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Chinese Black Pepper Beef

Black Pepper Beef Recipe

Note: First posted in Aug 2008, updated with improved recipe and new photos in Nov 2014

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This Chinese-style black pepper beef  is one of my family’s favourite Chinese beef stir fry.  The family gets loads of satisfaction every time I cook this, where the only ‘complaint’ I will get is that I did not cook enough. Thanks to my friend Joyce whom I adapted her original recipe (imparted to me verbally) from.

See Also: Steak with Black Pepper Sauce Recipe

The black pepper marinade recipe can be used for stir frying other meats such as chicken, if you do not take beef. The hot pepper is great for a cool, rainy day and best enjoyed with a bowl of warm steamed rice.

black and white peppercorns

My family uses a combination of black and white peppercorns in our black pepper stir-fries, as we think that a mix of peppercorns taste better. You may always use all black pepper, if preferred. For best results, I buy whole peppercorns and grind or pound them to powder just before cooking – the peppery flavour will be more fragrant this way. If you are short of time though, you can use store-bought powdered pepper.

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35 Responses to “Chinese Black Pepper Beef”

  1. wiffy — August 21, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

    Joyce:: Thanks for sharing your recipe with me … you must teach me more! ;)

    tigerfish, LCOM:: can’t wait to see your version! hehe

    Fearless Kitchen:: thanks!! ;)

    didally:: The spiciness is just nice for us, hehe … but maybe you may want to reduce the amount to half if you are worried ;)

    js:: hee, don’t fight over it … cook two plates! :lol:

    Lydia:: Yes… I realise that my favourite spice, is one of the most common, most versatile, and most taken for granted :XO:

    Farina:: Thanks!! Hope u like it ;)

    sunita:: Thanks for hosting this great event! :up:

    Ning:: Thanks, and hope you like it! :-)

    pablo:: Hee, that’s actually a placemat … cool right? :wink:

    kevin:: Thanks!

    daphne:: yes… I can eat more rice with this dish :P

    rita:: it looks like your sous chef has good taste, ha ha 8)

    Dee:: heheh… thanks ;D

    kittie:: Yes, the foodiverse is telling you … make black pepper beef, make black pepper beef … hee, welcome & thanks for visiting me!

    woolycroack:: ooo kailan + black pepper beef = nice combi! Can’t wait to see your version

    Marysol:: Thanks for your kind words, and welcome! :halo: :XO:

    Cindy:: Same here, and I will lick off the remaining sauce off the plate :P

    Tom A:: Yesssssss … you must try ;)


  2. Ippo456 — June 28, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    So I had the chance to make over the weekend, minus the celery & bell peppers, and it’s really really goooddd!
    I modified it a little (added butter) so I could have more sauce.
    I think the ginger & the sesame oil made it yummy :D


    • wiffy replied: — July 3rd, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

      I’m glad u like it! great idea about adding a bit butter, I will try it next time. In my opinion nothing much can go wrong with this much pepper & sesame oil hehe, this is a guilty pleasure dish for me.


  3. min — July 8, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    if i replace beef with chicken fillet (or wld you recommend any other parts of the chix?) .. do i need to marinate the fillet before frying?


    • wiffy replied: — July 10th, 2009 @ 9:45 am

      Hi min, I think you can marinade the chicken with a bit of light soy sauce first if you like :-)


  4. Coco — June 10, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    This recipe is GREAT!! :XO: My hubby loved it and this has become his favourite dish after I’ve cooked it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! :D


  5. Sayyidah — June 13, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    :XO: :lol: I’ve always love black pepper beef.Thanks for the recipe!


  6. Tazz — April 3, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    My bf loves this dish so much his eyes practically sparkle whenever I tell him I’m gonna make it for him. I’ve made it using a diff recipe but urs is definitely simpler (less ingredients) so I’m gonna try it and see if it’s just as good or even better. Love the fact it contains so little and yet taste so dang good!


  7. Bin — July 13, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Hi Noob Cook,

    I’m a fellow singaporean leavinf overseas. I chanced upon this wonderful website that transports me back to the old motherland ;-) each time i get on it. Thank you so much for all your lovely posts. I have been totally inspired by your enthusiasm and lovely pics of the dishes you cooked.
    A lot of your dishes are very similar to what i have been brought up eating and everytime i feel homesick i visit your blog.

    Thanks for the inspiration and keep cooking and posting!

    By the way, which part of the world are you living in now?

    Best regards


    • wiffy replied: — July 14th, 2011 @ 9:26 am

      Hi there, thanks for your lovely words of encouragement. I’m living in Singapore :)


  8. rex fraser — March 19, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    looks great and so simple 1 i have to cook tonight tho might use carrots instead of celery



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