Dairy Farmers of Canada

Caramelized Onions Steak

This recipe is taken from the 2005 Milk Calendar. This restaurant-style dish made easily at home will be a big hit. Serve with boiled potatoes and tender-crisp vegetables and enjoy!

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
Yields 4 servings
caramelized onions steak


  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb (450 g) beef sirloin or other grilling steak (about 3/4-inch/2 cm thick)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried rosemary crumbled
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • Chopped fresh parsley


Rub 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper over both sides of steak. In large skillet, melt half of butter over high heat; brown steak on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to plate.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add remaining butter to skillet. Stir in onions, garlic and rosemary; cover and cook, stirring often, for 10 min or until onions are very soft and caramelized. Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 min. Gradually stir in milk then soy sauce and mustard.

Increase heat to medium; simmer, stirring, for 5 min or until sauce is thickened. Return steak and accumulated juices to pan; spoon sauce over top. Simmer, turning steak once and stirring sauce, for about 5 min or until steak is desired doneness. Remove from heat. Transfer steak to cutting board; let rest for 5 min. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Slice steak thinly across the grain and serve with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley.


Cooking Tip:Let cooked meats rest before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute through the meat rather than running out onto the cutting board, leaving the meat dry.

Healthy Eating Tip:This beef dish is high in iron, a nutrient especially important for young children and women. It's also a source of zinc - needed for energy production and good health.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 302 Calories
Protein: 29 g
Carbohydrate: 14 g
Fat: 14 g
Fibre: 1.1 g
Sodium: 896 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 13 % / 145 mg
Niacin: 42 %
Phosphorus: 30 %
Vitamin B12: 123 %
Zinc: 63 %