and skipped the cornstarch coating. Then just cook the beef in the sauce in a pan over the stove. It still tastes wonderful, but won’t have that crisp coating on the outside. Skipping the frying process is also a time saver. It eliminates some steps to the recipe, which is nice too.
The other thing that you can do is add some veggies to the pan. Oftentimes after the beef is cooked, I will remove the beef from the pan, wipe clean, then saute up some veggies and throw the beef back in. Then I will stir the sauce in with the beef and the veggies. This is a great way to get some added vitamins and increase your vegetable intake for the day. Some veggies that we like to add are broccoli, carrots, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and snow peas.
What to serve with Mongolian Beef
How to Make P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef
P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef Copycat
- Make the sauce by heating 4 tsp. vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Don’t get the oil too hot.
- Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches.
- Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then raise the heat to medium and boil the sauce 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens a little bit. Remove sauce from heat.
- Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4 inch slices.
- Tilt the blade of your knife at about a 45 degree angle to the top of the steak so you get wider cuts. Dip the steak pieces into cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece of beef.
- Let the beef sit about 10 min. so the cornstarch sticks.
- As the beef sits, heat up 1 c. oil in a wok (or skillet). Heat the oil over medium heat until its hot, but not smoking. Add the beef to the oil and saute for just 2 minutes, or until beef just begins to darken on the edges. Stir the meat around a little bit so that it cooks evenly.
- After a few minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels, then pour most of the oil out of the skillet. Put the pan back over the heat, add the meat back into it and stir-fry for 1 more minute.
- Add the sauce to the pan and stir the meat around in the sauce until it is fully coated.
- Then remove the beef from the sauce with a slotted spoon or tongs onto a plate for serving and sprinkle on some sliced green onions.
- You can discard the sauce (this is what P.F. Chang's does) OR save the extra sauce and serve it over rice with the beef.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you can see from the number or comments below, this has been a very popular and loved recipe from our readers. To save you some time going through the comments, here are some quick answers to some of the commonly asked questions that have been asked about this Mongolian Beef recipe:
- Q. What are some ways I can make this dish healthier?
A. As mentioned above, you can make this healthier by stir-frying the beef rather than frying in oil. You can also cut back on the sugar without it affecting the taste too much. You can also add some stir-fry vegetables, which leads me to the next question.
- Q. What are some good vegetable options with this dish?
A. Steamed vegetables are always a good choice as well as stir-fried veggies. Some vegetables I have used are: red peppers, onions, broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, baby corn, sliced carrots, cabbage, and pineapple (ok this one is a fruit, but really good in this dish).
- Q. Does this freeze well?
A. Actually, yes, it does. I like to freeze it in the sauce and then thaw completely in the refrigerator before heating. I will heat it in a pan on the stove until just hot (you don’t want it to simmer and heat for too long or you risk your meat getting tough)