Crispy Salt & Pepper Beef
We love our new home in Southern Kentucky, but as with any move, there are always people and places to be missed. One of our favorite places we wish we could have packed up and brought with us is a little unassuming Asian restaurant in Champaign, IL called Cravings. The first time we went there, it was just my husband and I on a rare night out and when we tried to order, the young woman working the counter told us not to order what we had selected from the menu. Instead she suggested two other dishes (that weren't even on the menu). One of them being crispy salt and pepper beef. Actually, I'm not sure what the real name of the dish is, but any time we go back to Cravings we always order it. Our favorite girl behind the counter always knows what we want. I wish I could remember her name because she is awesome!
If you ever find yourself in Champaign-Urbana, IL and craving some great Asian food make your way to Wright St. and settle in (if you can find a seat) with a cup of hot tea (free on tap) for a unique, authentic, and delicious dining experience.
Since this is one of our favorite meals, I tried recreating it a year ago for Valentine's Day. We had just moved and I thought it would be fun to create new memories with one of our old favorite meals. Plus, we always have something special on holidays to celebrate with the boys. It was a hit so I made it for Valentines Day again this year.
It's really a simple recipe. I have been making it from some notes I jotted down in a spiral notebook just over a year ago. You can buy beef for stir-fry in your grocery store to save yourself a little time if needed (It is pre-sliced beef). For the best flavor, I would use fresh ground salt and pepper. I use a pink Himalayan salt grinder that can be purchased at the grocery.
You will love this flavorful combination of crispy savory beef with slightly sweet peppers and onions cooked tender crisp. Delicious over a bed of hot rice or alone.
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1 lb. steak sliced into 2-3 inch thin strips
1 egg white
Flour for coating meat
Fresh ground salt & pepper
Peanut oil or other frying oil
2 T. butter
1 - 2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
1 sweet onion, coarsely chopped
Cooked rice for serving
1. Toss meat with egg white, then coat in flour. Put meat out on a large cutting board and generously salt and pepper.
2. In batches, fry the battered meat in hot oil in a deep skillet or wok. Salt and pepper each batch again after frying. Set meat aside. Drain oil from pan.
3. Add 2 T. butter to the pan and stir-fry bell peppers and onions for about 2 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper. The vegetables should still have some crispiness.
4. Add the meat back to the pan with the vegetables to warm. Stir to combine.
5. Serve with rice.
This looks so delicious. We are on an Asian food kick right now so this fits right in. I made Mongolian Beef yesterday in the Instant Pot. I'm going to make this one later in the week for sure. Would love for you to share this at the Link Party I co-host. It's the Family Joy Blog Link Party. I'll send you the link if you'd like to have it.
4/3/2017 08:43:31 am
Thanks Melissa. I would love the link-up.
4/3/2017 10:51:03 am
I love a good recipe and this looks so tasty Faith
4/3/2017 08:22:22 pm
4/5/2017 09:07:02 am
Wow! Your post made me really hungry! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe at the Family Joy Blog link up party. Pinned your post to out Pinterest party board :) xoxo
4/5/2017 10:01:51 am
Thank you:) and thanks for pinning!
4/5/2017 09:22:01 pm
4/6/2017 09:58:09 am
I love dishes that I can have with rice! This looks so yummy. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!
4/15/2020 02:38:34 am
Haha, I just Googled salt and pepper beef because I was missing Cravings so much and found this. Thanks! Now I need one for the Chicken Gado Gado
4/15/2020 09:09:39 am
Ha! Small world! We are back in Illinois, but still a few hours from Champaign/Urbana. We still love Cravings and always stop in any time we are in town. I hope they are able to stay in business with takeout orders during this quarantine. Might be hard without students on campus.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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