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How to Make Pepper Steak And Gravy

How to Make Pepper Steak And Gravy

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I know a lot of people search for how to make pepper steak and gravy, as it is a southern classic. Being a tad lazy, I have a version that uses just a cast-iron skillet and is a little zippier than what you are used to. My One Pot Pepper and Steak Dinner will soon become your favorite version of this meal, and one that your munchers will ask for over and over again.

Do you have a busy schedule and don’t have time to cook? Pepper steak and gravy is an easy dish that can be ready in less than an hour. Get the recipe below!


The secret to my dish is the use of multiple colored bell peppers and the little bonus of fresh Jalapenos. That gives both a sweet and zippy flavor burst to the dish. It kind of brings grandma’s pepper steak recipe into the new century. I also want to make sure you know about Cast Iron Skillet Care 101– it really pays to take care of your pan!

Where does pepper steak come from?

Pepper steak is an American dish that was created by the Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants in the 18th century, who then passed it on to other Americans. This Pepper Steak and Gravy recipe is super easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes to get on the table.

Do different colored bell peppers have different flavors?

Yes! Bell peppers come in different colors because they are made up of different types of antioxidants. Green bell peppers are the least sweet, while red bell peppers have the most sugar. Yellow and orange bell peppers fall in the middle.

The stronger the color of the bell peppers, the higher the concentration level of antioxidants. (Bell Pepper) Capsicums have been used for their medicinal values since ancient times but have only recently been documented by medical science.

Regardless, they are all tasty and healthy for you! The different colors in this dish just make it pretty. Just don’t tell the family how healthy it is and you will have them licking their plates!

What kind of steak is best to use for pepper steak?

For Pepper Steak and Gravy I normally like to use a sirloin steak, but any cut of beef will do. My favorite budget-friendly option right now? Flank Steak.

Flank steak is a cut of beef steak taken from the flank, which lies forward of the rear quarter of a cow, behind the plate. French butchers call it bavette, which means “bib”.

With the prices of meat jumping right now – that is a great cut that slices nicely and will fry up well.

How do you cut flank steak?

Flank steak should be cut against the grain. This means that you will be cutting perpendicular to the lines of muscle in the meat. If you don’t do this, your flank steak will be very tough and stringy when cooked.

How to Make Pepper Steak And Gravy

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 Jalapenos, diced
  • 1 pkg 8 oz flank steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 C brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 C soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

How to make Pepper Steak and Gravy

  • In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil over medium to high heat.
colored bell peppers on a plate for how to make pepper steak with gravy
  • Add the peppers and jalapenos to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  • Remove all peppers from the skillet and set them aside.
  • Add the flank steak strips to the pan and cook until there is no more pink visible in them.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and corn starch.
  • Add the peppers back into the skillet, and add the sauce.
  • Let simmer for 3 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Now that you know how to make Pepper Steak with Gravy, what do you plan to serve it with? Rice or Potatoes? If you want to go with an Asian flair, by all means, serve this over white rice and enjoy. If you want more of a Southern feel, use mashed potatoes or even serve it over a sliced open baked potato. You might want to check out our Super Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Print off our Pepper Steak with Gravy recipe here:

Yield: 4 servings

How To Make Pepper Steak With Gravy

How To Make Pepper Steak With Gravy

My One Pot Pepper and Steak Dinner will soon become your favorite version of this meal, and one that your munchers will ask for over and over again.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 pkg 8 oz flank steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil over medium to high heat.
  2. Add the peppers and jalapenos to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Remove all peppers from the skillet and set them aside.
  4. Add the flank steak strips to the pan and cook until there is no more pink visible in them.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and corn starch.
  6. Add the peppers back into the skillet, and add the sauce.
  7. Let simmer for 3 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Notes

Now that you know how to make Pepper Steak with Gravy, what do you plan to serve it with? Rice or Potatoes?

If you want to go with an Asian flair, by all means, serve this over white rice and enjoy.

If you want more of a Southern feel, use mashed potatoes or even serve it over a sliced open baked potato.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1789mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 20g
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