July 22, 2014

30 Minute Easy Pepper Steak

So, I don't personally eat red meat. However, my boyfriend does and since we live together, I like to indulge him every once in awhile. He eats a lot of chicken. ;-)

I found this recipe for a simple sounding Asian pepper steak stir fry and decided to surprise him. He loved it! So, based on his opinion, this recipe is a keeper.


I never cook red meat so I was a little nervous, but this might just be the simplest way ever! I bought a pound of flank steak and sliced it into thin strips. Marinate the steak with some soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, corn starch, and of course pepper. Slice up some bell peppers, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Stir fry it all together and that's it! Serve with rice or quinoa on the side. Not counting the marination time for the steak, this took a mere 30 minutes. I'd say that's worth all the smiles and kisses I got from Greg when he walked in on a steak dinner. :-)




I just love all the colors in this. You could easily sub out the steak with chicken, shrimp, or tofu. If you do, let me know how it is! I'll have to try it sometime.

30 Minute Pepper Steak Stir Fry

Ingredients
Marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Pepper Steak:
1 lb thinly sliced pepper steak (I sliced it myself and bought the steak at my local Sprouts)
2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
Multi colored bell peppers, thinly sliced (I used those precious mini ones that come in a bag, about 10 if you use those)
2 green onions (thinly sliced, separating the white from the green)
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger (I am not a big fan of ginger so I put a little less)
4 garlic cloves, minced

Directions
Add all marinade ingredients to a gallon sized bag or a large bowl. Stir to combine, then add sliced steak. Make sure all steak is covered in the marinade and refrigerate. I let it sit for about an hour.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sliced peppers, white part of the onions, ginger and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remove veggies and set aside.

Add half the steak with a spoon with holes to conserve the marinade and saute for 2-3 minutes until browned. Toss steak to ensure both sides cook. Remove and set aside with veggies. Repeat with the remaining steak. Add reserved marinade to the pan and saute until thickened for about 1 minute. Add all veggies, steak, and the green part of the onions and stir to combine for an additional minute. Remove from heat.

Serve over rice or quinoa or eat a side of veggies. I sprinkled sesame seeds for looks.

Enjoy!

Jessica

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