Spicy Orange-Beef Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles

In the food-blogging world, we tend to show off our best work – great pictures of dishes that never seem to fail. In the real world, there are some flops.  This recipe wasn’t exactly a flop – the recipe is fine, the mistakes were almost entirely mine.

While this dish was spicy as promised and bursting with wonderful orange flavor, I learned a thing or two along the way. Keep working, move quickly and DO NOT let the dish sit while taking pictures, otherwise your noodles will become soggy. It will cook up quickly, and once cooked through, get it out of your wok. The second “mistake” might not have been a mistake, but rather a personal preference. There weren’t enough vegetables – the recipe called for 1 bag of mixed vegetables. As you can see by the pictures, one bag will disappear into the meat. The recipe below has been adjusted to call for 2 bags – giving a more equal amount of vegetables and beef, thus assuring a little of both with every bite.

You’ve heard it said before, and I cannot stress this enough here – gather all your ingredients before you begin. Have all the meat cut into strips, the veggies and other ingredients set and ready to go. Stir-fry dishes don’t take long to make, and you will need to be ready to add the next ingredient quickly.

Spicy Orange-Beef Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles
½ Cup Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 ½ lbs Boneless Sirloin Steak, cut into thin strips
Olive Oil
½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2-3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup of water
3 Green Onions, sliced – separate white from green
2 packages Beef-Flavor Ramen Noodles with seasoning pack
2 Tablespoons Orange Zest, Grated
2 Bags Frozen Cut mixed vegetables of Broccoli Florets, Cauliflower and Carrots, thawed
½ Cup Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 Orange

Mix water, cornstarch and soy sauce; set aside. Trim fat from beef steak. Cut beef with the grain into 2-inch strips. Cut strips across the grain into thin strips, about 1/8-inch thick.

Heat work until 1 or 2 drops of water bubble and skitter when sprinkled into wok. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, rotate wok to coat evenly. Add beef, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry about 3 minutes or until beef is brown. Remove beef from wok.

Add onion base, orange juice and water and cornstarch-soy mixture; bring to a boil. Add Ramen Noodles, broken into pieces and seasoning packs from noodles. Return to a boil; then reduce heat.

Return beef to wok. Add mixed vegetables; simmer 3 minutes or until noodles are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Add bell pepper, green onion tops, orange zest to wok and red pepper flakes ; toss and heat through.

Place Orange-Beef Stir-fry onto a large serving platter, drizzle with a little orange juice from ½ an orange. Slice remaining orange into this slices and garnish dish with slices. Serve immediately.

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Gather all your ingredients and have them at the ready.

Gather all your ingredients and have them at the ready.

Cut the beef into nice, stir-fry strips.

Cut the beef into nice, stir-fry strips.

When the wok is hot, swirl with olive oil, then add beef, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry until beef is browned.

When the wok is hot, swirl with olive oil, then add beef, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry until beef is browned.

Add onion base, orange juice and water and cornstarch-soy mixture; bring to a boil. Add Ramen Noodles, broken into pieces and seasoning packs from noodles. Return to a boil; then reduce heat.

Return beef to wok. Stir quickly.

Return beef to wok. Stir quickly.

Add mixed vegetables; simmer 3 minutes or until noodles are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Add green peppers and red pepper flakes. Stir into mixture.

Add green peppers and red pepper flakes. Stir into mixture.

Add green onion tops, mix.

Add green onion tops, mix.

Plate and garnish with orange. Enjoy!

Plate and garnish with orange. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Spicy Orange-Beef Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles

  1. I am sure this is delicious and I will definitely try making this one, maybe use fresh veggies instead of frozen. I cook ramen noodles sometimes but usually just with eggs and no vegetables for a quick meal. I agree, you have to move fast in cooking especially when you want to capture every step with photos, or else the food will get overcooked. Prepping the ingredients in the beginning helps a lot.

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