Cuban Steak (Bistec Encebollado)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe was found online by Three Guys from Miami. This recipe adds a touch of lime and fresh cilantro to give the dish a Cuban flavor. This sounds like my kinda of steak!! Posting for ZWT.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a meat mallet, place the steaks between two pieces of wax paper and pound out to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan at low heat. Sauté onions briefly! They should still be slighty crisp. Remove onions.
  3. Sprinkle each steak with Adobo seasoning and black pepper and rub into steaks. Sauté the garlic for one minute in a small amount of olive oil, . Add steaks and sauté to desired doneness in olive oil(or you could grill your steaks). Remove steaks. Deglaze the pan by adding the lime juice and continuing to heat, stirring constantly. Cook long enough to reduce (thicken) somewhat.
  4. Cover each steak with the fried onions. Pour sauce over steaks and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


Most Helpful

Loved the flavor combinations - the lime, onion, adobo, garlic with the beef - YUM! I did find the lime to be a little sharp so added in a couple of tsps. of butter at the end to soften the edge. I also skipped pounding the steak. I made this for a night when I was dining solo, can't wait to make it for the rest of the family! Made for ZWT 9 Caribbean by one of Mike and the Appliance Killers.

momaphet August 10, 2013

What a great start to the Caribbean region of ZWT 9. I'm so glad I chose to try this recipe, it has amazing flavor. Used 3/4 inch sirloins for a delicious meal. Served with a green salad with cool Ranch dressing and garlic rice. My tummy is very happy. :D

Annacia July 30, 2013

Super yummy! The lime and cilantro add a wonderful fresh flavor to the full bodied flavor of the steak and the spiciness of the adobo (do not scrimp on the adobo). Made as written using think sliced steaks (they sell thin sliced steaks for Mexican cooking here), which cooked up in about 1-2 minutes per side. This are really good sliced up and placed in a corn tortilla. Thanks so much for the post.

Debbwl February 01, 2010

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