Stir-fried pepper steak

While I’ve been swamped by a tidal wave of work in the past few weeks, two good things have happened. One, my sister-in-law arrived with a suitcase of farm meat (vastly superior to anything in all but the poshest butchers) and two, dearest husband has devised a very tasty thing to do with it. I’m thinking of pretending I have a lot of work on more often.

Stir-Fried Pepper Steak

Stir-fried pepper steak

This is how my lovely husband cooks this dish, which he has devised to fit in with his after work schedule. His other commitments after work three nights a week include being glued to his work phone, playing princesses, cajoling the Small Girl into the bath and generally having the household in order by the time I get home from work. If you don’t eat meat, you could try this treatment with tofu or those Quorn things that I always feel a bit suspicious of.

500g steak – we used porterhouse, but you could use Scotch fillet or even rump – sliced into 1.5cm x 2.5cm strips

3 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp fish sauce

a 3cm knob of fresh ginger, finely grated

2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

a bunch of spring onions, finely chopped

3 Tbsp black peppercorns

2 Tbsp oil

enough vegetables of your choice – mushrooms, beans, peppers, broccoli – for four

Put the steak, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic and spring onions in a bowl and toss well until the meat is well cover. Cover and set aside to marinate for 45 minutes (if leaving it for longer, put it in the fridge and let the meat return to room temperature before cooking).

Crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle (or put them in a heavy plastic bag and pulverise with a hammer). Add them to the steak and stir to coat.

Heat a large, heavy pan until a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Add the oil, then cook the steak for about three minutes. Remove to a clean bowl and set aside to rest. Stir-fry the vegetables (pour any leftover marinade into the frying pan) until just cooked. Remove the pan from the heat, toss in the steak strips and stir to combine. Serve with rice. Serves four.

Who does the weeknight cooking in your house?



  1. March 19, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    I love stir fried steak (especially with egg noodles), this looks like a quick and easy dish to make x

  2. March 19, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    I'm looking at buying meat direct from the farm soon. Though when I told my husband, he pointed out that our fridge/freezer couldn't handle it. I guess I have eyes bigger than my freezer. 🙂

  3. March 19, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    This sounds like a lovely meal to have waiting for you when you come home. Who does the weeknight cooking? Well, obviously that's only a problem when the cook and the butler both have the night off.

  4. April 29, 2013 / 8:23 am

    Wow! This dish is very inviting and I think my kids will like this, because they love eating this kind of delicious food. I will definitely create this one for them.

    Best Stir Fry

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