Pepper Steak

I was sitting here feeling sort of smug in the fact that I cooked ahead this week so I wouldn’t have to scramble on Friday. And then I realized it’s Saturday.

I made pepper steak, which is a recipe I haven’t had in years but used to love. The Mr. thinks he’s never tried pepper steak of any kind before! It was easy – I like easy – so it may make more frequent appearances in our dinner rotation.

You’ll need: steak strips, garlic powder, butter, green onion, green pepper (cut into strips), tomato, beef broth, water, cornstarch, soy sauce.

An aside: I read this wrong and didn’t buy green onion, so I did it with white. It was fine. Mom says she’d done it that way too.

A second aside: A tomato? What? I don’t buy fresh tomatoes (except for salsa, now) because I just don’t like them! Reading that really made me hesitate – but I went ahead with the recipe as-written because I already knew I liked it! Recipe says to dice it, but I used my manual food processor and chopped the hell out of it. Smaller is better. A tomato. Sneaky mom.

Sprinkle steak with garlic powder and sauté in butter until browned. Add onions and peppers and cook until wilted. Add tomatoes and broth. Cover, and simmer 15min.

Mix water, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Stir into steak mixture and cook until thickened. Serve over rice. I like it sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Mr.H: Loved it.

The Full Recipe:

  • 1/2lb steak strips
  • 1tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1/3c. green onion
  • 1/2 green pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 sm. tomato (diced)
  • 1/3c. beef broth
  • 2tsp. water
  • 2tsp. cornstarch
  • 2tsp. soy sauce
  1. Sprinkle steak with garlic powder and sauté in butter until browned.
  2. Add onions &  peppers and cook until wilted.
  3. Add tomatoes & broth. Cover & simmer 15min.
  4. Mix water, cornstarch & soy sauce. Stir into steak mix. and cook until thickened.
  5. Serve over rice.


  1. Just so you know, the soy sauce you have in the photo probably isn’t gluten-free. Most of the non-expensive ones are brewed with wheat (resulting in what’s called shoyu in Japanese). What you want is tamari (wheat-free) soy sauce. But double-check the label because some tamari still has wheat it it.

    Looks tasty 🙂 I’ll have to try it some time.


    • It’s SUPPOSED to be, but I saw some “organic tamari” on the shelf at Drive Organics in Vancouver that had wheat in it. It was right next to the “wheat-free tamari”. First lesson of GF: if it comes in a package or bottle, ALWAYS read ALL of the fine print EVERY SINGLE TIME you buy it. The manufacturer may have changed the recipe since the last time you bought the stuff.


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