Mennonite Girls Can Cook is a collection of recipes which were posted daily for a period of ten years from 2008 to 2018. We have over 3,000 delicious recipes that we invite you to try. The recipes can be accessed in our recipe file by category or you can use the search engine.

Recipe Search

Pepper Steak

This recipe has been a frequent request these last 30ish years. It is definitely company fare and the recipe is often requested, but it is quick and easy enough for a weekday family dinner as well.
  • 2 lbs of round steak or sirloin
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (or more if you like it hot)
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 3 large peppers (green, red, and yellow for color)
  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Extra Water
  1. Cut meat into thin 1/4" strips, against the grain, this makes it more tender then if you cut it with the grain.
  2. In a bowl combine next seven ingredients and marinade for one hour.
  3. Drain meat and reserve marinade.
  4. Add enough water to the marinade to make 2 cups.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in the marinade.
  6. In a wok or large skillet on high with the oil stir fry all the veggies, remove into a bowl when the colors are bright and veggies are still crunchy, this takes about 4 minutes, you will add this back when the meat is done.
  7. Stir fry meat, in batches til brown. Combine all the browned meat in the wok or large skillet.
  8. Add marinade that has had the extra water added.
  9. Reduce heat to low and cover and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and the raw cornstarch taste is gone.
  10. Add the stir fried veggies, heat through.
  11. Goes well with rice.
This is so delicious, serves about 8 hungry people.


  1. I will have to share this with a few that love "pepper steak."

  2. Charlotte, I'll be making this very soon ..perhaps even tonight..I used to make it all the time, we loved it but somehow I forgot about it and the recipe has vanished.

  3. I will side with Lovella. I used to make this and it fell off the radar. Thanks for putting it back on there. Will be making soon...

  4. Ruthanne said . . .
    I agree, I will have to make this very soon - maybe for after church on Sunday. I had forgotten how yummy it would look but you did capture it and certainly made me hungry for it.
    I love your site and try to read it every day.

  5. Charlotte, I've never made this but I know my hubby would love it!
    Stir fries are so nice when you've only cooking for two.

  6. This looks excellent. Hubby is phobic about peppers, so I'll have to try it with other veggies, but it sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh boy! You hit on a favorite at our house, too. We make it a little different, but my mouth is watering wishing for some. time it gets cold..yep.
    I can hardly wait!

    My mother gave me her recipe and it has been passed down to my children. It is a family favorite.

  8. A friend of mine recently sent me your blog address. I made the pepper steak tonight for dinner. My husband always talks about his mother's pepper steak and how much he likes it. Don't tell her I said so, but your pepper steak recipe was better! You Mennonite girls CAN cook! (We Baptist girls ain't too shabby ourselves!)Thanks!

  9. This recipe sounds delicious! I am making it tonight... thanks Charlotte!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.