Looking for a new dinner idea? These Easy Smothered Steaks are a hit at our house. In this recipe delicious seasoned steaks are smothered in an onion gravy. This southern smothered steak recipe is so easy, and you can pair with potatoes, rice, salad, veggies and more!
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I used smaller ribeye steaks, but any smaller sized steak works great. You can even go the extra mile and tenderize the meat even more to get a fork tender steak.
If you love steak, you have to try my tri-tip recipe. Or dive in to this skillet steak recipe or our popular steak with balsamic mushrooms!
This Easy Smothered Steaks recipe is...
- Easy to make
- Great with any cut of steak
- A family-friendly dinner
- Made with fresh ingredients
How to Make Easy Smothered Steaks
- Pat your steaks dry, then season as directed.
- Heat oil in a skillet with butter.
- Sear steaks on both sides, about 4–6 minutes.
- Remove steaks, toss in onions, and cook to break down.
- Add broth and garlic, and cook a bit longer.
- Pour in remaining broth and cream, and stir to thicken.
- Once thickened, place steaks in the sauce and smother.
- Serve the smothered steaks with extra gravy on top.
Full directions for how to make Easy Smothered Steaks are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Tips & Tricks for Easy Smothered Steaks
Doneness of Steaks
Cook your steaks until they are done to your desired doneness. If you want a medium rare steak, you would cook your steak for a shorter amount of time, for example.
Cooking with a cast iron skillet or a heavy skillet will help you get an even cook on the steak and the gravy. We love the cast iron method as it adds incredible flavor.
Variations to Easy Smothered Steaks
You can season your steaks how you would like. I used a steak seasoning and a season salt for mine. Feel free to use whatever seasoning you prefer!
Consider adding mushrooms when you toss in the onions to make a mushroom-onion gravy. Adding mushrooms to the gravy is a great way to add more flavor to the steaks.
You can use chicken stock instead of beef stock if you don't have any beef. A better-than-bouillon would work for this recipe as well.
Easy Smothered Steaks FAQs
What do you serve with smothered steaks?
Steaks are traditionally served with mashed potatoes as a side dish. But you're more than welcome to serve your smothered steaks with vegetables, rice, etc.
How should I store leftover steaks?
Place your leftover steaks and gravy in a sealed dish and store it in the fridge for 2–3 days. When you're ready to eat them again, warm them up in the microwave for a quick reheat. If you warm your smothered steaks up on the stovetop, you may need to add a little extra broth to thin out the gravy.
Does this recipe double well?
This smothered steaks recipe can easily be doubled. Feel free to double or half the recipe as needed. Just make sure to use a skillet that's large enough to hold the steaks and all the gravy you are making.
Easy Smothered Steaks
- 3–4 small steaks we used small ribeyes
- 2 tsp steak seasoning or seasoning salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 small onions diced
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- ½ cup beef stock as needed
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Pat the steaks dry with paper towel, then season with steak seasoning or seasoning salt.
- Place the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the flour-coated steaks.
- Cook the steaks for 4–6 minutes on each side—until they reach your desired level of doneness.
- Remove the steaks to a clean plate and add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the skillet.
- Once hot, add the onions and cook for 4–5 minutes,
- Add broth as needed to prevent the steaks from burning.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes before adding the remaining stock and heavy cream.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce to low heat to simmer for 3–4 minutes.
- Return the steaks to the skillet during this simmering period.
- Serve the steaks smothered in the onion gravy.
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