This authentic Chinese beef and pepper stir-fry is better and tastier than any takeout dinner. Thin slices of beef sirloin steak are quickly stir-fried with onion, peppers, and fermented black beans. Pepper steak stir-fry takes less than 20 minutes to make, which is faster than takeout or delivery.

Chinese pepper steak stir fry is best to serve hot with rice

If you feel like a Chinese pepper steak for dinner, this pepper steak stir-fry in black bean sauce is the simplest dish you can make at home. You will enjoy the juicy beef slices with crisp and tender peppers in a savory black bean sauce. Bring on the rice bowl!

Itโ€™s a hassle-free, quick, and much tastier and healthier than your local Chinese takeout order. So why bother dragging yourself out or ordering expensive delivery?

If you have basic Chinese condiments like dark soy sauce, shaoxing rice wine, and fermented black beans, you will have a delicious and healthy dinner in 20 minutes with this recipe.

I used beef sirloin steak, but you can use any tender cut of beef instead.

What are fermented black beans?

Chinese fermented black beans (douchi) is commonly used in Chinese cuisine.

Fermented black beans (่ฑ†่ฑ‰, douchi) are made by salting and fermenting black soybeans. (These beans are not the regular black beans. The fermenting process is what turns the beans black.)

They are very salty and lightly bitter, which yields a sharp, pungent, and earthy flavor. These fermented black beans are used as a seasoning in a wide variety of Chinese recipes. They can be turned into black bean paste or black bean sauce in a bottle that you find at Asian market.

Can I use pre-made black bean sauce in the bottle instead?

Yes. Although I found using the fermented black beans gives more depth to the dish, you can substitute with bottled black bean sauce or paste with a little more amount.

Beef sirloin and bell peppers are stir fried together with black bean paste in a skillet

Recipe Tips

  • Rinse out the fermented black beans roughly to get rid of access salt and bitterness before using them in this recipe.
  • Add a tiny bit of baking soda to the beef when you do a quick marinade. It helps tenderize the meat fast.
  • Make sure to prepare all the ingredients first, so they are ready to go before you start cooking. Stir-frying requires a fast cooking action on a high flame. Therefore you canโ€™t pause in the middle of the stir-frying process to get the other ingredients ready.
  • Using a Chinese wok is best for stir-frying. If not, use a heavy duty skillet, such as cast iron or carbon steel, with a larger capacity that gives enough room for the stir-frying action without crowding. Non-stick coated skillets are not ideal for stir-frying.

How to make Chinese pepper steak stir-fry

Thinly sliced beef is seasoned with dark and light soy sauces, shaoxing rice wine, and baking soda.

Slice beef steak thinly against the grain and put them in a bowl. Add dark sou sauce, light soy sauce, shaoxing wine, and baking soda. Toss the beef well to coat; Set aside for 5 minuters. Baking soda will tenderize the beef nicely.

Mix the stir-fry sauce in advance before you start the stir-frying.

Meanwhile mix chicken stock, sugar, shaoxing wine, potato starch (or cornstarch), and sesame oil in a small bowl; set aside.

Chinese fermented black beans are roughly chopped.

Rinse the fermented black beans with water once. I like to roughly chop them but that’s an optional. Set it aside.

Stir-fry seasoned beef in a hot skillet or wok until brown.

Heat a wok or skillet over high heat until it smokes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok. Add beef and stir-fry until beef is almost cooked but not fully. Transfer beef to a plate.

Garlic, ginger, and douchi are added and stir-fried until fragrant.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add ginger, garlic, and rinsed black beans and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

Add the peppers and onion and stir-fry with black bean seasoning to make Chinese pepper steak stir-fry.

Add onion and pepper slices and continue to stir-fry until they are tender crisp, about 2 minutes.

Brown beef and stir-fry sauce is added at last to complete the pepper steak stir-fry.

Return the beef to the wok and pour in the chicken stock. It should thicken the sauce immediately. Serve immediately with rice.

Chinese beef and pepper stir-fry is served with rice
Tender beef steak stir-fry with pepper is served hot with rice
Chinese pepper steak stir fry is best to serve hot with rice

Chinese Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Authentic Chinese beef and pepper stir-fry is easy to make at home and tastier than any takeout dinner. Thin slices of beef sirloin steak are quickly stir-fried with onion, peppers, and fermented black beans. It takes only 20 minutes from start to finish.
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Ingredients

For the sauce

Instructions 

  • In a shallow bowl, combine beef with soy sauces, rice wine, and baking soda; toss together and set aside.
  • Make the sauce; mix chicken stock, sugar, potato starch (or cornstarch), shaoxing wine, and sesame oil in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Rinse the fermented black beans with water once. I like to roughly chop them but that's an optional. Set it aside.
  • Heat a wok or skillet over high heat until it smokes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok. Add beef steak slices and stir-fry until beef is almost cooked but not fully. Transfer beef to a plate.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add ginger, garlic, and rinsed black beans and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add onion and pepper slices and continue to stir-fry until they are tender crisp, about 2 minutes.
  • Return the beef to the wok and pour in the chicken stock. It should thicken the sauce immediately.
Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 795mg, Potassium: 525mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1060IU, Vitamin C: 65mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 3mg
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