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Fresh ginger and a trio of bell peppers in this Pepper Steak Stir-Fry result in loads of flavor and a colorful entrée for your dinner table. 

A plate of Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

Just recently, we discovered the phenomenal difference using fresh ginger root instead of ground ginger makes in our favorite salad dressing and stir fry recipes. Yes, this food blogger must confess that even if a recipe called for fresh ginger root, I substituted ground ginger because I always had it in my pantry (thinking it didn’t really matter). Well, let me just tell you…take one taste of this Pepper Steak Stir-Fry made with fresh ginger root and you’ll become a believer like me!

A close up of ingredients for Pepper Steak Stir-Fry with bell peppers, garlic, and ginger

This easy recipe starts with a trio of beautiful bell peppers in red, yellow, and green, but feel free to use orange bell peppers or a combination of just two instead of three colors. The peppers are stir fried for a few minutes with green onion, garlic, and the fresh ginger root. Get yourself ready for a delicious aroma as you prepare this dish!

Slice a one-pound lean sirloin steak across the grain into thin strips and then allow it to marinate for 15 minutes before stir frying, or “flash frying”. I love how fast this recipe comes together and also love that this cooking method always results in very tender meat.

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River Bluff Trail | Norris Dam State Park | Wild Ginger Root

Do you ever wonder how people discover things like ginger root? John and I went hiking a couple of weeks ago along the River Bluff Trail in Norris Dam State Park when the wildflowers were in full bloom.

I had my camera and was snapping away along the trail. Other than trillium, I had no idea what we were seeing until a few real wildflower enthusiasts started pointing out trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, and GINGER ROOT! (Don’t worry…I didn’t dig up my own ginger root, haha!).

A plate of  Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

More stir fry recipes!

Generally speaking, stir fry recipes are a healthier dinner option and are a great way to incorporate more veggies into your meal. Here are a few of my favorites:

Pepper Steak Stir Fry Recipe

I sometimes like serving Pepper Steak Stir-Fry over quinoa instead of rice—it’s always a good idea to add in a few healthy alternatives here and there!

A bowl of  Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

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A plate of Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

Fresh ginger and a trio of bell peppers in this Pepper Steak Stir-Fry result in loads of flavor and a colorful entrée for your dinner table.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Beef
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 373 kcal



  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper (or more/less to taste)


  • 1 lb. sirloin steak (cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 large yellow bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 2 green onions (sliced and divided)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)



  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Pork over sliced sirloin in a large ziplock bag. Seal the bag and shake gently to coat all the meat. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the peppers and the white part of the green onions, ginger, and garlic for about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the wok and add half of the marinated steak, reserving the marinade. Stir fry 2 to 3 minutes until browned; transfer to the plate. Repeat with the remaining steak; and again transfer to the plate.
  • Pour the reserved marinade into the wok. Cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the previously cooked ingredients and stir. Cook a couple of minutes until heated through. Add the green onion tops and give it one more stir.
  • Serve immediately over rice or quinoa.


Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 33gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 641mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
Keyword fresh ginger, pepper steak, sirloin steak, stir fry
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  1. 5 stars
    I just logged on again to print the recipe out. I have made this several times because it is absolutely delicious! I have also supplemented the ginger with ground ginger and its still good. I will be making this for the rest of my life! Thank you!

    1. Bryan, what a great review! So glad this is a repeat recipe for you—it’s definitely on my favorite list, as well!

  2. 4 stars
    Enjoyed this recipe. I added a few more veggies like cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli. Then topped with toasted cashews.
    I found it a bit salty so the next time I make it I will sub some of the soy sauce and add beef stock.

  3. I used elk steak in this recipe and it still turned out delicious. I liked someone’s idea of using broccoli too. I’ll do that next time.

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