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Mongolian Beef and Noodles combines the flavors of beef, rice noodles and a delicious Asian inspired sauce. Delicious and easy to make.
Mongolian Beef and Noodles Recipe:
We love skillet recipes because of how easy they are to make. This Asian inspired dish is restaurant quality that can easily be made at home. Ground beef is seasoned and cooked then the sauce ingredients are added to create a flavorful sauce.
The rice noodles are prepared separately and then mixed with the ground beef sauce mixture for a delicious takeout meal made at home. This dish is full of sweet and spicy flavors that is always a family favorite.
Skip takeout and make this delicious dish at home. This dish will taste better and you will be surprised how easy it is to make. Add you favorite side to complete this weeknight meal.
What is Mongolian Beef?
Mongolian Beef is usually made with flank steak but in this recipe we used ground beef. Which makes this dish budget friendly and easy to make. This is a Chinese American inspired dish that has a sweet and salty flavors.
The soy sauce based sauce is combined with ginger, garlic, beef broth and brown sugar to create a simple sauce. These sauce and ground is then combined with simple rice noodles to create a popular Chinese take out recipe.
- Ground Beef
- Ground Ginger
- Minced Garlic
- Brown Sugar
- Beef Broth
- Soy Sauce (low sodium)
- Hoisin Sauce
- Black Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Wide Rice Noodles
- Green Onions (sliced)
- Sesame Seeds (optional)
How to Make Mongolian Beef and Noodles:
- Step 1 – Cook Ground Beef – In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Break up the beef as it browns on high heat. Then drain off any excess grease. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is aromatic.
- Step 2 – Prepare Noodles – While the beef is cooking, prepare the noodles based on the package instructions. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Step 3 – Add Sauce Ingredients – Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, beef broth, hoisin sauce, pepper and red pepper flakes to the skillet with the beef. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Step 4 – Make Cornstarch Slurry – Mix the cornstarch with a small amount of cold water. Stir until it’s dissolved and then stir this mixture into the skillet as well.
- Step 5 – Boil Sauce Ingredients – Bring to a low boil. Heat until the sauce has thickened and then stir in the cooked noodles. Toss to combine the noodles thoroughly with the sauce and the meat mixture.
- Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove the pan from the heat but allow the noodles to sit in the sauce mixture for a few minutes to absorb the flavors. Then serve warm topped with the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Best Noodles for Mongolian Beef:
The best noodles for Mongolian Beef is Rice noodles. The mix well with this dish and is very similar to what they use when getting this recipe at a restaurant.
If you are unable to find rice noodles at the grocery store you can use a similar style of noodle. We recommend Vermicelli Noodles, Linguine, or Fettuccini Noodles. Any long noodles will work.
A Good Skillet is a must:
We use a cast iron skillet and it’s perfect for this recipe. I have the Lodge cast iron skillet but you can see all the different brands here. Cast iron is amazing. You can make so many different recipes, include stir fries, and they are great for skillet recipes.
You can also make this Mongolian Beef and Noodles in a dutch oven or Work. This allows you plenty of room to stir the ingredients around.
Tips for the Best Mongolian Beef Noodles:
- Cooking Ground Beef – Make sure when cooking the meat to break up any small pieces. Then drain any excess grease from the meat.
- Noodles – Cook the noodles according to package. Rinse the noodles after cooking and set the noodles aside before mixing in with other ingredients.
- Sauce – Bring the sauce to boil after mixing in the cornstarch to thicken it. After bringing to a boil, mix in the noodles and allow the noodles to sit for a few minutes. This will allow the noodles to absorb the flavor.
- Thickening the Sauce – Make sure to not skip on the cornstarch slurry. This results in a thicker sauce that makes this dish so delicious.
- Preparing Dish – We recommend using a Wok or skillet to combine the ingredients. This allows you to have plenty of room to move the ingredients around.
- Prepare Ingredients – When we make this dish, I like to have all my sauce and seasoning measured out since everything cooks quickly.
- Keep Stirring – Keep stirring the ingredients while the sauce is thickening and combining the ingredients.
- Easy Cleanup – We love that everything cooks in one skillet. It makes for an easy cleanup so we can spend more time with family.
Substitutions and Additions:
- Seasoning – We used fresh ginger but you can also use ground ginger. Minced garlic is what we recommend but you can also use fresh garlic or garlic powder.
- Sweetness – We like to add in a ¼ cup of brown sugar. But you can adjust the sweetness level to what you prefer. Add in more or use less. You can also use a sugar replacement such as coconut sugar or date sugar
- Extra Spice – We love the flavor that the red pepper flakes gives the sauce, but you can also add in dried chili peppers.
- Soy Sauce – We used low sodium soy sauce in this recipe. But you can easily substitute for coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute. Sesame oil is also a great option to add in the sauce mixture.
- Flank Steak – You can easily make this dish with thinly sliced flank steak instead of ground. We use flank steak when make this dish in the slow cooker.
- Ground Beef – If you prefer you make this dish with ground turkey or ground pork. I even even used half ground turkey and half ground beef.
- Vegetables – For added flavor and color, add in some broccoli to this dish. You can even mix in cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms or frozen mixed vegetables.
- Serving – Make sure to serve with some diced up green onions. For a crunchier topping add some chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.
- Hoisin Sauce – If you are out of hoisin sauce you can substitute with garlic teriyaki, bean paste, or barbecue molasses.
How to Reheat this Dish:
This dish is best served immediately, but you can easily reheat in the microwave or reheat in a saucepan.
How to Store:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can easily reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on your stove top.
I usually will store in individual containers with some rice and it make a perfect lunch for my husband and I. We just reheat in the microwave and turns out great.
This a great recipe to meal prep for the week. You can even add in a side of vegetables or egg rolls.
How to Freeze Mongolian Stir Fry:
You can freeze this dish by placing in a freezer safe container. If stored properly this dish will last about 3 month in the freezer.
When you are ready serve, place the leftovers in the fridge to thaw and reheat.
Quick One Pot Meal:
This amazing recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy this restaurant style meal at home for much less than take out. You can even substitute ground beef for another type of meat.
The sauce is so good and made with simple ingredients. This is a great way to save money or use what you already have.
Give it a try and let us know how it turns out. Our family was seriously impressed with how amazing this meal turned out. Everyone is already asking when we can have it again.
What to Serve with Mongolian Beef:
- Roasted Broccoli – Since this dish is rich and hearty, we like to keep the sides simple. You can easily serve this dish with some roasted broccoli for a delicious and easy side.
- Roasted Asparagus – Place your prepared asparagus in the oven for a easy side dish. It is healthy and taste amazing in the oven.
Why we Love this Recipe:
- Pantry Ingredients – We cook a lot of Asian dishes because we love the flavor, so we easily made this dish without having to buy a lot of ingredients. These ingredients are simple and flavorful.
- Ground Beef – This recipe is usually made with thinly slice flank steak. But using ground beef save money and it is just as good. You can even use ground pork or ground turkey.
- Noodles – We love how easy the rice noodles were to prepare. But if you have some ramen noodles or fettuccini noodles you can make this recipe with it too.
- Vegetables – Feel free to add in some vegetable to this dish. Broccoli is one of our favorite sides but you can add to it as well. You can also add in snow peas or shredded carrots for color and texture.
- Leftovers – The leftovers the next day taste amazing. The sauce really marinates into the noodles giving it so much flavor. The leftovers will stay great for up to 4 days.
Print Recipe here for Mongolian Beef and Noodles:
Mongolian Beef and Noodles
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Beef Broth
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce low sodium
- 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 8 oz Wide Rice Noodles
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 4 Green Onions sliced
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds optional
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Break up the beef as it browns. Then drain off any excess grease. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is aromatic.
- While the beef is cooking, prepare the noodles based on the package instructions. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Add the soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, pepper and red pepper flakes to the skillet with the beef. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Mix the cornstarch with a small amount of cold water. Stir until it’s dissolved and then stir this mixture into the skillet as well. Bring to a low boil. Heat until the sauce has thickened and then stir in the cooked noodles. Toss to combine the noodles thoroughly with the sauce and the meat mixture.
- Remove the pan from the heat but allow the noodles to sit in the sauce mixture for a few minutes to absorb the flavors. Then serve warm topped with the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
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