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Fancy Skillet Steaks

For extra-special steaks at home in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Harriet Block relies on this simple but flavorful recipe. “I like to round out the meal with oven-roasted potatoes and corn on the cob,” she adds.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 beef top sirloin steaks (6 ounces each)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


  • In a large skillet, cook steaks in 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Remove and keep warm.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, garlic, lemon-pepper and remaining oil to the skillet. Cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until onion is tender. Spoon over steaks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 331 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • muffbear74
    Nov 8, 2017

    What a wonderful sauce! I used a Porterhouse steak, but think this sauce would be delicious with just about any cut. I didn’t add the sugar and forgot to put in the last 2 tsps of oil, but it still tasted great!

  • omabicki
    Feb 13, 2012

    I probably wouldn't have posted if it were not for travlnman02. What an arogant person. We all share our recipes and don't need criticism from people who don't try them.Keep it to yourself we don't care one so negative thinks we always hope people want to learn and help each other do better.Maybe our way isn't better but it is another way!Good Cooking everyone and Bon Appetit!

    Feb 7, 2012

    Excellent post,LeLimey. I hope travlnman02 reads it and thinks twice before going "off topic" again. Nice point about worcestershire's ingredients.

  • LeLimey
    Feb 7, 2012

    I have to laugh when I read how people won't used prepared seasoning because of other ingredients and go on to espouse worcestershire sauce which, although I love it, is chock full of preservatives! I also dislike it INTENSELY when people criticise a recipe and obviously haven't tried it because they "don't like" any of the ingredients. Thats very ignorant and I wish there was a facility in place on the site where you could report off topic reviews for deletion.If you cook the steaks in a skillet pan the fat will run off so another misapprehension can be cleared up right there too! I think the recipe looks very tasty and the only addition I might make would be either some capers or green peppers in the sauce depending on my mood or possibly some spring onions (scallions? green onions? I'm not sure of the American term) as a garnish.Thank you Harriet for a simple but tasty way to quickly dress up a steak and make it a little different

    Feb 6, 2012

    I'd definitely add more seasoning and spices, but the basic recipe is a good starting point. I was annoyed by travlnman02 who obviously simply likes to see himself in print but had no intention of trying the recipe. Waste of my time to read him.

  • aunie123
    Feb 6, 2012

    I actually TRIED the recipe and liked it. Travlnman02 should give it a try before slamming it. I could pick apart all his/her "suggestions", but that would be too easy.

  • healthplus4
    Feb 6, 2012

    I cooked this dish but changed it a bit. I used more veggies like celery,green peppers,baby carrots and onions. Cumin,garlic and steak seasoning,also chicken broth.

  • imjcklein
    Feb 6, 2012

    I agree, this needs a little tweaking, steak was a little bland for me. Travlnman02, really, why did you even attempt this recipe when you dont care for any of the ingredients???? With some added seasoning on the meat, it would be tasty, in my opinion.

  • donna511
    Feb 6, 2012

    In total agreement with whiteswaninn - It sounds like travlnman02 just read the recipe and didn't try it AT ALL. I'll adapt it to my liking but will try

  • whiteswaninn
    Feb 6, 2012

    Hey travlnman02, why don't you submit your own recipe instead of criticizing something that someone else has submitted.