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Orange Beef

Marinating with orange marmalade and frying the beef infuses the beef with orange flavor. Add broccoli florets and a rich sauce flavored with dried orange peels and you have a delicious meal served with rice.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: orange beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Sarah



  • 12 oz. flank steak
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange marmalade
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda (optional tenderizer)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons flour


  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 7 whole dried red chili peppers
  • 5 pieces dried Mandarin orange or tangerine peel
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Slice the beef into 2 to 3-inch pieces, each about a 1/2 inch thick. Place the beef between layers of plastic wrap and whack them with a rolling pin until about ¼ inch thick. Combine 2 teaspoons oil, five spice powder, orange marmalade, salt, baking soda and cornstarch and marinate the beef in the mixture. Next, dredge the beef in the flour.
  • Blanch the broccoli for about 20 seconds and rinse in cold water. Drain and set aside. Mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and set that aside as well. In another bowl, stir together beef stock, wine, light and dark soy, salt, sugar, and white pepper.
  • Next, heat the wok over high heat until smoking slightly. Add a tablespoon of oil to coat the wok and sear the slices of beef for a minute on each side. Remove the beef from the wok. Reheat the wok over medium heat and add another tablespoon of oil, dried hot chili peppers, orange peels and the star anise. Allow the aromatics to infuse the oil for a minute and add your minced garlic and bell peppers. Quickly, pour in the stock mixture and allow it to come to a boil. Slowly add your cornstarch slurry until the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon.
  • Add the orange zest, beef and the blanched broccoli florets and toss well until everything is coated. Add more stock if the mixture is too thick and add more cornstarch slurry of the sauce is too thin. Plate and serve over rice!


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1074mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1240IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg