Whenever I want a really solid dinner with very very little fuss, this is my go-to. I love that I can enhance a simple steak dinner with a quick marinade and deliciously caramelized onions (seriously, each bite with onions takes the steak to a whole other level). For this recipe, I use sandwich steak, which is thinly sliced steak that cooks quickly. Here I use steak that is about 1/4 inch thick. If you’re using thicker steak, you can just adjust the cooking time.
For an easy accompaniment, serve alongside baked potatoes (bake on 425 degrees for 1 hour).
- 1 lb sandwich steak
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp + 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp + 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup water
Prepare the marinade by mixing together the balsamic vinegar, 3 tbsp olive oil, 4 tbsp soy sauce, garlic, liquid smoke, dijon, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Place steaks in marinade and set aside for 15 minutes (or place in the refrigerator until ready to cook).
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan, and working in batches if necessary, sear the steaks for 2-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add the sliced onions and sauté on low – medium until really soft, about 10-12 minutes. Add 2 tbsp soy sauce and stir for another minute. Add the steak back into the pan and gently stir to incorporate with the onions. Add the water, bring to a boil and cover, simmering for 5-7 minutes.
Transfer steaks to plate and top with onions.