Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli

Good news! …well, if you love Asian food. My wonderful roommate and her boyfriend got me a wok for my birthday! A wok is an Asian stir-fry dish and I’ve wanted one for awhile considering how much I love making homemade Asian food. That being said, get ready for lots of Asian dishes! …my apologies if you’re not a fan of Asian food, I’ll be sure to include some other types of cuisine too!

After a week of good eating at home (read: Giordano’s pizza and my Mom’s amazing soup that I really should make for y’all at some point), I told myself I needed to start eating a bit healthier to offset all the delicious points, I mean calories, I was consuming. However, when Parker heard I got a wok for my birthday he made the executive decision to try it out that very night. We eventually decided on this dish from the Food Network’s website, and it was a pretty successful first attempt!

Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli: Serves 4 – and it only takes about 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white rice
  • 1 1/4 pounds beef chuck steak
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stems sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

Instructions:

  • Cook the white rice according to package directions.
  • Thinly slice the chuck steak, about 1/4-inch thick, across the grain. Cut the slices into 3-inch long strips.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Toss the beef in the cornstarch and shake off excess. *Note: Ours wasn’t super crispy because we shook off too much of the cornstarch, so make sure it’s still well coated!
  • Fry the beef in 2 batches in the hot oil, turning once, until crispy and golden, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the beef from the pan and set aside on paper towel lined plate. Carefully drain the oil from the wok or skillet.
  • In a medium bowl add the marmalade, garlic, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice and whisk until well combined.
  • Add to the wok, over high heat, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the broccoli. Cook the broccoli until slightly tender and the sauce is thick, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the beef, then transfer to a serving platter.
  • Serve immediately with the white rice. 

Another successful date night? I vote yes. If you’re interested in trying out some of these recipes with a wok, here’s the wok my friends bought me! It’s fun – I promise! Til next time, happy eating everybody!

2 thoughts on “Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli

    • It’s wonderful! I don’t know how you survive without a good Chinese food place nearby… I’ve started cooking more Chinese food myself but when studying for exams at 2am Betty’s Best Chinese food always is here to save the day!

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