Chinese Pepper Steak

By Elrond

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds stir-fry beef

  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 14.5 oz can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 cups water

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 1/2 t ground ginger

  • 1 t garlic salt

  • 1 T granulated sugar

  • 2 T corn starch

  • 4 T low sodium soy sauce

  1. Heat oil in large skillet until very hot. Add the meat and stir-fry until nicely browned. Add the onion, water, garlic salt, and ginger. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and cook for about five minutes. Add the bell peppers. Cover and cook for about five more minutes until peppers are tender. Add the tomatoes.

  2. Combine the sugar, corn starch, and soy sauce in a small bowl and whisk together until well combined. Add this mixture to the meat and pepper mixture and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens.

  3. Serve over rice.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
User Entered Recipe
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257.0
Total Fat 17.6 g
Saturated Fat 4.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.0 g
Cholesterol 45.3 mg
Sodium 788.1 mg
Potassium 279.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.2 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 6.6 g
Protein 14.9 g
Vitamin A 4.0 %
Vitamin B-12 20.5 %
Vitamin B-6 8.6 %
Vitamin C 73.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 9.5 %
Calcium 1.4 %
Copper 2.8 %
Folate 1.7 %
Iron 8.9 %
Magnesium 3.8 %
Manganese 2.9 %
Niacin 15.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.1 %
Phosphorus 9.9 %
Riboflavin 7.7 %
Selenium 17.1 %
Thiamin 2.3 %
Zinc 19.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2
000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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13 replies

Elrond 2011-02-01 19:37:29 -0600 Report

If you're trying to post a recipe, there's a place for it in the recipe section. As far as keeping your sugar down, that's such an individual thing, you should discuss it with a health care professional. Preferably an endocrinologist or Certified Diabetes Educator. Of course, hanging out here and picking up tips is a very good idea too. And if you happen to live in or near Phoenix, I would be very happy for more dinner guests. If I had more people to cook for, I'd eat better :) I find myself eating TV dinners or fast food often just because I don't want to be bothered to cook for just myself.

karen eubanks ( welsch )
karen eubanks ( welsch ) 2011-01-27 03:23:30 -0600 Report

they do have wheat rice ? diabetics are supost to use this… i know what you mean about fixing dinner by your self. i have the same prombles i just don't feel like fixing any thang.

Elrond 2011-01-27 02:44:21 -0600 Report

Sorry I was so long in answering. I just finished moving from one apartment to another and with the move, being disconnected from the internet for a while, and settling in to the new place, I just finally found my way back here.
You're right, This pepper steak is just fine without the rice. As an underweight type 1, my doctor is actually encouraging me to increase my carb intake along with my insulin so I get to eat some rice. However, that won't apply to most diabetics.
Somewhere in the recipe section is a recipe for a rice substitute utilizing shredded cauliflower. I haven't tried it yet but it might be worth a try for people who seriously need to restrict their carb intake.
I do love cooking and one of the drawbacks now that I'm living alone is that I usually have no one to cook for. The lady I've been dating comes over for dinner occasionally but other nights, I'm on my own and it's difficult to force myself to eat properly. Cooking a full meal is often just too much trouble and fast food is a terrible idea. I try to plan for leftovers from when my lady friend is here but how often can I eat the same meal? What I need are more dinner guests.
I suppose I'll work something out.

gorrilla 2011-01-22 11:00:30 -0600 Report

Elrond, it sounds like your a guy that likes to cook (just like me). I've stumbled upon several recipes with your name on them, and like them all so far. This one is no different. I've loved pepper steak for a long time, and this will definetely work. May have to do without the rice, as it generally jumps my BG level a bit. But I can eat this without the rice, as I love stir fry so well. May just have to try it without so much rice and experiment to find the right fit.
I wonder how some of the sugar substitutes would work in place of the sugar? I've been working with the Splenda, but haven't tried it in a stir fry situation yet.

Elrond 2010-10-23 18:17:49 -0500 Report

Ella, This recipe can be quite delicious even without the rice. There are many more recipes on this site that should fit your dietary needs. Another site you should try is There are many more sites that specialize in diabetic recipes but I'd have to go look them up and I'm sure you can find them. Everyone's specific dietary needs are different. I work basically with carbohydrates and essentially, 10 grams isn't enough for my dietary needs so I cag get away with some rice. Others, especially type 2's, must control their sugar more with diet so carb intake is the controling factor. Of course it's complicated so take the information and use it as you and your health care professional feel is best.

Elrond 2010-09-16 07:01:56 -0500 Report

I don't see why you couldn't use Minute Rice, white or brown. It's a matter of preference and adjusting the carbs to your personal diet plan. This can be eaten without rice if you seriously need to restrict carbs but I just can't resist the rice myself.

Elrond 2010-08-11 03:49:09 -0500 Report

Brown rice is healthier but it still has a considerable carb count. Be sure to read the nutrition label and allow for it in your meal plan. I, personally, love the taste of brown rice but it never seems to cook properly. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I never can get it to turn out the way I like. Elsewhere in the recipe section is a recipe for a rice substitute composed of shredded cauliflower. While I've never cared much for the taste of cauliflower, it might be worth exploring.

papajoesgurl 2010-08-10 23:01:34 -0500 Report

im going to try this recipe, sounds great. but i will cook some brown rice, we can have brown rice, right?

gregsteele 2010-07-30 11:17:36 -0500 Report

Agree with ELROND ive been eating this or something like it for years now my only downfall is the rice love to all GREG

Elrond 2010-07-29 23:55:47 -0500 Report

This is great until you get to: Serve over rice. It's not bad even without the rice but that's where I have my downfall. Every time I make it, I fix some rice 'for my roommate' and guess who eats a bunch of it?