Spicy Orange Beef

As a new mom, I’m perfecting the art of speed-shopping. Whether the squirt is with me or I’m alone, I find myself with a ten minute window to dash into the supermarket, gather all the items, and get checked out at the register. Most often this occurs on my way home from work, and I have to hurry in order to relieve my husband of baby-duty before he leaves for work. It was on one such mad dash that I accidentally picked up blood oranges instead of navel. The result became a stunning garnish to this spicy orange beef.

This is a great weeknight meal. Once the ingredients are prepped, it comes together very quickly. It is very similar to the orange chicken recipe, minus the deep frying. I was afraid that the orange marmalade would make the sauce too cloying, but the other ingredients toned down the sweetness.

Spicy Orange Beef
Adapted from allrecipes.com

4 Tbs vegetable oil
1 lb round or sirloin beef, thinly sliced (I used cubed beef, which worked fine)
Peel of 1 orange, cut into slivers
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 c beef broth
¼ c soy sauce
¼ c sherry
½ c orange marmalade
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 oranges, peeled and sectioned (use peel from one orange for above amount)
3 scallions, light green and green parts sliced

In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 Tbs of oil over medium-high heat. Add beef strips, and stir fry until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove beef from pan and drain on paper towels.

Heat remaining oil in the pan. Add in orange peel, garlic, and ginger. Stir fry for 1 minute.

In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch, broth, soy sauce, sherry, marmalade, and red pepper flakes. Pour into the pan. Stir constantly until sauce has thickened. Add beef back to the pan and stir to coat. Remove from heat, garnish with oranges and scallions, and serve.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I never tried orange beef but it really sounds good and I feel hungry now!


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  2. Thanks very much for posting this! I made it tonight and my family LOVED it! I served it with brown rice and steamed green beans. Cheers!

  3. An orange beef sounds really good!

  4. This was delicious. I loved it the first night! Hubby recovered from a 24 hr bug and all the leftovers promptly vanished into thin air on the second night. The sauce is almost identical to the stuff we buy to-go. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, into the recipe file it goes!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Silly question, but what kind of Sherry did use? I don’t cook with it ever, but this recipe sounds soooo delicious! I can’t wait to try it!!

  6. Shanna,

    I used ordinary cooking sherry. Hope you like the recipe!

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