5 Easy Recipes With Black Pepper
It’s so frustrating that we are missing our favourite dishes from restaurants. Fear not, here are 5 recipes to satisfy your cravings at home and don’t require you to cook for hours.
Black Pepper has numerous benefits, but here’s a quick summary for you. It’s high in antioxidants, it has a potent antioxidant called piperine which prevents free radical damage to your cells. Black pepper has proved cholesterol-lowering effects in rodent studies and is considered to boost the intake of possible cholesterol-lowering supplements. It helps with your gut health, gives you pain relief, and possibly reduces your appetite. Alright, let’s cut this section and jump right into our first recipe.
Black Pepper Beef Stir-fry (黑椒牛柳) [20 minutes]
Beefsteak (cut into thin strips & marinate in sesame oil, a little cornstarch and some sugar)
Green & Red Pepper (cut into thin strips)
Onion (cut into thin slice)
Black pepper (of course!!)
- Add some cooking oil to your pan (make sure it is hot), add the marinated beef steak in. Stir fry till it’s 80% cooked and keep it aside in a plate.
- In the same pan, add your vegetables in and make sure not to overcook them as you want it with a bite.
- Add in your beefsteak, some oyster sauce, soy sauce and (the star of the dish) lots of black pepper.
- Stir fry for about 4 minutes, serve with a bowl of steaming’ hot rice – enjoy!
Cacio e Pepe (Black pepper & cheese spaghetti) [20 minutes]
4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
60 – 80 grams of your favourite cheese (grated)
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and about a teaspoon of black pepper in a pan over medium-low heat until ingredients are aromatic. Make sure not overcook the pepper, set aside when pepper is barely sizzling.
- Cook your spaghetti according to the instructions on the package in a large pan, add some salt for seasoning. When it is about al-dente (70% cooked). Transfer 2 to 3 tablespoons of pasta cooking water to the pan with the olive oil/pepper mixture. Stir in butter. Using tongs, lift spaghetti and transfer it to the oil/butter mixture.
- Add cheese and remaining tablespoon olive oil to the pan and stir with a fork until cheese is completely melted. Add a few more tablespoons of pasta water to the pan to adjust texture, make sure every spaghetti strand is coated with the olive oil, cheese and black pepper. Season to taste with salt and more black pepper. Serve immediately, adding more grated cheese and black pepper at the table.
Cracked Black Pepper Salmon Steak [20 minutes]
- Spread 1/2 the black pepper on a plate.
- Smear 1 tsp olive oil over one side of the salmon fillets. Lay the fillet, oiled side down in the pepper.
- Lift and put on a baking sheet, peppered side up.
- Bake at 350 F or 180 C for around 20 minutes, delicious!
Black Pepper Turmeric Super Shots [10 minutes or less]
Black Pepper (crushed)
- Pour Coconut water into a glass
- Add one whole freshly squeezed lemon juice into the glass
- Add a teaspoon of crushed black pepper and turmeric powder (add the honey if you prefer it sweeter)
- Stir well, enjoy!
Sri Lankan Style Black Pepper Dry Prawn Curry [30 minutes]
Large Onions (sliced fine)
Fresh ground Black pepper
500 g deveined, cleaned and washed Prawns
- Place the washed prawns in a large bowl.
- Place a pan over medium heat, heat it for a minute and pour in the Oil followed by the curry leaves and sliced onions.
- Cook until the onions turn translucent, this would take two to three minutes.
- While stirring, lessen the heat and mix in the garlic and ginger paste, turmeric, curry powder, sugar, black pepper to make a thick paste. Cook for 2 minutes making sure that the paste doesn’t burn.
- Splash in some coconut milk and stir in the curry paste until you have a thick gravy, check the taste of the gravy and season if necessary, cook the gravy until it reduces by half and turns dark in colour.
- Once the gravy has thickened and reduced, add the prawns and cook for 5 minutes under low heat. Sprinkle some black pepper on top before serving.