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Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak

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Mongolian Glazed Steak is perfectly grilled with a light, crispy coating and basted with a tangy Asian-style barbecue glaze made with fresh ginger, garlic, and maple syrup. Delicious and tender, the flavor of these sirloin steaks is so unexpected and so phenomenal.

Traditional Mongolian barbecue is prepared on a hot, flat stone similar to a hibachi-style surface to quickly sear the beef which is very thinly sliced and served with a tangy barbecue sauce.

That same delicious flavor can be achieved on the grill by following the unique technique in today’s steak glaze recipe.

A Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak on top of a wooden cutting board

Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak

Let me tell you, I was surprised at how tender this glazed steak turned out without putting it in a marinade. 

A bowl of sauce on a table, with Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak

How to make a glaze for steak

Glazing the steaks happens during the last couple of minutes on the hot grill by basting them with a simple barbecue sauce.

To make the sauce, add freshly grated ginger, minced garlic, maple syrup, and ketchup to a small bowl and whisk until combined. You’ll use this sauce to brush onto the steaks as they finish cooking.

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A close up of a raw steak on a baking sheet

Prepping the steaks

The real secret for grilling Mongolian steaks is in the prep work.

  1. Gently massage a tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce onto all surfaces of the steak, then season with freshly ground pepper. There’s no need to add salt as you’ll get the saltiness from the soy sauce.
  2. Transfer the steaks to a DRY baking sheet or platter.
  3. Now, for the real trick—dust the steaks with CORNSTARCH and lightly brush with a little canola oil!
A close up of a steak dusted with cornstarch

What does cornstarch do to meat?

Dusting the steaks with cornstarch provides a light coating that protects the meat when it hits the intense heat of the grill. As the steak cooks, the cornstarch layer creates a thin and crispy crust.

Can I use flour instead of cornstarch?

I wouldn’t recommend using flour as a substitute for cornstarch in this recipe as it may result in a starchy flavor on the meat.

A close up of a steak on a grill

Grilling glazed beef

  1. Place the prepared steaks on a preheated grill and cook for for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Flip and cook on the other side another 3 to four minutes. This will give you a medium temperature, so adjust the cooking time to your steak temperature preference.
  3. Brush each steak with the barbecue glaze and cook another minute on each side or until the glaze begins to caramelize.

Touch test for steaks

You can gently press tongs into the cooked steak to determine its doneness with this touch test guide. To be totally accurate, use a quick read digital thermometer.

  • RARE: 120°F – cool, bright red center and soft to the touch
  • MEDIUM RARE: 130°F – warm, red center and beginning to firm up with red juices
  • MEDIUM: 145-155°F – slightly pink center, completely firm with brown juices
  • WELL DONE: 155-160°F – very little or no pink, firm to the touch
A close up of a plate of Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak with a fork and knife
A close up of a bite of Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak on a fork

Let’s grill a glazed steak!

Even though the aroma is heavenly, don’t give in to the temptation to immediately cut into your steak when you take it off the grill.

Place the steak on a platter tented with aluminum foil to rest for about five minutes after you take it off the grill to seal in the juices. Do this and you’ll enjoy a juicier, tastier steak every time!

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Yield: 4 servings

Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steaks

A close up of a plate of Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak with a fork and knife

Mongolian Glazed Grilled Steak has a thin, crispy coating and a tangy barbecue glaze.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Steaks

  • 4 8-oz. sirloin steaks
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, , minced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

Instructions

Glaze

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the canola oil, ginger, garlic, maple syrup, and ketchup. Set aside.

Steaks

  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat. 
  2. Pat steaks dry and pour 1 tablespoon soy sauce over each steak. Massage the soy sauce into all sides of the steaks, then season with black pepper. 
  3. Places the steaks onto a clean baking sheet. Evenly sprinkle the cornstarch on all sides, shaking off any excess. Lightly brush with the canola oil.
  4. Grill the steaks 3 to 4 minutes on each side (for medium), then brush the steaks with the glaze and cook for one minute until the glaze is caramelized.
  5. Flip the steaks and brush the other side with the glaze, cooking another minute to let the glaze caramelize on the other side.
  6. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from original recipe by Judy Kim for Delish 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 753Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 1314mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 64g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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