Main Dish/ Wild Game

Mongolian Beef

January 18, 2017 (Last Updated: December 16, 2020)

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This Mongolian Beef is fast, delicious and will rival your favorite take-out!  This delicious recipe uses elk meat instead of the traditional beef.

Mongolian Beef topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

I strive to put great food on the table every night. In our busy household, this is often challenging. I need quick meals that I can pull together at the last minute and that everyone will love.

Mongolian Beef is a winner in our house. It’s fast, easy and delicious!Mongolian Beef served over a bed of rice and topped with sesame seeds.

Full disclosure….this is Mongolian Beef,  but I didn’t actually use beef! I used elk meat! Beef or Elk Meat, it doesn’t really matter. Either meat works perfectly in this dish.

We eat a lot of wild game. I often just substitute elk or venison in a recipe. When I first met Rod, I had no idea what to do with a freezer full of wild game meat. I’ve learned what cuts are tender and how to substitute different meats. More often than not, I use wild game in recipes like in these meatballs. Please use what works for you.

A plateful of Chinese food topped with green onions.

Another favorite take-out recipe to make at home is this Orange Chicken.

Chopsticks picking up a bit of cooked meat.

More recipes using wild game

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Cooked elk meat on a plate topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Strips of cooked meat topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Mongolian Beef

Quick, easy and delicious Mongolian Beef!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 641 kcal


  • 2 pounds beef or elk (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 whole green onions (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Dredge meat in corn starch so all areas of meat are covered.
  • In a bowl combine soy, brown sugar, water, garlic and ginger. Set aside. 
  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add meat and cook through.
  • Add soy mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add chopped green onions.  Continue cooking for one minute.
  • Remove from heat. Serve over rice. 
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 


Recipe adapted from Peas and Peonies


Calories: 641kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 47gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 934mgPotassium: 666mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 4.7mg
Keyword Elk Recipe, Mongolian Beef
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Peas and Peonies


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  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    January 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I love Mongolian flavors, and I am sure I’ll this Mongolian beef too. I am sure my husband would love this. Thanks for this wonderful share, Kathy. Have a nice weekend.

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      January 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      It is a favorite with everyone in our house!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    January 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I love this because my husband and I have had some heated debates about elk. He’s a big hunter and we do save a lot of $$ by his hunting habit, but when he wants to travel across the country to hunt, I put my foot down. He doesn’t cook elk and I haven’t either, but this is something to try. His brother just got a huge elk and offered up a little meat so we’re good to go.

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      January 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      There’s just something about guys planning huge hunting trips far away! Glad your brother in law is sharing!

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    Katie Crenshaw
    January 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    I struggle getting something on the table on weeknights also! We get so busy in the evenings. I love this dish! It looks so easy and tasty! This is perfect for my family. Can’t wait to make it.

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    January 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Elk??? That sounds amazing. I have some moose meat in my freezer – I know that can be tough – so not sure if that could work for this recipe. It looks SO GOOD – need to try this soon. My boys will love it. Pinned!

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      January 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I’m not too sure about moose. A lot depends on the age of the moose, how long it’s been in the freezer, and the cut of the meat.

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    January 19, 2017 at 5:20 am

    So much better than take out! Love that you used elk meat! So lean ๐Ÿ™‚

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      January 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Elk meat is very lean.

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    David @ Spiced
    January 19, 2017 at 4:50 am

    I had the chance to try some elk meat once! One of my neighbors down in Baton Rouge was from South Dakota, and he had some elk in his freezer. Not too bad…but a little gamey. I love the idea of using that wild game in this Mongolian Beef recipe! Looks delicious!

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      January 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      The gaminess really depends on the age of the animal and how it was processed. Some elk can be a bit gamey….I find it much milder than venison.

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    [email protected]
    January 18, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    I love the flavor of Mongolian beef and the idea of making it from scratch is an exciting one!! YUM!

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      January 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Such great flavors and so easy to make!

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    Lori Leigh
    January 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing another delicious recipe! This sounds similar to a beef and broccoli I make. We have deer in our freezer also…I substitute even the ground deer for ground beef ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      January 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Broccoli would be great in here! There’s no reason to buy ground beef when you have a freezer full of wild game meat.

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    [email protected]
    January 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    So I had elk for the first time about two weeks ago at a restaurant (I tried a bite from my husband’s dish!) and definitely didn’t hate it! haha I was surprised ๐Ÿ™‚ ANYWAY this sounds delicious! Quick & easy meals for the win!

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      January 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Stick with what you love! You’d better make this with beef. Elk is fairly mild tasting, but it does take some getting used to.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I have never tried Elk Meat before! It looks EXACTLY like beef! You seriously could have fooled me! Mongolian beef is one of my husbands favorites, and yours looks delicious! Can’t wait to give your version a try! Cheers!

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      January 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      It does look just like beef. The taste is similar. It is a deep, dark red color when uncooked. Elk meat is extremely lean.

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