Pepper steak made healthy! This easy slow cooker version of a Chinese-American classic is both paleo and whole30 yet still packed with flavor.
I love Chinese food but I rarely eat it when I go out because of the MSG. Even though a restaurant claims to be MSG free how do I know if that’s really true or not? Rather than chance it, I like to recreate my own version. Which is what I did here. That way I know exactly what I’m eating.
No sugar!! Most pepper steak recipes include sugar and high amounts of sodium. This one does not. It’s both paleo and whole30, For the whole30 version, simply omit the honey. Most times I make the whole30 version and I don’t miss it.
I use ‘slurry’ thickener which in this case is arrowroot powder mixed with water. There are tons of different rations out there when it comes to slurries. This is what seems to work for me: 4 tsp arrowroot powder mix with 2 tbsp cold water.Print
- 2 lbs beef, sliced into strips
- 3 bell peppers, sliced
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp oil (for pressure cooker)
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos for slow cooker and 1/2 cup coconut aminos for pressure cooker
- 1/4 cup beef broth for slow cooker and 1/2 cup beef broth for pressure cooker
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Optional Thickener: 4 tsp arrowroot flour + 2 tbsp water
- Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and steak to the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients. Pour sauce into the slow cooker & stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 or LOW 4-6.
- Turn on the IP and select Sauté. Once hot add oil and beef to the pot. Cook 3-5 minutes or until beef is browned. Remove beef from the pressure cooker.
- Add the onions bell peppers and cook 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
- Add beef broth and coconut aminos and deglaze the bottom by of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off off with a wooden spoon.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir to mix well.
- Close lid and seal valve. Set manual, high pressure to 10 minutes. Quick release the pressure.
Optional step: After the pepper steak has finished cooking in the slow cooker or pressure cooker, mix together arrowroot powder & water. Pour into slow cooker or pressure cooker and stir. Turn off appliance. Allow 5-10 for the sauce to thickened to your liking.
Since the beef is cut into strips, it will cook faster than say a roast would. I served this over cauliflower rice but it’s also good over brown rice or even mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.