Easy Pepper Steak

October 2, 2013 by Ali

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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 2-4 servings


    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.


Easy Pepper Steak Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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62 thoughts on “Easy Pepper Steak

  1. Just made this for dinner and it was a hit! Thank you so much for the recipe

    - cheryl

  2. Stumbled here after googling mini peppers. LOVE the name of your blog. Bit of a sucker for cute. ;)
    The recipe looks really easy and I might just get off my lazy bum and make it! Great stuff, thank you! :)

    - devika

  3. Made this for dinner the other night, had to make a couple changes such as using a sweet white onion instead of scallions cause I was out and ground ginger instead of fresh, but got to tell you “this was awesome”. Everyone raved about it and hubby said it was a definite “make again”. Thanks so much for sharing! Found on pinterest.

    - Charyl Greenia

  4. Found this on Pinterset and made it tonight. Just had to come and say how delicious and easy. Made mine with couscous, it was perfect. Thank you!

    - nabiha

  5. Yum! I made this for my boyfriend. He loved it! It was so easy too! I posted it on my blog, giving you credit of course. :-) Thanks!

    - Jessica

  6. Loved it!!! My household cleaned their plates and there were NO leftovers! Great recipe! Thanks!

    - Tee

  7. Had this for dinner tonite…the twenty somethings rated it “Awesome”
    Husband went back for seconds and thirds. Thanks for a keeper!

    - lynn

  8. What is the max time you can marinade the meat before cooking? Thx!

    - Etani R.

  9. Just had to come on here and say that this is super yummy and super easy! Best “stir-fry” type of recipe I have made! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Jessica T

  10. Would sesame oil work, maybe give it more of an Asian flare. I’ve been using evoo, but thought I would check. I love this recipe, I’ve made it multiple times!!

    - Michelle

  11. Simple recipe, quick to make, and oh so delicious!! Thank you!

    - Randy Shane

  12. This was super easy and fantastic Ali! I just had to post about my experience making it, even though my photos don’t do it justice! :) And I linked back to you about a bazillion times over so cheers to you!

    - Jeff

  13. not sure what I did wrong but did not turn out very good at all

    - bill

  14. I have a question: your recipe says scallions but am I correct in thinking you meant green onions?

    - rachel

  15. I found your recipe on Pinterest, my first time cooking one of yours, and it’s a keeper! This was fast (and I’m slow in the kitchen), easy and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe to add to my rotation!

    - Noga

  16. We had this tonight and it was fantastic! I loved the presentation with the mini peppers. This will certainly be repeated. Thank you for a delicious recipe, perfect for a busy weeknight!

    - Jessica

  17. Oh, this looks damn good!! So full of flavor :) I can’t wait to get a taste of this!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  18. I love pepper steak, such a great one bowl meal!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  19. This looks so easy and yummy! Can’t wait to try!

    - Cassie

  20. I’m obviously at work all day, but I love cooking a bunch all weekend and then reheating throughout the week :)

    - natalie@thesweetslife

  21. I love how easy this is, Ali! Not to mention beautiful. And yes, having everything ready at 2pm is always a little tough.

    - Cookin Canuck

  22. thanks. this was as easy as it was delicious!

    - Natalie

  23. Your pictures make me drool! Absolutely love your blog and I want to make everything you post!

    - leahnoelle

  24. This dish is definitely going into next week’s recipe lineup! Looks fantastic!

    - Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

  25. Great dinner recipe, Ali! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  26. LOVE the sound of this…some of my favorite flavors!!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  27. I love this simple dinner!! Happening this week :)

    - Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

  28. I am sooo salivating right now!

    - Nessa

  29. Pretty sure I could eat this anytime of day! So beautiful and delicious!!

    - Gaby

  30. Ok I’m officially drooling!!!! I want meals like this every night!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  31. I love this quick and easy meal – so perfect for those busy week nights!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  32. Hello dinner on Friday! Just coming back from a work trip. I have all of these ingredients and a flank steak in the freezer. The stars aligned with this one.

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  33. Do you know how many calories in this ‘sounding delicious’ recipe?

    - Nancy

  34. I forgot how hard it is to get good photos when you work during the day and gets dark by 7. It’s going to be a looooooong winter. Looks like I’ll be eating lots of pepper steak for Saturday morning breakfast. :)

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  35. You are awesome!!! ^__^ thank you for all these yummy recipes and mostly for the humor that spices up every post! I truly look forward to your updates in my inbox!

    Thank you!

    - Cristina

  36. I know what’s for dinner tonight!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  37. I just have to have this pepper steak very soon, Ali!!! It looks fantastic!!!

    - Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

  38. I would totally eat this for breakfast…truth be told, I actually prefer Chinese food heated up the next day for breakfast! Im so weird, I know! This is beautiful! Definitely going to have to try this one soon!

    - Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

  39. Gimme some pepper steak. I’d eat this at 6 am! :) Beautiful, as always! XO darlin!!

    - Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

  40. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. Most of my photography happens during the same hours. If I have to shoot the photos later, I make them dark and moody. Pinned!

    - Jennie @themessybakerblog

  41. LOVE this! Pinning to try!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  42. My step ma loves herself some pepper steak. Ive never had it. I should totally make this for her.

    - kita

  43. Same here, lady! All that dinner food shooting is right around lunchtime for me.


    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  44. I love me some pepper steak. This looks so appetising and I love the colours from the peppers. YUM!

    - Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

  45. Haha, I do the same thing most of the time – the light just isn’t anywhere near as good if I try to photograph dinner at dinner time! Your pepper steak sounds amazing – gorgeous photos too :)

    - Tracey

  46. Haha, I never actually cook dinner at dinner time. Always in the morning! Gotta get those photos!

    Love this dish and it’s ease. My family would go crazy for it since all they seem to want is steak and all I give them is pasta with butternut squash. LOL! They are boring eaters and want simple, but I never give them all that simple. This looks perfect!

    - Tieghan

  47. The steak looks delicious and I guess I certainly understand why you shoot it cold and in the morning, it does have great lighting and at least you have it all done through. I bet it tastes delicious reheated too :P

    - Kammie @ Sensual Appeal