Instant Pot Mongolian Beef


This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is the easiest beef recipe on Corrie Cooks!

Just toss all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and wait for the magic to happen.

This recipe is perfect for beginners since there is no need for countless steps or complex cooking methods.

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe Video

Why is it Called Mongolian Beef?

Even though it’s called Mongolian Beef, the dish is usually served in Chinese restaurants in the US. Furthermore, the recipe first appeared in Taiwan, where it was taken over by the Chinese. In conclusion, none of the ingredients or the cooking methods come from the Mongol people.

So, why do we call it Mongolian? I guess no one knows for sure. Regardless, it’s delicious and it will stay in my recipe book for years to come!

How to serve

The best way of enjoying the Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is on top of jasmine rice or brown rice.

There are other options you can consider. For instance, it works extremely well with fried or steamed veggies such as broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, green beans, and more.

It also works with stir fry noodles or fried rice, if you don’t want to go with the healthier option 🙂

What Cut of Beef to Use?

For this recipe, you have the freedom of choosing any type of beef you enjoy the most. I like to go with flank steak or top round beef, but you can use the one you have at the ready. Other options that work just as well are sirloin, skirt steak, chuck roast, or New York strip.

Feel free to diversify and try different options until you find your favorite.

How to cut the beef?

The cuts of beef above should be easy to cut in thin strips.

If you feel you can’t get the right slices, put the steak in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1h. This will bring the meat together and will make it easier to slice.

Remember, always slice against the grain.

What does Mongolian Beef Taste Like?

The best description I can provide is that it tastes like Chinese takeout, but better.

To give you more details, you should know that the end result is sweet and flavorful, but not spicy (which some of us may expect from Asian foods). The garlic, soy sauce, ginger, and brown sugar create an exotic combination that can be off-putting for someone who is not into sweet beef, so make sure to check with your guests before serving it.

If you do like sweet dishes, check out this Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli (The most popular recipe on the blog!)

Anyway, I advise caution - this dish can be quite addictive! When you add some steamed rice to the mix, you may never want to give it up...

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Can I replace the brown sugar?

I strongly recommend using dark brown sugar instead of any other kind of sugar.

Dark brown sugar has a higher concentration of molasses and this improves the overall flavor profile of this dish.

Can I Replace the Meat?

While it is called Mongolian Beef, you can make it into Mongolian Chicken or Pork if you’re not a fan of beef.

Still, it’s best to select meats that can be thinly sliced. The beauty and deliciousness of this dish stand in the way the meat is cooked and infused with the flavors in the sauce.

What to do with the leftovers?

If there are any leftovers (which may never happen), store them in an airtight container, in the refrigerator.

It is safe to keep the leftovers for 3 days and you can reheat them in the microwave or in a skillet.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Sure. Feel free to keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Can I make it spicy?

if you want to make the recipe spicy, add half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the mixture. If you don’t have this, sriracha sauce also does the trick, just make sure to taste it.

The simple recipe

As you can see, this recipe is designed for those of you who are trying your first recipe in the Instant Pot or are in a hurry. Once you have the correctly sliced beef, you just toss everything in the Instant Pot, select the right settings, and continue your work until the meal is ready.

If it's your first time, I would suggest you to go with the simple version and just dump and go.

If you are going simple, just dump all the ingredients to the Instant Pot, cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, wait for a natural pressure release and enjoy.

The upgraded recipe

While the result of the simple version it great, if you’re looking for a better presentation and texture, you can add a few steps to the process.

If your are familiar with the Instant Pot and want to impress your guests, you can try this version of the recipe.

This time we cook some ingredients separately in order to get a better taste.

How to make Mongolian Beef - the upgraded recipe

Gather all the necessary ingredients.

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Press saute and add olive oil.

Add minced garlic and chopped onions into the Instant Pot and saute for 3 minutes.

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Add beef slices and saute for 2 more minutes.

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Add soy sauce.

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Add Hoisin sauce (the secret sauce of our recipe!)

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Add ginger and brown sugar to give it a sweet taste.

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Add water.

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Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

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When cooking cycle ends, wait for a natural pressure release (or at least for 20 minutes).

Open the lid.

Serve over hot cooked rice and garnish with some fresh Cilantro.

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
4.35 from 153 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ lb. top round beef sliced into thin strips
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger chopped
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce
  • cilantro for serving
  • Press "saute" and add olive oil.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute the pot for 3 minutes.
  • Add beef and saute for 2 more minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ginger and water and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release for 10 minutes
  • Once done, do a quick release and open the lid
  • Serve over rice or broccoli and garnish with cilantro.
Calories: 229kcal Carbohydrates: 47g Protein: 5g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 2186mg Potassium: 186mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 38g Vitamin A: 3IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 50mg Iron: 1mg


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    Reader Interactions

  1. Amy

    We love this! So yummy and easy. Just dump and go!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Hey Amy. I'm so happy you like it 🙂

    • Renee Hanks

      I have tender beef tips in the freezer that I plan on using in this recipe. How much longer should I cook the meat as I am not using thin sliced beef?

      • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

        Yum! I would try to slice the beef tips thinly, or if you want to leave them whole, maybe add 5 minutes to the cook time.

      • Dane Arnold

        Just defrost them so they are still a block but softer. (still par frozen) Then cut the block in to slices.

    • Jay

      But the sodium is outrageous! Anyway to lower it?

      • Carole

        Pacific Islands Soy Sauce has only 250 mg. sodium per Tbsp. I further cut the amount in half and substituted half again with Worcestershire sauce light which is 130 mg sodium per Tbsp. Best of Thailand Soy Sauce has 270 mg sodium. Wok Mei Hoisin has 180 mg sodium per Tbsp., These are on Amazon.

        This is still a lot but adding the crushed red pepper helps to keep it flavorful.

        So you can reduce the amounts of salt some to fit your diet.
        I also found salt free powdered Worcestershire on Amazon to reduce the sodium even more.

        If you can add potassium, No Salt or Herb Ox will add back some flavor. ( I also like Oyster sauce and found one with 310 mg sodium. ) Good luck. I am a compulsive ingredient reader and I love my instant pot!

        While I haven't tried this recipe yet, I have compared using this much soy sauce with other recipes for Mongolian Beef on Pinterest and plan to use this much when I make it. Hope you like it.

  2. Jamie

    Super simple, super tasty! I did think the sauce would be a tad bit thicker over all easy dish that I will make again.

    • Cyndi Gilmore

      Maybe you can mix a little water and cornstarch. I do that to thicken sauces.

  3. Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

    Soooo glad you like it 🙂 Pepper flakes may be a great addition!

  4. Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

    You can stop everything immediately.

  5. Lisa Shivar

    I am making this tonight, it’s my third time. We love this recipe! Tonight I’m going to add fresh chili peppers, cayenne peppers, and broccoli from our garden. Sooooo goood

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Thanks Lisa! Veggies from your own garden are the best ^_^

  6. Amanda

    Just made this last night, it was fabulous! I added broccoli and carrots since we like veggies too, and also added red chili flakes for a touch of heat, super simple and oh so tasty! Definitely a keeper

  7. Victoria

    Planning to make this tonight!! If you sear the beef first do you still cook it on high pressure for 10 min or less since its already slightly cooked?

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      I would still do 10 minutes 🙂

  8. Christina

    Hi Corrie, what cut of beef do you use for the mongolian beef? Thanks!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Flank steak or top round beef is the best in my opinion.

  9. Emily

    Excellent! I cut down the brown sugar to about 1/4 cup and used stew meat instead. Cooked for 30 min in instant pot. It was perfect. Great flavor.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Thanks 🙂

    • Sandy

      I know you commented a long time ago but I thought I try to reach out! I have stew meat also. Did you do 30 min and also naturally release or no?

  10. Sarah

    Tried this last night!! Only my second meal attempt in my new IP! It turned out fantastic (even my picky teenager liked it!)! Love the options you provided above, too, to customize to personal tastes! Thank you SO MUCH!!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes this this is one of my favorites as well!! Glad you like it ^_^

  11. Gil

    Great suggestions

  12. Travis

    This was great, super tasty! I did expect it to be more thickened, like a syrup or glaze. Was very liquidy. I suppose a slurry of cornstarch after it finished would work to thicken it up

  13. Cheryl

    I can't wait to try this. I love how you go into detail on your process, yet the recipe says dump and cook.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Thanks!! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  14. Jon Weaver

    I made this last night and it was excellent. I used a top round roast I had, sliced very thin. Coated the meat with cornstarch and actually deep-fried it in a pan with about an inch of oil because it was much quicker than sauteing that much beef. Threw it all in the instant pot for 10 minutes and did natural release. Sauce was nice and thick and beef was extremely tender. My wife took a second helping and she is very picky. Served with rice and steamed broccoli. I will add red pepper flakes next time as I think that would make it even better.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      So glad you like the recipe!! Thanks 🙂

  15. Claudette

    Hello I plan on making this tonight! So I can literally just toss everything in and put 10 minutes to cook?

  16. Tom Yongen

    As many Times as I have made Mongolian Beef I always used dump and go. This time I used Step by Step. Thank you Corrie. a big 5 stars on this one.

    • Lee

      Is the hoisin sauce meant to go on the beef after cooking?

      In the end I took the leftover liquid and boiled it down to a sauce on the stove. That was like what I was expecting from the pictures.

      • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

        No, you add the hoisin sauce before cooking the beef. That's a great idea to reduce the liquid after if you want a thicker sauce. You could also do that in the Instant Pot using the saute function, to save dishes!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks so much!

  17. Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

    So glad you like my recipes Traci!! Thank you for the comment :]

  18. Kat

    I buy and freeze chuck roast. But my family is sick of roasts and I would like to use the meet I already have for this. Would 10 minutes cooking still be enough?

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      10 minutes will be long enough, as long as you first fully defrost the chuck roast and slice it thinly.

  19. Neal

    Thanks for the great recipes. While the final product tasted great, I think I may have done something wrong. I used the non-simple recipe and 1.5 lbs of meat thinly sliced gave me so many batches causing the onion, garlic and ginger to cook so long that it became stuck to the bottom of the inner pot. It didn't say to remove it before searing the meat - should I have done that? I also added more oil for each batch of meat that I seared - is that right? Everyone liked the outcome, but I think I'll try the dump and go version next time. Thanks again!

  20. Neal

    Sorry - I almost forgot to ask. I have an 8 qt Ultra and the instructions say the minimum amount of liquid is 2 cups, but this recipe only has 1.5 cups. Would this be why when I started cooking, I got a "burn" warning? Perhaps I need to do a double batch..

  21. Sarah

    Do you think this could be a freezer meal? Thinking about making 1 and freezing the 2nd half of ingredients.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Definitely! I think this would make an excellent freezer meal. I would wait to add the green onions so that they stay crisp and fresh as a garnish.

  22. Jordan Wiltsie

    If I am dumping everything together and cooking it together, do I still add the olive oil in? And do I still just cook everything for 10 minutes?

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes, that's right. It's that easy!

  23. Sharon Pecina

    It’s in my cooker now!!

  24. Karen

    Fabulous. I did the longer way where I put the slices of meat in corn starch and sautéed them. Perfect consistency. Added a lot of broccoli over the rice and lots of Mongolian beef on top. I’ll definitely make this again . Thank you !!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      That sounds excellent! This dish goes perfectly with broccoli. So happy you liked it!

  25. Jules

    So I did the method where put the meat in cornstarch and seared it . All I got was a burned stuck on mess on the bottom of pot! It just tasted like burnt corn starch

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Oh no! Did you add enough oil? You'll have to make sure to add enough oil so that the meat doesn't stick and burn.

  26. Sylvie

    Hi Corrie. Your mongolian beef was my very first recipe trying my new IP Duo Crisp + air fryer last night. OMG if all your recipes are this good and easy to family and I are in for a long haul. Thanks so much!!! This is making my life quite easier and their appetite quickly satisfied.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      That is the best compliment, thank you so much! I really appreciate it and I'm glad you are happy with the recipes.

  27. Danielle

    Is there a replacement for hoisin sauce? I have everything except that ‍♀️

  28. Sue

    Great!!! We loved it!!! I did cut the sugar to 1/4 cup and didn’t miss it at all. I added corn starch to thicken the sauce- just like in your broccoli beef recipe. Next time I’m doing the long version!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      That's good to know that you can reduce the sugar as an option. Glad you loved the recipe!

  29. Elle

    Hi. Your recipe sounds and looks yummy! I was wondering, do you do everything the same (times, ingredients, etc.) if you use Chicken??

    Thank you.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes, you can follow the recipe exactly but with sliced chicken.

  30. Howard

    Hi- I tried to post this question a few days ago but I think it disappeared. Excited to try this, but have 2 questions
    1) Would sautéing several flank steak batches with the garlic/onions/ginger/oil cause the mixture to burn and get stuck to the bottom of the inner pot, or would adding more oil to each batch keep the garlic etc from burning?
    2) To help the slightly tough cut that flank steak is, would you recommend marinating it first?

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Hi Howard, to answer your questions: 1) I would maybe saute the first batches of steak before adding the aromatics to prevent them from burning, that's a good thought. So, when you're about to sear the last batch of steak, that's when you should add the garlic, onion, and ginger. and 2) Yes, absolutely! Marinating would definitely help with that. Slicing against the grain will also help to tenderize it.

  31. Patty

    My husband is a hunter so I used a Venison ham roast cut thin slices, pressure cooked as the recipe states and it was very tender and tasty. I did thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry. Next time I will cut back on the brown sugar and add some veggies.

  32. Connie Musgraves

    I was wondering if I could use my crockpot to make this. I don't have an instant pot. If so, what settings do I need to set the crockpot on?

    Thank you!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes, I believe you can. It will take 4-5 hours in the crockpot set to high.

  33. Kelly J

    Thank you for this recipe! I have made this many times for my family and guests. They always rave about it! I do add the crushed red pepper flakes to it for more heat. This is my favorite instant pot recipe ever!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Thank you for your comment 🙂 I'm glad you love it!!

  34. Joanna Marks

    I've tried several Mongolian Beef recipes and so far, this is my favorite. Easy, fast and so good. I used beef chuck, sliced thin. Came out tender and so flavorful. A little crushed red pepper for heat. The husband really liked it too. I think I will stick with this recipe from now on.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      So happy to hear that! I love adding a bit of red pepper as well.

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