Easy Pepper Steak

This Easy Pepper Steak recipe can be ready to go in 30 minutes, and is full of the great Chinese pepper steak flavors we all love!

Easy Pepper Steak Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Ok, friends.  Instead of raving about how much I love pepper steak today, wanna learn a little behind-the-scenes secret about food blogging?

Most of the “dinner” recipes I make for the blog actually are not cooked anywhere near dinnertime.

I know.  (Insert sad-faced emoji.)

Instead, just about every recipe I make for the blog is cooked around 10am.  (Insert sunshine emoji!  How do I type anymore without emoji’s?!?)

It’s true.  When I began food blogging, and learning more about photography, I learned that natural light is king queen when it comes to getting good photos.  And in my place, it just so happens that the best light seems to happen between 10am-2pm.  Gah.

So cocktails?  10am.  Decadent chocolate desserts?  10am.  Easy Pepper Steak?  You guessed it.

I call it the early-early-early food-blogging-bird special.  :)

Easy Pepper Steak Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Still, that doesn’t mean that I don’t snack along the way.  And then count down the hours until I can reheat all of these delicious food at a, you know, normal time of the day — as I did yesterday with this pepper steak.  After a crazy day of meetings and errands and cooking, I was so excited to come home to this delicious comfort food for dinner.  We used to make pepper steak all the time growing up, and it is still a classic that can’t be beat in my book.

And it can be made in 30 minutes, give or take time for marinading the beef.  Score.

Often times I load it up with many more veggies, but I decided to go “classic” with just peppers and scallions for this recipe.  Although for a fun twist, I used those cute little sweet mini peppers (my favorite!), and served it over quinoa instead of rice.

However you make it, and whatever time of the day, I guarantee it’s a good one.

Easy Pepper Steak Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Pepper Steak

This easy pepper steak stir-fry is full of great flavor!


Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/8 tsp. coarsely-ground black pepper (or more/less to taste)

Pepper Steak Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 12 mini sweet peppers, thinly sliced (or 2 regular-sized bell peppers, thinly sliced)
  • 2 scallions, sliced diagonally into 1 inch pieces, white and green pieces separated
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced


To Make The Marinade:

Add all marinade ingredients to a large bowl or ziplock bag, and stir to combine. Add the sliced steak, and toss in the marinade. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

To Make The Pepper Steak:

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the sweet peppers and white part of the scallions, ginger, garlic, and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to the saute pan. Remove half the steak from the marinade with a slotted spoon (reserving the marinade) and saute about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer steak to plate with the veggies. Saute the remaining steak, then transfer to plate.

Add the reserved marinade to the skillet and cook for 1 minute or until thickened. Add the steak, veggies and green parts of the scallions to the skillet, and stir to combine. Cook for an additional minute, then remove from heat.

Serve immediately over rice or quinoa.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!


Easy Pepper Steak Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Leave a Comment:


  1. Taylor — November 14, 2014 @ 6:42 am (#)

    Since I have very little time to cook because of work, this recipe is perfect for me, I can’t thank you enough. :)  I’m definitely going to make this over the weekend.

  2. Sophie — November 16, 2014 @ 10:53 pm (#)

    Tried this tonight for dinner… super easy and delicious! Thank you so much! 

  3. Julie — December 1, 2014 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    Made tonight for dinner and it was so good. Family LOVED it! I used white onion instead of green and added red pepper flakes to marinade. Going to try it with chicken next time. Glad I stumbled onto your site. 

  4. Deanna — January 11, 2015 @ 11:08 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was pretty great.  I am not a big fan of fresh ginger flavor so I halved the amount of that,  and I added fresh shitake mushrooms.  Served with white rice and a roasted baby bok choy. Thanks for the great dinner! 

  5. Nikki — January 19, 2015 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    I made this last night and omg sooooo good. my boyfriend and I had to back for seconds! 
    Thank you for amazing recipes, love your work!

  6. maria nieves — February 19, 2015 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    So easy not hard at all I want to make all,  mm…THANK YOU!  

  7. Elise Hertmann — March 7, 2015 @ 10:25 am (#)

    I am kind of old so I don’t post pictures but I followed you recipe to a tee and came it as delicious looking as your picture and it tasted as good as you promised to be. It was easy to make and delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe

  8. tanya — March 12, 2015 @ 6:41 am (#)

    Another great recipe, thanks!   I will certainly be making this again and again!  Healthy and delicious is always a win!

  9. Lacey — March 13, 2015 @ 10:15 am (#)

    I have made this several times. I have to say last time was the best. I used low sodium soy sauce, regular onions that I sauted with the peppers and I added some Sweet Baby Rays terriyaki marinade to the dish when I added the meat marinade at the end, tomight I will use green onions. I never use the ginger because I never have it in hand. The dish always gets rave reviews even from my kids. Those sweet peppers as opposed to green are just so much better.

  10. Sarah — April 7, 2015 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    This was absolutely fantastic! My boyfriend and I loved it! We will definitely make this again. Thanks! :)

    • Ali — April 7, 2015 @ 8:42 pm (#)

      Thanks Sarah, glad you guys enjoyed this!

  11. Rachel from Rose Tinted Home — April 22, 2015 @ 9:59 am (#)

    I’m so happy to hear you share your little blogging secret. Honestly I get so frustrated that my photos of dinner don’t turn out well! And now I’m realizing it – I need to make things earlier in the day. That should be interesting to fit into my schedule (I work 8:30-5:30).

    At least I know why my photos don’t look as great as yours! Thank you for your honesty it made my day!

    xo Rachel

  12. Siew Leng — May 16, 2015 @ 12:47 am (#)

    Your pepper steak has a very deep dark colour. Did you use 1/4 cup of the regular soy sauce, or the dark soy sauce in your marinade? Im planning to make this soon, so I’d appreciate a quick reply. Thanks!

    • Ali — May 16, 2015 @ 2:25 pm (#)

      Hi Siew, I actually just used traditional soy sauce. Enjoy!

  13. Gabriel Lopez — July 9, 2015 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    So I’m gonna try this tonight, but kick it up with some adobo added to the meat as I cook it. I’m folding over with hunger already! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11, 2015 @ 7:21 pm (#)

      We hope you love it, Gabriel!

  14. Amit — July 14, 2015 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    I’m m eating this as I type!! Love it I’m missing the ginger but I’ll add that next time… So easy to make! Thank you for this recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 15, 2015 @ 7:17 pm (#)

      Thanks, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  15. Gloria — September 22, 2015 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    If I marinate overnight, is it still safe to use the marinate. I am so picky when it comes to raw meat and stuff. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 26, 2015 @ 3:45 pm (#)

      Hi Gloria! It’s not safe to use some of the marinade after the meat has been in it, so if you’d like to use some for a sauce, just reserve some of it beforehand. We hope this helps!

  16. Jae — October 10, 2015 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    I made this today and it was excellent except I think I let the steak marinade too long and so it ended up being salty. Next time I’ll follow directions and just marinade for 15 min. lol

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 11, 2015 @ 6:55 pm (#)

      Thanks Jae! And oh no! we’re sorry it turned out on the salty side, yeah, 15 is the magic number. :)

  17. Jae — October 10, 2015 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    Oh and I also used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. I’m not sure if there is vast difference between the two.

  18. Lori — November 7, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    I made this last night.  It was delicious!  Even my husband ate it and he’s not a fan of Asian cuisine.  The only thing I would change is the ginger. I thought it tasted a little strong. Will definitely make this again!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8, 2015 @ 2:20 pm (#)

      Awesome Lori, we’re happy you and your husband enjoyed this!

  19. Kim — November 25, 2015 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    Made this for dinner tonight, didn’t have the rice wine vinegar so substituted with apple cider vinegar, this was SOOO good and all family approved including kids!  This is a keeper, thank you for sharing with us!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29, 2015 @ 10:01 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Kim, we’re happy this was a hit with your family! :D


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