Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Easy Orange Beef

Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!


Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!

I'm obsessed with homemade Chinese food.  Because, 1) it's so much easier than I ever would have guessed to make my favorite take-out taste just as good at home, 2) it really actually does taste just like it does in the restaurant, and 3) you can generally make it a lot healthier in your own kitchen without sacrificing the flavor. Winning all around!

All that being said, Orange Beef is not actually an entree I've ever ordered in a restaraunt. Orange chicken, yes. But something about ordering beef from Chinese take out has always grossed me out.

But when I was cruising Pinterest last week working on my weekly meal plan, this recipe caught my eye.

Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!

I love the tangy orange and ginger flavors mingled with the savory garlic and onions. I was hooked after just one bite! 

Learn from my mistakes: make a double batch, because you'll be sad if there are no leftovers the next day!




Yield: 4 servings

Orange Chicken

Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!
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INGREDIENTS


  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1.5 lbs flank steak, sliced finely against the grain
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • green onions, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Place the sliced steak and soy sauce in a gallon-sized zip top bag and seal. Shake it to coat the steak thoroughly in the soy sauce.
  2. Open the bag and add the cornstarch. Seal and shake again to coat the steak in the cornstarch.
  3. Heat the oil on medium heat (do NOT go any higher) in a 10-inch skillet. The oil is ready when drips of water make it bubble.
  4. Place the strips of steak in the hot oil and allow to cook for about a minute on each side. Remove the steak strips to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. This may need to be done in batches.
  5. Drain the oil from the pan, and add to it the ginger and garlic. Cook in the remnants of the oil for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add the remaining ingredients: sugar, vinegar, and orange juice.
  6. Heat sauce to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the steak. Toss well to coat. Serve warm over rice and top with green onions.
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Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!
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