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Mandarin Orange Sauce

Mandarin Orange Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6

Use this citrusy sauce to prepare our Mandarin Beef with Long Beans. You can make the sauce several hours in advance up to the step of adding the cornstarch mixture. Just before using the sauce, whisk in the cornstarch mixture and simmer to thicken.


  • 1 Tbs. canola or olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. grated orange zest
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. water


In a wok or saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and chili flakes and sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, orange juice, vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar and orange zest and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch dissolves. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and simmer until the sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Use immediately. Makes 1 cup.
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