French Onion steak on a round brown plate with a brown towel and bowl of mashed potatoes behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

French Onion Steak

French Onion Steak is an easy one-pan meal for steak with a unique flavor: cooked in broth and topped with cheddar cheese, onion soup mix, and fried onions.

Ever have those recipes that you make, love, then somehow forget about it? Yeah, this was one of those meals. The first time we made French Onion Steak, we both really enjoyed the meal. 

Then, as time went on, for one reason or another, we both forgot about it. Not that it was a forgettable meal. But, when Justin said he wanted some type of steak for dinner, I started looking through my recipes and found this one again. 

I believe this recipe came from one of the recipe card spinners that you can sometimes find at Publix. Or it may have even been one of the meals that they were cooking in-store to give samples. Either way, I know it was from Publix. And it’s funny, until moving out of Publix territory, I never knew it was possible to miss a grocery store!

I am not big on steaks, so we don’t have it very often. It’s also too chewy for the boys to eat right now. So when we do have it, Justin eats his entire steak! No leftovers for lunch the next day. I couldn’t even eat half of mine and saved the rest for later, but he ate it all!

The French Onion Steak recipe is pretty easy to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients either. Depending on how cooked you like your steak determines how long this recipe takes to make. Justin likes his steak cooked medium, so I took his off the pan and let mine cook a few minutes more. I like it cooked closer to medium-well. But that’s what’s great about this meal. I can customize it to how we each like it. And the broth is really good with some mashed potatoes as a side.

I always cook this meal on the stovetop, but you could probably change it to be able to grill. We haven’t tried that yet, but if we did I would do a few things different. Instead of cooking the broth, I would use the broth as a marinade and let the steaks sit in that for a couple of hours. When it comes time to grill, I would use the onion soup mix as a rub for the steak. And maybe sprinkle more on while it cooks. Then, once the steaks are cooked, you could top it with the cheese and french fried onions.

Step by Step

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium heat. While it warms up, coat each side of the steaks with olive oil and the dry onion soup mix. Place the steaks in the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, just until they start to brown and are almost cooked to your desired doneness.

Large skillet with steak covered in onion soup mix on a wooden surface

Add the beef broth to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir the broth occasionally and let it thicken in the pan. 

Large skillet with browned steak covered in onion soup mix and surrounded by broth on a wooden surface

Top the steaks with the cheddar cheese and cover the pan. 

Cooked steak surrounded by broth and covered with shredded cheese on a wooden surface

Cook until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Remove the steaks from the pan and top with the fried onions. Serve warm with the juice from the pan.

French Onion steak on a round brown plate with a brown towel and bowl of mashed potatoes behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 13, 2017

Last Updated On: October 23, 2019

French Onion steak on a round brown plate with a brown towel and bowl of mashed potatoes behind all on a wooden surface

French Onion Steak

French Onion Steak is an easy one-pan meal for steak with a unique flavor: cooked in broth and topped with cheddar cheese, onion soup mix, and fried onions.
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broth, cheese, onions, steak
Servings: 4
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless grilling steak
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pkg onion soup mix
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 3 oz white cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup french-fried onions

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Instructions

  • Preheat large saute pan 2-3 minutes on medium
  • Meanwhile, coat both sides of steaks with oil and soup mix
  • Place steaks in pan and cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned
  • Add broth to pan, cook and stir for 5 minutes or until broth has thickened
  • Top steaks with cheese and cover pan
  • Cook until cheese is melted
  • Remove steaks from pan and top with fried onions
  • Serve with juice from pan
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Nutrition Facts
French Onion Steak
Amount Per Serving (0.5 lbs)
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 466mg19%
Potassium 500mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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33 thoughts on “French Onion Steak”

    1. I really like the steak cooked this way. It stays so tender and has so much flavor from the onion soup mix and the cheese. It’s definitely easy, so I hope you get a chance to try it!

  1. I hate when I forget about making those good dishes. I tend to feel more comfortable making the same boring dishes. Your French Onion Steaks receipe looks really tasty. I know my husband husband will love it.

  2. Love this French Onion Steak. Great that it is a one-pan meal. Interesting that the steak is cooked in broth and then topped with cheddar cheese, onion soup mix, and fried onions.

  3. This is really nice, I’ve been trying to find out new recipes with meats and I think this is the perfect one. Thank you for sharing!

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