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Easy Chinese Pepper Steak will quickly become a family stir-fry favorite. This quick take-out fake-out dinner is ready in just 15 minutes!

Easy Chinese Pepper Steak in a skillet with steak, red and green peppers, white onion and chopped green onion

This American rendition of the classic Chinese Pepper Steak is super tasty and comes together in just 15 minutes. It’s a simple stir-fry style dish of onions, peppers, and steak cooked in a wok with a yummy garlic ginger sauce. Cooking with a wok is fun and allows you to cook faster, at high heats. This dish is a life saver on a busy night and a crown pleaser all the while!

Can I use coconut oil in a stir fry?

Yes, but keep in mind that unrefined coconut oil smokes at high temperatures. Vegetable oil and refined coconut oil have a higher smoke point. It is still okay to cook with unrefined coconut oil, just expect some smoke with recipes like this one where the food is cooked on a higher heat.

Can I use a different cut of meat?

Yes. A flank steak or skirt steak also works well with this recipe. Be sure to cut your meat against the grain as doing so will ensure that the meat is more tender.

What can I use instead of a wok?

You can definitely make this dish in a frying pan. Woks are a great tool in the kitchen for stir fry style dishes and for cooking mixed vegetables. If you don’t have one, don’t skip the meal, but consider trying a wok some time—you will probably love it!

PRO TIP: Woks need to be seasoned just like a cast iron pan needs seasoning. It should come with a set of instructions on how to do so. It should go something like first, boil water in the wok. Rinse it off and coat it in oil then heat it up. Repeat the oil and heat several times. You also don’t wash it with soap. Let salt and heat do all the germ killing.

If you like this recipe, you may also be interested in these other quick and easy takeout style recipes:

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Easy Chinese Pepper Steak in a skillet with steak, red and green peppers, white onion and chopped green onion
Easy Chinese Pepper Steak will quickly become a family stir-fry favorite. This quick take-out fake-out dinner is ready in just 15 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 pound sirloin steak cut into 1/4 inch thick strips
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 large green bell peppers cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 large white onion sliced
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions optional
  • Slice beef into 1/4 inch strips. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Add in beef broth, sugar, black pepper, ginger, and garlic. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Add in beef and toss until seared, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from wok and set aside.
  • Add in another 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add in peppers and onions. Cook in the wok until tender crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Add meat back into the wok. Add in ginger garlic sauce. Stir and cook about 1 minute.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions (optional) and serve hot.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 82.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Pepper Steak, pepper steak
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Bob Smith
April 25, 2020 10:18 pm

I made this tonight and wish I had read the comments first. Way too much black pepper and I only used a little more than a teaspoon. I should have known better and questioned it in my mind when I read it. Other than that sauce was delicious! I used flank steak and marinated it for about an hour in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, sesame oil and soy sauce. I always do this and find it tenderizes and flavors the meat. Because I didn’t have fresh ginger I used about a 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger and added some halved… Read more »

Quentin Small
June 22, 2020 3:15 pm

5 stars
I am an older person who is beginning to cook main meals. I get an idea and do the best I can. For the most part this was a good recipe — Asian Stir Fry. Whether the recipe or me the sauce was a little strong for my taste. I would have preferred a little sweeter. The vegetables were the best part. they were cooked just right for me. Will experiment little next time. Getting there.

August 23, 2020 12:15 pm
Reply to  Quentin Small

I am also older & learning to cook, & enjoying it! I had a little less sirloin, & used only 2 tsp of rice vinegar & a couple shakes of black pepper, & about 3/4 of the garlic & ginger. Used way less cooking oil, also. It came out delicious! Go with your intuition!

April 25, 2020 8:59 pm

5 stars
I’ve never made an Asian dish before and I made this and it was awesome.

Ugly Fingers Davis
June 22, 2020 5:56 pm
Reply to  Lillian

You actually don’t need to many ingredients to make some great Asian food at home. Also, take the time to learn about some of the Chinese cooking techniques as they are very helpful.

Patricia A. Garcia
May 21, 2020 3:10 pm

I have been making an authentic chinese pepper steak dish for 40 years, and black pepper is not an main ingredient….I have always believed it is pepper steak, because of the bell peppers. This is a very good recipe, but I use pepper as I normally would. Thank you, Rachel!

August 23, 2020 12:23 pm

Agreed! I, only once, in years of ordering it in Chinese restaurants, had it with too much black pepper~& it was awful. I used just a couple shakes in this recipe, & it was delicious!

August 23, 2020 11:53 am

OMG! Made this last nite & it was sooo delicious! One of my Chinese restaurant favs, but never expected it to be so authentic! Had a little less sirloin, so tweeked with less rice vinegar & black pepper, & needed way less oil. Smelled & tasted like I was in China Town!

Dee Dee
June 25, 2020 4:22 pm

5 stars
This was amazing. I had some leftover rib eyes that had been grilled to medium rare and so I sliced them and this was a great way to use it up. I had some broccoli and asparagus and so I threw that in too. Served over cauliflower rice. Yum!

Edith Hale
July 9, 2020 9:49 am
Reply to  Dee Dee

How about adding mushrooms. Hav you try it?

Fred Lotz
November 10, 2020 10:34 pm
Reply to  Edith Hale

Mushrooms are always a great add to this type of dish.

June 25, 2020 12:27 pm

I’ve made this recipe many times and is delicious. Today I made it with fresh book Chou, scallion, broccoli and turnip with chicken. I5 was delicious.. this is a great recipe that can be altered.

Patricia A. Garcia
June 21, 2020 11:57 am

5 stars
Horror of horrors, I used ground beef instead of steak, and it was wonderful…no chewy meat to worry about, and no removing the meat from the wok, before adding the veggies…It’s a delicious recipe,and I even added in some leftover spaghetti…Lovely dish!
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup, and Voila; it goes together in a flash! Thanks, Rachel

Jacquelyn Victoria Williams
September 29, 2019 7:14 pm

I made this today DELICIOUS . the only change I would make is decrease the amount of pepper and add a little more broth.

Nicole Bouthillier
February 15, 2020 5:49 pm

Exactly! Less pepper and more broth. It was very good!!

August 27, 2019 1:06 pm

Delicious just finished making this and found it surprisingly easy. The prep was the longest but worth it.

Fred Lotz
November 10, 2020 10:41 pm

3 stars
I’ve made several versions of this recipe, for a quick meal this is very tasty and works great with other dishes.

November 1, 2020 7:43 pm

5 stars
Great recipe.

October 21, 2020 1:25 pm

5 stars
Great recipe**********

October 17, 2020 6:26 am

Made this dish and we loved it ..thanks for sharing this recipe

Susan Arcari Simms
September 28, 2020 4:26 pm

5 stars
Wow this was delicious! I had a 1.75 ponds of meat so I doubled the sauce adding an additional pepper and mushrooms. I used 2 teaspoons of pepper in the doubled sauce as well as a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. I found This to be perfect. Thank you for a fabulous quick recipe.

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