Quick and Easy Chinese Orange Beef Stir Fry is on the table in 25 minutes!
Paul and I both work from home. This has its perks…and its downside. But it’s been like this for so long, I barely remember a time when it wasn’t. One of the nice things is, we take a brisk walk together every morning once the kids are at school.
It’s 25 minutes of me complaining of how unproductive I’m being. And 25 minutes of him telling me to shut up and just enjoy it. HA.
No, really. We talk about upcoming movies we want to see (most of which don’t warrant theatre prices), how screwed up our government is and how much we hate politicians (which includes ALL of them), the latest standings in the MLB playoffs (my A’s are going strong!!), remodeling the house (most of which is completely unrealistic), and the funny things our kids say (because, come on, we’re parents.) Paul also shares with me useless information he found on the internet, and I bore him with recipes I want to try. We cover a lot in 25 minutes!
Last week, I told him about this orange beef I was serving for dinner, listing all the ingredients. He said, “Ah, all your favorites.”
Quick and Easy Chinese Orange Beef Stir-Fry
- zest from a small orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low-sodium or gluten free)
- 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 pound fresh green beans , ends cut, trimmed into 2-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 pounds sirloin , sliced thinly with the grain and then into 2-inch wide pieces
- 2 scallions , chopped
- cooked white rice , for serving
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, ginger, and cornstarch.
- In a large nonstick sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the green beans and stir for about 4-5 minutes until crisp-tender. With a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl. Pat the sirloin dry with paper towels; add to the pan, spreading the pieces out; let cook, without stirring, for 1 minute. Toss and transfer to the bowl with the green beans.
- Give the orange juice mixture a swirl and add it to the pan; cook scraping up any brown bits, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add sirloin and green beans back into the pan, along with any accumulated juices, and the scallions; toss to coat.
- Serve over rice.
Other Stir-Fry recipes you might enjoy!
Hoisin Pork and Cashew Stir-Fry – Belly Full
Turkey Sausage and Cauliflower Stir-Fry – Belly Full
Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Green Beans and Kale – Cookin’ Canuck
Low Carb Chicken Stir Fry Sheet Pan Meal – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Reader Questions and Reviews
That looks so good, and thanks for the shout-out for my Chicken Stir-Fry Sheet Pan Meal!
I FINALLY made this tonight. OMG…SO yummy! Definitely a keeper and a repeater. :-)
Yay! I’m so happy you made it. Better late than never. I knew you’d love it!
This sounds and looks delish! I love trying Asian recipes at home since it’s one of my favorite things to eat out and making it at home is (obviously) cheaper. This is definitely on my recipe radar!
P.S. I’m jealous of your morning walks! :)
Ok. What is chili garlic sauce? I found two types at our grocery. One was sweet sounding and the other was hot (which isn’t going to happen in this house). I didn’t get either one, because I wasn’t sure if it was right or not. Making this tomorrow night, though. :)
2 huh? Hm. I always get the same kind – Lee Kum Kee brand in the Asian section of my market. It’s spicy. You won’t do spicy at all? It’s a small amount, but balances out the sweetness of the brown sugar and orange nicely.
How convenient for us. We happened to be eating at one of our favorite restaurants that is next to the Asian grocery, so we went next door and picked up a bottle. I’ll just know to be careful–we can do spicy, but have to be cautious with the hubby’s tummy (I’m sure you read about Stephie’s in her “Rethinking Skinny post–he has a few of the same issues, just not as bad). Looking forward to dinner tomorrow night! Yum!
Yum! We both enjoyed it very much! Thank you for the recipe. :) Seasoning was just right.
Awesome! I’m so happy you liked it :D
Hey, at least you’re predictable! ;-)
This looks so quick and easy and, c’mon, who doesn’t like orange beef? GET IT.
I didn’t realize both of you worked from home! I’m not sure the.boy and I could handle that…but I suppose our 20 mile runs are like your 25 minute walks? just…all at one time. :P
Yummy! I love orange sauce on anything, looks delicious :)
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These are all of my favorites, too. :) LOVE every bite!
I don’t know if I’d want to work at home with my husband! I like a break every now and then :)
Drooling…this is on my list for sometime in the next two weeks.
This will add another variation to the many beef stir fry dishes I make. All I need is some oranges and I’ll be ready to go.
Aw, that’s so sweet that you get to take a walk together in the morning :) I wish I could work from home. Anyway, this meal looks really great…i hate ordering chinese food cuz it’s always so greasy, so I love that now I can reproduce my husband’s fave meal at home!
YES. We stopped ordering Chinese take-out because afterward my stomach was always upset. None of that here!
You know hubby’s opinion of anything you make :) About those A’s….my beloved Pirates got their butts whopped last night :( Living in the DC area. I’m sure you can sense my frustrations, since most of our friends are employed by the Federal Govt. :( Thanks for sharing Amy!!!
Oh for sure! It’s so aggravating, but that’s a different story. The A’s series is tied 2/2, so tonight’s game will decided whether they move on *fingers crossed*
Yeah. Totally happening.
When I made it, I thought “Melissa is totally going to make this. And probably add red bell pepper.” LOL.
I cannot wait to make this!
This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try this!