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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168 comments on “Easy Pepper Steak”

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

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  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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  9. 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! :)

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

  11. I have been making pepper steak from my mom’s and grandmothers recipe for over 40 years, for a change I tried a new one tonight–yours. It was delicious, No it was fabulous. My husband loved it too. I served it over quinoa for me, rice for him. I will be using this recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Thanks for posting. Ginger is the secret huh? Hey, when your body gets used to a certain eating habit, time is irrelevant. Coming to your state soon. Fed up w/TX sticking head in dirt about harmless plant that was put here for our enjoyment. Until I can do this, I will never feel truly free. Have maintained this since the 60s. Insert a confused,angry,and anxious “emijo” or whatever you penned it to be.
    Love the recipe. Looking forward to making it 1 day. All you did was cause me to spend $11.00 on lunch for My good friend and I @ General Wok  Was stoned and thinking of something to cook for lunch.

  13. I’m not even a beef eater anymore but I had a hankering for some pepper steak and this recipe empressed!!! All the flavors melted together like heaven in a cast iron skillet! I’ll remake the sauce just for my veggies! My friend (a bachelor) was absolutely smitten with this dish! Gimme some more oven please! :-) 

  14. 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.

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

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  17. 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. 

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  19. 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! 

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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

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

  24. 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.

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

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  28. 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

  29. 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!

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  31. 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! 

  32. 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.

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  34. 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!

    • 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!

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  37. 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

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

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

  39. 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!  

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  41. 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!

  42. Made this for dinner. Amazing!  I wish there was more sauce and the sauce was a little darker.  I know the color doesn’t effect the taste, but then it will both taste and look like the restaurant. 

    • We’re so happy you enjoyed it Sam! We’re not sure how to get the sauce darker though. Thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  43. Can I use ground ginger? That’s what I have on hand.    How much would you suggest?  

    • Yes, that’s completely fine! We’d recommend you use 1/2 teaspoon, but feel free to start with less and add more to taste, just to be safe. We hope you enjoy this!

  44. Made this tonight and it was a big hit. I used a bit of pineapple juice and some sambal but followed the recipe besides that. Will definitely make again!!

  45. This recipe is “the bomb dot com.” Super easy to make and so delicious especially the leftovers the next day. Thanks so much for sharing. I am now obsessed with your recipes :)

  46. Delicious and easy recipe!  Just made this with two sirloin steaks that I had, and served it over brown rice.  The marinade is so easy yet contains so much flavor. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. :)

  47. Wow!!! This came out amazing! Just finished dinner and I’m stoked there are leftovers. Thanks for a great recipe that’s a keeper!

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  49. The recipe was amazing – loved the ginger with the meat

  50. My older son is soooo picky, but when he walked in the kitchen tonight he was raving over how delicious dinner smelled.  Once he started to eat he must have told me 10 times how delicious dinner was!  I added broccoli in the mix, a major hit.  Definitely adding this to the regular cycle of recipes for family dinners! Thanks for a simple delicious healthy dinner recipe!