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Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

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You'll never have to do takeout ever again once you make this delicious Instant Pot Mongolian Beef recipe. Not only is it super fast dinner recipe but it tastes just like you ordered it from a restaurant!

This simple Instant Pot Mongolian Beef recipe will have you meal planning with your Instant Pot for every meal moving forward.

If you like this simple beef recipe, you're going to love this Easy Beef and Broccoli Instant Pot Recipe as well!

Want to serve this beef with white rice? Try our Instant Pot rice.

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Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

All you need to complete this simple Mongolian beef recipe is a pair of chop sticks and an appetite. Because once you fill your bowl full, that's all you literally have left to do.

What I love most about this Mongolian beef recipe is that it can be eaten and enjoyed in multiple different ways. You can eat it as is or pair it up with a nice bowl of rice as well.

Brown rice or white rice are both great choices and I've even put this on top of a bed of lettuce to add in even more greens and veggies.

What's the difference between Mongolian beef and Szechuan beef?

They're similar in how they look, but Mongolian beef is actually a bit more savory and doesn't have a sweet taste to it.

But even knowing this, you can easily doctor it up to have it take on whatever flavor and taste that you want.

How spicy is Mongolian beef?

It's really not supposed to be spicy at all. At least that is what you'll find with traditional dishes. You can make it spicy though if you want by adding in some cayenne pepper or even some hot sauce or salsa.

mongolian beef in the instant pot

Keeping Your Instant Pot Clean

Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend in the bottom of the pot, add a touch of water, and give it a scrub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This simple combination really does work wonders!

Side Dishes To Serve with Mongolian Beef in Instant Pot

The flavors of Mongolian Beef leave the option open for so many side dishes to be served. Some of these side dish options include:

  • Rice
  • Salad
  • Steamed Veggies

And those are just a few. You can also easily pair this dish up with Mashed Potatoes, Casseroles, and more.

Another one of our favorite Asian-inspired copycat recipes is Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken. It's delicious!

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe

Kitchen Supplies Used in This Recipe

  • Tongs with silicone tip | These are the best tongs to use with a non-stick pan. You don't want
  • Non-stick inner pot | This is the only pot we use now for recipes that might stick to the pan. A non-stick inner pot for the Instant Pot has been such a timesaver when it comes to kitchen cleanup.
  • Chopsticks for kids | Teaching kids how to eat with chopsticks is a great way to introduce them to new cultures and foods. This set of chopsticks is a great beginning set of chopsticks, because the sticks are connected together so it is easier to hold them. And hey, if an adult wants to use them to learn how to eat with chopsticks, that's okay too!
  • Chopsticks | We use our reusable chopsticks all the time when cooking Asian-inspired recipes at home. This is a great set to use.

Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Can I use flour instead of cornstarch in Mongolian beef?

Technically, yes. But it does change the flavor and taste. Using cornstarch gives it a nice crunch and flavoring that you just won't get from flour.

This recipe is also a gluten free recipe, so if you use flour to thicken, you will need to use a gluten-free flour blend if you want to keep the recipe a gluten free Mongolia beef.

How To Reheat Leftover Mongolian Beef

If you're lucky enough to have some leftover, reheating it is a breeze. There are a couple of things that you can do, both are totally fine.

Using your microwave can be a fast way to heat up the leftovers but can overcook the meat if you're not careful.

Heating up these leftovers low and slow on the stove is the best way to retain the texture and taste.

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

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You'll love the flavor of this Mongolian Beef in the Instant Pot. It's a flank steak recipe that adds in Asian-inspired flavors for a delicious easy weeknight dinner to pair with rice, potatoes, noodles, or even to serve on its own or as a filling in a lettuce wrap.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


    1. Put the beef and cornstarch into a freezer bag. Seal and shake to coat steak. Set aside.
    2. Put one tablespoon of olive oil into your Instant Pot. Hit sauté, set to high. Once the display reads "hot", add in beef and brown on both sides. This will take about 3 minutes per side. Add more oil as needed.
    3. Put the beef on a plate. Add in another tablespoon of olive oil to Instant Pot. Add in onion, carrots, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir until carrots are soft. This will take about 5 minutes. Take out of Instant Pot and set aside.
    4. Put beef back in the Instant Pot and add Sriracha sauce, tamari, water, sesame oil, honey, and maple syrup. Stir. Put on the lid. Set pressure valve to sealing and select manual on high. Put cook time to 6 minutes.
    5. When done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then quick release the rest of the pressure.
    6. Take off lid and put veggies back in. Stir. Serve over rice, top with green onions and sesame seeds.


Serve with brown rice or for something different, serve in lettuce wraps!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 601Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 90mgSodium 2298mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 6gSugar 26gProtein 39g

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