Sunday Dinner: A Chinese adventure with stir-fried orange beef

Jan 22, 2012 at 12:17 p.m. ET

Stir-fried orange beef is a delicious (and easy) meal to get together to enjoy with the family. It’s especially nice because you can add whatever vegetables you'd like to the mix, keeping it tasty, colorful and healthy. Did we mention quick?

Beef stir fry

Ready to add another stamp to your passport for Sunday dinner?

China makes a great destination, especially since Jan. 23 marks the Chinese New Year! If you're interested in celebrating the holiday just a day early, consider adding a few other Chinese recipes to your meal, like these festive SheKnows dishes:

Don't forget to stamp each family member's passport for your journey to China! For more fun (and some learning, too), have each family member come to dinner with a few facts about the Chinese culture or country. Here are a few to get you started:

  • It's often noted that ice cream was invented in China as early as 2,000 BC.
  • The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the moon, called a lunar schedule. A complete cycle of the Chinese calendar takes 60 years.
  • Red is considered a lucky color in China.
  • The tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest, sits on the border between China and Nepal.

Stir-fried orange beef recipe

Serves 5


  • 1 pound beef boneless sirloin steak
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups fresh vegetable pieces of your choice (use zucchini, broccoli, bell pepper, carrots and onion)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Cut the steak in bite-sized pieces. Heat a skillet or wok on medium-high heat.
  2. Add three tablespoons of oil and coat pan. Add the beef, ginger and garlic powder and stir to brown, for about three minutes.
  3. Add two tablespoons of oil to the skillet and add the vegetables. Cook and stir for about one minute.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and soy sauce, and then add it to the pan. Stir until the mixture thickens (about one minute).
  5. Serve over hot rice.

Enjoy your "travels" as you sit down to enjoy your Sunday dinner! No maps required!

More Sunday dinner recipes to try

Sweet and spicy chili-glazed pork with sweet potatoes
Baked shells with winter squash
Shrimp po' boy sandwiches