Spicy Orange Zest Beef

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Directions

  • Step 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.

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  • Step 2

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

  • Step 3

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

  • Step 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.

  • Step 5

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

  • Step 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.

  • Step 7

    Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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