My easy recipe for Instant Pot Mongolian Beef with a flavorful homemade sauce will fool your family into thinking they are eating Chinese takeout. It’s a weeknight wonder!
My husband often complains that I make the same recipes — or at least variations of the same foods and flavors. I’ve been working hard on “jumping out” of my comfort zone and experimenting with new recipes to spice things up come dinnertime.
I love Chinese food and so does my family; however, my husband isn’t always convinced on my home takeout. So when he saw “Mongolian beef” on the menu board he raised an eyebrow. I know he had doubts in this meal; however, he never said it out loud.
As it came closer to dinner being ready, our home started to fill with the smell of a sweet and savory beef sauce — I could see my husband perk up. At that moment, I knew this recipe for Instant Pot Mongolian Beef was going to be a winner.
A little insider info — everything that is photographed for the blog is normally dinner that evening. I’ll try to cook dinner a little earlier then normal so that I have ample time before serving dinner.
We always have dinner together as a family. It’s a bit chaotic, but it’s how both my husband and I were raised and we feel it’s very important to sit as a family each and every night. Very rarely do we not sit and have dinner together.
One the rare occasions that my husband works late, my 4-year old cries that daddy isn’t eating dinner and he insists on waiting to eat with him. However, his stomach always wins that battle.
Since this meal made a lot I served the kids and my husband and then I photographed “dinner.” A few bites in and everyone was raving. My 1.5 year old was already done with the beef I served her by the time I sat down to eat. I had to go back and get a second helping of beef for her.
Because the kids were eating this I lessened the amount of red pepper flakes in the recipe. If you like it spicy you can add more. Just remember — it’s always better to add less than make it too spicy and inedible.
I paired this meal with white rice, steamed broccoli (great way to get the kids to eat it — just pour some of the extra Mongolian Beef sauce on top of it), vegetable egg rolls, and my sesame cucumber salad.
I hope your family loves this meal as much as mine did!
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