Orange Beef Stir Fry

After scouring through my beloved Recipe Binders getting them all spiffed up and in order, I came across a few recipe gems I’ve had hanging around the to-try list forever and decided to pull the handwritten recipes out of oblivion and finally make them. Sadly, not all of the recipes-in-waiting made the cut (think: overnight oatmeal gone very, very bad).

But this fresh and flavorful Orange Beef Stir Fry certainly impressed. The thing I love about stir fry is that it most usually is very, very quick to prepare. All you need is a piping hot skillet and the ingredients and you are good to go. Ok, you might want a whisk and a spoon and a few other things, but you get my drift. Stir fry is where it’s at when you need a quick, simple, delicious and healthful weeknight meal. It’s a great way to throw in a plethora of vegetables and in this case, the velvety, orange sauce coating the tender beef and crisp veggies is the perfect combination.

Mmmm, yes, this is definitely going into the rotation. You know…when we are finally not living in a hotel and I have a working kitchen (although I do have to say that armed with my panini press and slow cookers, I’m planning some lean, mean fighting machine meals for the hotel stay while we get settled in our new town – sure beats the Subway and Dairy Queen as dinner options).

Orange Beef Stir Fry

What To ServeBaked Brown Rice
Vietnamese Spring Rolls or Baked Southwest Egg Rolls
Fresh, seasonal fruit

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Orange Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

Yield: Serves 4

Orange Beef and Veggie Stir Fry


  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules (or 1 cube beef bouillon crushed)
  • 12 ounces skirt steak or flank steak
  • 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1-2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the fresh orange zest, orange juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, sugar and beef bouillon. Set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the beef across the grain. Lightly salt and pepper the beef slices. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until rippling and hot. Add the beef in a single layer. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until just cooked through, flipping and stirring occasionally. Remove the beef to a plate or bowl.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan. Add the green onions and garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Add the chopped broccoli carrots and red pepper. Stir to combine. Add the water, cover the skillet, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 2-4 minutes. Stir in the cooked beef.
  4. Whisk the sauce to recombine and stir it into the skillet. Toss the meat and vegetables to coat in the sauce and cook the mixture at a simmer until hot and the sauce has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Serve over hot, cooked rice.

Recipe Source: adapted from a recipe I’ve had handwritten in my Recipe Binder for years

27 Responses to Orange Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

  1. diane says:

    Just wondering if you have a cookbook and if so how I can get one. Thanks

  2. Kristin says:

    I usually love everything I make from this site, but this was just so so. I wouldn’t make it again.

  3. vanessa says:

    This was a hit at our house! I didn’t have bouillon so i just added a pinch of paprika, garlic, and onion powder. Used broth instead of water. I pureed it for the baby and even my preschooler ate one red pepper ( gasp! ).
    I am trying your alfredo recipe ( adding chicken and broccoli ), too, this week. I just found your site and I am so excited about zip list! I am looking forward to digging into your menu planning tools and ideas and, of course, more recipes!

  4. Leigh Sabey says:

    Just tried this tonight — I had a bunch of oranges to use up, some pork chops in the fridge, and some random veggies. It was delicious!!! I doubled the sauce because we like it saucy :). I’m a new blog follower and will be back often!

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  7. Peggy says:

    This looks like a great weeknight meal! I love stir-frys as refrigerator cleaner meals =)

  8. Deb in Dayton says:

    Just tried this recipe tonight and my family loved it! The orange sauce was delicious. I doubled it and probably could have tripled it! Will make again.

  9. Joan says:

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! My husband (and I) loved it. The orange is really fresh and refreshing … So different from my usual stir fry. Also, welcome to the beautiful state of MN. I’m a WI transplant (Green Bay) myself and live in the Twin Cities now. You will love the North Shore of MN … in due time. It’s a hiker’s and nature lover’s dream!

  10. Debra says:

    Saved it, YUM!

  11. Sheryl Bohn says:

    Hi Mel, I am submitting my name for one of the cook books. I will honestly have to say is that my very favorite cookbook(s) is my own family cook book. We have written three books, and all my sisters and I love to use mostly our own reciepes. My favorite web site is of course yours! I have to check it every day and I have used a LOT of your receipes. The name of our cookbook is, White Family Favorites and has three volumes.
    Even though my family has grown up now, I still love to cook and try new recipes.
    Best Wishes, Sheryl Bohn

  12. Mel says:

    Megan – I’d recommend either freshly squeezed or a good quality prepackaged OJ, like Simply Orange. You really want that unadulterated orange flavor to come through.

  13. Stacey says:

    “Fix It, Freeze It, FEAST!” is my current favorite! LOVE having meals ready to go in the freezer!

  14. Megan says:

    By orange juice, do you mean fresh juice straight from the orange or the bottled kind?

  15. This is interesting, since I never use orange with chicken. It sounds fantastic! Maybe I will pin it in my recipes-to-try board that I learned from you…jaja
    On another note, it´s impressive how you manage to stay updated with your cooking and posting when you´re not even settled and have a baby at home! Have a great weekend Mel!

  16. Mel says:

    Valerie – I was referring to another oatmeal recipe I tried. The recipe I have on my site for slow cooker overnight oatmeal is great. I won’t be sharing the flopped one!

  17. Valerie says:

    I’m a little confused, I came here to get the slow cooker overnight oatmeal recipe and saw this one (does this comment before the recipe mean the oatmeal recipe was a flop or something that wasn’t oatmeal came out poorly like bad oatmeal? sorry, I’m a little slow…hence my confusion. 🙂

  18. Rachel says:

    You really are Wonder Woman. Living in a hotel with 5 little kids would make even the best moms insane, and there you are with a slow cooker making us all look bad. I hope your hubby knows how lucky he is to have you!

  19. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    I love homemade stir fry!!! And can I say how impressed I am that you are even thinking of preparing meals in a hotel…your kiddos are so lucky for a Cooking Mom!

  20. Shannon says:

    I love stir fry in all varieties and beef is not something we eat very often. We’ll have to try this. Way to go for cooking in a hotel while you are in between homes. You inspire us all!

  21. I love beef stir fry!! Most recipes use chicken, so I’m glad you posted this! 🙂

  22. Erin says:

    Cooking in a hotel room? You are a way better mom than me!! Good luck with everything!

  23. Liz K. says:

    Mel, if there is anyone that can pull off cooking in a hotel and maintaining a A+ cooking blog it is you. I already think you are super woman, but if (when) you are able to pull that off…well, I think that makes you extra super woman to me. Good luck with the move!

  24. Stacy P says:

    This sounds great, but I’m more impressed with your slow cooker and panini press cooking bravery in the hotel. Well done! And if you have an electric water pot, you can hard boil eggs in that AND do hot water for oatmeal. Just sayin’.

  25. Kim in MD says:

    This looks so healthy and delicious, Mel! My family loves orange chicken, so I know we will really love this! Oh, I hope you get settled into your new home soon. Cooking in a hotel room doesn’t sound like much fun!

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