Chinese Pepper Steak

As a home chef, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that strike the perfect balance between delicious and doable. This Chinese Pepper Steak recipe is one such gem that has become a family favorite. The first time I cooked it, the aroma of sizzling steak and stir-fried veggies filled the kitchen, drawing everyone to the dinner table quicker than I could say ‘dinner is ready!’. The tender slices of beef, combined with the crisp bell peppers and the sweet hint of onions, create a symphony of flavors. It’s a dish that’s not just enjoyed, but relished every time I make it. Perfect for a busy weeknight or a cozy weekend dinner, it never fails to impress.


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges


  1. Slice steak into 1/2-inch thick slices across the grain.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, and ginger until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth. Marinate the steak slices in this mixture, stirring until well-coated.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak strips in batches to avoid crowding the pan, stirring until well-browned (about 3 minutes). Remove steak and set aside. Repeat with remaining steak, adding more oil as needed.
  4. Return the cooked steak strips to the wok, and add onion. Toss together until the onion begins to soften (about 2 minutes), then add green pepper. Continue to cook and stir until the peppers are bright green and tender (about 2 more minutes).
  5. Finally, add tomatoes. Stir the mixture to blend the flavors. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: Approximately 350 calories per serving.

Additional Tips

  • For a spicier twist, add a dash of chili flakes or a spoonful of chili sauce to the marinade.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can add an additional teaspoon of cornstarch.
  • This dish pairs wonderfully with steamed rice or noodles.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and are great for a quick lunch.

FAQ Section

Q: Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe? A: Absolutely! While sirloin steak is ideal for its tenderness and flavor, you can also use chicken, pork, or even tofu for a vegetarian version.

Q: How do I know when the steak is perfectly cooked? A: The steak should be browned on the outside but still slightly pink in the center. It usually takes about 3 minutes per batch.

Q: Can I prepare this dish ahead of time? A: Yes, you can marinate the steak and chop the vegetables ahead of time. However, for the best taste, cook it just before serving.

Q: What can I serve with Chinese Pepper Steak? A: It goes great with steamed white or brown rice, or even with Asian-style noodles.

Q: Can I make this dish gluten-free? A: Yes, simply use a gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.