Cowboy Steak

"I came across this recipe a while ago and think it will be a great Father's Day meal. Recipe source: Coyote Cafe"
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins


  • 4 rib eye steaks, 1-1/2 inch thick bone-in (or T-bone steaks)
  • 4 onions, cut into rings, 1/8th inch thick
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (hot Hungarian is best)
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying the onion rings)
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring steaks to room temperature before grillng.
  • Soak onions in milk for one hour; drain.
  • In a large bowl or pie pan mix together flour, chili powder, cornstarch, salt, cumin, sugar and paprika.
  • Dredge onions in flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  • Heat oil in a large heavy frying pan (cast iron works well) and heat to 360 degress Fahrenheit.
  • Add onions in batches, cooking until golden brown. BE CAREFUL. They cook fast (30 to 45 seconds).
  • Transfer onion rings to paper towels to drain off excess grease.
  • Meanwhile, season steaks with salt and pepper and place in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Cook about 7 to 10 minutes per side, pouring off excess fat before turning.
  • Finish cooking steaks on the grill (or skip the frying step and just grill steaks to desired doneness (10 minutes per side).
  • Serve steaks with onion rings, baked potatoes and salsa, or as desired.

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  1. Noo8820
    These onion rings are totally fabulous-they really were the star of the show, and set the steak off beautifully!<br/>Made for PRMR.
  2. gertc96
    What a great meal. The onion rings were the key. Combine them with the perfectly cooked steak and you've got a great combination. We grilled our rib eye steaks on the grill. I also cut the onion recipe in half (Just me and DH would be eating them) I thought the amount of chili powder was going to be to much, but combined with everything else, it was perfect. Thanks for sharing. Made for PRMR- June 2010
  3. bmcnichol
    These were really good. I followed the recipe exactly as written and everyone enjoyed these.
  4. Nimz_
    Wonderful. We had unexpected company so I only got about a fourth of my steak, but you can bet your boots I got my share of the onion rings. The combination of spices was right on. I cut my onions thin and they came out really crispy. Loved them. Thanks ellie for another wonderful recipe.
  5. Dine  Dish
    This was awesome! The onion rings are the perfect combination with the steak. A little bit of spice to heat things up and you've got yourself a great man pleaing meal! My cowboys loved it!


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