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Overhead view of Chinese pepper steak and onions in a skillet.

Chinese Pepper Steak

An easy, delicious and budget-friendly dinner prepared in less than 30 minutes using simple ingredients!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4


  • cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger more or less, to taste
  • 2 ½ tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 medium green bell pepper cored, seeded and sliced into ¼ inch strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper cored, seeded and sliced into ¼ inch strips
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 to 1 ¼ pounds flank steak sliced into ¼ inch strips across the grain
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds optional garnish


  • Prepare the sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, ginger and corn starch in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 ½ tablespoons (half) of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the peppers and onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender crisp (stirring frequently). Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Transfer bell pepper and garlic mixture to a plate or bowl and return skillet to burner.
  • Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the skillet.  Add steak and cook for 5 minutes, or until browned on both sides and fully cooked (stirring frequently). Leave juices in the skillet with the steak.
  • Return peppers, onions and garlic to skillet with the steak and stir to combine. 
  • Pour in the sauce and stir to coat as evenly as possible. Cook for approximately 1 to 2 minutes (while stirring), or until sauce is thickened.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds when serving, if desired.


  • *Sirloin can be substituted for flank steak.