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two steaks in a cast iron skillet topped with onion gravy

Onion Gravy Smothered Steak

Katerina | Diethood
Onion Gravy Smothered Steak is a traditional Southern favorite! The steaks are seared to perfection and then topped with a creamy onion gravy.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 sirloin steaks, at room temperature, steaks should be 1-inch thick, and between 4 and 6 ounces each
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • chopped fresh parsley


  • Pat dry steaks with paper towels; season steaks with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Heat vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add steaks to the hot skillet and cook until browned and cooked to desired doneness; about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare steak. DO NOT crowd the skillet; cook two steaks at a time if skillet isn’t big enough.
  • Remove cooked steaks from skillet; set aside and keep covered.
  • Set skillet back over medium-heat and melt remaining butter.
  • Add in sliced onions and season with a pinch of salt; continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until onions are soft and caramelized. Stir frequently.
  • Stir in minced garlic and season with Italian seasoning; cook for 10 seconds.
  • Slowly add in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce; using a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; return steaks to the skillet and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until steaks are heated through, and sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • Steaks: We are using Sirloin steaks for this recipe; it is a good, lean, tender, and juicy steak. Also, for best results, bring the steaks to room temperature before you start cooking. 
  • Skillet: A cast iron skillet is my favorite skillet for cooking steaks, but if you don't have one, you can use your favorite frying pan.
  • Use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer to check the steak for doneness. 


Calories: 363 kcal | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Protein: 30 g | Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 15 g | Cholesterol: 113 mg | Sodium: 216 mg | Potassium: 621 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 396 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 73 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 6 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southern
Keyword: cheap easy dinner ideas, smothered steak recipe, southern steak recipe