Panda Express Beijing Beef (Copycat)

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original  with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.Panda Express Beijing Beef is the beef answer to the insanely popular Panda Express Orange Chicken everyone craves so much. My favorite part of Beijing Beef though is the added hint of spice that always was lacking for me in the slightly too sweet orange chicken recipe.

Turns out the idea was a hit, Panda Express Beijing Beef is a totally popular pick. The breading keeps a crunch to the outside even though it is covered in the sweet, spicy, sticky sauce and the red bell peppers and onions provide a soft, deliciously sweet counterpart to the spicy beef.

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

Keeping track of all the Panda Express copycat recipes here on the blog? I have a whole page dedicated to Panda Express Recipes… every single one in fact: Panda Express Recipes Index

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Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

This dish may seem like it has a LONG list of ingredients, but that is because it is a multi-step recipe. If this is more in-depth or time intensive than you would like you can make some quick adjustments to help get dinner on the table sooner.

  • Buy presliced (but not seasoned) fajita beef meat from your butcher. It will NOT be as thin as I recommend but it is a quick swap if you’re in a rush.
  • Mix up your Panda Express Beijing Beef sauce the weekend before and keep it in the fridge. Most of the prep time is in combining these ingredients.
  • Skip the egg batter altogether and just toss the beef in cornstarch. Your beef will not have as much crust, but it will still be plenty crispy and delicious.
  • Grab some from Panda 😉 ok, ok, this one is a joke.

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

Tools Used in the Making of this Panda Express Beijing Beef Recipe:
Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman has the best flavor overall and I always recommend reduced sodium.
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
Large Frying Pan: I use this Cuisinart for most of my non cast iron cooking unless I am going with a stainless steel option, then I choose my All Clad.
Oyster Sauce: This is a unique flavor and ingredient. If you avoid seafood and want another option I recommend Vegetarian Oyster Sauce (made from mushrooms) but I don’t recommend you swap this out for something else altogether.
Hoisin Sauce: Considered to be like an Asian BBQ sauce, this is a unique flavor I would not leave out of the dish.
Sweet Chili Sauce: Adds that sweet, glaze to the dish that you’ll have trouble replicating without quite a lot of work, this is at the heart of the dish. If you’re in a pinch use the Trader Joe’s brand, add a bit more than written of the crushed red peppers since the Trader Joe’s variety is not spicy at all.

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Panda Express Beijing Beef

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 1 pieces red bell pepper cut into 1"
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoons crushed red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Cut the flank steak against the grain into thin ¼ inch slices.
  • In a medium sized bowl add the beef, egg, salt and 1 teaspoon cornstarch and let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • To make the Beijing Beef Sauce, in a small bowl whisk together the ½ cup water, ¼ cup sugar, ketchup, hoisin, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, crushed red peppers and apple cider vinegar.
  • After the beef has finishing marinating add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to a bowl, add the marinated beef (discard the extra marinade).
  • Heat a small saucepan with the oil on medium-high (I use a small saucepan so that I can get a deep fry on this without using a lot of oil. So I fry in small batches, if you don't mind using more oil, go for a bigger pot and you can fry these up much faster).
  • With the last two tablespoons of cornstarch toss the beef one last time and shake off any excess cornstarch.
  • Fry the slices, in batches, until golden brown (2-3 minutes).
  • Heat a large pan on high heat and use two tablespoons of the oil you just fried the beef in.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes, until it just starts caramelizing on the edges.
  • Add the garlic in and continue to cook a few more seconds until fragrant.
  • Remove the veggies and put them with the beef on a plate.
  • Add the Beijing Beef sauce to the large pan and cook on high until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the beef and vegetables into the sauce and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.3mg
Keyword: Panda Express Beijing Beef (Copycat)

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.
Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.
Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Everyone who tasted this LOVED it and said it tasted better than Panda Express. It did! My son even had it for breakfast the next day.? 5 ?????

  1. I haven’t tried this dish before but after reading this recipe imma gonna need to make it sometime prob this weekend!!!

  2. This recipe is amazing and it tasted just like Panda Express. I didn’t have hoisin sauce so I mixed barbecue sauce with teriyaki sauce and added some red pepper flakes and brown sugar. It turned out wonderful! Will 100% make again!

  3. This was good, but with modifications. The 1/4 cup sugar set off alarm bells since the hoison, sweet chili, oyster sauce, and ketchup are already heavily sugared, I cut the sugar back to 1/8 cup even though I doubled the recipe and still found it a little sweet. I think I’ll cut it back further next time.

    We had fresh snow peas from the garden, so threw them in. The flavors complimented each other.

  4. Made this tonight, used cube steak (can’t afford flank) and added a little sriracha to the sauce. It turned out so good!

  5. Great dish! I didn’t have egg whites so I substituted with corn starch mixed with water slurry. I think 1/2 cup water made the dish too wet and it’s missing some spice. I will try adding some baking soda next time and maybe add more honey instead of sugar. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I agree 1/2 cup water was a little too much. I used cube steak instead and added a little sriracha to the sauce, turned out so good

  6. Came out great! I did need more meat. Found that I had alot more sauce left over. Look forward to making it again. I would probably use only 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar instead of the 2. I used the short cut method of just corn starch and not the mixture for the meet. It was quick and fun to make. Looking forward to making this again! This is my new go to meal!

  7. I love Panda‘s Beijing Beef, so I wanted to try this copycat recipe. It’s delicious, but still different from Panda Express. I’d change just a few tiny things:

    I think 3 egg whites is too much, next time I’ll use 2 and see how it goes. I hate to waste food, and after marinading you throw out most of the whites anyway not to mention the three yolks.

    I‘d also use a large onion – easier to eat with chopsticks. I’d double the bell peppers too, they‘re delicious!

    Finally, I added two tsp of starch (dissolved in a bit of water) to the sauce for consistency.

  8. Just made this. I used some precut stir fry steak meat I found at Walmart (I forgot what kind it is. I think round?) Marinated it for a full hour. Used a touch more sugar in the sauce and 2 kinds of sweet chili sauce (1/2 Maggi, 1/2 Stubbs). No oyster sauce. No bell pepper. And a touch more corn starch for the second fry.

    No oyster sauce tastes absolutely fine so it’s perfectly okay to omit it. No bell pepper was a little shame missing the extra crunch but not a big deal. It was still so delicious. I didn’t fry the meat quiet as long as I should have so it didn’t get particularly crispy but it was super silky. My dad who is picky about this sorta thing even liked it. Now I’m gonna have to make a double batch in a couple weeks lol. But it is actually gonna go into our rotation. I dunno how the actual PE version is but this was quiet good.

  9. Sabrina… girl… you got this down pat. I’ve never left a review before on this recipe, but I have been using it for the past 3 years and it has never let me down. The flavors, so smoky and powerful. I prefer this to my local Panda Express. Thank youuuuu.

  10. I don’t cook Chinese food very often, so I’m a little confused on your recipe. Ingredients and directions don’t coincide. Am I missing something? You list “3 egg whites beaten”, but don’t give directions what to do with them. Then in Step 12 you give instructions to add Beijing Beef sauce, but it’s not included on your list of ingredients nor does it say how much to add. I don’t know if I missed any ingredients. Directions are confusing because the list is not in order. Would you please clarify what to do with the egg whites and how much Beijing Beef sauce to add?

    1. Hi, I am a little confused. The eggs are listed in the 2nd step. Beijing sauce is made in instruction number 3. You would then add all of the sauce in instruction number 13. Hope that helps.

  11. I’m going to try this tonight but I feel like the recipe is written differently than most recipes. Typically, you see the list of ingredients in the order you would use them. In this case, it would be the beef, egg, salt, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. But, the recipe starts as flank steak, canola oil, garlic, and yellow onion. Which caused confusion for me from the start.

      1. It was wonderful. Loved it and can’t wait to make it again! I’ll next time I will double the meat and bell peppers. There was a lot more sauce then meat. I will also cut down on the apple cider vinegar. But it’s tasted great. Making again tomorrow 🙂

      2. Yes, be nice if the items were grouped by order and by particular purpose (e.g., Marinade, Sauce, etc.). But, I don’t know if that is possible in the Recipe System that you are using. But, be nice if it was sub-divided to purpose.

  12. I made this recipe using left over Prime Rib Roast from Christmas. My husband said it was best he’d ever eaten.

  13. We have now made this twice and followed your recipe exactly. And it is awesome! Yes it takes a little time to prep, drop the veggies and measure out the sauce; however it is totally worth it.My only suggestion would be in the actual recipe card to reverse the order of number five and six because the first time I made it I almost fried beef without doing the second corn starch dust. But really that would be have been my mistake, luckily I did read further and realized corn starch dust then fry. Thanks for the great copycat recipe.

  14. I made this last night and thought it was DELICIOUS! I’ve never marinated in egg whites so I made them frothy, which I guess isn’t correct, but was still good! I also didn’t double fry (by accident) and I tasted a piece of leftovers this morning and it still has great texture. This has a great flavor! I did think I may reduce the sugar a little, but I think this probably varies with how much the sauce reduces while finishing up the dish. Overall delicious and taught me a new technique!

  15. Beijing beef recipe is a little confusing. Is the beef fried twice? I am assuming it is since you divide the cornstarch. Thanks!

  16. I made this today, and really liked it. I used ranchera meat instead of flank steak, two whole eggs for the marinade instead of whites, and homemade vegetarian oyster sauce (the missus has allergies.) The flavor does differ from the Panda Express version, so next time, I’m going to tweak it in these ways:
    -Reduce the sugar by a half to two thirds.
    -Use a greater quantity of dry batter, containing one part flour to two parts corn starch.
    -Increase (perhaps double) the chili flakes, oyster sauce, and the vinegar.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  17. I made this recipe tonight for dinner and it was excellent! I have never even had Panda Express but may now need to try it. I did leave out the red pepper flakes from this recipe. I make several Asian dishes but this is my new favorite.

  18. A little confused, in the directions it says to Fry the beef 2 different times. But in the comments it says only once. Which is it? ?

    1. Twice, sorry about the comment confusion. The double fry keeps it crispy. I got mixed up on the recipe in the comments, it has you answer them in a central part of the website where they’re all in a row and I read a different recipe name when I answered it.

  19. Loved it….tastes just like Panda Express.
    I used egg white batter marinade and the beef was so crispy and held up to the sauce.
    Will make this again.

  20. I made this last night… and it was awesome! I followed the recipe pretty close because I wanted to see how close it could be to Panda. I cut up a decent steak I got on sale (chuck steak I think) and it turned out to be better beef flavor than I usually get at Panda. I did the double frying and I think it was worth the texture… and wasn’t hard. I did use a wok for everything and I found it to be fairly easy… just need to be careful when working with the hot oil. I was worried until the very end… because it wasn’t smelling quite right or tasting as I expected. Cooking the sauce down helped a lot. Then when I added the peppers/onions/garlic to the sauce it was like magic! Suddenly it was all the right smells and tastes! The Hoisin sauce I had was a garlic one but that didn’t seem to make a big difference. I had a mix of red and yellow peppers also didn’t seem to hurt. I added the apple cider vinegar as it notes but also added a teaspoon of pepper vinegar I had made from a different copycat recipe. Next time I make this I will probably add more pepper flakes… or something else to give it a little more spice… but because I like a little heat and would often add some hot sauce to my food at the restaurant! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this! My favorite so far!

  21. Nope , not at all like Panda Express. It had a great texture, but the flavor was not spicy and not sweet like the Panda Express Beijing beef. I spent money on buying sauces that I probably did not even need.

  22. Just made this tonight for some friends and it came out great!!! 🙂 I loved it. Used a meat thermometer to make sure I didn’t over cook the meat. Thank you for the great recipe. Everyone finished all the food.

  23. Just how beaten do the egg whites need to be? Just a little? Soft peaks? Am I overthinking this haha? This is my family’s favorite Panda dish! Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Though I think the recipe is very tasty, this is not even close to Panda’s Beijing beef. I will definitely keep the SAUCE recipe as its delicious however, the entire process was way too much bother for what we got out of it. Next time, I’ll just go to Panda, lol

  24. My Panda Express no longer sells this item, so I was so happy to find this recipe! I finally made it, and it was delicious! My husband and I REALLY enjoyed it! It is better than the Beijing Beef I get from Panda Express! I didn’t make any changes to the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    1. Did you know no matter what the dish is they will make it if it’s not on the row to buy you can request they make it and they usually do! It’s in their panda promise 🙂

  25. plus you’re not eating the oil, very little remains on the meat so you’re consuming all those calories ?

  26. Beijing Beef is one of my favorite PE dishes, and this did not disappoint! I used a deep fryer so was able to cook all the beef in one batch. My only ingredient change was to substitute top round for the flank steak — flank’s ridiculously expensive in my area — and that worked just fine. I’ll definitely make this again!

  27. The calorie count for this seems way off. 1 cup of oil contains 16 tablespoons, each which is about 120 calories, totaling to 1920 calories of oil in the whole recipe. The calories of oil in each serving (480) is more than the amount of calories listed here for all of the ingredients in one serving.

    1. I am not a nutrition site and the calculations are automatically done based on the ingredients. If you are concerned about the amounts, feel free to use another online calculator to ensure the numbers work for you.

    2. The beef is only going to absorb a small amount of oil. Unless you’re planning to pour the remaining oil over the finished dish — or drink it — why would you expect the nutrition information to reflect the full cup?

  28. I enjoyed this a lot, we had it for dinner tonight. Next time I will forgo deep frying the beef and simply stir fry it, plenty of flavor in the wonderful sauce. Thank you.

    1. I absolutely love panda express Beijing beef and this recipe did not disappoint my kids and husband loved it so did I. This recipe is definitely a keeper? Thanks for sharing Sabrina!!!

  29. I made this today and it’s really delicious! I used 1-2tbs rice vinegar, cut back on the sugar by half and it added just the right amount of acidity/sweetness. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  30. I made this today for my clients! It was outstanding. I’m a Personal Chef and needed some new inspo. This did the trick. can’t wait to go your recipe index. The only thing I changed was the cut of meat. I used flap meat.Thank you so much!

  31. This took a lot of time and effort and was totally worth it. I’ve been looking for a recipe to duplicate the sauce from my favorite dish at a Chinese restaurant at the other end of the lake for a while now, and this nailed it. You’ve saved me many a long drive. Thank you!

  32. So so good! I used rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar and it came out perfectly. I had just added Panda Express’ Beijing Beef into my cart in a food delivery app when I decided to search for recipes, and I am so happy I did! Saved myself some money and added a new recipe into the dinner rotation today. Thank you!

  33. Wow! Fantastic recipe, better tasting than the restaurant! Now I’ve spoiled it for myself. My wife tried the Panda Beijing beef and didn’t like it, but she said this recipe was good ate it with me.

  34. This was absolutely delicious! Don’t let any of the bad reviews make you think twice about makingthis dish. The sauce was incredible (I doubled it) and the beef/veggies were perfect together. I didn’t change a thing and it was perfect.
    Home run for the whole family 🙂

  35. Just used this recipe for the beef, as I cheated and just bought the P.E. Beijing sauce from the grocery store. Aside from my beef being a bit wet going into the oil (my fault) and not getting the crust, it turned out really well. I know most of flavor is in the sauce but I would recommend this recipe on the strength of her Green Bean Chicken recipe alone.

  36. I had to sub the oyster sauce for fish sauce, sweet chilli sauce for fresh chilli paste and red peppers for broccoli. Everything turned out great! So delish!

  37. I didn’t see anyone mention it, and it’s been a while since I’ve had the real thing, but if memory serves they actually tend to use Ancient Sweets (pepper) in their Beijing, not a red bell pepper. They taste pretty different though, so I don’t know what it would do to the rest of this recipe balance-wise.

    Definitely going to try this out soon.

  38. Just wanted to make one more comment, I see some comments about it being to sweet. If you have the correct balance of apple cider vinegar to sugar ratio plus the added heat of the red pepper flakes while adjusting for your particular taste I found this recipe excellent.

  39. So this was absolutely the best, actually better than Panda. Add some Marciano cherry’s (halved) to the sauce & be prepared to be amazed. Hard to put down the fork. Yum, Yum, and I don’t usually comment 5 out of 5 stars on this one definitely a keeper. Before I go the only thing in the recipe that needs to be tweaked is when making the marinade the corn starch should be mixed in water 1st to avoid clumping. I knew it as soon as I did it that I should have done that, but it still worked out??

  40. I do not get an oyster sauce flavor from the Beijing beef ar my local Panda, or at least not a strong one, and I think this version is a little sweeter maybe and less vinegary. But, I say it’s about 90 percent the same, and it is very good. I see a comment on here where Spinkel is saying this taste nothing like the real thing and that they are a good cook. I cook every day, many types of food, from scratch…I feel I am steps away from being a professional, and in my mind Spinkel is wrong, do not let his review deter you from trying this. I also used the copy cat lo mein recipe with this. It takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it so long as you have someone else to wash the dishes. The only changes I made was I used gochujang (fermented sweetened chilis) instead of sweet chili sauce and crushed chili, I coated the beef a little more, and I cooked the beef a little longer for that extra crispiness.

  41. This looks yummy i have 1 problem the Oyster Sauce i am allergic to shell fish and the substitute is mushroom vegetarian substitute i am allergic to mushrooms too so what do i use ? Just leave it out ?

    1. You have no other option but to leave it out though it will change the flavor. Sorry there’s no other substitute.

    2. I also left oyster sauce out and we found very little difference from what we ate in Panda’s around Los Angeles and San Fransisco

  42. Me and my husband made this for the family and of course they loved it. Making it again today with fried rice!

  43. Hi from Norway! My daughter and I visited California a couple of months ago. We had never been to the US before. We had lunch at Panda Express three times because we fell in love with the Beijing Beef. Yesterday we found your recipe and after visiting several supermarkeds here in our hometown in Norway we found all the ingredients. We just had dinner and it was exactly like we remembered it! Thank you so much. This will be on our dinner table again soon.

    1. Oh my gosh, how awesome!! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you both enjoyed it!

  44. This was seriously SO GOOD. This was a recipe my husband pinned awhile back and I put off making it for awhile because I didn’t think it would be up my alley. BOY WAS I WRONG! I made this last night and it totally exceeded my expectations. The flank steak was perfect for this, and that sauce?! So so good. Thank you for this recipe! 

  45. Made this last night it was awesome. I cheated when looking for orange sauce I found Panda express brand beijing sauce. It made the recipe so simple to make.

  46. In the recipe there is 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar unaccounted for in the directions. What’s it for? There are two entries for each of these and only one of each is used in the directions. I highlighted different steps to match the ingredients used (marinade, sauce, etc.). And I’m left over with two stray ingredients. Just got my marinade in the fridge so hopefully it doesn’t go in the marinade. Idk. Help!

  47. A little confusion here … do you whip the egg whites to a peak before marinating or is it just a little bit till foamy? 

    1. So sorry about the late response. Your question was snagged by my spam filter. To clarify, no need to whip them to a peak. You just want to beat them until a bit foamy, just broken up. Hope this clears up any confusion you had. I hope you enjoy it!

  48. I wonder if you could use a technique with ground beef similar to your Ground Orange Chicken recipe for Beijing Beef so you don’t need to fry but get a similar flavor? I’m planning on trying that soon myself, but if you or any of your readers have already tried it, I’d love to hear if it worked and what tweaks were used (for better or worse). (The ground orange chicken is spectacular!)

    1. You definitely can use this technique and this may or may not be coming soon to a blog near you 😉 Stay tuned!

  49. I made some today, but to get the full effect of the dish, you definitely gotta marinate the bell pepper in vinegar for a day or two to let it cut through the sweetness of the sauce. Also, I would recommend maybe doing 1/4 cup of sugar, plus maybe a little extra, it was a bit sweet for my taste. Other than that, the flavor was incredible!

  50. At the moment the beef is marinating while I am reading the posts. I’m interested to know more from Spinkel and Sabrina’s response (troubleshoot). I will find out shortly how mine will come out. Beijing Beef, who would-a thought anything could be better than Firecracker Chicken? I am trying that next.

  51. I was looking forward to making this all week. I followed the directions to a T. I’m a pretty skilled cook in the kitchen, and I’m sorry to say that this doesn’t taste even close to Panda Express.

    1. Hey there, thanks so much for coming back to let me know how the recipe turned out. I’m sorry it wasn’t close but can you give me more details? I may be able to help you troubleshoot? If you prefer to email I’m always available, contact @

    2. Seriously? Why do you have to be so negative? If it didn’t work out for you, then you could have chosen different words. But in response to your comment, maybe you left something out or missed a step. I’m not sure, but what I’m sure of is that 99.9% of commenters, including me, absolutely LOVED this recipe and yes, it DOES TASTE LIKE THE REAL THING!


  52. You should really think about reformatting the recipe to match Rasa Malaysia’s with marinade and finishing sauce listed separately as it makes the recipe easier to follow you almost don’t need instructions.

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Sorry I just found a huge number of comments over the last three months that was snared in the spam filter and I am trying to follow up with each one now even though in your case I am way too late to help. I love her recipe card format, but my software gets glitchy when I’ve tried it that way. We are working on a redesign though and it is on the list of to-dos.

  53. THIS is what I’ve been looking for. I’ve tried it from some other sites, but something was missing. Whatever that was, you’ve found it! I love Panda’s Beijing Beef, but like anything else-if you can do it at home, homemade is even better. Thanks for posting!

  54. Hi Sabrina. I want to make this recipe and would like a quick clarification: is the beef marinade the egg, salt and 1 teaspoon cornstarch? How long do you suggest I marinade? BTW…thank you. Your recipes are so good!

    Read more at: Panda Express Beijing Beef (Copycat) //

    1. Sorry for the confusion! I updated the recipe card. I’ve left it for an hour, even as short as 30 minutes. That is the whole marinade 🙂 And thanks!!

  55. Whoa. That looks really, really delicious! Making dinner better than take out is one of the most victorious feelings ever. I really like that the sauce can be prepared ahead of time.

  56. Oh my gosh, I want to dive headfirst into this dish. It’s beautiful and gorgeous. This is one seriously stellar recipe.

  57. This is a mouthwatering dish! I’m sure it’s 1,000 times better than ordering out. I like your “quick tips” too! This look scrumptious!

  58. Copy Cat recipes are always fun to try. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try this on the weekend.

      1. Has anyone tried using chicken with this? When I was living right outside New Orleans there was a very good Chinese restaurant named Beijing, they had both crispy chicken and crispy beef dishes similar to Panda, which I love, but were even better, I’m going to try with chicken this week but was curious if anyone had already tried?

  59. I love a good copycat recipe and your photos have me wanting this one! We don’t have a Panda Express close so i rely on copycat recipes to enjoy my favorites at home.

    1. A lot of recipes on Pinterest are fails! This one was awesome. I accidentally messed up and added too much ketchup while reading and added to the sauce. I used 6 T instead of 3 and it still turned out fabulous. The kids raved about it. I did also omit the red pepper flakes because did not want it too spicy for kids. Great job with the recipe!