Orange Thai Beef Skewers

These Orange Thai Beef Skewers are infused with sweet and savory Asian flavors for a grilled dinner that’s sure to be a huge hit!

Grilled Asian Beef Recipe

the marinade

The marinade is centered around fresh orange zest and juice and then flavored with some every day pantry ingredients.  To start, Zest your orange and add all of the zest to the bowl. (Don’t forget your microplane!) Then cut the orange in half and add all of the juice as well. You should have at least 1/4 C orange juice and anything more than that is just fine.

Orange Thai Beef Skewers
to the orange mixture, add soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, coriander, and garlic.

Then add Sriracha to your liking. I’ve found that once these are marinaded and cooked, the spice mellows quite a bit. I add 2t Sriracha and it’s mild enough that my toddler gobbles them up. It’s not even really spicey at all, just flavorful. So if you like heat, I’d start with more like 3-4 teaspoons of Sriracha and add more if you like. Whisk the marinade so everything is combined.

flank steak

Take the flank steak and slice it against the grain into about 1/4″ slices. It helps to pop the steak into the freezer for 20 minutes or so before hand. Place steak in a zip-lock bag and pour the marinade in. Swish it all around and pop the bag in the fridge. It’s best if it can sit for at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to get cookin’ preheat your grill*. Then take your skewers (pre-soaked if you’re using wood/bamboo ones) and thread on the strips of meat, just like you’re stitching. You don’t want them to be too smooshed on there. In order for them to cook evenly, stretch the meat out a bit.
* If you don’t have an outdoor grill you could cook these under the broiler or on an indoor grill pan. Both would work great.

Place them on the grill. These cook really fast. Overcooked flank steak will be tough and chewy, so don’t over do it! They should only take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Flip half way through.

Now these don’t only cook fast, they cool fast. So get the rest of your meal all ready, set the table, gather the kids, etc. Grill these up at the last minute so you can serve them hot off the grill, literally. Serves about 4. A 1 1/2-pound flank steak that is a will get you about 10 skewers.

I usually make this with scallion rice. To make it, cook 1 cup of dry rice in 2 cups of water and when it’s done, I hit it with a couple pats of butter, a big handful of sliced green onions and a splash of lime juice. With lots of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  It’s also great with coconut rice and a salad or vegetable on the side.

Orange Thai Beef

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Orange Thai Beef Skewers

Description

Meat on a stick – what could be better? A bright and fresh marinade makes this ordinary flank steak shine. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you could cook these under the broiler or on an indoor grill pan. Both would work great!


Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 24 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce*
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • skewers (if using wood/bamboo make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before use)

Instructions

  1. Grab a bowl for your marinade. Zest your orange and add all of the zest to the bowl. Then cut the orange in half and add all of the juice as well. You should have at least 1/4 cup orange juice and anything more than that is just fine.
  2. To the orange mixture, add soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, coriander, and garlic. Then add Sriracha to your liking. If you like heat, I’d start with more like 3-4 teaspoons of Sriracha and add more if you like. Whisk the marinade so everything is combined.
  3. Take the flank steak and slice it across the grain into about 1/4″ slices. It helps to pop the steak into the freezer for 20 minutes or so before hand. Place steak in a zip-lock bag and pour the marinade in. Swish it all around and pop the bag in the fridge. It’s best if it can sit for at least 4 hours.
  4. When you’re ready to get cookin’ preheat your grill. Then take your skewers (pre-soaked if you’re using wood/bamboo ones) and thread on the strips of meat, just like you’re stitching. You don’t want them to be too smooshed on there. In order for them to cook evenly, stretch the meat out a bit.
  5. Place them on the grill. These cook really fast. They should only take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Flip half way through.
  6. Serve immediately – they cool quickly. Be sure to have the rest of the meal ready before these hit the table!

Notes

  • *Important Note: Sriracha is a really great hot chili sauce that can easily be found in most grocery stores in the Asian foods section. It has a rooster on the bottle- you can’t miss it! If you have to substitute, you could easily add cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or plain ol’ hot sauce to the marinade.
  • Great Tip: To keep things clean, roll the top of your zip-lock bag over like in my picture. That way when the meat touches the bag while you’re trying to put it in, anything that grazes the plastic will end up on the inside.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

 

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42 comments

  1. Will you come to my house and make these for me? I bought skewers last season, but have yet to use them. I think I am scared of them.

    But my stomach is growling just looking at these. Yum!

  2. I’m excited to try these. I also grill almost everyday, but my 2 year old twins turned my grill on and ran out my whole propane tank that I had just filled. I’m going crazy without it so I’m going to have to go get it filled now.
    Thanks for all of the yummy recipes!

  3. Had I clicked over from the reader and seen the poll, you wouldn’t feel so alone! I SO use our grill almost daily (at least 5 days of 7), and usually year-round. I got it cleaned out the other day really good, for our move, and it will be set up as soon as it can be…AND USED!!!!

  4. Oh good! Something new to put on the grill besides burgers and hot dogs! I’ve been loving that the BBQ has been put to good use already, but I think I’m over hot dogs for a while. Gotta go put flank steak on the grocery list for this week! 🙂
    – Jennifer

  5. I just bought a pack of flank seaks at costco on sturday and was wondering what to do with the other one…now I know! thanks for the great recipe. Oh, and thanks for the intro to southern alchemy! I took advantage of that sweet discount and just spent WAY too much on their website!!

  6. I’ve just discovered your blog a couple of days ago and I’ve been devouring all your past notes!!

    I’ve already tried the Bermuda dressing and I almost drank it from the bottle…

    Here in France, people tend to be really classical concerning food but your blog just made me want to try new stuff!

    Cheers and like we say here “Bonne continuation!”

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