Pepper Steak Stir Fry

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese, American


This easy, pepper steak stir fry recipe features thinly sliced beef, sweet peppers and water chestnuts in a flavorful ginger stir fry sauce. It cooks on the stovetop in minutes, making it a great weeknight meal option. Top with fresh green onions and serve with rice for a complete takeout-inspired meal. 



  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 pounds flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1215 sweet peppers (or 3 bell peppers), thinly sliced
  • 2 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts
  • 23 green onions, thinly sliced (optional, for topping)


  1. In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil to medium high.
  2. Add crushed red pepper, garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
  3. Add sliced peppers and sauté, stirring occasionally until tender but not too soft – about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Remove beef from marinade and set marinade aside for later.
  6. Sauté beef, stirring occasionally, until browned – about 5 minutes.
  7. Add marinade and water chestnuts and cook unit sauce has thickened – about 2 minutes. Return peppers to pan.
  8. Remove from heat and allow sauce to thicken for a few minutes before serving.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, takeout, beef