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Orange Sesame Beef is a delicious stir-fry recipe filled with exotic and wonderful flavors to tantalize your taste buds! Lots of beef, carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, sugar snap peas, and garlic are revved up by a superb orange marmalade sauce and freshly grated ginger. Serve over steamed brown rice and you have a wonderful, healthy, low calorie, gluten free dish that doesn’t need to be supplemented by any other food.
I had a bunch of beef stir-fry meat in my freezer that I was trying to use up so I got on Pinterest and started searching through stir-fry recipes to see what I could come up with that sounded good. I found this wonderful recipe and I was so glad I gave it a try! In fact, if you like Asian or Sri Lankan-style food you will love digging through the archives on this website. There is SO much too choose from.
My husband and I both loved the taste of the sauce. It’s composed of orange marmalade, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and beef broth. I wasn’t planning on purchasing oyster sauce originally since I rarely use that ingredient, but it wasn’t excessively expensive at the store so I figured I’d give it a shot. Once I opened up the bottle to smell it, I recognized immediately that it is used in LOTS of Chinese food that I eat regularly at Chinese buffets, so I was no longer alarmed at this strange ingredient–even though I don’t care for oysters.
I changed the ingredients up a little bit by substituting rice wine vinegar for rice wine, adding sugar snap peas and mandarin orange segments, and green onions for garnish. We really enjoyed the way this recipe turned out, but let me give you a few suggestions if you’re not used to making stir fries very often. First, cook the beef ALL the way through, not just until it’s browned so it won’t be tough when you eat it. It needs to be fork-tender.
Second, pre-cook, parboil, or microwave the carrots until they are almost done before adding them to this recipe. Otherwise, carrots cook so slowly they will be hard and all the other veggies overcooked. Third, don’t cook or stir the mandarin orange segments into the stir fry. They will fall apart if you do that. Instead, use them as garnish. The heat from the stir-fry will warm them up when you are ready to serve anyway. Fourth, when you remove the beef to paper towels, the sesame seeds will begin popping. Be careful you don’t get burned when you try to remove them from the skillet/wok and begin cooking the veggies.
If you’re looking for an incredibly tasty beef stir-fry dish, then consider trying out Orange Sesame Beef sometime soon. Whether you use my additions or go back to the original recipe, you will find this beef entree extraordinary. If you enjoy Asian foods at all, this one is worth a try. I liked the sauce so much I’m going to use it with other stir fries in the future!
Orange Sesame Beef is a wonderful and tasty stir-fry dish.
The beef is augmented by an orange marmalade sauce and mandarin orange segments to infuse a wonderful orangey flavor.
We found the orange marmalade sauce to be extraordinary!
Orange Sesame Beef is a delicious way to get your fruits and veggies!
Here’s what I did.
The recipe calls for an inch of freshly grated ginger. So I cut off an inch, peeled off the skin, and then grated it with a grater.
In a large heavy-duty cast-iron skillet or wok, add oil and heat to medium to medium-high heat. Add strips of beef and begin browning.
Salt and pepper the beef to your desire.
Add sesame seeds and continue cooking.
Allow the meat to brown but also cook until it’s fork tender. I did this by covering with a lid.
Remove beef and sesame seeds to paper towels to drain.
Clean out the skillet or wok a little (carefully with paper towels so you don’t bet burned), and add garlic and ginger and saute. This won’t take long. I think mine only took about a minute.
Add broccoli cut up in small florets.
Add crinkle cut carrots — be sure to pre-cook the carrots half way either in the microwave or parboil them about 5 minutes so they are almost done before adding to the other veggies. Otherwise, the carrots take FOREVER to cook and all the other veggies will be done or overdone.
Add sugar snap peas.
Stir all the veggies to combine and continue cooking.
The other veggies should be almost done before you add the drained water chestnuts. You can add here or after the sauce is done.
Add the beef and sesame seeds back into the skillet.
Mix up all the Orange Marmalade Sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water. Add the sauce to the ingredients.
Cook all the ingredients with the sauce about five minutes so the sauce infuses all the meat and veggies with orange flavor. Make sure your veggies are fork-tender. If they aren’t cooked enough, continue cooking before adding the cornstarch mixture.
Now add the combined cornstarch and water to the beef mixture to thicken the sauce. Stir to combine.
Here the sauce has thickened.
Add mandarin orange segments just before serving. It’s actually better to pour out all of the Orange Sesame Beef into your serving bowl and THEN add the can of mandarin orange segments. Sprinkle them around on top of the stir fry ingredients. The mandarin orange segments are so fragile it’s better not to combine and stir them into the stir fry. They will absorb the heat from the stir fry and will be better served this way.
To serve: ladle out steamed, cooked rice on plates, place Orange Sesame Beef on top. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and garnish with sliced green onions, as desired.
Here I’ve garnished the Orange Sesame Beef with the mandarin orange segments, sesame seeds, and sliced green onions.
Here’s the recipe.
ORANGE SESAME BEEF
(Recipe adapted from Kitchen Simmer)
- 1 1/2 lbs. beef cut into strips
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 3 large cloves grated garlic
- 1 inch grated fresh ginger
- 1 ½ cups crinkle-cut carrots
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 1lb. broccoli cut into small florets
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 4-5 tbsp. canola oil, divided use
- steamed cooked rice
- 14-oz. can mandarin orange segments, drained, for garnish
- sesame seeds and sliced green onions, for garnish
- Heat a few tablespoon of canola oil in a wok or very large skillet.
- Add the beef and sauté.
- Season generously with salt, black pepper and add the sesame seeds.
- Cook until beef is fork tender.
- Add water if necessary, because you want the beef to cook to doneness.
- While beef is cooking, parboil carrots in a pot of water about 3-5 minutes until partially cooked through. (Or microwave on high about 5 minutes).
- Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, orange marmalade and beef broth, and set aside.
- Combine cornstarch and water and set aside.
- Remove beef and sesame residue from the skillet.
- Heat a few more tablespoons of canola oil in the skillet.
- Add the garlic and ginger and sauté about a minute.
- Then add parboiled carrots, fresh broccoli, and fresh sugar snap peas and sauté a few minutes until almost desired doneness.
- Transfer beef and sesame seeds back into the skillet.
- Add the Orange Sesame Sauce ingredients.
- Sauté and cook for about 5 minutes so all the meat and veggies are well-coated with the Orange Sesame Sauce.
- Add the water chestnuts, and stir to combine.
- Stir in the cornstarch mixture.
- Allow sauce to thicken and veggies to cook until crisp-tender then remove from heat.
- Serve Orange Sesame Beef over rice.
- Garnish with more sesame seeds, sliced green onions and mandarin orange segments.
- 3-4 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 3 heaping tbsp. orange marmalade
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 heaping tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. water
- Mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, orange marmalade and beef broth, and set aside.
- Add with stir fry after vegetables and meet are sauteed.
Doesn’t Orange Sesame Beef look marvelous?
This tasty stir fry is healthy, low calorie, and gluten free.
Serving Orange Sesame Beef with rice is a complete meal with all your proteins, grains, veggies, and fruit included. This is a sweet, savory, and satisfying main dish your whole family will enjoy–even kids. Come try a bite!
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