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Mongolian Beef

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This colorful Mongolian beef is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. It’s the perfect meal for when you want to eat light and healthy!

Mongolian Beef Recipe

If you’re like me and you like to make new and interesting meals for your family at dinner, I think you’ll really enjoy this recipe.  

Don’t let the fact that it has so many ingredients scare you away. They’re pretty much all basic kitchen staples and plenty of fresh and colorful veggies.



1 pound lean sirloin
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet vermouth
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons sesame oil (divided)
2 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large, diagonal pieces
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into large, diagonal pieces
1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into large pieces
9-10 asparagus spears, cut into large, diagonal pieces
1 teaspoon salt (divided)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (divided)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (save some for garnish)
4-5 scallions, sliced on the diagonal (for garnish)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

-Slice the meat across the grain into very thin slices, approximately 1/4″ thick (to make this easier, place the meat in the freezer for 20 minutes prior to slicing).
-Pat the meat dry with paper towels.
-Place the sliced meat in a shallow dish and toss with the cornstarch to coat all the pieces.
-Place the meat aside while you prep the veggies and prepare the sauce.
-In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the next 8 ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened and reduced.
-In a wok, or large saute pan over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the canola oil and the prepared carrots, bell peppers, onion and asparagus to the pan.
-Season with half the salt and pepper and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil.
-Add the sesame seeds (saving some for garnish).
-Stir and cook the veggies until they’re slightly tender but not wilted.
-Remove the veggies to a bowl and set aside.
-Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil into the pan and add the meat.
-Cook over medium high heat until the meat is just browned and still pink in the middle (this will only take about 5 minutes because the meat is cut so thin).
-Season with the remaining salt and pepper.
-Add the veggies back into the pan with the meat and stir to combine.
-Add the thickened sauce to the meat and veggies and stir well to coat and just to warm through.
-Plate the Mongolian Beef and garnish with the scallions, chopped cilantro and additional sesame seeds.




I think this is one of the prettiest meals I’ve made in a long time. There is just something about the colors of all the veggies that sets my heart afire.

In addition I’ve always wanted to own a cleaver and I just recently got one.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had chopping with my new cleaver. HA HA! I’m a simple girl, and it doesn’t take much to make me happy 🙂

You may wish to serve your Mongolian Beef over a bed of rice or maybe some Asian noodles.

Because we’re watching our carb intake, we (and when I say we, I actually mean me) opted to serve this just as is along with an additional side salad.

Good and good for you!!!



I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe!!!

Have a lovely day,



Sunday 14th of July 2013

Looks so yummy! I love dish with Mongolian beef in it..I like it a lot, you're very talented !Thanks for sharing!I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Soup Recipes for Mothers on AllFreshRecipes, expecting ur refreshing eats!

Amallia Eka Widyastuti

Tuesday 7th of May 2013

this one must be delicious.


Thursday 18th of April 2013

Oh My! I'm wishing I didn't give my wok away. I guess I could fry this up in a good skillet though and still have the same great taste. Looks scrumptious Renee.

Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Looks fantastic ;)