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Tangerine Beef

When you're craving a taste of the orient try this Tangerine Beef.  You'll love this "better than takeout" and easy to make recipe!


16 ounces flank steak

1/2 cup corn starch (for dredging beef before frying)

1/3 c vegetable oil for frying beef

For the Marinade

1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium

1/4 cup rice wine

1/4 cup Savory Olive Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoons tangerine zest grated

1 tablespoon Savory Olive Sesame Oil

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 cloves garlic finely diced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

For the Tangerine Beef

1 clove garlic chopped

1 teaspoon chopped ginger

3 tablespoons Savory Olive Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar

3 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon hot water

1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon tangerine juice

2 scallions sliced for garnish tangerine segments for garnish finely chopped cilantro for garnish


Trim any excess fat or membrane from beef

Thinly slice meat across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Place beef in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.

For the Marinade

Combine soy sauce, rice wine, tangerine balsamic, 1/2 of the tangerine zest, sesame oil, cornstarch, garlic and crushed red pepper in a small bowl and whisk to mix.

Pour marinade over beef in bag; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours (or longer)

For the Tangerine Beef

Remove beef from marinade, discarding the marinade.

Dredge the pieces of meat individually in of cornstarch until lightly coated,

Heat oil in a clean wok or saute pan over high heat.

Just before the oil starts to smoke, spread the flank steak pieces evenly in the wok, and let sear for 1 minute.

Flip the steak over and let the other side sear for another 30 seconds, then transfer to a sheet pan, tilting it slightly to let the oil drain. The beef should have a crusty coating.

Drain most of the oil from the pan. leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan.

Heat over medium-high.

Add ginger and garlic to pan stir frying for about 15 seconds.

Add the soy sauce, tangerine balsamic, water and brown sugar. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Let the sauce simmer for 1 minute, then slowly stir in the cornstarch slurry mixture–until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Add the beef and tangerine segments

Toss everything for another 30 seconds until all of the beef is well-coated.

There should be almost no liquid, as the sauce should be clinging to the beef.

If the sauce is too thick, add a little bit of hot water to thin it out.

Serve over Jasmine Rice or your favorite Asian Noodles

Garnish with scallions and cilantro.


**There should be almost no liquid, as the sauce should be clinging to the beef. If you have too much sauce, increase the heat slightly and continue cooking until thickened. If the sauce is too thick, add a little bit of hot water to thin it out.


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