Spicy Orange Zest Beef


This spicy orange zest beef recipe is not supposed to be Chinese food, or even Americanized Chinese take-out food. It is a lower-fat alternative while still a quick, easy, and surprisingly flavorful meal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch strips

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or to taste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced - white parts and tops separated

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine beef, orange juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, hot chili paste, brown sugar, and garlic in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

  2. Strain beef in a colander set over a large bowl, allowing beef to drain thoroughly, about 5 minutes. Reserve marinade.

  3. Stir water and cornstarch into the bowl of marinade. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved, set aside.

  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray and place over high heat. Cook beef for 1 minute without stirring; cook and stir for an additional minute.

  5. Stir in light parts of green onion and orange zest; cook for 30 seconds.

  6. Stir in marinade and green onion tops; cook and stir until beef is no longer pink inside and sauce is reduced and thick, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
14g Fat
17g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 888mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 23mg 115%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 467mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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