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Instant Pot 15 Minute Black Pepper Beef Recipe | Restaurant Style Asian Recipe

Restaurant-style black pepper beef cooked in the Instant Pot…

One of the Chinese dishes I often order while dining at a Chinese restaurant is black pepper beef or steak. It’s peppery, flavorful, and damn delicious. I’ve made that a few times in my kitchen & devoured it with noodles. This time, I cooked the black pepper beef in the Instant Pot. In just 15 minutes it was ready & tasted just like restaurant-style.

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Instant Pot 15 Minute Black Pepper Beef Recipe | Restaurant Style
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 5 people
For Cooking Beef
  • Beef strips- ½ kg or 1 Lb
  • Ground black pepper- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
For Stir Frying
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tbsp
  • Onions, minced- ½ of an onion
  • Green onions, chopped- 1 stalk
  • Onion, diced- 1
  • Green pepper, diced- 1
  • Tomato sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Soy sauce- ¼ cup
  • Dark soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Ground black pepper- ½ to 1 tsp
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Cornstarch- 2 tbsp combined with 3 tbsp cold water
  • Sesame seeds- 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Sesame oil- 1 tbsp
  • Green onions, chopped-1 stalk
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  1. For making this dish, beef strips have to be used.
  2. To the Instant Pot stainless steel pot, add the beef strips along with ground pepper & salt; combine well.
  3. Close the pot with the lid.
  4. Select pressure cook setting, set time to 5 minutes at high pressure.
  5. In the Instant Pot, beef strips will be cooked in just 5 minutes.
  6. If you are using beef stew cut pieces, have to be pressure cooked for 20 minutes.
  7. After 5 minutes of pressure cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  8. Open the lid.
  9. Beef strips will be cooked perfectly. There will be some liquid in the pot, save that liquid or beef broth along with beef.
  10. Transfer the beef and the liquid to a large bowl, keep it covered.
  11. To the same stainless steel pot, add oil.
  12. Add garlic & ginger, saute for a minute.
  13. Add minced onion & green onions, saute for 2 minutes.
  14. Add diced onion & green pepper, stir fry for a minute. Do not overcook the green pepper, has to be crisp.
  15. Add the cooked beef & liquid. Combine well.
  16. Add ground pepper, tomato sauce, soy sauce & dark soy sauce, combine well.
  17. Dark soy sauce will impart a nice dark color to this dish.
  18. Add ground black pepper based on your heat level.
  19. Add ½ cup water, combine well.
  20. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water.
  21. Add the cornstarch slurry to the beef, combine well.
  22. The gravy will thicken right away. Cook for a minute.
  23. Add sesame seeds & sesame oil, combine well.
  24. Garnish with green onions & cilantro.
  25. Remove the stainless steel pot from the main pot.
  26. Serve into a bowl & enjoy with noodles or rice.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...