Easy Pepper Steak

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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!

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Easy Pepper Steak

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 2-4 servings 1x


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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve immediately over rice or quinoa.

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170 comments on “Easy Pepper Steak”

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  2. This is so good!  I didn’t have scallions in the fridge, but I had a couple of leftover shallots, so I used those.  Fantastic!  And easy prep for my night shift.  Just as good warmed up for a midnight dinner as right off the stove.  Thanks!

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  5. Do you think this could be made ahead of time and then frozen?

    • We haven’t tried that Kelsey, but we think that should be fine! :)

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  9. I made this for dinner tonight. My husband and I loved it. This recipe will definitely go into rotation. Thank you!

  10. Made this my family love it! Want to make it for a friend but she can’t eat red meat. Can this be made with chicken? Looking to make next week for her visit.

    • Yes, you could do this with chicken instead! And we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed this! :)

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  12. Do not freeze scallions, they develop an off taste and texture.

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  15. Hi. Can regular onions be used or will it alter taste? Thanks.

    • Hi Deb! You can definitely add a white/yellow onion to this if you want. If you do, we’d recommend browning it. We hope you enjoy!

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  19. This was so yummy. We made it tonight and everyone just loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. Tonight was the second time, the first time I went easy on the ginger and peppers and it was good, but not fabulous, tonight I made it exactly as written, and the flavors were really balanced and so delicious! Thank you!

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  22. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve made it a few times and my husband LOVES it!

  23. 5 stars
    So easy to make! && the kids love it!

  24. 5 stars
    Love love love it! My mother used to make this when I was a child… I’ve been using her recipe for ages. I think I have new way to make it! Thank you for sharing

  25. 5 stars
    Do you have the calories per 1 cup serving?

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  27. 5 stars
    Ali, I just made this for dinner! As usual your recipes never let me down. Family had seconds too. Thank you!

  28. 5 stars
    Omg I made this and it was so bomb!! My husband was like oh you have to make this again! Great recipe to serve up in 2018 ;)

  29. 5 stars
    Yummy to my tummy!

  30. 5 stars
    Made as written. So flavorful, my husband and I really enjoyed it

  31. 5 stars
    I tripled the amount of garlic and ginger and let the meat marinate for most of the afternoon! I served it over black and red quinoa! Perfect!

  32. 5 stars
    I made it today I love it, my family loves it too. Thanks so much.

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  34. 5 stars
    I know it’s an old recipe post but I made it for the first time tonight. Very good! Even my son who is not much of a beef fan enjoyed it. Made it as is but increased the marinade ingredients because we had more than 1lb. Beef. Will definitely make it again!

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  36. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I simply added a little sesame oil and chili oil to the marinate. BTW, here’s an interest fact: In China and other parts of Asia, it’s considered bad luck or taboo to stick chopsticks into rice so that they stand straight up (vertically). The visual looks too much like incense sticks burned at temples, often as offerings to dead ancestors. Vertical chopsticks are used as a symbol of death. Innocently, I did this once as an exchange student in China during dinner with my host family. The family was VERY QUICK to correct me and nicely explain their concern over my action.

  37. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in my house. My kids LOVE it too! We don’t ever have shallots or fresh ginger so I sprinkle onion powder and ground ginger on the peppers while they are cooking. I always add extra garlic. And my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  38. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe! I use half rice vinegar and then about 1/4 cup white cooking wine (Holland House). Try to shave the steak as thin as possible and only cook for a minute. It is still a little pink when I remove. It will cook a little more at end but the more rare , the more tender. Thank you for a terrific recipe. Love that you can do all prep work well ahead of time. It comes together in about 15 minutes.

  39. This recipe is my go to for peppered steak! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  40. Was so easy & delicious & colorful. Wish I had this years ago! I actually messed up what went in the pan at what point, yet it turned out perfectly fine. Took exactly 30 minutes from start to finish.

  41. Excellent recipe! I only had lean ground beef on hand so I skipped marinating the beef strips and used the marinade as the sauce. Cooked everything as per written above and added the marinade at the end. Allowed all ingredients to cook a few minutes so that marinade thickened up into a nice sauce. DELISH!

  42. Made this recipe exactly as written and it tasted really good just like Chinese pepper steak

  43. Wow! This was fantastic ! Super fast. Tastes delicious! Used sirloin steak, celery and Jalepeno balsamic because it was what I had on hand. Soooo Yum! Super important to follow cooking times to a tee. Veggies were crisp tender and steak was tender. Thank you this is a keeper!