Indulge in the irresistible flavors of Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef. This mouthwatering dish features tender slices of beef cooked to perfection in a savory and sweet Mongolian sauce. The Instant Pot® pressure cooker infuses the beef with rich flavors, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture that will leave you craving more.
With a perfect balance of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger, this dish offers a delightful blend of savory and sweet notes. Serve it over a bed of steamed rice and garnish with green onions for a visually stunning and satisfying meal. Whether you're a fan of Asian cuisine or looking to try something new, Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef is sure to impress your taste buds and become a family favorite.
This delectable dish combines succulent beef with a flavorful Mongolian sauce.
This delectable dish combines succulent beef with a flavorful Mongolian sauce. The pressure cooker effortlessly infuses the meat with rich tastes, resulting in tender, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. With the perfect blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger, each bite delivers a harmonious symphony of savory and sweet notes. Whether you're a busy home cook or an aspiring chef, this recipe offers a convenient and delicious way to enjoy Mongolian Beef in the comfort of your own kitchen. So fire up your Instant Pot® and prepare to be amazed by the incredible flavors that await. Get ready to impress your taste buds and delight your loved ones with this unforgettable dish.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: 20-25 minutes (+ time to come to pressure and 10 minutes natural release)
- This delectable dish combines succulent beef with a flavorful Mongolian sauce.
- Ingredients needed to make Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- How to make Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- Variations on the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef recipe
- Equipment used in making the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef recipe
- Storage for the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- Top tips for making Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- Deliciously Easy: Unleash the Flavors of Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
Ingredients needed to make Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- 1½ lbs. flank steak, sliced thin against the grain
- 2 T. cornstarch (non-GMO, preferably)
- 2-3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 4 large carrots, cut into 3” matchsticks
- 1 T. fresh ginger, minced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 T. Sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
- 2 T. sesame oil
- ¾ c. tamari or coconut aminos
- ¾ c. warm water
- ¼ c. honey, preferably local
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- 3 c. Long-grain brown rice, cooked
- 2 large green onions, cut on the diagonal
- 1 T. toasted sesame seeds
How to make Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
- Place beef and cornstarch in a one-gallon freezer bag. Seal and turn to combine until the steak is lightly coated. Set aside.
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil to Instant Pot® and select the Sauté function. Set to high and once the display reads “hot,” add beef, working in batches if necessary, and brown on both sides, approximately 3 minutes per side. Add additional olive oil, as necessary, to brown the remaining beef.
- Transfer beef to a plate and add one tablespoon of olive oil to Instant Pot®. Add onion, carrots, ginger, and garlic, and cook, stirring continually, until onion and carrots are soft and turn golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from Instant Pot® and set aside.
- Return the beef to the cooking container and add Sriracha sauce, sesame oil, tamari, water, honey, and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Add the lid and set the pressure valve to the “Sealing” position. Select the “Manual” option and set to high. Adjust cook time to 6 minutes.
- When finished cooking, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release for the remaining pressure.
- Remove lid and add sautéed veggies back to the container. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Serve immediately over a bed of brown rice, topped with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy!
Variations on the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef recipe
Here are some variations you can consider to add a twist to your Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef:
- Spicy Mongolian Beef: Add a kick of heat by incorporating red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to the Mongolian sauce for a spicy version of the dish.
- Vegetarian Mongolian "Beef": Replace the beef with tofu or seitan to create a vegetarian or vegan-friendly alternative. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the tofu or seitan absorbs the flavors of the sauce.
- Mongolian Chicken: Substitute the beef with thinly sliced chicken breast or thighs for a poultry twist. Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
- Mongolian Pork: Swap the beef with pork tenderloin or sliced pork loin for a delicious variation. Adjust the cooking time to accommodate the pork's cooking requirements.
- Ginger and Garlic Mongolian Beef: Enhance the flavors by adding extra ginger and garlic to the sauce, providing a bolder and more aromatic profile.
- Honey Mongolian Beef: Incorporate honey into the Mongolian sauce for a touch of sweetness that complements the savory elements of the dish.
- Sesame Mongolian Beef: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the finished dish for an added nutty flavor and a delightful crunch.
- Orange Mongolian Beef: Include freshly squeezed orange juice and zest to the sauce to infuse a citrusy twist into the dish.
- Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry: Instead of pressure cooking, opt for a quick stir-fry method by cooking the beef and sauce in a hot skillet or wok. This method provides a slightly different texture and can be served with crisp vegetables for added freshness.
- Mongolian Beef Lettuce Wraps: Serve the Mongolian beef in lettuce cups or wraps along with shredded carrots, cucumber, and cilantro for a light and refreshing take on the dish.
Feel free to experiment with these variations and adjust the ingredients and flavors according to your taste preferences. Enjoy the culinary adventure!
Equipment used in making the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef recipe
Storage for the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
Mongolian Beef can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To maximize its shelf life, it is important to store it in an airtight container to prevent exposure to air and other contaminants. Before refrigerating, allow the dish to cool completely. When reheating, ensure it reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to prevent any potential foodborne illnesses. However, it's worth noting that the texture and quality of the beef may slightly change upon reheating, becoming softer or losing some of its original crispness. For the best taste and texture, it is recommended to consume Mongolian Beef within the first couple of days after preparation.
Top tips for making Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
Here are some top tips to keep in mind when making Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef:
- Sear the Beef: Before pressure cooking, sear the beef in the Instant Pot® using the sauté function. This step helps to develop rich flavors and adds a nice caramelized crust to the meat.
- Cut the Beef Thinly: Slice the beef into thin strips against the grain. This ensures tender and bite-sized pieces of meat in the final dish.
- Adjust the Sweetness: Adjust the amount of brown sugar or sweetener in the Mongolian sauce to suit your preference. Start with the suggested amount and add more if you prefer a sweeter taste or reduce if you prefer a less sweet dish.
- Let the Pressure Release Naturally: Allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes after the cooking cycle is complete. This helps to maintain the tenderness of the beef and prevents it from becoming tough.
- Thicken the Sauce: If you desire a thicker sauce, remove the beef from the Instant Pot® after cooking, switch to the sauté function, and simmer the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Add Vegetables: Enhance the nutritional value and texture by adding vegetables such as sliced bell peppers, onions, or snap peas to the Instant Pot® along with the beef and sauce. These veggies will cook quickly under pressure.
- Garnish with Green Onions: Finish the dish by sprinkling chopped green onions over the top. This adds a fresh and vibrant flavor to the Mongolian beef.
- Serve with Steamed Rice: Accompany the Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef with steamed rice or cauliflower rice for a satisfying and complete meal.
- Adjust Cooking Time: If using a different cut of beef or making a variation (e.g., chicken or pork), adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the meat is fully cooked and tender.
- Let it Rest: Allow the cooked Mongolian beef to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the flavors to meld together, and the meat becomes even more tender.
By following these tips, you can ensure a delicious and successful preparation of Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef. Enjoy your flavorful meal!
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