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Easy Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

This Easy Instant Pot Mongolian Beef recipe is full of all the flavors you love from your favorite Chinese restaurant. Tender beef smothered in a super tasty sauce that is ready in 30 minutes or less. Slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions included. 

Course dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword beef, easy, instant pot, mongolian, pressure cooker, takeout
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories per serving 380 kcal
Author Oriana Romero

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ - 2 lb flank steak cut into thin strips (see notes)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
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Instructions

Pressure Cooker:

  1. Add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes to the instant pot; mix to combine. Add the sliced beef, carrots, garlic, and ginger; mix until everything is well coated in the sauce.
  2. Secure the lid to the instant pot and turn the venting knob to sealing position. Select "pressure cook", adjust the time to 10 minutes.
  3. When the time is over, let the pressure release on its own for 5 minutes. Then, carefully turn the vent to "Venting," to release any extra pressure that might still be in there. Press “cancel”. Then remove the lid.
  4. In a small bowl mix cornstarch with ¼ cup water. Add the mixture to the beef; mix to combine.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot on and select "sauté" mode, adjust heat to normal. Let the beef simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  6. Garnish green onion slices and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately over rice or steamed vegetables.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Add sliced beef and cornstarch to a large resealable plastic bag. Close and shake to coat well.
  2. Add to the instant pot the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes; mix to combine. Add the coated beef, carrots, garlic and ginger; mix until everything is well coated in the sauce.
  3. Cover and make sure the turn the venting knob is set to the venting position. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for about 4 hours, until steak is cooked and tender.
  4. Garnish green onion slices and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately over rice or steamed vegetables.

Recipe Notes

MEAT: Flank steak and sirloin are my preference. You’ll need one and a half to two pounds, and you’ll want to slice them across the grain into three-inch-long pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.

To slice the steak easier, place it in the freezer for 20 minutes before slicing.

 

 

STORE: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

FREEZE: You can totally transform this in a freezer meal.  Just cut meat into thin slices and put it into a freezer bag. Bag garlic and ginger in a smaller freezer bag. Bag sauce ingredients in another bag. Then put all components in a large freezer bag. On the day of preparation, cook as instructed in the recipe.

 

I DON'T HAVE AN INSTANT POT; CAN I STILL MAKE THIS?

Yes! You definitely can.

  1. Coat the beef with cornstarch as instructed in the slow cooker version (step 1).
  2. Mix the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a large frying pan and heat on medium high heat. Add the steak, shaking off any excess corn starch, to the pan in a single layer and cook on each side for 1 minute. Make this in batches to avoid crowding the pan. When all the beef is done cooking return it to the skillet. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add sauce and mix to combine. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  5. Garnish green onion slices and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately over rice or steamed vegetables.

 

 

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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1170mg49%
Potassium 699mg20%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 3655IU73%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.