This easy black pepper beef recipe comes together in minutes from just a handful of ingredients.

Black Pepper Beef

Hei Jiao Niu Liu (黑椒牛柳), or Black Pepper Beef is a fast, easy stir-fry made with beef, onions, and peppers seasoned with oyster sauce and loads of black pepper. My take on this Chinese classic features big juicy chunks of steak which gives the dish more substance and a bold, beefy taste.
Course Entree
Cuisine Best, Chinese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 576 kcal


  • 6 grams whole black peppercorns (~2 teaspoons)
  • 300 grams filet mignon (or other steak cut, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 140 grams onion (~1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch squares)
  • 85 grams bell pepper (~1 small pepper, cut into 1/2-inch squares)
  • 12 grams garlic (~2 large cloves, chopped)


  1. Put the black peppercorns in a mortar and use a pestle to crack the peppercorns coarsely. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, put the peppercorns in a freezer bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
    Grind the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cubed beef along with most of the black pepper (saving a little to garnish), oyster sauce, Shaoxing, soy sauce, potato starch, and sesame oil. Mix well to combine and allow the beef to marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 12 hours in the fridge.
    Marinate the cubes of steak in oyster sauce and black pepper.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the vegetable oil, and then use tongs to add the beef in a single layer. Try to leave as much of the marinade in the bowl as possible.
    Sear the cubes of beef.
  4. Fry the beef on one side until golden brown, and then flip each piece and fry the second side, until browned.
    Once the black pepper beef has browned on one side, flip it over.
  5. Dump the onions, bell pepper, and garlic into the pan and turn the heat to up to high. Stir-fry, tossing the contents of the pan periodically to ensure everything cooks evenly.
    Add the onions and bell peppers to the black pepper beef.
  6. When the onions start becoming translucent, add the remaining marinade and toss everything together until the black pepper beef is shiny and evenly coated with sauce.
    The best black pepper beef stir-fry recipe.
  7. Serve with rice and garnish with the remaining black pepper (to taste).
Nutrition Facts
Black Pepper Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 740mg32%
Potassium 736mg21%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 61.3mg74%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.