Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry


A very simple Chinese stir-fry dish which is fabulous in taste. I saw my husband going for two additional servings of it and I had to remind him to leave some for the rest of the family! Serve with hot steamed rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • ½ small head cabbage, shredded

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pinch salt, to taste


  1. Gather ingredients.

    a top down view of all ingredients for black pepper beef and cabbage gathered in small bowls and measuring cups on a kitchen counter.

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  2. 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, 5 to 7 minutes; drain excess fat.

    a top down view of garlic and ground beef sautéing in a hot wok.

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  3. Stir in cabbage and pepper, and cook until vegetables are tender and beef is fully cooked. Stir in soy sauce.

    a top down view of ground beef and cabbage being cooked until veggies are tender and beef is fully cooked in a hot wok.

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  4. Mix together cornstarch and water, and stir in. Season with pepper; add salt to taste. Cook, stirring, until sauce has thickened.

    A cornstarch slurry being stirred into a hot wok of tender veggies and cooked ground beef.

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  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

    a close up, eye level view of a bowl of black pepper beef, cabbage and red peppers


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
22g Fat
10g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 547mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 72mg 359%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 380mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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