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Crispy Orange Beef

daisi - February 19, 2012
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After the huge success that was beef with snow peas, I was eager to attempt similar recipes. I came across a recipe for crispy orange beef that sounded promising. This recipe is somewhat time consuming, so leave plenty of time to prepare it. I think you’ll enjoy the citrusy, crispy beef and if you serve it with brown rice it’s a very healthy REAL meal.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup long grain rice (I used brown)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 broccoli florets, lightly steamed or blanched
  • 2 cups oil for frying

First you need to slice the beef as thinly as you can and then lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let the beef dry in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, rice vinegar, orange juice concentrate, salt, soy sauce and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for spice (optional), then set it aside.

Meanwhile, combine the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add more water at the end, if necessary.

Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. While the oil heats, combine the dried beef and cornstarch and stir to coat all of the meat slices. In small batches, fry the strips in the hot oil until crispy and golden brown; set aside.

Once all the meat has been cooked, drain all the oil from the wok except about 1 tablespoon. Add orange zest, ginger and garlic to the remaining oil, and cook briefly until fragrant.

Add the broccoli and the soy sauce mixture to the wok, bring to a boil, and cook until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Stir constantly so the broccoli doesn’t burn.

Add beef, and heat through, stirring to coat with the sauce.

Serve immediately over steamed rice.

 

Crispy Orange Beef
Recipe Type: main dish
Author: Daisi
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4-6
This recipe is somewhat time consuming, so leave plenty of time to prepare it. I think you’ll enjoy the citrusy, crispy beef and if you serve it with brown rice it’s a very healthy REAL meal.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 broccoli florets, lightly steamed or blanched
  • 2 cups oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Slice the beef as thinly as you can and then lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let the beef dry in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, rice vinegar, orange juice concentrate, salt, soy sauce and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for spice (optional), then set it aside.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add more water at the end, if necessary.
  4. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. While the oil heats, combine the dried beef and cornstarch and stir to coat all of the meat slices. In small batches, fry the strips in the hot oil until crispy and golden brown; set aside.
  5. Once all the meat has been cooked, drain all the oil from the wok except about 1 tablespoon. Add orange zest, ginger and garlic to the remaining oil, and cook briefly until fragrant.
  6. Add the broccoli and the soy sauce mixture to the wok, bring to a boil, and cook until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Stir constantly so the broccoli doesn’t burn.
  7. Add beef, and heat through, stirring to coat with the sauce.
  8. Serve immediately over steamed rice.

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