Bistec Encebollado (Cuban Steak and Onions)

This is very popular dish in some of the Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic. Although it is essentially the same dish, each island has a different touch of flavor. In my family, we traditionally serve this dish with white rice, salad, and fried plantains.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 (1 pound) New York strip steak, sliced thin

  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons sofrito

  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle over steak slices on all sides to season. Transfer steak to a resealable plastic bag and add sliced onions, vinegar, and onion powder. Move steaks around to combine with the marinating ingredients. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add steak and onion mixture; cook and stir until steak is browned and onions are soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

  3. Add beef broth, sofrito, and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat until garlic is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add steak and onions back to the skillet, cover, and simmer over low heat until onions and steak are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
20g Fat
13g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 838mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 646mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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