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Pepper steak is made with sirloin steak, onions, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, with tomatoes and soy sauce added, then served over a bed of white rice.

(Last Updated On: August 16, 2022)

This pepper steak recipe has onions, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers that are all cut into strips and simmered in soy sauce for about 50 minutes, then topped with tomato slices, simmered for a few more minutes, and then served over a bed of white rice.

Ingredients for Pepper Steak Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds of sirloin steak (or your choice of steak)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • Water (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 yellow, 1 red, and 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon of corn starch
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of uncooked white rice
Ingredients for pepper steak.
Ingredients for pepper steak.

Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

Preparing The Steak

To begin with, trim and discard any fat from the steak, then cut the sirloin steak into strips.

Steak cut into strips.
Steak cut into strips.

Then, put 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat and add the steak strips. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of salt together with 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of Lawry’s seasoned salt over the top of the steak.

Vegetable oil added to steak in a frying pan.
Steak in a frying pan.

The steak should be browned for about 20 minutes on medium-high heat or until the steak is browned to your liking.

Steak browned in a frying pan.
Steak browning in a frying pan.

Cutting Up The Vegetables For Pepper Steak

While the steak is browning for 20 minutes, cut the onion, the yellow, red, and orange bell peppers into slices, and cut the 4 tomatoes into fourths.

Sliced onions, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, and tomatoes are sliced for the pepper steak recipe.
Sliced onions, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Add about 2 cups of water (will need more water later) to the frying pan, then add the cut-up onion slices over the top of the steak. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 7 minutes.

Note: If you want the steak to be easier to chew, simmer the steak in the water for about an hour or more before adding any vegetables. Also, you would need to add more water.

Onions are added to the pepper steak strips in the frying pan.
Onions are added to the steak.

After 7 minutes, add the slices of yellow, red, and orange bell peppers together with the steak and onions in the frying pan. Then, simmer for 20 more minutes. At this time, prepare the white rice using the directions on the package.

Note: Also at this time, if the water level is low in the frying pan, add 1 more cup of water because the water level should be touching the bottom part of the vegetables.

Yellow, red and orange bell peppers added to the frying pan over the top of the steak and onions.
The yellow, red, and orange bell peppers are added to the steak.

Preparing The Soy Sauce

While the steak mixture is simmering, put 2 tablespoons of corn starch together with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce in a small bowl. Mix all together with a spoon.

Soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Cornstarch and soy sauce in a bowl.

During the 20 minutes of simmering the steak mixture, be sure to check the water level. The water level should slightly cover the steak and vegetables. Add any water now if you need to. Then, slowly add the corn starch soy sauce mixture. Continue to simmer until the water thickens into a sauce.

Steak, onions, and yellow, red, and orange bell peppers in a frying pan.
Pepper steak simmering in the frying pan.

Place the tomatoes on top of the steak, onions, and peppers during the last 5 minutes of the sauce thickening.

Tomatoes added to steak mixture the last five minutes of simmering.
Tomatoes are added to the steak mixture in the frying pan.

My family and I love the thickened sauce in this pepper steak recipe. The more you simmer the steak and vegetables, the thicker the sauce will get, which is a good thing, but we don’t want it too thick. If it does get too thick, add a little more water to thin it.

Pepper steak in the frying pan.
The sauce has thickened in the frying pan.

We love the taste of this pepper steak dinner. Also, not only is it a simple recipe to make, but it only uses one pan to cook it in so there’s not much time spent in the kitchen.

Pepper steak is served over a bed of white rice. Our side dish is mac and cheese. Enjoy!

Pepper steak on a plate.
Pepper Steak Recipe

Pepper Steak Recipe

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Pepper steak is made with sirloin steak, onions, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, with tomatoes and soy sauce added, then served over a bed of white rice.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $25
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 47 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lb sirloin steak (or your choice of steak)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • Water (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice

Instructions
 

  • Trim fat from steak.
  • Cut steak into strips.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Add steak.
  • Add seasonings.
  • Brown steak for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the onion, the yellow, red, and orange bell peppers into slices, and the tomatoes into fourths.
  • Add 2 cups of water and the onions slices in the frying pan.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for about 7 minutes.
  • Add the slices of yellow, red, and orange bell peppers to the frying pan.
  • Simmer for 20 more minutes. If the water level is low in the frying pan, add 1 more cup of water.
  • While that is simmering, prepare the white rice using the directions on the package.
  • Mix the corn starch together with the soy sauce.
  • The water level should slightly cover the steak and vegetables. Add water now if needed. Slowly stir in the corn starch soy sauce mixture. Continue to simmer until the water thickens into a sauce.
  • Then, place the tomatoes on top for the last 5 minutes of simmering until heated through.

Recipe Notes

  • The longer you simmer the steak in water before adding any vegetables, the tenderer it will be.
  • Mac and cheese is our favorite side dish with pepper steak.
  • Want some dessert after dinner, try this yummy peach cobbler.
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