Savory Chinese Pepper Steak with Onions: A Quick and Easy Delight


Chinese Pepper Steak with Onions is a classic dish that brings the zest and tang of traditional Chinese flavors right to your kitchen. This dish, known for its tender beef strips and a harmonious blend of bell peppers and onions, is a family favorite. Its unique blend of spices and soy sauce creates a rich, aromatic sauce that perfectly complements the beef. Ideal for a quick weeknight dinner or a special weekend feast, this recipe is not only delicious but also surprisingly easy to prepare. The use of an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot makes the cooking process a breeze, ensuring that the beef is succulently tender and the vegetables retain their vibrant colors and crunch.


  • 1.5 lb beef strips (thinly sliced round steaks recommended)
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thick slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thick slices
  • 1/2 onion, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Place the beef strips, green and red bell peppers, and onion slices into the electric pressure cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic powder, ground ginger, black pepper, and brown sugar over the beef and vegetables.
  3. Drizzle soy sauce and pour beef broth into the cooker.
  4. Stir the mixture gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Secure the lid of the pressure cooker, ensuring it’s properly closed. Set the pressure to high and cook for 15 minutes.

How to Prepare

  1. After cooking, perform a quick release of pressure, or for a more tender steak, allow a natural release.
  2. Remove the lid and switch the cooker to sauté mode.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of cold water with cornstarch, then stir this mixture into the beef and vegetables.
  4. Allow the sauce to boil for 3 to 5 minutes until it begins to thicken.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes (plus additional time for pressure release)
  • Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes


This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.


  1. Can I use other cuts of beef? Yes, flank steak or sirloin are good alternatives.
  2. Can I make this in a regular pot? Yes, but cooking times may vary.
  3. Is it gluten-free? Use gluten-free soy sauce to make it gluten-free.
  4. Can I add other vegetables? Absolutely! Try adding mushrooms or carrots.
  5. How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Chinese Pepper Steak with Onions is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to create a dish that’s both comforting and exotic. Its easy preparation and quick cooking time make it an ideal choice for busy weeknights. The blend of tender beef, crisp peppers, and savory sauce offers a delightful experience for your taste buds. Whether you’re new to Chinese cuisine or a seasoned aficionado, this dish is sure to impress. So, gather your ingredients and let’s embark on a culinary journey that promises to be as enjoyable as it is delicious!