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Jamaican pepper steak recipe

Jamaican pepper steak is one of my favourite meat dishes. I use to love when my grandmother would prepare this dish for Sunday dinner.

Jamaican pepper steak

This pepper steak recipe yield a Jamaican stir-fried dish made with sliced beef steak cooked with colourful bell pepper strips and seasoned with thyme, ginger and other Jamaican seasoning.

When I was a little girl I use to think this was the most decorative main dish with all the colourful bell pepper strips.

I never liked eating bell peppers but when cooked in the pepper steak I loved it.

How To Make Pepper Steak From Scratch

Making Jamaican pepper steak from scratch is much easier that you may think. The hardest part of cooking this dish is waiting for it to finish.

  • After washing the meat, cut it into strips and seasoned with ginger, onion, garlic, thyme, scallion, browning sauce, beef/all-purpose seasoning.

I like to season the beef before I cook it to maximise flavour.

This may be a little time consuming because I have separate the seasoning and the beef when it’s time to cook.

You may choose to season the beef steak with just the beef/all-purpose seasoning and the browning sauce and instead add all the other ingredients to the pot.

  • Heat a small amount of cooking oil in a skillet pan. Separate the seasoning from the beef.
  • Separate the seasoning from the beef and add the beef strips to the pan to brown.
  • Add the seasoning that you just separated to the pan and stir.
  • Pour enough water or beef stock into the pan that cover the steak.
  • Cook for twenty to thirty minutes, until the liquid is reduced.
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  • Add the bell pepper and cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
  • With the heat on low, cook for a few more minutes for that the sauce thicken and the bell peppers softened.

What To Serve It With

Jamaican Sunday Dinner

 Pepper steak is best served with a side of rice and and peas the recipe you can find here.

Rice and peas with Jamaican pepper steak makes a great Sunday dinner.

This delicious main also goes when with boiled dumping, boiled green banana and boiled pumpkin or yellow yam

Jamaican pepper steak with rice and peas

It time to try Jamaican pepper steak, I promise you will enjoy the recipe below.

Storing Leftovers And Reheating

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, place in the microwave for about 4 minutes on high or until completely heated through.

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Jamaican pepper steak

Jamaican pepper steak recipe

Jamaican pepper steak recipe, simple easy, saucy and quick beef dish with stir fried bell peppers, onions, ginger is very tasty and you will sure to love it. 
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Serving
Calories 326 kcal


  • 2 lbs beef steak
  • ½ green bell pepper Sliced into thin strip
  • ½ red bell pepper Sliced into thin strip
  • ½ yellow bell pepper Sliced into thin strip
  • 1 medium onion Sliced
  • 3 Cloves of garlic Crushed
  • 1 Stalk of scallion Chopped
  • ½ inch fresh ginger Crushed
  • 2 Sprig of thyme
  • 2 tbsp beef seasoning or all-purpose seasoning
  • 2 tbsp browning sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt Or the amount to your taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • cup water or beef stock
  • ¼ tsp corn starch


  • Wash, clean and cut up the beef into strips
  • Add the thyme, onion, garlic, scallion, ginger, beef/all-purpose seasoning, salt and browning sauce to the beef strips and combine. Leave to marinate
  • Place a skillet pan with the cooking oil on medium heat and let it hot. Separate the seasoning and the beef and add the beef strips to the cooking oil. .
  • Stir until all the beef strips are brown on all sides.
  • Add the seasoning (thyme, onion, garlic, scallion) that you separate from the beef to the pan
  • Add the water or beef stock, cover and let to pot cook for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the bell peppers.
  • Mix the corn starch in no more than quarter cup of water and add it to the liquid in the pot.
  • Turn the heat to low ad let in simmer for another 5 minutes or until the peppers are tender.


  • If you don’t have browning at hand, you can use thick soya sauce as a substitute for browning sauce.


Calories: 326kcal
Keyword Jamaican pepper steak recipe
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  1. Hi there under number III it states expect the onion to the beef, please clarify..thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds pretty simple. Will try tonight.

  3. Thisgirl36

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, I cooked it last Sunday was amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Making this on Sunday. Love it!

  5. Milagro Porter

    5 stars
    It was awesome I loved it, thank you

  6. Hi will try recipe which cut of steak works best for this dish .

  7. 5 stars
    It was great! I enjoyed it.

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