Lighter Orange Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh or from concentrate)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh or from concentrate)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar substitute (or regular brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Stir Fry:

  • 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil (like canola or vegetable oil)
  • 1 pound flank steak or sirloin, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water

Optional Garnishes:

  • Orange zest
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions:

  • Prepare your ingredients: Thinly slice the steak. Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets. Mince the garlic.
  • Make the Marinade: Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Add the sliced steak and toss to coat. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes, or up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare the Sauce: In a separate bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until smooth.
  • Blanch the Broccoli: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli and cook for 1-2 minutes until bright green and slightly tender. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Cook the Beef: Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade (reserve marinade) and cook in batches. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until browned. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Transfer cooked beef to a plate.
  • Cook the Aromatics and Sauce: Add garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Slowly pour in the sauce, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).
  • Finish the Stir-fry: Add the cooked beef, broccoli florets, and the reserved marinade to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring until heated through and sauce coats everything evenly. Add the 1/4 cup of water if the sauce seems too thick.
  • Serve: Serve immediately over rice or your favorite base (noodles, cauliflower rice, etc.) Garnish with orange zest, sesame seeds, and green onions if desired.

Tips:

  • Steak Options: Flank steak and sirloin are great choices, but other cuts like skirt steak work too.
  • Spice It Up: Adjust the red pepper flakes in the marinade to your desired spice level.
  • Make-Ahead: Prepare the sauce and marinate the beef in advance. Store in sealed containers in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Enjoy this lighter and healthier take on classic orange beef and broccoli!

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