This orange beef is a flavor-packed meal that’s a healthier version of a classic. It’s paleo, whole30, and easy to make AIP.

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What is Orange Beef?

Orange beef is a delicious recipe that’s somewhat of a Chinese takeout classic. It’s traditionally made with steak, soy sauce, orange juice, sugar, garlic, and ginger for a sweet and savory beef dish.

It’s not as popular as orange chicken, but it should be! I was recently reminded of this meal when at a Chinese restaurant with my husband in Colorado and immediately thought that I had to recreate it to be paleo. This recipe is gluten and soy-free and can easily be made whole30 as well! It tastes great topped with green onion and paired with cauliflower rice.

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How to Make Orange Beef

  • Slice the flank steak into thin slices and coat with arrowroot starch.
  • Heat avocado oil in a pan and cook the flank steak for 2-3 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  • Add garlic and ginger to the pan and saute until fragrant.
  • Add coconut aminos, orange juice, coconut sugar, and orange zest to the pan and stir well to combine. Allow thickening over 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the steak back to the pan and stir to coat in the sauce for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve topped with green onion.

The Ingredient’s for Orange Beef

Flank steak

I find flank steak to be the best cut of beef to use in dishes like this. Sirloin steak would be another good option.

Arrowroot starch

Arrowroot is a swap for corn starch and helps to make the beef a bit crispy and thicken the sauce. I wouldn’t recommend swapping for tapioca starch.

Garlic & ginger

Fresh garlic and ginger add a bit of spice to this dish to up the savory factor.

Orange juice

I love using fresh orange juice along with the orange zest to freshen up the dish.

Coconut sugar

This adds an extra layer of sweetness, but you can easily omit it if you’re on a whole30.

 

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Orange Beef (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x

Description

This orange beef is a flavor-packed meal that’s a healthier version of a classic. It’s paleo, whole30, and easy to make AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated and minced
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (omit for whole30)
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp green onion, sliced

Instructions

  1. Season the flank steak well with salt and pepper and slice thin slices against the grain.
  2. Add to a bowl and thoroughly coat with arrowroot starch.
  3. Heat avocado oil in a pan and cook the flank steak for 2-3 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  4. Add garlic and ginger to the pan and saute until fragrant.
  5. Add coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, coconut sugar, and orange zest to the pan and stir well to combine. Allow thickening over 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the steak back to the pan and stir to coat in the sauce for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve topped with sliced green onion and additional orange zest.


Notes

All nutrition facts are estimations and will vary.

  • Category: main dishes
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 349
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 34.1g

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