Crispy Orange Beef

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 pounds flank steak, cut in 1-inch strips

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup cornstarch

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 package thin rice noodles

Frisee lettuce, to serve

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 cup orange marmalade

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

10 small dried Thai chiles

2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Season flank steak strips with salt and pepper, then toss with cornstarch. Shake off excess.
  2. Fill a large frying pan with enough oil to cover the bottom by 1/4 to 1/2-inch. Heat the oil to 365 degrees F. First add noodles to oil and let cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Take out noodles and then, working in batches, fry the steak. Do not crowd pan. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  3. For the sauce: Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat and cook the garlic until fragrant; do not let the garlic brown. Add orange marmalade, 1/2 cup beef broth, soy sauce, and chiles. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into remaining 1/2 cup beef broth. Stir cornstarch mixture into simmering sauce. Return to a simmer for 3 to 4 minutes until sauce thickens.
  4. Make a bed of the frisee lettuce on a platter. Put the crispy noodles on top and then the beef. Pour sauce over beef and serve.
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