I have always been a huge fan of Asian-style dishes, with beef and broccoli being a particular favorite. There are Asian restaurants that can accommodate the GF diet, most notably P.F. Chang’s, but the closest one is about half an hour away from me so I usually end up getting my Asian fix at home now.
This crispy orange beef & broccoli dish has been in my regular dinner rotation for awhile now. It’s fairly simple to put together, and always really satisfying. There are two things that I think make it really special – the fresh orange juice/zest and the extra step of coating the beef in cornstarch before frying for extra crispiness. I highly recommend you give this one a try!
Crispy Orange Beef & Broccoli
(modified from Allrecipes)
- 1 lb flank steak
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- Zest and juice of 1 large orange (approx 1/3 cup orange juice)
- 1 tbsp Asian sweet chili sauce
- 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce (I use San-J brand)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp garlic, grated or pushed through a garlic press
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
- Cooked white or brown rice, for serving
Slice flank steak very thinly and lay slices out on a plate lined with paper towels. Top with more paper towels and return to fridge to dry, 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, rice vinegar, orange juice, sweet chili sauce and soy sauce.
Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the dried beef strips in cornstarch to coat.
Fry strips in the hot oil until crispy and browned (you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet). Remove strips to a plate lined in paper towels and drain all but about 1 tbsp oil from the pan.
Add the orange zest, ginger and garlic to the oil, then immediately follow with the sauce. Bring it to a boil, stirring frequently, and cook until thick and syrupy – about 5 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, steam the broccoli in the microwave.
When the sauce is ready, toss the beef and broccoli into the skillet and stir until coated. Serve over the rice.
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