January 18, 2018
More elevated than your traditional take-out, and much easier to prepare than it may first appear, this Crispy Orange Beef will make the most novice chef feel like a stir-fry master! Lock in the bold flavors of juicy, high-quality beef by quickly deep frying the steak. The steak is then coated with a fresh orange sauce that turns into a complex glaze as it warms. The result is a delightfully bright, slightly spicy, crispy-beef-oasis.
Ingredients:1 lb flank steak, sliced crosswise into thin strips2 tablespoons soy sauce1 clove garlic, minced1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper3 tablespoons cornstarch1 cup canola oil, for frying1 tablespoon sesame oil2 oranges, zested into 2” strips, reserve the juice for the sauce1 clove garlic, minced1 teaspoon ginger, minced1 jalapeño, seeded and minced3 scallions, thinly sliced2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted for garnishing
Orange Sauce Ingredients:1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice2 tablespoons soy sauce1 tablespoon rice wine1 tablespoon rice vinegar1 teaspoon brown sugar1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce2 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions:1. In a large bowl, mix together the beef with the soy sauce and garlic. Sprinkle with cornstarch, and spread the beef into a single layer on a parchment-lined on a sheet pan and freeze for 30 minutes. (This process helps to dry out the surface, resulting in crispier beef pieces when fried.)
2. Meanwhile prepare the orange zest and juice the orange. Mince the garlic, ginger, and jalapeño. Combine in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
4. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or deep Dutch oven until it reaches 375 degrees F. Working in several batches, deep fry the beef for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece once until cooked. Transfer the cooked beef to a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess oil. Once all the beef has been fried, carefully remove any excess oil from the wok.
5. Heat the sesame oil in the wok, and quickly stir-fry the orange zest, garlic, ginger and jalapeño for a 1-2 minutes until nicely aromatic.
6. Add the orange sauce to the wok, stir, and heat until thickened. Add the fried beef back into the wok, and stir to combine.
7. Enjoy the crispy orange beef over rice with a generous garnish of scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with stir-fried broccoli for a complete meal.
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