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Instant Pot® Spicy Orange Beef :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo //

I absolutely love, love, love orange beef. Back in my pre-real food days, hubby and I used to do our fair share of Chinese takeout and orange beef (or chicken) was a staple. In all honesty, making your own orange chicken or beef at home is pretty easy, but if you want the crispy battered pieces then it does take some extra time.

Extra time? ‘ain’t got no time for that! 😉

So, enter the Instant Pot®!

The Instant Pot® is in our Top 5 favorite kitchen tools to date. and that’s saying a lot since we have so many favorites.

So, it only made sense to start using the Instant Pot to help speed up some of our favorite Chinese meals. We hope you enjoy this Instant Pot® Spicy Orange Beef, which has quickly become one of my favorite recipes of all time! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, then you need one! You can find them on Amazon here.

Instant Pot® Spicy Orange Beef :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo

  • Serves 4 (ingredients adjusted for 4 servings)
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 18 minutes


  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 bell peppers (any color you like)
  • 2 lbs flank steak (cut into 1/4 strips)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3/4 cups orange juice (fresh if possible)
  • 1/4 cups coconut aminos or organic tamari
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 3 tbsp water (cold)
  • 1 bunches green onions (chopped)


  1. Mince your garlic. Remove the stem and seeds from your bell peppers and cut into thin strips. Set aside.
  2. Cut your flank steak into ¼” strips and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add oil to Instant Pot and select SAUTE. When oil begins to sizzle, brown meat in batches until all meat is browned – do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when browned.
  4. When all meat is browned and add garlic to the pot. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add orange juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and orange zest to the pot. Add browned beef and any accumulated juices. Select High Pressure and set timer for 12 minutes.
  6. While this is cooking, dice your green onions.
  7. When beep sounds turn Instant Pot off and use a quick pressure release. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.
  8. Add the sliced bell peppers to the pot. Combine the arrowroot, or cornstarch and water, whisking until smooth. Add mixture to the sauce in the pot stirring constantly. Select SAUTE and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sauce thickens.
  9. While that is cooking, dice your green onions.
  10. Stir in green onions and serve over rice. Garnish with additional orange zest, green onion and red pepper flakes if desired.

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