Mongolian Beef with Sesame Cauliflower “Rice”
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This quick weeknight meal gives one of our traditional steak seasonings an Asian twist. Sesame seeds provide both flavor and texture for the easy cauliflower “rice” side that soaks up the sticky Mongolian sauce. You can even swap the steak with portobello mushrooms for a delicious vegetarian/vegan option.

4 servings


  • For beef:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Mt. Massive Steak Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut (or vegetable) oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 scallions, sliced on the bias into 1-inch pieces
  • For cauliflower:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut (or vegetable) oil
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

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Gluten-free: Use tamari in place of soy sauce.

Vegetarian/Vegan: Replace flank steak with portobello mushrooms (see our Mongolian Mushrooms recipe) and replace honey with maple syrup or brown sugar.


For beef: Season steak all over with Mt. Massive. Heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear steak for 4 min. per side until slightly charred. Transfer steak to a plate to rest while you prepare sauce. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to the skillet. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 min. Whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger; stir mixture into onions. Bring sauce to a boil then reduce heat to low. Whisk water and cornstarch together until smooth then stir into sauce. Cook until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 more min. Slice steak, across the grain, into thin strips and stir strips into sauce. Cook just until steak is warmed through. Serve topped with scallions over cauliflower “rice”.

For cauliflower: Place florets in a food processor and pulse until texture resembles rice or couscous, about 15 to 20 pulses. (Alternatively, grate cauliflower into a bowl using a hand grater.) Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and sesame seeds. Saute until fragrant, 3 to 4 min. Stir in “riced” cauliflower, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 6 to 8 min. until cauliflower is cooked through but the texture is still firm.

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