Beef strips sauteed with pepper in a bowl of rice

Are you ready for a taste bud explosion? Today, I want to introduce you to a delicious and classic dish that will salivate you in no time – Pepper Steak!

This savory and flavorful dish is a staple in many households and restaurants worldwide, and for a good reason. It’s a hearty meal that combines tender beef strips, colorful bell peppers, and a delectable sauce that packs a punch of flavor. Whether you’re a meat lover or simply looking for a comforting and satisfying meal, Pepper Steak will surely hit the spot.

Whether you’re enjoying it on a cozy night or impressing guests with your culinary skills, Pepper Steak is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling satisfied. So let’s dive in and explore everything there is to know about this delicious dish!

Pepper Steak with Rice

Tips and tricks 

  • For the best results, use a tender cut of beef such as flank steak, sirloin, or ribeye. These cuts will cook quickly and won’t become too tough or chewy.
  • If you have time, marinating the steak cut for at least 30 minutes will help to infuse it with flavor and tenderize the meat even further.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pot: Make sure to cook the beef in batches and spread it out in a single layer to ensure that it browns properly.
  • Make sure to prep all the ingredients before you start cooking. This will help to ensure that everything is ready to go when you need it, and you won’t have to worry about overcooking or burning anything while you’re prepping.

Can I use other vegetables instead of bell peppers and onions?

Absolutely! You can use any vegetables that you like, such as broccoli, snow peas, or mushrooms. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the vegetables you use.

Can I make Pepper Steak ahead of time?

While it’s best to serve Pepper Steak fresh, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and cook everything just before serving. You can also cook the steak and vegetables in advance and reheat them in the sauce just before serving.

close up shot of strips of beef stir fried with red and green peppers on top of rice

Can I make Pepper Steak without soy sauce?

Soy sauce is an important ingredient in this dish, as it provides flavor and saltiness. However, if you have a soy allergy or prefer not to use it, you can try using tamari sauce or coconut aminos instead.

How to serve pepper steak?

Pepper Steak is a delicious and satisfying meal that is perfect for any occasion. To serve Pepper Steak, start by preparing a bed of fluffy white rice or noodles. Then, spoon the hot and fragrant Pepper Steak over the top of the rice or noodles. Garnish with sliced green onions or sesame seeds for added flavor and visual appeal. 

If you want to make it a complete meal, consider serving it with a side of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, such as broccoli or bok choy. 

No matter how you choose to serve it, Pepper Steak is sure to impress your family and friends with its rich and flavorful taste. So, next time you’re craving something hearty and delicious, give Pepper Steak a try – your taste buds will thank you!

Pepper steak on top of rice in a bowl.

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Pepper steak on top of rice in a bowl.

Get the Recipe Pepper Steak


  • 2 lbs thing round steak strips, ribeye or sirloin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Sauce

  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup cups water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


  • To prepare the steak, start by seasoning it with black pepper, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Mix everything together well and set it aside.
  • Next, it's time to make the sauce. In a separate bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, water, and cornstarch, then whisk everything together until it's smooth and fully combined.
  • Now, heat up half of the oil in a large pot over high heat. Add half of the seasoned steak and spread it out in a single layer. Let it cook for about 2 minutes until it's nicely browned, then flip it over and cook for another minute on the other side. Once cooked to your liking, remove the steak from the pot and place it on a plate. Be careful not to overcook the steak, as it can become chewy.
  • Repeat the same process with the remaining half of the steak, then set it aside.
  • In the same pot, add the remaining oil and stir in the garlic, ginger, bell peppers, and onion. Stir fry everything together for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  • Pour in the sauce and let it cook until it thickens up a bit. Then, add the steak strips back into the pot and stir everything together to coat the steak in the sauce. Cook everything for an additional minute, then remove it from the heat.
  • To serve, place the Pepper Steak over a bed of fluffy white rice and enjoy!


Author: Jehan Powell