EASY SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF — Slow cooked in a sweet and spicy glaze, this Mongolian beef is better than take-out!
Feeding three teenage boys can get expensive! Especially when eating out. Which is why I love making take-out style food at home, and this Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is a new family favorite.
There are so many things I love about this recipe! The first being that it’s absolutely delicious, and everyone in my family cleans their plate when I serve it.
And it really is easy! Plus it doesn’t have a long ingredient list. So as long as I keep a flank steak in the freezer, I can whip this slow cooker recipe up any time.
The beef comes out perfectly tender, and the sweet and spicy glaze thickens up perfectly in the slow cooker.
The addition of grated carrots isn’t enough to turn off my picky eaters, but this dish would be wonderful with even more vegetables, if you ask me. Bell peppers, mushrooms and onions would all be fantastic!
And who doesn’t love a simple slow cooker recipe that can be prepped in the morning and ready to go when things get hectic at home. For me that’s always around dinner time.
Here’s a pro tip for you–if your flank steak is slightly frozen, it’s much easier to slice into thin strips, which is what you want for this recipe.
We like to serve this Mongolian beef with rice, but it would also be great over noodles. A sprinkling of sesame seeds is also a nice touch.
Best of all, this is just as good–if not better–than ordering from our favorite Chinese restaurant, and I can make plenty to feed my growing boys without breaking the bank.
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Tips for Making Perfect Rice
How much water? You’ll often hear that you should use 2 cups of water per cup of rice. But I find my rice is fluffier when I use 1 3/4 cups water per cup of rice.
Different types of rice (brown, Basmati, short/long grain, etc.) may require different ratios of water. Don’t forget to add about a teaspoon of salt to the water before you add the rice.
Cooking time: Let your rice simmer on low for about 18 minutes, then remove from heat and allow the rice to steam in the pot for another 5 minutes. Do not uncover (or stir) your rice during cooking.
Serving: When your rice is done, fluff it with a fork to separate the grains, rather than stirring it with a spoon.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
- Flank steak
- Sesame oil
- Produce: garlic, fresh ginger, carrots, green onions
- Soy sauce
- Chicken broth
- Brown sugar
- Salt and pepper
- Rice, for serving
- 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cooked rice, for serving
- Slice flank steak into thin strips. Place in a zip-top bag. Add cornstarch and shake to coat well.
- Add sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, chicken broth, water, brown sugar and carrots to slow cooker and stir to combine. Add coated flank steak and stir to coat in sauce.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until beef is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Just before serving, stir in green onions. Serve over hot cooked rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 1377mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 16g Protein: 34g
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