{Light} Orange Beef and Broccoli Recipe - Skillful Cook
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{Light} Orange Beef and Broccoli

14 reviews / 4.9 average

Beef reminds me of my Grandpa.

And Grandpa reminds me of the tour-de-Grandpa's-old-farms that we did last summer after he passed away, which reminds me of cornfields, sunsets, and hanging off the back of trucks while driving down dirt roads. And by hanging off the back of trucks, I mean hanging off the back of a minivan. But still. Grandpa would have been proud of all of us farm peeps.

Grandpa also would have been so proud to meet his newest great granddaughter last week.

Just a few days ago, my cousin and his wife delivered their sweet pea at only 26 weeks. She only weighed 2 lbs. Two. Like, one, two. She is precious and sweet and miraculous.

Light orange beef and broccoli in a bowl with orange zest.

I wish I could feed her some of this beef and broccoli because it makes me nervous that she only weighs 2 lbs, but I think we'll have to wait on that one. She's a fighter so I think she'll do fine with or without the beef.

Me, on the other hand? I do need that beef.

I can't fight through my week without it. I just, I just... it's just too much.

I could use a little inspiration from my new, um, cousin's baby. What do you call that? Second cousin? First cousin once removed? Cutie pie baby relative through marriage? Wait, though, I don't think it's through marriage.

Lalalalalala. Beef is making me crazy.

This orange beef and broccoli is going to knock your socks off for three reasons, and here they are:

  1. Can you say easyeasyeasy? It's easy.
  2. According to Grandpa, it's healthy. (But really, it kinda is.)
  3. It's deliciously, saucily orangey in a salty-sweet way.
Light orange beef and broccoli in a bowl with rice.
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{Light} Orange Beef and Broccoli


This recipe for light orange beef and broccoli is so simple and has just 250 calories per serving! SO flavorful, light, and yummy!


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  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 lb. flank steak, very thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head broccoli, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces


  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients, whisking until the cornstarch is dissolved. Boil the broccoli for just a few minutes, until tender crisp. The broccoli will cook a little more once you add it in with the sauce, so make sure not to boil it for too long.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the steak and garlic, draining off extra fat after a few minutes. Flip the pieces until each piece is cooked through and the meat is browned.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and stir for 1 minute until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in broccoli. Serve over rice and garnish with orange zest and/or scallions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: light orange beef and broccoli, beef and broccoli, orange beef and broccoli

You guys.

I'm not even a beef lover, but I can wrap my head around this. And my heart. And my soul. Amen.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks so good! I’m drooling. It looks exactly like takeout and I’m positive your version is better and healthier. I am bookmarking this to make sometime 🙂 I love chinese takeout when it’s made at home!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I haven’t really made much in the way of Chinese takeout at home because, well, let’s face it: I usually like takeout better. But a non-grease-soaked beef dish can be nice for a change! 🙂

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Figuring out family relationships makes my head spin too. When in doubt I just call them all cousins.
    I’m not a beef fan, but my husband and daughter are, they’ll go nuts for this!!! Can’t wait to make it for them.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Ha! Thanks. I almost always overcook broccoli (cause I’m not watching closely enough) but I knew it had to be under-done for this one to keep the color bright and fresh!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Ok, gotta give this one a try. My daughter is a meat-a-holic. I mean she loves meat and I am always looking for new ways to spice it up. I also love that it’s served with broccoli as that favorite veggie of my kids.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Not sure if I’ve ever used the term meat-a-holic but I’m excited to add that to my vocabulary! 😉

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    So glad the baby is ok, two is so tiny! I can see why you would want to feed her some beef! And this sounds AMAZING!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Lol… If they raise her right she should be ready for beef anytime now. Just kidding, of course. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I heart orange zest. I actually went overboard and had to take some off for the photo because it was completely covered. Oops. 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    Your recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

    But what I really want to tell you is that 12 years ago my son Will was born at 26 and 1/2 weeks….1 pound 15 ounces. Today he runs circles around all of us.

    Best wishes to you and your family. Best of hopes to your the new baby girl in the family. She will amaze and suprise you!


  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    I hope your cousin’s baby makes it through! I wish I can make some cookies or cakes or something for her.

    On another note, this dish looks FABULOUS. I love easy weeknight dinners, particularly Chinese-inspired weeknight dinners. It’s cheaper and so much better than take-out!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      She is doing well so far and is getting awesome care from family and the staff at Children’s Hospital. Things are looking good! 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Aw, thanks Steph. I have a feeling Grandpa would have liked it better if it was just meat, potatoes, and gravy. But still. 🙂

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    I dont have orange marmalade. Can I leave it out? Sub? Would be trying this tonight 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I would add a little sugar to make up for the sweetness and also more zest and orange juice for extra orange flavor. I think the taste would be similar… Not sure about the thickness of the sauce though. Let me know how it goes for you! 🙂