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Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe

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With just 5 minutes of prep time and a few minutes in your Instant Pot, you can whip this elegant and tasty Instant Pot Mongolian Beef- perfect for a weekend dinner!

instant pot mongolian beef

Thinking of whipping up something special for the weekend but still don’t want to put in a lot of kitchen time and effort?

Here’s just the perfect recipe for you to try out!

This Instant Pot Mongolian beef is melt in the mouth soft and hits your taste buds with just the right flavors.

Ready to give it a shot? Here’s everything you need to know about how to make it right! 

What Goes Well With Instant Pot Mongolian Beef?

Having guests over and need some good ideas for sides to go along with this main? Steamed or stir fried veggies (think carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts) can be a great option. 

You could also team up this dish with some dumplings or spring rolls on the side. If you’re looking to keep it healthy, a nice crunchy salad or a spicy soup should do the trick too. 

How Do I Get the Sauce Right?

With Mongolian beef, the highlight really is the sauce- as it is with most other Asian dishes, and if you manage to get that right, you’re sorted.

For this recipe, we just focused on a more dry sauce that just coats your beef with all the flavor, but if you’re someone who likes their sauce to be a bit thinner and on the runny side, you can always transform it into just that.

All you need to do is add a little bit of additional water into the sauce, and then drop a mixture of cornflour and water into it, stirring continuously while it is on heat, so that the sauce starts bubbling up and has that perfect rich consistency. 

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How to Make Sure the Beef is Tender?

When cooking beef, an issue a lot of us often face is that we are unable to get that perfect soft texture, and no matter what we do, the meat often ends up being all tough and chewy.

So how do all those Chinese restaurants manage to achieve the right texture? 

Well, depending on the cut and size of the beef, they tend to marinate the beef for at least 30 minutes (sometimes in a mixture of egg whites and/or vinegar). 

What this does is that it tenderizes tough and big cuts of meat, and makes it easy for the heat to break the fibers down, which doesn’t just cook them faster, but also makes them more soft. 

Serving Suggestions & Ideas

This recipe is best served over a bed of piping hot Asian noodles, or some steamed rice. We like to keep thin rice noodles on hand for Vegetarian Pho.

If you don’t have Asian noodles, regular thin spaghetti should work just fine too.

You can also try serving them with Udon noodles, egg noodles or Korean sweet potato noodles.

instant pot mongolian beef

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

With just 5 minutes of prep time and a few minutes in your Instant Pot, you can whip this tasty Instant Pot Mongolian Beef- perfect for a quick dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  1. Cut the flank steak into thin slices. Any slices that may be longer than bite size, you can choose to cut those down to size. 
  2. In a medium sized bowl, place the steak.
  3. Over the steak, pour the cornstarch over every piece.
  4. With your hands or a large spoon, mix well until every piece of the steak is well coated. 
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, ginger, olive oil (1 tablespoon), garlic, ginger, and the red pepper flakes. 
  6. Select the “saute” mode to the Instant Pot.
  7. Once it is hot, pour in enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot.
  8. After the oil is hot, add the meat a little at a time.
  9. Brown each piece of meat. Once brown, remove from the Instant Pot, and put to the side until all of your meat is browned. 
  10. Once all of your meat is browned, turn off “saute” mode.
  11. Return all of the meat to the pot, and pour the sauce over it.
  12. Put the lid on, and in lock position.
  13. Close the sealing valve.
  14. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  15. When the 10 minutes are done, do a quick pressure. 
  16. Stir in your green onions and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Mongolian Beef pairs well over noodles, rice, or by itself! Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 326Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 67mgSodium 946mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 26g

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