Orange Beef

by Beyond Kimchee on March 21, 2014 · 19 comments

Orange BeefI used to think beef doesn’t go well with fruits. And I think I might be wrong.

Beef is excellent meat choice to pair with fruit and here is one recipe that I can prove: The Orange Beef!

Many of us provably had this sweet and savory dish in our favorite Chinese restaurant somewhere. The thin slices of beef are so crispy and the sticky sauce that coats the meat is just lip smacking good.


orange-beef-CHere I throw my recipe of Orange Beef to ease your burden of tonight’s dinner preparation.

If you have a good quality thin slice beef and a couple of oranges, you are good to go. I assume that you have some soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and corn starch in your pantry. Right?

With only a few ingredients you can whip up this insanely good orange beef in a very short time. So let’s add some orange pizazz on our dinner menu tonight. Shall we?

By the way, this can be a wonderful gluten free dish if you are using the gluten free soy sauce. How sweet~?



tutorial-4First, zest one orange and collect about 1 tablespoonful. After that, juice the orange to collect about 1/4 cup, too.


tutorial-5In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice and the zest, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger puree and the corn starch. Mix well. Set aside.


tutorialSeason your beef slices with salt and pepper very lightly. I used Korean Bulgogi slices.


tutorial-7Mix 1/2 cup of corn starch with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a shallow bowl. Coat the beef slices lightly with the mixture.


tutorial-9Fry them in a little oil until brown. They only take about 30-60 seconds on each side.


tutorial-11Transfer them onto a plate lined with paper towel.


tutorial-6Now, get your sauce and some mince garlic, and a few slices of oranges ready to go.


tutorial-12In a clean skillet, saute garlic for 10 seconds in a 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat.


tutorial-14Pour in sauce and let it bubble. It will thicken. When the sauce get reduced almost in half…


tutorial-15Add the beef and the orange slices. Stir to coat them with the sauce. Remove from the heat and they are ready to embrace a bowl of rice.

The beef in this sticky orange goodness stayed crispy quite long. Even after I finished taking a few beauty shots, they still remained crisp. And I loved biting into the orange slices. They added the extra flavor in my mouth.



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Orange Beef

Orange Beef
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  • ¾ lb beef sirloin, very thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a little oil for frying
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ orange, thinly sliced into bite sized pieces
For the orange sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pureed ginger
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  2. Season the beef slices with salt and pepper lightly.
  3. In a shallow bowl mix corn starch and baking soda. Pour oil just to coat the bottom of the skillet and heat over medium heat. Coat the beef slices with the corn starch mixture lightly and drop in oil in the skillet. Fry the beef for 30-60 seconds or until they are browned. Turn to the other side and fry another 30-60 seconds. Transfer the beef onto a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside.
  4. In a clean skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat and cook garlic for 10 seconds. Pour the reserved orange sauce, let it bubble and reduce in half. Add in the beef slices and the orange slices, toss well to coat with the sauce. Remove the skillet from the heat and serve immediately with rice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: about 4

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John@Kitchen Riffs March 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

What a great dish! And much better than the heavy Orange Beef one often sees at Chinese-American restaurants. Good stuff — thanks.


Holly March 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Thanks John. This is lighter and very tasty recipe.


shakiba March 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

ohhhh it makes me hungry!
thanks ^_^


Allison T March 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I never thought of mixing beef and oranges together but you recipe sounds wonderful!


Holly March 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

It is indeed good together to combine beef and orange. Very nice combination!


Lynna March 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

This looks INSANELY good!! I always love simple dishes like this. It makes me want to cook.


Elaine March 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

I 100% love the sour taste matching with the beef. I love that you add the orange sliced to the beef too.


Holly March 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Elaine. I love the flavor combination in this recipe.


Ann March 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

Thank you. Orange Beef as well as Orange Chicken are my personal favorites. You may have just changed my mind on what I was going to cook for dinner.


Holly March 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Hope you like it, Ann. Thanks!


Julia | March 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Love how thinly sliced the beef slices are! It just allows more sauce to coat each slice – how yummy! I think orange flavors go really well with beef!


Simone March 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

That looks like a killer dish. I have beef in my freezer that is not so thin but I’m prettier I can make it work with this recipe. Looks fantastic,


Catherine March 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

thanks a lot for this recipe! I tried it out the same day i received the post and it was delicious! It worked out just perfect and even my picky daughters asked for more.


Holly March 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

That is so great. I am glad that your daughter liked it. My kids love this orange beef, too.


lisa April 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

hi, this looks amazing and defiantly going to try it asap. I want to cook for friends and was hoping to make a nice Korean meal and just wondered what veg if any you would serve alongside this?


Holly April 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I would try with spinach side dish that are not too bold in flavor. Try this recipe.


Lisa April 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

Thanks I will give that a try! Your blog is great btw! I want to try it all!


Diane May 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Wondered if you had the nutritional info on this? On a diet and I need the counts! Thanks!!


Holly May 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

Hi Diane, unfortunately I don’t have the nutrition info. I will look into set up one sooner or later.


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