As far as Filipino recipes go, pepper steak stir fry doesn’t really belong to the list of traditional Filipino dishes but it sure does entice the Filipino palate. This pepper steak stir fry recipe is sort of a homage to the authentic Chinese pepper steak stir fry recipe while also incorporating flavors that Filipinos love.
Yes! Pepper steak stir fry is actually a Chinese American dish where it originated from Fujian cuisine and was originally named as qingjiao rousi. It quickly became popular in America when it was first served in Chinese restaurants and eventually evolved to the delicious dish we see today.
From the name alone, people may think that for this recipe, we’ll be using a certain type of meat called pepper steak but no, we’re gonna be cooking with simple beef cut it slices. Pepper steak stir fry merely got its name because it uses the delicious combination of beefsteak and pepper. The beefsteak used for this recipe is most commonly flank, sirloin, or round.
I really got enamored with this dish when I first tried it at a Chinese restaurant in the city and it seems such a simple enough dish at first glance that uses simple ingredients. And that’s mostly accurate but what surprised me was the delicious explosion in my mouth on the first bite and on every bite afterward.
The thickness of the savory sauce creates a perfect balance of flavors as it coats the beef and slices of bell peppers with just that sweet hint of spiciness. The combination of the mix of flavor brought by the ingredients and seasonings dances in the palate. And everything goes perfectly with the white rice it’s served with. It was such a refreshing and filling meal.
It’s one of my favorite dishes to order at any Chinese restaurant to see the differences in their recipes. Admittedly, not all pepper steak stir fry recipes from various Chinese restaurants are created equal so I always go back to that original Chinese restaurant if I’m craving pepper steak fry.
And it can be tiring at times because of the traffic and the general chaos of the commute just to get to this restaurant and order pepper steak stir fry but it’s honestly worth it. But I would also like to get this delicious dish at home without the stress of a commute. So I went and do some research on recipes to and try to recreate the dish from that Chinese restaurant.
Through scouring various recipes online and tasting the pepper steak stir fry dish from my favorite Chinese restaurant to try to decipher all the ingredients they used and plain old trial and error, I think I managed to get the perfect pepper steak stir fry recipe and it can all be cooked homemade.
And just in time actually as I had guests coming over that following weekend for dinner. This homemade pepper steak stir fry recipe is just the perfect dish to serve to properly impress them with a delicious meal.
So of course, I had to first get the best ingredients for this dish. I got 1 ½ inch of thick beefsteak, 3 bell peppers, ½ lb of mushroom, red wine, bouillon cubes, and red pepper flakes. From my pantry, I already have large yellow onions, hot peppers, extra virgin olive oil, butter, garlic, flour, salt, and soy sauce. I’ll be listing all the ingredients and measurements down below.
The preparation for this dish can be a bit time consuming but it’s all worth it at the end. The steak needs to be thinly sliced across the grain and the vegetables also need to be prepared. The peppers need to be sliced as wells as the mushrooms and the onions.
Now for the cooking process!
In a hot pan on medium high heat, melt the butter in the extra virgin olive oil then add the sliced yellow onions and sautee in the pan. Next is to add the whole garlic cloves and slices of peppers and mash then mash into the oil.
Now for the exciting part, time to add the meat! Brown the slices of steak in the pan. Afterward, add the mushrooms, then add the wine, flour, and 1 cube of bouillon to create the delicious sauce. The last thing to do is season the ingredients with salt or soy sauce, pepper or hot pepper to taste.
Happily serve it over white rice or as is and prepare to chow down to delicious pepper steak stir fry.
Pepper Steak Stir Fry Recipe
- 1 ½ inch thick beef steak
- 2 – 3 bell peppers
- 2 large yellow onions thinly sliced
- ½ hot pepper
- 2 -3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 – 5 cloves garlic
- ½ lb mushroom thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp flour
- 3 tbsp red wine
- 1 bouillon cube
- Salt or soy sauce
- Pinch of red pepper flakes to taste
- Slice uncooked steak into thin slice across the grain then prepare vegetables: core and slice peppers, peel onions and thinly slice, peel garlic, then clean mushroom and slice.
- Melt butter in oil then add onions and sauté over medium high heat.
- Add whole garlic cloves and sliced peppers then mash into oil.
- Brown steak and add mushrooms then add whine, flour, and bouillon.
- Season to taste with salt or soy sauce, pepper and hot pepper, to taste.
- Serve as is, or over rice or chow men noodles, or in sub sandwiches topped with caramelized onions. Season with soy sauce, if desired.