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Jamaican Pepper Steak Recipe

Jamaican pepper steak is one of my favourite meat dishes. I used to love when my grandmother would prepare this dish for Sunday dinner. Strips of beef cooked with bell pepper in a savoury sauce, which takes let than 30 minutes.

Jamaican pepper steak recipe

Pepper Steak Recipe – Jamaican Style

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

Because of the colourful bell pepper strips, I used to think this was the most decorative main dish when I was a little girl. Although I never liked eating bell pepper, I would when having pepper steak.

Steak recipe

What Goes In It

A few stir fry ingredients along with a few ingredients you would typically find in any Jamaican cuisines – for that added Jamaican flavour.

Pepper steak ingredients
  • Steak: I’m using sirloin steak, which is considered one of the best steaks for making this dish. If you can get sirloin steak, you can also use flank steak or round steak.
  • Bell pepper: It wouldn’t be pepper steak without the bell peppers.
  • Browning sauce: For that Jamaican effect, use browning sauce, but if you can’t get browning sauce or prefer not to use it, you can also use soya sauce.
  • Powder seasoning: Any meat, beef, or steak powder seasoning will do. For a taste of Jamaica, I’m using Easispice all-purpose seasoning
  • Cornstarch: To thicken the gravy.
  • Beef broth: There is a likelihood you may not need this as the meat will release water once it starts cooking, which may be enough water for this recipe. I used ¼ cup of beef broth and mixed it with the cornstarch before adding it to the pot.
  • Green seasoning found in every Jamaican cuisine: scotch bonnet pepper, thyme, ginger, scallion and onion.

How To Make Pepper Steak From Scratch

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

After washing and cleaning the meat, cut into strips and season.

How to cook pepper steak from sratch
  1. Cut into strips: Cut the meat into even strips, 3 inches long and about ½ to 1 inch thick.
  2. Add the marinade to the meat: Add everything to the meat except the cornstarch, beef broth and bell pepper. Coat the meat well with the marinade and leave to marinate
  3. Leave to Marinate: Honestly, you don’t have to marinate for long. I let it marinate for like half an hour are so.
  4. Separate the marinade: Now comes the tedious task of separating the marinade from the meat. Don’t try to perfect here because you won’t get all the garlic, ginger or scallion off the beef, and that’s not a problem. You don’t have to use a separate plate to place the meat on. Place the meat straight into the pan to brown. I only use the plate for the photo.
Step by step instruction to cook pepper steak
  1. Quick brown: Add the strips of meat to hot oil in a pan and brown on all side, which won’t take long because the beef change colour as soon as it touches the hot oil. Stir it so that all the strips are brown. You will notice that the meat starts to release water into the pan.
  2. That marinade again: As soon as all the strips are brown, stir in the marinade from earlier. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pepper to the steak: Now add the bell pepper to the pan. Add a little more browning sauce to darken the gravy. If needed, add the beef broth. Whisk the cornstarch into the beef broth before adding it.
  4. Let the sauce thicken: Cook for another 5 minutes until the gravy thickens, then serve!
Jamaican steak recipe

What To Serve It With

Any rice dish will go well with Jamaican pepper steak. My favourite to serve with pepper steak is plain rice. If you are having pepper steak for Sunday dinner, why not make it a Jamaican Sunday and have it with rice and peas.

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

Beef recipe

Storing Leftovers And Reheating

Store leftover in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you are the type to freeze everything, pop it in the freezer to store it longer.

Reheating the pepper steak in a microwave takes only 4 minutes. If you are reheating it on the stovetop, try not to overcook it because the beef will get chewy.

Pepper steak

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Jamaican pepper steak recipe

Jamaican pepper steak recipe

Jamaican pepper steak recipe. A simple and easy, saucy and quick beef dish with stir-fried bell peppers, onions, ginger.
4.65 from 31 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican pepper steak recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Serving
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 2 lbs (907.18 g) Sirloin steak
  • 1 Green bell pepper Sliced into thin strip
  • 1 Red bell pepper Sliced into thin strip
  • 2.1 oz (59.53 g) Sliced onion
  • 3 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 0.7 oz (19.84 g) Chopped scallion
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger
  • 4 Sprig of thyme
  • 1 tbsp Beef seasoning or all-purpose seasoning
  • 3 tsp Browning sauce
  • 1 tsp salt Or the amount to your taste
  • ¼ cup (59.15 ml) Beef stock
  • 1 ½ tsp (1.5 tsp) Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil


  • Wash, clean and cut the beef into strips.
  • Add the thyme, onion, garlic, scallion, ginger, beef/all-purpose seasoning, salt and 1 tsp 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 marinade from the beef and add the beef strips to the cooking oil.
  • Stir until all the beef strips are brown on all sides.
  • Once all the beef strips are brown, add the marinade that you separated from the beef to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the bell pepper, the rest of the browning sauce, beef broth and cornstarch. whisk the cornstarch in the beef broth before adding it to the pan. Leave to cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the sauce thickens.


  • You can use flank or round steak if sirloin isn’t available. 
  • If you find there is too much water from the meat in the pan, you don’t have to add the beef broth. In this case, take some of the sauce from the pan to use to whisk the cornstarch, then pour it back in. 


Nutrition Facts
Jamaican pepper steak recipe
Serving Size
320 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  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.

  8. 5 stars
    Lovely easy to follow recipe with authentic flavours . The family enjoyed Thankyou !

  9. 5 stars

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing

  11. 5 stars
    First time commenting but I’ve been making this recipe and others from here for the last 8 9 months and they’re my go to whenever I want to impress anybody! Thankyou 🙂

  12. Robert Judd

    5 stars
    So delicious! I didn’t have anything real brown and only peppers were Serranos and used black bean sauce paste with soybean oil and garlic ginger paste and black pepper and Korean chili paste! Was super hot but tomatoes made it PERFECT! Thank you it’s wonderful!

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