This quick and easy Chinese Orange Beef boasts perfectly balanced flavors and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes on the stove top with basic pantry ingredients. It’s a great week-night dinner that’s even faster than take-out! Serve it with white rice or another favorite grain and a vegetable side for an easy dinner everyone will love.
Make Orange Sauce
To make this easy orange sauce, you’ll whisk together orange zest and orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, ginger, and cornstarch.
If you’ve never worked with fresh ginger, check out this post for more info. I like use a cheese grater to grate directly into the bowl.
We’re using flank steak here and since we need it cut super thin, it really helps to pop it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you cut it. You don’t want it completely frozen through, just firm enough to add some resistance so you can slice it as thin as possible. Make sure to cut your steak “across the grain” for a tender bite. See this post if you’d like a more detailed description of that process.
Cook the Chinese Orange Beef
This cooking process is quick and simple! Give the beef a quick saute (you may need to do this in batches) and remove from the pan. Pour your sauce in the pan and use a spatula to scrape up all the cooked bits and then simmer it together with the beef until it’s thickened.
It’s sweet and savory and bright and flavorful. This sauce is spot on, and it perfectly clings to the tender steak. It’s loads better than take-out, and faster too! Here’s some serving ideas to go along with this easy meal.Print
Easy Chinese Orange beef can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes on the stove top with pantry ingredients. Serve with white rice and a vegetable.
2–3 teaspoons grated orange zest (I just zest 1 whole orange)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Asian chili sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons cornstarch
vegetable oil for pan
1 1/2 pounds flank steak, trimmed and sliced thin across grain and lightly sprinkled with salt and pepper (to clarify: that’s one steak, that weighs about 1.5 pounds)
3–4 green onions, sliced
hot white or brown rice for serving
Whisk orange zest and orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, ginger, and cornstarch together in a bowl.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drizzle pan with oil and tilt to coat. Add half of beef, breaking up any clumps and let cook without stirring for one minute. Stir beef and continue to cook until browned, about 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl and cover. Repeat with remaining beef and transfer to bowl.
Whisk sauce to recombine, add to now-empty skillet, and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Return cooked beef, with any accumulated juices, to skillet and toss to combine. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.
Keywords: Steak, Asian, Orange, beef