This pepper steak recipe is straightforward with only a handful of ingredients. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to make!
Here’s a common misconception about Chinese food: people think it is complex with lots of rare ingredients and too complicated for home cooks. Today we are going to prove otherwise! Not only are we going to make it simpler, but also a lot healthier. Rest assured that the flavor will still be delicious. Your days of greasy Chinese takeout are coming to an end. Let’s get you prepared!
What Is Chinese Pepper Steak Made Of?
Pepper steak is a Chinese-inspired dish that is popular in America. It consists of thinly sliced beef and bell peppers, and is cooked by stir-frying. Seasoning varies depending on the chef, but some popular ingredients are ginger, garlic, honey or brown sugar (for sweetness), soy sauce (and sometimes oyster sauce), spring onions, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.
Since it is a stir-fried dish, it tends to be greasy as restaurants sometimes go a bit heavy on the oil. While doing this might intensify the flavor of the dish, too much makes it greasy and not many diners enjoy the strong fragrance of oil.
Our recipe is going to be a bit different as we’re going to minimize the amount of oil as much as possible, creating a lighter, fresher dish. For this particular version, we’re going to leave out ginger, and add some other ingredients such as sesame oil and sesame seeds; but feel free to adjust to your liking. Think of our recipe as a guide and foundation to build upon when creating your own pepper steak extravaganza.
Is Pepper Steak Healthy?
Yes, this recipe is healthy for you. Here’s why:
First of all, since we limit the amount of oil to a minimum, the amount of saturated fat in this recipe is only 4 grams, which is relatively low for a stir-fry dish. High consumption of saturated fatty acids can lead to high blood cholesterol levels, which may result in an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore we recommend a diet low in saturated fats to improve your blood cholesterol levels and heart health.
And thanks to all those bell peppers, our pepper steak recipe is packed with lots of micronutrients and provides 77mg vitamin C, which is about 93% of your recommended daily intake. The human body cannot produce vitamin C and the only way for us to get it is through food. We primarily think of vitamin C as an immune booster, but it does so much more than that. If you want to know why it is so important, here is a detailed article about vitamin C you should check out.
What Do You Serve With Pepper Steak?
Since the shrimp egg drop soup is so light, yet so comforting, it would make a great appetizer. Combine the soup and pepper steak and you will have a delicious homemade Chinese dinner at home, and then finish it off with a refreshing glass of lemonade on ice. Now that sounds like a lovely evening!
Here are the nutrition facts for today’s meal plan:
|Recipes||Course||Calories (kcal)||Saturated Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)|
|Pepper Steak||Main Course||463||4||587|
|Shrimp Egg Drop Soup||Side Dish||181||1||318|
Pepper Steak Recipe
- 12 oz lean striploin thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp salt divided
- 1/4 tsp black pepper divided
- 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce divided
- 1 tsp dark soy sauce divided
- 2 tbsp garlic minced, divided
- 3 tbsp soybean oil or vegetable oil, divided
- 8 oz bell peppers yellow and red, cut into strips
- 4 oz yellow onions thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp white wine optional
- 1/3 cup unsalted chicken broth
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 oz fresh scallions cut into 1-inch strips
- 1/2 tbsp white sesame seeds roasted, plus more to garnish
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice
- In a big bowl, marinate the beef with 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce, and 1 tbsp minced garlic. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
- In a cast iron skillet, heat 1 1/2 tbsp soybean oil over high heat. Add the sliced bell peppers and onions, and stir fry for 2 minutes or until just tender. Add 1/2 tbsp minced garlic, and 1/8 tsp salt. Stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp soybean oil and 1/2 tbsp minced garlic to the same skillet and turn the heat to high. Add the marinated steak to the skillet and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add white wine and cook for 10 seconds, allowing the alcohol to evaporate. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add chicken broth, cornstarch, 1 tbsp less sodium soy sauce, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce, and honey. Mix well to dissolve.
- Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp soybean oil and 1/2 tbsp minced garlic to the skillet on medium heat. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth mixture to the skillet and stir constantly to cook for 10 seconds or until slightly thickened. Return the vegetables and beef to the pan. Add scallions, roasted sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and the remaining 1/8 tsp black pepper. Turn the heat to high and stir vigorously to combine all ingredients. Turn off the heat. Add sesame oil. Stir to mix again.
- Transfer to a plate or a bowl, serve with cooked rice, and garnish with a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds.
- When you’re buying striploin steak, you can ask your butcher to trim the fat and tendons off the beef and slice it thinly for you.
- Only add the sesame oil into the skillet when you’ve turned off the heat or else it will lose its fragrance.