Pepper Lunch

20 minutes
10 minutes
30 minutes
2
Pepper Lunch is a very popular Japanese chain restaurant serving a sizzling hot plate filled with rice and steak! It is the easiest 30-minute dinner you can make at home with so much flavor and served hot and fresh on a skillet. Just like they do in the restaurant but at home and even better!
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Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch is a very popular Japanese chain restaurant serving a sizzling hot plate filled with rice and steak! It is the easiest 30-minute dinner you can make at home with so much flavor and served hot and fresh on a skillet. Just like they do in the restaurant but at home and even better!

If you’ve never heard of Pepper Lunch before, let me give you the 411. It is a very popular Japanese restaurant franchise. You can think of it like “fast food” but a lot more high quality! Hot skillet plates are heated to 500°F and then loaded with rice, thinly sliced steak, sauce, and veggies. The cool part is it is served raw to you on the table sizzling and you get to see it cook! They have two different sauces you can pick from and it’s typically topped with sweet corn and green onions. Now let’s make it at home!

The Sauce

This recipe is pretty easy from start to finish! The only thing to prep is the sauce and it takes five minutes. Here are the ingredients you need:

  • low-sodium soy sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • garlic paste
  • brown sugar
  • black pepper
  • sriracha or chili paste
  • cornstarch + water

To a small pan over medium heat, add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, brown sugar, black pepper, and sriracha. Whisk together and cook until bubbling just around the edges.

Then combine cornstarch and water and add it to the sauce. Stir with a rubber spatula until the sauce thickens. Take it off the heat and set aside.

Type of Meat to Use

The best type of meat to use is thinly shaved ribeye. You can find this already prepared at most supermarkets – it is commonly used to make Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

Feel free to use any type of thinly sliced steak though but the more tender the better. Pepper Lunch cuts used include chuck and short plate!

Cooking the Dish

Once the sauce is prepared and you have cooked jasmine rice, the rest is pretty simple!

Place your skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and wait until it gets very hot. This step is key! Then add butter or oil to the skillet all around. Add jasmine rice to the center and then add the meat around the rice. Drizzle the sauce all over the meat and let it cook for a few minutes.

Take off the heat and add corn, green onions, and black pepper on top. I also like to add a fried egg and a dollop of butter in the middle to enjoy! It’s really good with some spicy mayo too.

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Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch is a very popular Japanese chain restaurant serving a sizzling hot plate filled with rice and steak! It is the easiest 30 minute dinner you can make at home with so much flavor and served hot and fresh on a skillet. Just like they do in the restauran but at home and even better!

Pepper Lunch is a very popular Japanese chain restaurant serving a sizzling hot plate filled with rice and steak! It is the easiest 30 minute dinner you can make at home with so much flavor and served hot and fresh on a skillet. Just like they do in the restauran but at home and even better!

20 minutes
10 minutes
30 minutes
2

Ingredients

STEAK
  • 1 pound steak, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter or oil
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • 1⁄4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup yellow sweet corn
  • cooked jasmine rice

Instructions

  1. To a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili paste, black pepper, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and rice vinegar. Mix together and bring to a simmer.
  2. Combine the cornstarch with the water until dissolved and add it to the pan.
  3. Mix as the sauce slowly starts to thicken.
  4. Once it has the consistency of a sauce, take it off the heat and transfer it to a bowl.
  5. To a skillet or large pan over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of butter or oil. Add a serving of rice to the center. Add one portion of thinly sliced steak around the rice.
  6. Drizzle as much or as little sauce over the steak, adding as much or as little as you’d like.
  7. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the steak is done to your liking.
  8. Add the corn and green onions on top. Finish off with some more cracked black pepper on top to enjoy!
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