Another beef dish? This time, we’re giving it a zesty twist with our orange beef recipe. In just 25 minutes, you’ll have tender flank steak, deliciously dressed up in a fruity spicy orange sauce, and served over hot white rice.
Is This Orange Beef Healthy?
Yes, it is. Using wholesome ingredients, our orange beef is a great addition to your healthy meal list.
In this recipe, we opt for flank steaks for a lean cut of meat. Lean beef is an excellent source of high-quality protein and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and, if consumed in moderation, can be part of a healthy diet.
Moreover, our dish is rich in vitamin C, thanks to the presence of orange and red bell peppers. These two nourishing ingredients are also packed with antioxidants, hence, good for your eyes, skin, and heart.
Ingredients You'll Need
Our recipe calls for flank steak, a lean and tasty cut of meat from the cow’s belly muscles, to give the dish its rich beefy flavor and a leaner eating experience.
However, since it is quite tough, we need to tenderize it first by tossing it in cornstarch and olive oil. This will help the beef remain juicy and tender after stir-frying.
Since flank steak can easily soak up seasonings, this 7-ingredient sauce will pack your beef with flavors.
We simply mix up honey, salt, pepper, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, and Sriracha. The outcome is a tangy and savory sauce with fruity citrus notes, followed by an increasing kick of heat to awaken the senses.
We stir-fried the beef with red bell peppers and onion for added taste and texture. That’s it. Simple, healthy, and tasty.
This recipe calls for hot white rice to serve with the orange beef for a fulfilling dish.
If you are not a fan of rice or would like to twist up the dish from time to time, then other tasty alternatives are Chinese egg noodles and fresh Japanese udon. Just stir-fry them with the beef and the sauce to make a whole new delicious dish.
A few slices of refreshing orange and a sprinkling of roasted sesame seeds and fresh scallions stir up the aroma and add a pop of color to our dish.
How to Store and Reheat
You can store any leftover orange beef in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
For reheating, simply microwave it at high heat for 1 minute, or give it a quick stir fry for about 2 to 3 minutes.
What to Serve With
Here are some delicious side dishes to pair with our orange beef:
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Slice the beef: Trim off the silver skin (the white thin membrane covering one side of the flank steak), remove the excess fats from the flank steak, then thinly slice against the grain to make strips about 2 to 2.5 inches.
Cook the rice: Rinse the rice with clean water. Gently massage to remove any debris or excess starch. Change the water a few times until it becomes clear, then drain it out. After that, cook the rice using a rice cooker or an instant pot.
Cut the orange into quarter slices: Wash the orange clean and cut it into quarters, then cut each quarter into thin slices.
Chop the bell pepper: Slice off one side of the bell pepper lengthwise, about 3/4 inch away from the core. Repeat with the other sides, then leave out the core. Finally, cut across the slices to make smaller pieces.
Cut the onion into wedges then in halves: Cut the onion in half, then cut each half into wedges. Slice each wedge in half and separate the layers.
Mince the garlic: Separate the cloves from the bulb and peel the skin off. Use a knife to slice each entire clove lengthwise, then hold the clove and turn 90 degrees to slice it crosswise. Keep mincing each clove to make tiny pieces.
Chop the scallions: Rinse the scallions, pat dry, then lay them in an even layer on a cutting board. Remove 2 inches of the tops and the root ends, then slide the blade of a sharp knife in a back-and-forth motion to make scallion rings.
Zest the orange using a grater.
Marinate the beef: In a medium bowl, add 12 oz flank steak, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss well to coat evenly.
Make the sauce: 1 tbsp honey, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 fl oz orange juice, 2 1/2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 2 tsp Sriracha. Stir to combine.
Saute the garlic in olive oil: In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp garlic. Saute for 30 seconds.
Stir-fry the beef: Add the marinated beef to the skillet. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Add the sauce: Stir in the sauce for 1 minute.
Add the red bell pepper and onion: Add 4 oz red bell pepper and 2 oz onion. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Garnish and serve: Serve the beef with cooked rice for 4 servings. Garnish with orange slices and sprinkle with 1/4 cup scallions and 1/2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds.
How to Make Orange Beef
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 461Calories from Fat 111
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Vitamin A 1017IU
Vitamin C 55mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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