RECIPE: Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry (4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Saute garlic for about 5 seconds, then add ground beef. Stir-fry until beef is evenly brown. Stir in cabbage and pepper, and cook until vegetables are tender, and beef is fully cooked. Stir in soy sauce. Mix together cornstarch and water, and stir in. Season with pepper. Cook, stirring, until sauce has thickened.

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Personal Review: I love cabbage and I love Chinese recipes so I thought this sounded like an awesome recipe. And it was – to an extent. I had an issue with the ground beef. I do not recommend using the regular ground beef (like I did); I would definitely recommend using a leaner cut of ground beef. Because of the meat I used it was a little greasy for my tastes. Other than that it was a good recipe, though. I think next time I will also add some onions to this recipe. I probably also used way too much soy sauce because it was a little on the salty side – but I didn’t measure out what the recipe called for, I just eyeballed it.

This review might sound negative, but it’s really not. I liked it, but it definitely needs some tweaking to make it a great recipe.