Pressure Cooker Pepper Steak

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 50 minutes April 10, 2017

Strips of flat-iron steak and chunks of bell pepper and onions are seasoned with garlic, ginger, Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and cooked in the pressure cooker for homemade Chinese food on a weeknight.

Recipe from Dad Cooks Dinner.


  • 1 Tbs. peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 lb. flat iron steak (or chuck blade steak, or boneless chuck roast), cut into 2-inch by 1/2-inch thick strips
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce (or substitute 2 Tbs. brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. cold water
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • Minced green onions for garnish


Heat the oil over medium-high heat in the pressure cooker pot until shimmering. (Use Sauté mode in an electric pressure cooker.) Stir in the garlic, ginger, and green onion, and fry until you smell garlic, about 30 seconds.

Sprinkle the beef with the kosher salt. Add the beef, onions, and peppers to the pot, and stir to coat with the oil. Pour in the water and soy sauce, then stir in the hoisin sauce to coat the beef. Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 12 minutes in an electric pressure cooker or 8 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 minutes.

Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, and stir in the toasted sesame oil. Whisk the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl, then stir into the pot to thicken the sauce. Serve over white rice or noodles, sprinkling with minced green onions for garnish.

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