Pepper Steak

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I think about half of everyone in my family gets pepper steak when we order Chinese so I figured I should try my hand at it since it is so popular here.  I found an outstanding recipe and altered it to my family’s taste and it is incredible!  I would say it could pass as takeout but it’s 10 times better than any takeout I have ever had.  This recipe is extremely easy and uses ingredients that are usually on hand.  I marinate the meat the morning of and it is soo tender (who would have thought cornstarch tenderizes??)  You can leave the veggies crisp if you like but we like them super caramelized.  This is wonderful over rice (I throw a little scallion and soy in while its cooking), rice noodles, regular noodles or even in a tortilla as sort of an Asian fajita.  Anyway you make I promise you’ll love it!



    • 1 ½ Pound Petite Sirloin or Flank Steak Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain


    • ½ cup Soy Sauce


    • 3 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar


    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cornstarch


    • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger


    • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced


    • Couple dashes of Sriracha, or hot sauce or whatever spicy you have on hand ;)


    • 2 Tablespoons Canola or Peanut Oil


    • 1 whole Onion Sliced


    • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper Sliced


    • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper Sliced


    • Toasted Sesame Seeds for sprinkling (optional)


Mix the soy, sugar, cornstarch, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a large bowl.  Slice the meat super thin against the grain at an angle if possible and add to the marinade, cover or transfer to large Ziploc bag.  You can marinate this overnight, the morning of, the afternoon of whichever, the longer it sits the more flavor it will pick up, I do mine the morning of.

Slice the onions and peppers super thin and saute in oil in a large skillet until caramelized.  Remove from pan.

Cook the beef in the skillet working in small batches at a pretty high temp.  Let the meat sit in the pan and develop a good color before you start flipping it.  Repeat till all the meat is cooked.  Add veggies back in.

If you like yours a little more saucy feel free to make some more marinade and throw it in the pan after everything is cooked.  I don’t do this step as I find it saucy enough for mine.

Serve over rice or noodles or anything, this is delicious!!

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