I have a go-to method for cooking steak without a BBQ. Sear on both sides with salt and pepper at a really high heat, and then pop in the oven to finish it off. I was feeling a little adventurous, however, and wanted to try something new. I researched some new recipes and came across Beef with Peppers by none other than The Pioneer Woman. This recipe was easy, quick, healthy (other than the noodles I placed it on) and absolutely scrumptious. For a healthier version, try this atop wild rice. I bet it would be amazing.
Beef with Peppers by the Pioneer Woman
- 1-1/2 pound Flank Steak, Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain
- 1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 3 Tablespoons Sherry
- 2 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger
- 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 teaspoon Red Chile Paste (or A Few Dashes Red Chile Oil)
- 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
- 1 whole Medium Yellow Onion Sliced
- 2 whole Red Bell Peppers, Cored And Sliced Into Rings
- 1 Tablespoon Diced Fresh Jalapeno (or 1 Teaspoon Dice Hot Pepper)
- Red Pepper Flakes, For Sprinkling
- Cilantro Leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. When it is very hot, throw in the onions and cook for less than a minute. Remove to a separate plate. Return skillet to flame, allow to reheat, and add bell peppers (and hot pepper/jalapeno if using.) Cook for a minute, tossing, until peppers have brown/black bits but are still firm. Remove to a plate.
Return skillet to heat and allow to get hot. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add 1/3 of the meat mixture, evenly distributing over the surface of the skillet. Allow to sit for 20 to 30 seconds, then turn with tongs. Cook for another 30 seconds, then remove to a separate plate. Repeat with remaining meat until all brown.
Reduce heat to low. Add all meat, onions, and peppers to the skillet and toss to combine. Pour in remaining sauce (the sauce the meat marinated in*) and stir. Allow to simmer on low for a few minutes. Sauce will slowly thicken. Turn off heat.
*Update/Note: you can also whip up an extra batch of liquid if you do not want to use the same liquid you use for the meat.
Turn off boiling water, then throw in noodles. Stir, then allow noodles to sit in hot water for 8 minutes or so (check package directions to be sure.) Drain, then add 1/2 the noodles to stir fry. Toss together, then add more noodles to taste. Add very hot water if needed to thin.
Enjoy! Happy Monday!