5-Spice Black Pepper Crusted Steak With Kai-Lan Recipe

Cooking steak doesn't have to be so hard


Because we all need (and love) our protein, we figured that this steak recipe is one for the ages. It’s perfectly seasoned with spices that are sure to enhance the meat’s flavor and highlight its juiciness all the more. Plus, it comes with a serving of Chinese broccoli on the side, so you have a  serving of some greens too. All in all, a balanced meal.

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Serves 1 to 2


  • 5 grams fish sauce
  • 270 grams thick sirloin
  • 5 grams crushed black peppercorns
  • 3 grams 5-spice powder
  • 10 grams peanut oil
  • 10 grams butter
  • 75 grams kai-lan or Chinese broccoli
  • 5 grams minced garlic
  • 10 grams soy sauce
  • 5 grams sesame oil
  • 5 grams peanut oil


1.) Rub the fish sauce over both sides of the steak. On one side, sprinkle the crushed black peppercorns and 5-spice powder to form a crust. Pre-heat a thick-bottomed frying pan.

2.) Once the pan is heated, add a small amount of peanut oil and sear both sides for 2 minutes each, starting with the crusted side on the bottom. Flip the steak back to the crusted side above, and add butter. Baste the steak for another minute. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

3.) While resting the steak, heat up another frying pan. Once hot, add the kai-lan with a splash of water and peanut oil to steam the greens. Once the water has evaporated and the greens are wilted, add the minced garlic and soy sauce, then saute.

4.) Drizzle sesame oil over the kai-lan before serving with the steak.

Editor’s Note: To baste is to moisten periodically with a liquid.

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