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Top down of peppers and steak in a skillet

I’m all about finding quick, easy, and delicious meals. Who isn’t? Sure, I love rolling up my sleeves every once in a while and cooking up a storm, but most of the time I’m looking for the fastest, easiest way to feed my hungry family. Enter the 15-minute skillet pepper steak recipe.

This meal takes just 15 minutes to prepare, as the name suggests, and even better, it’s all cooked using one skillet! This means less clean-up. An easy meal with only a few dishes? Yes, please! And all the more so when it’s as tasty as this one. Check out the video below to see how it all comes together.

Close up of a forkful of steak and peppers
A bowl of steak and peppers

To get started on this quick, simple dinner, season steak with salt and pepper. Then, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add steak to the skillet and stir-fry until browned on the exterior but not fully cooked, about 2 minutes.

Next, transfer the steak to a medium bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Toss well to combine. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add peppers in an even layer. Cook, tossing occasionally, until just tender, about 4 minutes.

For the next step, go ahead and push the peppers to one side of the skillet and return the steak to the other side of the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir garlic into peppers and cook for 1 minute more. Garnish steak with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve up hot!

I love that you can have this meal as-is, or dress it up any way you want. Add some rice and make yourself a nice steak and veggie bowl, grab some tortillas and make fajitas, or simply add a few sides to round out the meal as you see fit. Check out the full ingredient list and recipe below!

Close up of peppers and steak

Makes 4 servings

15m prep time

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces top round beef, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or other neutral oil), divided
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Sesame seeds for topping (optional)
Preparation
  1. Season steak with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add steak to the skillet and stir-fry until browned on the exterior but not fully cooked, about 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer steak to a medium bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Toss well to combine.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add peppers in an even layer. Cook, tossing occasionally, until just tender, about 4 minutes.
  4. Push the peppers to one side of the skillet and return the steak to the other side of the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir garlic into peppers and cook for 1 minute more.
  5. Garnish steak with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve up hot!

Recipe adapted from Pure Wow.

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