Sticky Orange Beef – One Pan

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

Asian food recipes Beef One Pan

Cook time Cook time: 10 minutes

Sticky Orange Beef made in one pan in just 20 minutes, is full of flavor, made with fresh orange zest, orange juice, fresh ginger, and brown sugar.

After making Instant Pot Orange Chicken, it became one of the most popular dishes on the blog. Since orange-flavored dishes are in such demand, I decided to add a few more recipes to the list. This Sticky Orange Beef will not disappoint.

Sticky Orange Beef – One Pan

Sticky Orange Beef is one of my favorite quick and easy Asian dinners to make. This meal comes together in 20 minutes and it tastes amazing. A delicious combination of sweet and savory, deliciously sticky and full of flavor that no one can resist. It has a perfect balance and a nice Chinese inspired flavors to it. 

Also, the Sticky Orange Beef is bursting with fresh flavors like orange zest and freshly grated ginger. Brown sugar adds sweetness and a deep flavor, it also gives the beef the most amazing sticky coating, you will lick your fingers clean. Served over rice, the sticky sauce is fantastic. This meal is the perfect quick dinner and it makes for a yummy lunch that you can pack to-go.

Sticky Orange Beef Recipe Tips:

  • I like to use flank steak for this recipe, cut it into strips across the grain. Also, make sure you use high quality and fresh meat.
  • In addition, use fresh orange zest and freshly grated ginger. It will add amazing flavor to the meal.
  • You can use more or less garlic in this recipe, based on your preference.
  • Similarly, for spicier kick, you can use more red pepper flakes.
  • Also, if you don’t have sesame oil on hand, use canola or vegetable oil.
  • The brown sugar is amazing in this recipe. However, you can also use honey if you want to make it healthier.

What is best to serve with Sticky Orange Beef?

  • White or Brown Rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus or bok choy
  • Noodles

How to make Orange Zest?

  • First, rinse the orange.
  • Then, set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Next, grate the skin of the orange only. Grate just enough to get through the orange skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the orange and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the orange and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

How to store it?

This is an easy recipe to store, and leftovers taste even better the following days. First, let the dish completely cool down. Then, transfer it to an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 

Also, you can freeze it. Simply, transfer the beef to an freezer-safe dish. It can be stored for up to 3 months.

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5 from 9 reviews

Sticky Orange Beef

Sticky Orange Beef made in one pan, is full of flavor, made with fresh orange zest, orange juice, fresh ginger and brown sugar.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 mins




Nutrition information

Calories: 264 Carbohydrates: 15 Protein: 25 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 68 Sodium: 876 Potassium: 465 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 14 Vitamin A: 65 Vitamin C: 7.5 Calcium: 38 Iron: 2.2
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Amber Myers

This looks delicious! I don't think I've tried sticky orange beef before but I bet I'll love it. Looks tasty.



I would have never thought to combine beef and orange, but I bet it is delicious!


Jamie H

Yum! This looks so amazing! I'm going to have to add this to our meal plan for next week!



This looks incredible! I just saved it to make for dinner tomorrow since I already have all of the ingredients on hand. I can't wait to try it!



i have a few of these ingredients at home so i cant wait to try and make this for everyone



Oh, yum! That absolutely looks delicious. I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe. Saved it.



This is quite interesting for a beef dish. I would love to try this and have my kids check the taste.


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This dish looks and sounds very delicious. I love orange beef but never made it at home. Gotta try this recipe.


Kita Bryant

This is an awesome dinner recipe. I would love to make this for the family.


Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Oooh, this looks amazing. I can't believe I never thought to do this with beef. Thank you for the recco.



What a great recipe - and a great bonus that it is a one-pan! Nothing worse than having to wash tons of dishes!


Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

Yum. I love Orange chicken bites haven’t ever thought of trying the orange sauce on beef. I’ll have to give it a try. But I think it’s time to make a batch of orange chicken on night for dinner.


Kristine Nicole Alessandra

I will have to try this recipe soon. It does look delicious! We make orange chicken but this stick orange beef recipe looks waaaayyyy better. Just looking at the photos made me drool over this dish!



Oh yum! The sticky orange sauce looks so delicious! I know that this will become my daughter's fave meal.


Ruth I

Wow. I've got to try this recipe. It looks so good and delicious!


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