Pepper Steak Recipe – Original Flava Caribbean Cookbook

We’ve recently been trying a few recipes from a new cookbook – Original Flava by Craig and Shaun McAnuff – full of authentic, delicious Caribbean recipes.

The first recipe we tried was Pepper Steak, a rich, mouthwatering meal with a fiery kick that I had to share with you! Just to note (because I often make the mistake of not reading recipes fully until I come to make something!) – you should marinate the steak either overnight or at least for an hour or so. There were a few ingredients I couldn’t get, but used alternatives and the dish was still VERY good!

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 450g of Steak, cut into strips
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (I used 2 normal chillies), finely chopped
  • 2 peppers, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/browning
  • 1 tbsp of corn-starch/cornflour (I mixed 1 tbsp plain flour with water to form a little paste as I didn’t have any cornflour)
  • 125ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp pimento seeds/all spice (I had to leave this out as I couldn’t find any)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/cooking oil
  • Rice to serve (I used the Tilda Caribbean microwave rice)


  1. In a bowl, season the beef with the salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, all-purpose seasoning and soy sauce/browning. Marinate over night in the fridge (or for at least a few hours if possible).
  2. Then use a frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat and fry the onion, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper/chillies (all chopped) for 3-5 mins. Once softened, spoon into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Brown the marinated steak in the same pan for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  4. Add the pimento seeds/all spice, beef stock, a little extra soy sauce and the onion mixture to the beef in the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the peppers, spring onions and carrots. Mix the cornflour/flour with cold water to make a paste, then add to the pan and mix well.
  6. Lease to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until the meat is tender and the carrots are softened.
  7. Enjoy!

Other recipes we have tried and liked from this recipe book are; Chicken Fried Rice, Da Jerk Burger, and we are going to try the Curry Prawns tonight. A really refreshing and enjoyable cookbook that I would recommend to any Caribbean/spicy food lovers. Check out Original Flava’s website here for more too!

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Happy munching  





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