Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef with Rice Noodles

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Calories
323

Forget the takeout! Make this healthy Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef instead. Tender strips of flank steak are smothered in a sweet and spicy honey sriracha sauce, pan-seared to perfection, then served over a bed of rice noodles.

Sweet and Spicy Mongolian Beef Over Noodles

I used to order takeout from PF Chang’s more often than I’d like to admit – all because of their amazing Mongolian beef. But as soon as I started making my own version at home, those takeout cravings finally stopped coming. Let’s just say, this was the best-case scenario for both my tummy and my wallet.

The simple honey sriracha sauce I created for this homemade Mongolian beef came out even yummier than I could’ve dreamt. It has just the right balance between sweet and spicy, and it uses low-sodium soy sauce to give it that classic umami flavor without making it too salty. You’ll want to slather it onto every single steak you make!

I like to serve my beef with some raw carrots and cucumbers over a bed of whole-wheat rice noodles. The veggies add a satisfying crunch and supply an extra boost of nutrition. Needless to say, this easy Asian-style entree is a must-make!

A close-up shot of honey sriracha Mongolian beef garnished with a sprinkle of scallions

What is Mongolian Beef?

Mongolian beef is a popular Taiwanese dish made of thinly sliced flank steak cooked in a combination of soy sauce, garlic, ginger and brown sugar. It’s traditionally served over steamed rice and finished off with a sprinkle of sliced green onions.

My version of Mongolian beef has more flavor than ever before – as well as fewer calories! The sauce features your favorite sriracha to spice it up and swaps the brown sugar for honey to keep it refined sugar free.

Sweet and spicy Asian-style steak in a bowl along with rice noodles and raw veggies

Recipe Ingredients

First and foremost, let’s go over the ingredients you’ll need. Mouthwatering Mongolian beef is right around the corner!

  • Canola Oil: Or vegetable oil.
  • Flank Steak: Sliced into thin strips against the grain.
  • Arrowroot: Found in the spice aisle at your local supermarket, this diet-friendly root powder acts as a thickener for the sauce.
  • Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: If you’re gluten-free, use tamari instead.
  • Water
  • Honey: I recommend choosing raw honey rather than a processed alternative.
  • Fresh Garlic & Ginger: Minced.
  • Sriracha: Use your favorite brand.
  • Brown Rice Noodles: Feel free to opt for regular brown or white rice if your diet permits.
  • Raw Cucumbers & Carrots: Julienned.
  • Green Onions: Sliced.

Do I Have to Use Flank Steak?

Unless you happen to have a pound of sirloin steak on hand, I recommend sticking with flank steak for this recipe. It’s a more affordable option that works just as well!

Sweet and spicy strips of flank steak in a shallow bowl with veggies, noodles and a pair of black chopsticks

How to Make Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef

The ease and convenience of this recipe will ensure that those last-minute takeout orders remain a thing of the past. You don’t even have to marinate the beef!

  1. Combine Steak & Arrowroot: Add the steak slices to a large ziplock bag along with the arrowroot and toss until all of the steak is coated. Do not over-mix. Set the prepared steak aside.
  2. Make Sauce: Combine the soy sauce, water, honey, garlic, ginger and sriracha in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook the sauce for 10 minutes.
  3. Sauté Steak: While the sauce is cooking, heat a wok or large skillet to medium-high heat. Pour in the canola oil, then add the prepared flank steak. Sauté the beef for 3-4 minutes, until the steak is slightly browned.
  4. Add Sauce & Cook Covered: Pour in the honey sriracha sauce, then cover the saucepan and cook the beef in the sauce for 2-3 minutes. Once it’s done cooking, remove it from the heat.
  5. Cook Noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in the brown rice noodles. Cook them for 4-6 minutes, until they’re just tender. Remove the noodles from the heat and run them under cold water.
  6. Enjoy! Serve your Mongolian beef over the rice noodles along with carrots, cucumbers and scallions.
A bowl of honey sriracha Mongolian beef over rice noodles with a second bowl in the background

Tips for Success

There you have it! Be sure to check out the tips below for more support.

  • Always Cut Steak Against the Grain: Even though this steak is cut before it’s cooked, it’s just as important to slice it against the grain. In other words, you should cut it perpendicular to the thin muscle fibers running along the meat.
  • Use This Trick to Get Thin Slices: It’s best to cut your steak into slices that are no more than 1/4-inch thick. If you’re having trouble with this step, try popping your steak into the freezer for 30 minutes. This should make it more sturdy and easier to cut.
  • Don’t Forget to Coat Your Steak with Arrowroot: Not only does the arrowroot help thicken your sauce, but it also prevents your steak from burning. Toss it with the beef until all of the steak is coated, but not so much that it soaks into the meat.
  • Wait for the Oil to Heat Up: Do not place your beef into the wok/skillet until both the pan and the oil are fully heated – you want it to sear, not steam. Cook the steak in batches if necessary to avoid crowding the pan.
An overhead shot of honey sriracha Mongolian beef on a serving plate with sliced green onions on top

Serving Suggestions

This dish makes a wonderful lunch or dinner on its own, but you can certainly pair it with something else if you’d like to. Here are a few ideas:

  • Serve with Salad: I could eat a bowl of this 10-minute Cucumber Salad every single day of the week. It’s sure to make a wonderful companion for your sweet and spicy beef!
  • Pair with Lemon Cucumber Water: Are you one of those people who can’t stand drinking plain old water? Give this Lemon Cucumber Detox Water a try! It’s a healthy, flavorful and refreshing beverage to wash down your Mongolian beef with.
  • Serve with Sushi Rolls: These Stacked California Sushi Rolls are another Asian-inspired side dish that would beautifully complement this beef. They’re easy to make with shrimp, avocado, cucumber and more.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Make sure you let the steak cool all the way down to room temperature before you store it. Once it has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for 3-4 days. Warm it up in a skillet over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature, adding a splash of oil to the pan to prevent sticking.

Can I Freeze This?

You sure can! Simply freeze the airtight (and freezer-safe) container holding the cooled beef rather than refrigerating it. Frozen steak stays good for up to 3 months and should be fully defrosted before it’s reheated.

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A close-up shot of honey sriracha Mongolian beef garnished with a sprinkle of scallions

Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef with Rice Noodles

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • yield Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mongolian

Description

Forget the takeout! Make this healthy Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef instead. Tender strips of flank steak are smothered in a sweet and spicy honey sriracha sauce, pan-seared to perfection, then served over a bed of rice noodles.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 lb. brown rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup julienned cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. Add flank steak and arrowroot to a large ziplock bag, toss to coat the steak with arrow root. Do not over mix. Set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan add soy sauce, water, honey, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, and sriracha. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, heat a wok or large skillet to medium high heat. Add in canola oil and then flank steak. Saute for 3-4 minutes until steak is slightly browned. Add in Honey Sriracha Sauce, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a bowl, add in brown rice noodles. Cook for 4-6 minutes, until just tender. Remove and then run under cold water.
  5. Serve Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef on a bed of rice noodles with carrots, cucumbers, and scallions.

Notes

  • Makes 4-5 servings.
  • To Store & Reheat: Transfer cooled steak to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through, adding a splash of oil.
  • To Freeze: Transfer cooled steak to an airtight, freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 836 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 37 g

Keywords: beef and noodles, stove top steak cooking, mongolian foods

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29 Responses
  1. Ted

    This was to die for! And so simple!
    I served with fried (in butter) Zoodles instead of rice noodles and Avocado instead of carrot/cucumber.
    I will DEFINITELY be making this again very soon!!

  2. Kali

    What on earth are “whole wheat rice noodles”? Are they wheat or are they rice? Are they both? Even google doesn’t seem to have an answer…

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      Krista

      that was definitely a typo… my bad. it should have said brown rice noodles and they are found in the asian/international food aisle. 🙂 sorry about that Kali!

  3. Laura May Jean

    This looks delicious! We eat a ton of Tex-Mex at home because it’s usually easy and quick (and tasty), and Asian food is something I would love to cook more of–that way the urge to hit the Chinese buffet wouldn’t be so bad!

    I’ll try this soon, I just have to pick up some arrowroot.

    Do you think this would be good served over zucchini noodles instead of rice noodles? We’ve been eating a lot of “zoodles” lately, to keep our meals low-calorie. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Krista

      Hurray laura, you’ll love it. And yes this would totally be good with zoodles, in fact I almost made this with them but then decided last minute to do rice noodles because I’d never made them before. 🙂 Hope you enjoy girl!

    2. Susan Buckethal

      Hi Krista, I found your recipe for Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef while looking for something to make that was a little different and I choose the Mongolian Beef. I am so happy that I tried it, it came out wonderfully and quite easy to boot. I love looking through you recipe file and I can alway find something that is outstanding. Thank you Krista !!!!!!

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        Krista

        Hey Susan, how cool! I love hearing how people found me and love it even more when they really like the recipes! Hurray! So glad to hear it!

  4. Michelle | A Latte Food

    Definitely just said a prayer that God would give you the wisdom to make the right decision, as well as peace in knowing you have made the right decision! 🙂 I know these times can be so stressful! This meal looks amazing, by the way!

  5. Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    Saying a few prayers for you! God will lead you in the right direction! I just started making Asian food at home, thanks to Baby K! And I will have to whip up this deliciousness soon!

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      Krista

      Thanks so much Meg, I appreciate it!

      Baby K is definitely making good changes if he’s making you cook asian food! Good taste little man! 🙂

  6. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Sending up a prayer for you for sure, Krista! I was in your shoes a couple of weeks ago with a tough decision, and after plenty of prayers I got the answer I needed. Thinking of you! And THIS just makes me drool! Perfect way to satisfy at take-out craving!

  7. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    Good luck on all the decisions you have coming up! I am definitely the same way- I overanalyze EVERYTHING. It drives my boyfriend nuts! Best wishes- and this meal looks delish. Pinned it!

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      Krista

      thank you very much Shelby! Glad I’m not the only over analyzer out there, now we both just need to calm down and de-stress together! Deal? 🙂 hehe

      Thanks for the pin sweet lady! Have a great weekend!

  8. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Praying for you pretty girl! I know God will lead you and guide you to make the right decision. This exact subject was just talked about at church a couple weeks ago and our pastor talked about how God has given him clarity in knowing that so long as you love him with all your heart and put him first then you CAN’T go wrong because he will use you no matter where you go or what you do. Sending love and hugs your way!

  9. Annie @Maebells

    I am THE biggest over analyzer. I can’t help it, it has always been in my nature. We are struggling with a few big decisions too and it can be really hard to know what to do. Sometimes I feel “lead” in one direction and others not so much, so I totally understand! I hope things work out the way you hope they will! This delicious dish looks like the perfect meal to help you figure it out! 🙂

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      Krista

      Oh… I’ll be praying for your decisions too Annie! Thanks! 🙂

      And I agree, hopefully the Mongolian Beef will bring some clarity! That and wine! hehe

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      Krista

      haha… oh my goodness! I totally forgot to type that in! Thank you thank you thank you! I told you I was stressed and clearly it’s effecting other things as well. I just added it in. Sorry about that. Blonde moment!

  10. Cookin Canuck

    I’ll be thinking of you this weekend and hoping that your decisions come easily. You can weigh your pros and cons until the cows come home (and believe me, I do that), but at the end of the day, be sure to listen to your gut. And now, this stir-fry….I need to make this immediately!

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      Krista

      Thank you girl! So so true Dara! What I am really looking for is peace this weekend, if I have it then I know its the right decision. 🙂

      And heck yes you need to make this recipe! De-lish!

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