Pepper Steak Recipe

Chinese Pepper Steak with Onions – juicy, delicious ribeye steak, flavorful bell peppers, and spicy onions tossed in a sweet and spicy broth-based sauce with ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and soy sauce for a dinner that will put any takeout Chinese Pepper Steak to shame.

PREP TIME: 15 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins TOTAL TIME: 30 mins



  • 2 lbs Ribeye steak (2-inch long thin slices)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 medium white onion (chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (divided in half)


  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ginger (minced)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1¼ cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch


  • In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the steak to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and place on a plate.
  • Add 1 tbsp vegetable to skillet. Add the peppers and onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile add garlic, black pepper, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, beef broth, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and corn starch to a medium bowl. Stir until well combined and add to the skillet.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Serve hot over rice and garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


  1. Partially freeze the steak for 1-hour before slicing. This will make it easier to cut the steak into super thin slices for the most flavor.
  2. Sear the steak in 2 separate batches. This will allow the steak to brown and not steam.
See also  Tennessee Peach Pudding