Pepper steak

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For the French dish consisting of steak seasoned with cracked black peppercorns, see Steak au poivre.
Pepper steak
Pepper steak
Course Entree
Place of origin China
Region or state Fujian
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Beef, pepper
Cookbook: Pepper steak  Media: Pepper steak

Pepper steak (Chinese: or 牛肉, pinyin: qīngjiāo niúròu; Japanese: チンジャオロース, chinjaorōsu; also called green pepper steak) is a stir-fried Chinese American dish consisting of sliced beef steak (often flank, sirloin, or round) cooked with sliced green and/or red bell peppers and other seasonings such as soy sauce and ginger, and usually thickened with cornstarch. Sliced onions and bean sprouts are also frequent additions to the recipe.

Evidence for the dish's existence in the United States dates from at least 1948.[1] The dish originated from Fujian cuisine, where it was known as qīngjiāo ròusī ().[1] In the original dish the meat used was pork and the seasonings were relatively light compared to pepper steak.

Similar dishes include a dish called chin-jao rōsu (青椒肉絲) found in Japanese Chinese cuisine and Steak au poivre found in french cuisine.

Use in popular culture[edit]

The dish was mentioned in the film The Blues Brothers as being served in the Joliet State Prison on Thursdays by Jake Blues (John Belushi). It was also mentioned in the first episode of the Japanese Anime "Cowboy Bebop" with the exception that there was no meat in it, because the crew members were too poor to afford it.


  1. ^ 中国烹饪协会. 中国八大菜系:闽菜. 福建大酒家: 中国职工音像出版社.  ISRC: CN-A47-99-302-00/V.G4

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