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A Culinary Journey: Green Pepper Steak with Savory Sauce


Calling all stir-fry lovers! This Green Pepper Steak recipe is a flavor explosion waiting to happen. Tender slices of marinated beef are stir-fried with crisp bell peppers, onions, and a savory sauce that will tantalize your taste buds. Served over fluffy white rice, this dish is a quick and easy weeknight meal that's packed with protein and vegetables.


  • The Star of the Show:
    • 1 pound sirloin or round steak, thinly sliced against the grain - Slicing the meat thinly ensures quick and even cooking. Choose sirloin or round steak for a flavorful and budget-friendly option.
  • The Savory Marinade:
    • ¼ cup soy sauce, divided - Soy sauce adds a salty and umami flavor to the beef.
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar - A touch of sweetness helps balance the savory flavors.
  • The Thickening Agent:
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch - This helps create a silky and slightly thickened sauce.
  • The Flavorful Broth:
    • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth - Adds depth and richness to the sauce. You can substitute chicken broth for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • The Aromatics:
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided - Oil is used for stir-frying the beef and vegetables.
    • 2 large bell peppers, cubed (red, green, or both) - Bell peppers add vibrant color, a touch of sweetness, and a slightly grassy flavor. Choose your favorite color or use a combination for a more vibrant dish.
    • 1 large onion, sliced into wedges - Provides a mild onion flavor and a delightful textural contrast.
  • The Flavor Boosters:
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - Freshly ground black pepper adds a touch of warmth.
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced - Aromatic garlic adds a pungent and essential flavor to the dish.
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or grated - Fresh ginger adds a warming and slightly sweet flavor that complements the other ingredients beautifully.
  • The Optional Kick:
    • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) - For those who like a bit of heat, crushed red pepper flakes add a spicy kick. Adjust the amount to your preference.
  • The Finishing Touches:
    • 2 large tomatoes, cubed (or several small) - Tomatoes add a touch of acidity and freshness to the dish.
  • Serving Suggestions:
    • Cooked rice - A bed of fluffy white rice is the perfect base to soak up the flavorful sauce.
    • Soy sauce for serving (optional) - Serve additional soy sauce on the side for those who want to adjust the saltiness to their preference.


  1. Marinating for Flavor: In a shallow bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and the granulated sugar. Add the thinly sliced steak and toss to coat evenly. Marinate the beef for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes, to allow the flavors to develop.
  2. Creating the Sauce Thickener: In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the cornstarch and low-sodium beef broth until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Set this mixture aside.
  3. Searing the Beef: Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add half of the marinated beef and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until browned. Avoid overcrowding the pan for even browning. Transfer the cooked beef to a plate and keep warm. Repeat this process with another tablespoon of oil and the remaining beef.
  4. Stir-frying the Vegetables: Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan. Increase the heat to high and add the bell peppers and onions. Stir-fry for 5-8 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender and slightly charred around the edges. The charring adds a smoky flavor to the dish.
  5. Aromatics and Heat (Optional): Reduce the heat to medium and add the minced garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using). Stir-fry for about a minute until fragrant, releasing the wonderful aromas of the garlic and ginger.
  6. Bringing it All Together: Pour the cooked beef and any accumulated juices back into the pan with the vegetables. Add the reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  7. The Finishing Touch: Gently fold in the cubed tomatoes, taking care not to break them apart. Heat through for a minute or two, until warmed through.
  8. Serve: Plate your delicious Green Pepper Steak over fluffy white rice and serve with additional soy sauce for those who desire more salty depth. Enjoy!