A flavorful meal that tastes like it’s been simmering for hours, this Pepper Steak Over Rice uses flank steak and your veggies of choice for a 30-minute meal that’s sure to impress. This cheap healthy meal is perfect for a weeknight dinner or entertaining guests.
Boy, do I have a treat for you today: Pepper Steak Over Rice. There’s not really anything I can say about it except for YUM. I use flank steak and vegetables of choice, but you can surely make it your own when you make it! That’s right – this flavorful and delicious recipe takes under 30 minutes, but will taste like it’s been slow cooking for hours….even days! There’s nothing like the fragrant smell of pepper steak over rice when you’re coming in after a long day.
A 30-Minute Meal so simple even the kids can help!
Even better is that sometimes, if I’m the one cooking it, I’ll walk outside even into the cold night air, and then back in – just to smell it like it’s new. I’m a big fan of quick and easy recipes, that also happen to be delicious and easy to cook. This one’s so easy, the kids can help!
Budget-friendly flank steak for a cheap healthy meal!
Flank steak holds a special place in my family’s heart. My dad will buy it every Christmas and then grill it with freshly made french fries and a green salad. It used to be our once in a year meal, but lately he does it at least two or three times a year; sometimes in the summer! We always have leftover flank steak, and to me, that’s the perfect opportunity to throw together this easy and simply delicious meal for your family or for a dinner party! Valentine’s Day? Whatever. The sky is the limit!
I love to watch it cook and to smell it cook, and then to plate it and eat it and have everyone say, “Can I have seconds?”. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve found a way to love flank steak much more than once a year, and in a few different forms.
- 1 lb flank steak, sliced in thin strips
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 small onion, about 1/3 cup diced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger (alternately you can use 1 teaspoon dried, ground ginger)
- 1/2 cup fresh matchstick carrots
- 1 cup fresh broccoli
- 5-6 mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- Optional: thin-sliced green onions for garnish
- Place steak, oil, garlic, and onion into a large skillet.
- Heat on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent and beef is browned.
- Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger.
- Heat on medium heat for 2 minutes until all sugar is dissolved and mixed well.
- Stir in carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms. Heat 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often.
- Mixture will begin to bubble and boil.
- At the end of cooking, stir in cornstarch and water mixture until thick.
- Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions if desired.
Home Chef Tip: To have your kids help in the kitchen, show them how to peel ginger with a spoon.
How would you customize this skillet meal?
I’d love to hear what vegetables you would use! Broccoli and carrots are both favorites in our household, and the green onions are a nice option for extra flavor. I have tried it with asparagus and portobello mushrooms before and it’s just as good. Another alternative to rice is that when you have leftover pasta in the house, you can make this up and then plate it over a bed of spaghetti or ziti or anything similar. We did that once because we had run out of rice and both kids asked for it again just like that! I think it’s great to have a number of flavorful and simple weeknight dinner options.
What do you think? Would you plate it over rice or over pasta? Or try both in one night? Would you add this recipe to your lineup of fun weekday or weekend meals?
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