Spicy Orange Beef Stir-Fry
I first came across a similar dish to this Spicy Orange Beef Stir-Fry when we were on holiday in Las Vegas. We went to a local food hall for lunch and the choices were either this food vendor called Panda Express, KFC or pizza. Even though I rarely opt for Chinese fast-food when I eat out. I decided to go with Panda Express as their chicken balls with orange sauce was quite tempting. Plus Orange chicken is never on the menu at any Chinese restaurant in the UK. You will definitely find Lemon chicken on the menu but not Orange chicken.
Oh no! I feel sorry for any American coming to the UK expecting this on the menu. Uh em…You won’t find it here. Why? I’m shaking my head too! I can’t understand why either as Orange chicken taste way better than Lemon chicken. Who would of thought that Orange would go so well with chilli. Not me!
So guys, if you ever go to America on holiday – look up Panda Express!
I decided to apply this orange chilli flavour to beef instead of chicken. As some regions in China eat a dish called Orange beef. My recipe is totally different as it’s not as complicated and plus I used orange juice instead of dried orange peel.
If you are someone like me and you love rummaging through Chinese cookbooks. You would have noticed that most of the time they always suggest that you use sirloin steak for a beef dish. Do they know how much sirloin steak cost in the Uk? I went to Sainsbury’s today and I had a peep at the price as I never buy sirloin and it cost a mega £17.78 per kg.
I decided to use topside beef joint to make this dish; in order to keep the cost low as I’m on a budget right now. Ok, I know, it doesn’t taste as good as sirloin but it doesn’t break your bank balance. It didn’t taste too bad as I added cornflour and marinated it for an hour. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
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- 300g beef (topside)
- 3tsp of cornflour
- 2tsp of cold water
- 2 red chillies
- 2 spring onions (white part only)
- 2 garlic (minced)
- 1.5 cm ginger (minced)
- 1 cup of orange
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1.5 tbsp of soy sauce
- zest of half orange
- Slice the beef in to bite size pieces and put it in a bowl
- Add ½ tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of cornflour to the bowl of beef and marinade for at least one hour in the fridge.
- Put the heat on medium and add the oil and wait for it to heat up
- Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and fry for around 1 min
- Add the beef and stir-fry until brown on both sides
- Whilst waiting for the beef to brown. Add the 2tsp of cornflour to a small dish and add 2 tsp of water. Mix it until it forms a white paste.
- Once the beef is brown then pour in the orange juice
- Add the honey
- Add the remaining soy sauce
- Add the cornflour paste. Wait until the liquid thickens
- Add the spring onion and zest of Orange.
Steps with photos
Prepare the ingredients. Slice the beef into bite-size pieces
Put the heat on medium. Add the oil and wait for it to heat up before adding the ginger, garlic and chillies. Stir for about a 1 minute then add the beef.
Whilst waiting for the beef to brown. Add 2tsp of cornflour and 2tsp of cold water to a dish and mix until you get a white paste. Set it aside.
Add the orange juice once the beef has browned on both sides
Add the honey and then add the remaining soy sauce and give it a stir and leave it to cook for 2mins
Add the corn flour and stir then wait for the sauce to thicken. Add the spring onions
Add the orange zest, stir and let it cook for 1 min. Serve immediately with rice or noodles.
Please note: I used a Kikkoman gluten free soya sauce to make this dish. Obviously, if you are not following a gluten free or wheat free diet then you can use whatever soya sauce brand that takes your fancy. But the only gluten free one I can find is made by Kikkoman. The only problem I have with using this brand is that the dish has a subtle hint of Japanese flavour. As Kikkoman is a Japanese brand. Amazon is currently selling Kikkoman Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce 250 ml (Pack of 6) If you don’t require so many bottles then you can buy individual bottles either at Waitrose or Tesco.